THE KONAMAVU TREES
A duo of extraordinary trees that has remained steadfast for two centuries, known as Anila and Alika, constitute an inseparable component of Kalanivasthi. These trees are named after nature spirits, commonly known as Yaksha (male) and Yakshini (female), that held importance because they are believed to embody the essence and vitality of the natural world. These nature spirits associated with fertility, health, good harvest, and vitality are often depicted as vibrant and benevolent beings. These two trees were revered and worshipped by the local people due to their protective qualities and auspicious symbolism. The local people considered these trees sacred and worshipped them as a symbol of divinity and protection. They are believed to possess unique powers and abilities which had the power to ward off evil spirits, bring prosperity, and safeguard the land from natural disasters. They are believed to have the power to bless the land, plants, and animals with abundant growth and reproduction.
These remarkable trees were also acknowledged for their healing and therapeutic characteristics. They are revered as protectors and sources of well-being for both humans and the natural world. The worship of these trees had become an integral part of the local religious and cultural practices during the Chola dynasty. The Chola monarchs and their subjects regularly frequented the place of these trees and performed rituals. The presence of these revered trees not only had spiritual significance but also served as a reminder of the deep connection between humans and nature. The worship of these Konamavu trees fostered a sense of reverence for the environment, emphasizing the importance of conservation and sustainability. Our forefathers also observed puja for these trees. There are several stories and traditions associated with these trees and which had continued to inspire the local communities for many generations.