Kataja plant is fabled to have sprung from the drops of amrta or elixir of life, which fell on the ground from the bodies of Rama’s monkeys, who were restored to life by Indra. The seeds of kutaja are called as Indra’d seeds – Indrayava . Caraka has described multiple used of the plant.
The pods have stanyasodhana lactodepurant, indrayava have amapacaka – digests the ama and asthapanopaga – adjunct to decoction enema, properties. Whereas kutaja in general, is said to possess vamaka – emetic and arsoghna – anti haemorrhoidal qualities. Susruta mentions indrayava as stanyasodhana – lactodepurant and kutaja as sukra sodhana – sperm purifier.