Significance of Cassia fistula in Vishu Celebrations

Cassia fistula is known as Konna poo in the Malayalam language. It is also known as the golden shower tree by the local population across the world. It is a flowering plant in the family of Fabaceae. This plant is a native tree of Southern Asia. This plant or tree can be found from Srilanka to Myanmmar and Pakistan to Thailand.

According to the local legends, it is largely associated with the Mullai region of Sangam landscape. It is to be noted that it is the national tree of Thailand. On the other hand its flower is Thailand’s national flower.

Cassia fistula or Konna poo is also state flower of Kerala in Southern India. This flower has immense significance amongst Malayali population in Kerala and cross the world. It used in herbal medicine and is a popular ornamental plant. This flower is largely used in rituals and pujas during the festivity of Vishu.

It is to be noted that this tree was depicted on a 20 Indian rupees stamp by the postal department of the Indian central government. According to the local legends, “The golden shower tree is the national flower of Thailand; its yellow flowers symbolize Thai royalty.

A 2006-2007 flower festival, the Royal Flora Ratchaphruek, was named after the tree, which is most often called dok khuen orratchaphruek in Thailand. C. fistula is also featured on a 2003 joint Canadian-Thai design for a 48 cent stamp, part of a series featuring national emblems. Cassia acutifolia, the pudding-pipe tree, furnishes the cassia pods of commerce.”

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