Khejri tree

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  • The Khejri tree is considered a sacred tree in Rajasthan.
  • It is also called jant or janti in areas like Alwar, Sikar, and Jhunjhunu.
  • In 1730, a Bishnoi woman named Amrita Devi was killed while trying to protect a grove of khejri trees.

Significance of Khejri tree

  • It is a nitrogen-fixing tree which enhances the fertility of the soil.
  • The fruit is used to make the very popular local dish ‘Sangri’
  • The bark of this tress is used medicinally for a range of ailments.
  • It is vital in preserving the ecosystem of arid and semi-arid areas, mainly in the Thar Desert.
  • The leaves have high nutritive value and are locally called ‘loong.’

Latest News

  • People from the Bishnoi community are protesting against the “widespread” felling of Khejri trees for installing solar power plants in Rajasthan.


  1. Hindustan Times

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