Sheshachalam Forest: If you have seen the movie Pushpa, then the name of the forest whose story is told in it is Sheshachalam. This forest itself is famous for the smuggling of red sandalwood.
Red sandalwood is found only in a special place in India. (symbolic photo)
A film has come, which is in a lot of discussion right now. The name of the movie is Pushpa (Film Pushpa), Maybe you’ve seen it too. Red sandalwood growing in a forest in Pushpa (Red Sandalwood) Smuggling has been told and shown on the film screen. FilmIt is shown in this forest that red sandalwood (Red Sandalwood Story) How is it smuggled and how is this red sandalwood sold. You may have liked the story, action of the film, but do you know that there are other such facts of this forest, which are really surprising.
So today we tell you what is special about this forest and what is so special about this sandalwood that there is so much controversy about it. This sandalwood is so precious that now many commandos have been deployed for this security. So let’s know every single thing related to it so that you too can know about this unique treasure of India…
Where is this forest?
The name of this forest is Seshachalam forest. This forest covers an area of more than five lakh hectares of Seshachalam hills. This forest is known for its red sandalwood and red sandalwood is found only in Kadapa, Chittoor and Nellore districts of Andhra Pradesh state. Red sandalwood is found only in a special place in India and that is this forest. This wood has special importance and is used in these things. Much of it is imported outside and now it goes out illegally.
Now due to the rareness of this red sandalwood, smugglers have a special eye on this forest and smugglers also get a lot of benefit from it. However, now this harvesting has been banned and it is illegal to take it out of Andhra Pradesh. The scientific name of red sandalwood is Pterocarpus santalinus. It is said that the protection of these sandalwood trees is done by the Special Task Force personnel. However, the number of special red sandalwood trees found here has reduced by 50 percent.
According to a report published in India Today magazine, smugglers risk their lives to get 2,000 tonnes of red sandalwood every year through Chennai, Mumbai, Tuticorin and Kolkata ports and Nepal and Tibet as red sandalwood yielded nearly 1,200 per cent profit a few years back. Major markets were delivered to China. They carried the wood from one place to another, hiding it among sheets of asbestos, mustard cake, coconut fiber and salt. In the year 2015, many smugglers were also killed in encounters to stop them. Now there is also a provision for a jail term of 11 years if found smuggling.
What is the use of red sandalwood?
Red sandalwood is in high demand for furniture, decorative items, traditional instruments. Apart from this, statues of Hindu gods and goddesses, picture frames and household boxes used to make dolls as well as dolls. In Japan, there is a demand for this wood because of the special instrument. It is said to be used to make medicines, perfumes, facial creams, fragrances and even aphrodisiacs. The price of sandalwood wood in the international market is very high. There is a demand for these woods in many other countries including China, Japan, Singapore, UAE, Australia, but the highest demand is in China.
Shamisen made of wood
A report of the Satyagraha states that the traditional musical instrument in Japan, the Shamisen, used to import red sandalwood from India. It is said that every year tens of tons of red sandalwood are still being used to make it. There is a tradition of giving it at the time of marriage. Furniture made from it also sells very expensive and it is seen as a status symbol. It is also believed that red sandalwood proves to be very helpful in preventing radiation from nuclear reactors. Red sandalwood is considered the best for the Japanese musical instrument Shamisen. It is mentioned in the film.
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