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I dream of wandering wild, walking along the woods plucking fruits, laze around sublime landscapes. I feel alive when I'm out there basking in the sun, watching new horizons. I'm in search of little joys that keep me revived. I wish to belong in places where I can quench my thirst drinking from brooks, spend the day chasing butterflies, sipping honey, stopping by to coo with the birds. I am in love with cloud-kissed mountains and flowery meadows. Freedom is what I crave for! Set me free so that I’ll come back to you… I'm a dreamer. I believe that my dreams will take me to new places. This blog tells about my journeys and people who had been a part of them..

Friday, July 19, 2013

Peepal trees of Malabar (മലബാറിലെ ആൽമരങ്ങൾ)

"The woods are lovely, dark, and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep..." 

As beautifully written by Robert Frost, this is a true feeling for many among us...after the good vacations, we always have to ride back to the busy life awaiting us!

 Hardly anyone would cross this long winding road in Malappuram district without looking in awe at the green dark canopy of Peepal trees. 
During the drives enroute my 'ammathu' (mother's native place) this is one place we longed to see! Recently, once we had stopped on the way to take some pictures (the modern way of capturing moments). How did people remember their 'moments' long ago? Oh!, but back then life was simple with no computers and mobile phones. I felt that this photograph fails to capture the true view through my eyes! 

It is a blessing that, I belong to Malabar as much as I belong to Travancore. The beautiful piece of land in North Kerala, lying between the Western ghats and Arabian sea is a big highlight of  God's own country. One could say that you have never known enough of Kerala if you haven't been to Malabar. 

The Peepal trees (also called Banyan trees) are commonly seen in temple surroundings and it is believed that worshiping this tree is the equivalent of worshiping Lord Vishnu. Among the Buddhists, this is known as 'Bodhi' tree under which Buddha attained enlightenment.  The most distinguished feature of these trees are the roots which spreads out widely on the soil and hang down like hair strands to support the trunk. The heart-shaped leaves has many medicinal values and are widely used in Ayurveda. The swinging and swaying of these leaves with the breeze is a heartwarming sight. 

If not for their mythological importance, these trees must be conserved for the ecological benefits they impart to us. The large extensive roots plays a major role in absorbing excess water and prevents soil erosion. Conclusively, after the appreciations and photographs we should also 'stand for' such natural treasures which can never be replaced by mankind. If you can't plant a tree, try to save one! Hope you all will put some efforts to preserve Mother nature..!

Cheers! :)

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