Prime Minister Narendra Modi today planted a Kadamb sapling (Neolamarckia Cadamba), at the Race Course Road lawns, to mark the occasion of World Environment Day, and there is more to the choice as it has ‘vaastu’ significance too.
The Prime Minister also placed a traditional earthen-pot (matka) along with the sapling, which is a traditional way of conserving water, and ensuring that the sapling has regular water supply.
Planting the Kadamb sapling, the Prime Minister recalled the poem of Subhadra Kumari Chauhan, on the subject:
“यह कदंब का पेड़ अगर माँ होता यमुना तीरे।
मैं भी उस पर बैठ कन्हैया बनता धीरे-धीरे।।”
But going beyond it, the Kadamba tree (anthocephalus cadamba or Neolamarckia Kadam) is an evergreen tree growing to a height of 45 metres with its leaves bright in glossy green and oval in shape. The tree bears sweetly fragrant flowers and the fruits are closely packed together in a cluster, says livevaastu.com.
Long known for its medicinal properties, its leaves are useful to treat injuries and swellings. The bark helps bring relief to sore eyes and is used to treat fevers, while its leaves are helpful in treating diabetes in Ayurveda.
Legend goes that Lord Krishna danced with Radha and other gopis under the tree. More than that, he hid the clothes of bathing gopis in the branches of the Kadamb tree.
In Buddhism the Kadamb tree is believed to reunite lovers and in Goa the Kadamb dynasty is said to have sprung from the Kadamb tree planted by a Brahmin.
In ancient “Vaastu” system, Kadamb tree is proposed to be grown in the southwest corner for money and wealth, which perhaps brings more wealth for the country as it is in PM’s residence now.
Here is a look at some auspicious trees or plants grown in specified corners of the house as per Vaastu:
In South East corner, a Pomegranate tree is good while in the South West Corner, Kadamb, Tamarind and Black-berry are advised.
In the South Corner, wild fig is good to grow and in the north corner, Pakad tree (citron leaved Indian fig tree) is favorable and in the North East , Amla and Mango are advised by vaastu.
However, some trees are barred as in the East Corner is barred for growing Peepul tree. Growing cactus, jasmine and money plant near or at the entrance is not approved by Vaastu.