Envis Centre, Ministry of Environment & Forest, Govt. of India

Printed Date: Sunday, April 2, 2023



Botanical Name

Bambusa bambos (L.) Voss

Common Name

Bamboo, Bans (Hindi), Moongil (Tamil), Venu (Sanskrit)


Throughout India

Religious association



The bamboo flute – Bansuri or Venu is associated with Lord Krishna. The common names of the Lord - Venugopal, Bansilal, Murali and Muralidhar reflect this association.




Bamboo is used for making baskets, hats and various other articles. Young bamboo shoots are edible. It is also medicinal.