Acres of Banyan – Thimmamma Marrimanu

I was off in search of the Largest banyan Tree in the World…so were others it seemed

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Passed through some rocky terrain with odd stony-faces watching my passage..

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While the whole country is debating the ‘coalgate’ scam, quietly the ‘stonegate’ plunder goes on..

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I had to cross many hurdles including this one..

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Finally..the Great Banyan loomed ahead…

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Some stats..more than 500 Years old – Area – approx 5 Acres – more than 1000 sub-roots..

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Origin of the word ‘Banyan’ – The tree provided a shaded place for a village meeting or for merchants (or Banias) to sell their goods. Eventually “banyan” became the name of the tree itself.

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Some curious fact – from Wikipedia: “This big tree was first noticed and was explored to the world by Sri Regret Iyer (Sathyanarayana Iyer) Freelance journalist, Photographer from Bangalore,” ( I still can’t figure out the “regret Iyer” bit)

Mobile Meal @ Thimmamma

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A temple dedicated to Thimmamma

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Childless couple come here to pray as it is believed conception will take place within 1 year of offering prayers

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A note about the careless spelling on sign-boards and posters all over India – I can understand such errors being committed by illiterate sign-board artists but how can a Government sponsored sign-board be strewn with such howlers?

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The correct sentence is :  the pole used in north-east direction of pyre grew into this giant tree.
– and they probably mean ‘a dead swine’ and not dead twine – LOL

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