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Butterfly pea plant

Botanical Name Clitoria ternatea Linn.
Common NameButterfly pea, Aparajit (Hindi), Kannikodi (Tamil), Aparajitha (Sanskrit)


Throughout India

Religious association

The plant is associated with Lord Krishna and is also believed to be an incarnation of the Goddess Durga.


The roots are used for the treatment of piles. The juice of the plant is applied in to the nose to relieve migraine. It is also useful in treating asthma, bronchitis and other pulmonary diseases.

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