Environment

Khejadi,

The tree of life in Rajasthan

This tree remarkable for standing alone in desert wildernesses or in
the middle of tilled fields dependent on little scanty rains is vanishing
rapidly from the necessities of modern Rajasthanis.

The gracious and magnanimous Khejadi tree is the naturally grown tree of Rajasthan. It has the same reputation in Rajasthan as Neem has in whole of India. It’s valued for every part of it. Anecdotes mention that in the most severe famines Rajasthani people survived by digging roots of this tree. Camels love to chew it’s little leaves. The tree doesn’t need any watering and it’s so generous that the soil under it remains moist. Very few trees support little vegetation under their shade.

This tree remarkable for standing alone in desert wildernesses or in the middle of tilled fields dependent on little scanty rains is vanishing rapidly from the necessities of modern Rajasthanis. This is the same tree for which hundreds gave their life in the famous Bishnoi village of Khejarli near Jodhpur to save from being chopped off. Very few dare to care that the Sangri bean of the famous kair-sangri curry grows on this tree. We are fast reaching a point when protecting each tree has become important. We feel proud of keeping care of a dozen odd Khejri trees under our protection. A small number, but more valuable is keeping the conscience of centrality of trees in life alive. More important is to be on the side of protectors; a conscience that leads to revival of certain old habits that we should have never abandoned.