According to myth if anyone who touches this tree, his fatigue vanishes in seconds. Apsara of Indra gets relief from tiredness after touching this tree because of its magical properties. It is believed that it was originated by churning of Ocean of Milk in the great mythological event of Samundra Manthan’ and after this cosmic event it was planted in the garden of God Indra .
According to myth Parijat is a wish-granting trees which fulfill the desires of people .The Parijat tree is considered to be a magical tree which blooms occasionally with flowers that are white on growing and turn yellow on drying.
The tree is unique because it is unisex tree and cannot be grown by plantation of its offshoots and does not by its fruits or seeds. The leaves of the tree in the lower part have five tips like the fingers of our hand and the upper part having seven.
In Botany, the Parijat tree is known as Adansonia digitata, due to its resemblance to the Adansonia group of trees. This category has eight members with six being found in the African countries and the other two in the Australia and Arabian Peninsula respectively. Trees of this verity reach heights upto 100 ft and their trunk diameters range between 23 to 36 feet. The other ordinary name for Adansonia digitata is Baobab.
Parijaat tree is considered to be a divine tree, located in the village of Kintoor , near district Barabanki which is 30 km from the capital city of Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh , India.There are a number of tales associated with this tree. The famous ones are listed below:
1. It is believed by native people that the tree appeared from the ashes of Kunti.
2. Some people say that Arjun brought this tree from the heavens and Kunti used to offer its flowers to appease Lord Shiva.
3. In the Harivansh Puraan, the tree is mentioned as a “Kalpavriksh”, or wish granting tree which apart from this one can only be found in heaven. Newly-weds visit the tree for blessings and a spiritual event is held every Tuesday when people worship the tree.
4. It is believed that Lord Krishna take offshoots of this tree from Indra’s kingdom and brought it to the earth. The Parijat tree was planted in haven (Indralok), being one of the many gifts received from the Samudra Manthan. Narada brought some flowers from the tree and gave them to Lord Krishna. Lord Krishna handover the flowers to his wife Rukmini. Narada told Satyabhama (Krishna’s other wife) about this and suggested her to ask Krishna to get the Parijata tree from haven and plant it in her garden. Satyabhama did exactly what Narada told her and in the same time, Narada went back to Indralok and warned Indra that someone from the earth might attempt to steal the tree from haven. An angry Indra tackled Krishna while he was leaving with a branch of the tree. This cause a fight which Indra lost. However, he put forth a curse on the branch that it will never bear fruit even though it may originate flowers. Since then, the tree does not bear any fruit. Once Krishna brought the tree to Dwarka, another dispute arose between his two wives, with both demanding to have the plant in their respective gardens. So, Krishna planted the tree in such a way that although it was planted in Satyabhama’s garden, its flowers would fall in Rukmini’s garden. In this approach, Rukmini got the flowers and Satyabhama got the tree.
The age of this tree is said to be 1000 to 5000 years. There is another famous saying that, its branches do not break or dry out but shrink and disappear into the parent trunk. It must be noted that different types of the Parijat Tree are found in different parts of India. But none of them have the magical properties of the one found at Barabanki.