The tree and its fruit are called Goolar in the north and Atti in the south India. According to the Shatapatha Brahmana, this tree was created by Indradevta. According to the Atharva Veda, having this tree at home helps in acquiring prosperity and vanquishing foes. According to Theravada Buddhism, the 26th Lord Buddha, Konaagama, achieved enlightenment (bodhi) by meditating under this tree.
Goolar grows all over India. The Goolar contains tannins and the soluble and insoluble fibres in it are prebiotic.
The bark Goolar has healing powers. A paste of tree bark with water when applied over mosquito bites and boils gives relief.
It is widely used in Ayurveda for its cooling, purifying, healing and anti-inflammatory properties. The soluble and insoluble fibre in the fruit is prebiotic in nature, which helps maintain a healthy gut.
The plant needs lots of sun, so don’t keep it in full shade.
Water it when you notice that the soil has dried.
It is a fast-growing plant so re-pot the plant if you notice that roots are not getting enough place to spread.