The Chinar Tree In Kashmir

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The oriental plane tree Chinar which reflects the mixture of colors is the specialty in Kashmir for the civilians and tourists. It seems to be more beautiful in autumn when its leaves containing the different colors. A mixture of red, light purple, honey-yellow and yellowish color of chinar leaves add more beauty in the Kashmir valley. It brings the happiness on the faces of Kashmiri civilians who are living in the appearance of Indian military for a couple of years. All the visible sceneries of Kashmir valley changes swiftly in the beginning of autumn. In this season, sun feels to be chilly. An unpleasant cold freshness covers the air and the leaves of all trees including chinar tree. By walking down to the streets, no one can miss out the…show more content…
In the beginning of autumn, Buen can be seen everywhere in the Kashmir valley. And every year it comes in different style and shape as the people wear woolens and changing their food habits to suit the weather. Islamic preachers who travelled to Kashmir for four centuries ago from Central Asia and Persia also have a high opinion of chinar tree. It is said that around 700 years oldest Chinar tree in Kashmir was planted by the Sufi Saint Syed Qasim Shah in central Kashmir’s Budgam district Chattergam. And Its height was 14.78 meters. Chinar tree is considered as a holy tree and most of the holy places like mosques are dominate with this tree. With a hope of end of sorrows most of the women come in these holy places, moaning and praying in the beneath of chinar tree. Chinar tree is very prominent in the holy places in Kashmir like two major holy places in Kashmir have a plenty of Chinar trees for the enthusiasts. These two holy places are Sultan-ul-Arifeen and…show more content…
Former Chief Minister Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah, who died in September 1982, has a title in his autobiography as ‘Aatish-i-Chinar’. The meaning of Aatish-i-Chinar is the ‘Flame of Chinar’. According to Abdullah’s close friend and former Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi Congress leader Muzaffar Parray says “Gandhi visited Kashmir the same month she was assassinated in 1984. She was fascinated by the autumn Chinar trees”. Mr. Parray was a regular to Kashmir in autumn. A Kashmiri Makhan Lal Fotedar, an assistant of the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty Known as Chanakya chose to name his bare-all memoir The Chinar Leaves. The greatest importance of the Chinar in people's lives can be estimate from the fact that Zubair Kirmani was the first Kashmiri Muslim fashion designer who made it big in the fashion industry in India and named his brand Boune Paen (leaves of Chinar). Mr. Kirmani says “The tree represents our heritage and culture. It is intrinsic to who Kashmiris are”. Bollywood directors Vishal Bhardwaj in Haider, Shoojit Sircar in Yahaan and Aamir Bashir in Harudchose draw a sketch of the troubled times to capture the political confusion and uprising years of Kashmir by visiting to Chinars through the autumn

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