Trees in the Ashram

As one zips through the concrete jungles of Nigdi and enters the Ashram campus in Yamuna Nagar, one is greeted by the tall Bottle Palm trees (Hyophorbe lagenicaulis) on the left and the Silver Oaks (Grevillea Robusta ) on the right.

The noise and chaos outside are replaced by peace and tranquility.

The abundance of flora and fauna in the Ashran has made it a preferred destination for various kinds of birds and has made it a vital lung space in the area. Besides the spiritual vibrations, the serenity that this adds, is one more thing, which attracts nearby residents and visitors.

There is the Peepal (Ficus religiosa) before the Brahmasthanam and the Anjir (Ficus carica) tree, which are the age-old symbols of a Hindu religious place. There is also the Bel (Aegle marmelos) tree  besides the temple which is used mainly in Shiva pooja and which is also well known for its medicinal value.

There is the tree of the King of fruits, Mango (Mangifera indica) and the Konna (Cassia Fistula) tree which is the symbol of prosperity with its yellow bloom in the month of April, and which is a must for Vishu- Malayalam New Year celebrations.

The Gulmohars (Delonix regia) along the school compound add a dash of red during the flowering season, making it a remarkable sight. One more tree worth mentioning is the  Jamun (Eugenia jambolana), which has come up like a Phoenix in spite of it being hit by a lightning which destroyed around half of the tree some years back. There are also umpteen varieties of flowering plants and shrubs, like the Rose (Rosa), Mogra (Jasminum sambac), Champa (Magnolia champaca), Rajnigandha (Polianthes tuberosa),  hibiscus,  which make the sight more lively and blissful.

Other trees in the campus among the many others include mainly the Bamboo (Bambusa bambos), Coconut (Cocos nucifera) and Neem (Azadirachta Indica).