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Is it the root of the Shiva tree? What is the truth?

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This is the root of the * Shiva Nagam * tree. The root survives for 10 to 15 days even after was removed from the tree.

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The 30-second video went viral on social networking sites, including YouTube, claiming that it was a miraculous sight that would survive 10 to 15 days after the roots of the Sivanagam tree had been cut down and that it was still tangling like a snake. Followers are constantly being asked us to tell the truth.

Fact check:

Many of us have heard of the Shivalinga flower tree in Tamil Nadu. But, no one has ever heard of the Sivanaga tree. We asked the agronomists about this thing as a Shiva tree, they replied that they had never heard of such a thing.

Being in the viral video is like a root but you can clearly see it swarming like a worm to see. Searching for it, I came to know it as a kind of worm.

In the video is a type of worm called Horsehair Worm. Horsehair worms live as parasites on the bodies of locusts, crickets, cockroaches and some beetles. When mature, they leave the host to lay eggs.

The horsehair worms can be clearly seen wrinkling in the video below, similar to the scene featured in the viral video.

Horsehair worms, also known as guardian worms, belong to the nematomorph group. They look like nematodes. But, too long (4 inches or more) and thinner. Horsehair worm, a parasite that lives on insects such as locusts and crickets, has been shown to be similar to the one in the viral video.

Conclusion

In our search, we came to know that the video that goes viral claiming to be the root of the Shiva tree is not the root of the tree, but a kind of parasitic worms called horsehair worms.

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