Botanical Name: Tinospora cordifolia (Willd.) Miers. ex Hook.f. and Thoms.
Common Name:Heart-leaved moonseed, Giloy (Hindi), Vanji / Seendhil kodi (Tamil), Guduchi / Amrita (Sanskrit)
Distribution: Throughout India
In Religion and Mythology
The tree is associated with Lord Shiva.
The Sanskrit name – Amrita, is one of the thousand and eight names of the Lord. The stem is used to treat fever, skin diseases, jaundice and venereal diseases. An infusion of the stem is used as a blood purifier.