Camel - foot Tree
Bauhinia variegata Linn.
Common Name: Camel foot tree, Kachnar (Hindi), Sigappu Mandharai (Tamil), Kovidara (Sanskrit)
Distribution: Throughout India
In Religion and Mythology
The flower is sacred to Lord Shiva and is offered to the deity.
The Kovidara tree features in the epic Ramayana. Bharata’s chariot is recognized by his flag with the kovidara tree insignia. The tree has a variety of uses. An infusion of the flower bud is a remedy for cough. The bark is believed to cure asthma and ulcers. The leaves are used as cattle fodder. The wood is used for making agricultural implements.