Pushpa: the ascent starring Allu Arjun and Rashmika Mandanna in the lead roles and Fahad Faasil as the antagonist became a huge hit after its release. The film was released in multiple languages on OTT platforms and caused a stir.
The story of the movie revolves around Allu Arjun who is a smuggler of red sandalwood or rakta chandan and becomes a rich man. But what about that red sandalwood that changed the guy’s life in no time? Here are some facts about red sandalwood or blood sandalwood and why it is in demand:
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What is that?
Red sandalwood or red sanders, saunders wood and ruby red – is a highly regulated wood that is red in color and has medicinal properties. There is a strong demand for wood in national and international markets. However, the Rare plant species are listed as “near threatened” by the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature), due to their overexploitation.
Where are they grown?
The species is extremely rare for one reason which is that it is not readily available everywhere. These trees only grow in the hills of Seshachalam spread across four districts of Andhra Pradesh – Nellore, Kurnool, Chittoor, Cuddapah bordering Tamil Nadu. Basically, they are grown only in the Eastern Ghatsthe soil of the region – its water content, acidity, aeration and nutrient availability.
What are the medicinal properties?
It has many medicinal properties. It is recommended to treat digestive tract problems such as diarrhea and loose movements, water retention and breaks down mucus to make coughing easier. It is also known for its blood purifying properties. Apart from these, the wood is also used as a flavoring agent in alcohol, especially wine.
It is different from other sandalwood
Sandalwood in general is used for several purposes. In India, it is used during prayer rituals or in temples due to the soothing scent of the wood. Perfume is also sold in the form of beauty products and perfumes. However, red sandalwood has no scent, so when burned it would look like regular sandalwood.
A special task force protects these trees
According to The news minute, this sandalwood is sold for millions on the international market. So, naturally, the smuggling of this rare species is in full swing, just as it was shown in the film. Thus, special forces deployed to protect these trees. There are strict laws in India to stop its smuggling. There is a demand for these woods in many countries including China, Japan, Singapore, United Arab Emirates and Australia. It is most smuggled in China. Here the demand for this sandalwood is strong because China manufactures furniture, decorative objects, traditional instruments.
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