Biggest Banyan tree in the world – Thimmamma marimanu

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22 November 2014
When we planned Gandikota trip, we were asked to visit
Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple at Kadiri. The Temple turned out to be a
religious one with little architectural value. Without wasting much time we
came out of the Temple. But our search of places near Kadiri had nevertheless
resulted in finding a beautiful place!!
Lakshmi Narasimha Temple, Kadiri
I had always thought the Banyan tree in Calcutta botanical
garden was the biggest one in the world. While looking for places near Kadiri I
found out that my understanding was wrong. The largest tree was in fact near
Kadiri!! That was something new stuff.
The banyan tree
The tree is called Thimmamma Marimanu and it is about 25 km
from Kadiri. It is about 600 years old and occupies an area of 2.5 hectares.
Entered in Guinness book of world record in 1989 by Regret Iyer (I had met him
when he visited my native place couple of years ago. He is an amazing
personality!!), it has about 1650 prop roots.
Way to Temple inside banyan tree
Why Thimmamma Marimanu?
Legend says that she stood in the ranks of Sathi Savithri
and Sathi Anasuya with respect to her devotion to her husband. Apparently she
died by sitting on the funeral pyre of her dead husband Balaveeraiah. The
Banyan tree planted near the pyre grew into this gigantic size. A Temple is now
constructed at the base of the tree and daily offerings are made. The tree
henceforth has got her name.
Several roots
Today a Temple stands below the banyan tree. The rest of the
tree is fenced and tourists are not allowed inside it. We had to remove our
footwear and pay entrance fees to enter into the banyan tree. The ticketing
person tried to pocket some money by not giving receipts for the amount paid.
It is hard to argue in such situations if one does not know the local language.
I just hurled invectives in Kannada at him for living a life by cheating people.
He understood it and started defending his actions. Luckily he did not pick up
the fight. Seems that he was embarrassed!!
Looks at support for the tree!!
The tree is big and it looks like the part of it is cut to
make way for Temple. We can also see that the tree is growing each year!! One
can also walk around the tree.
The tree is growing!!

There is a mini zoo that hosts some birds and a
deer. A children play area is also constructed opposite to the tree.

Tanu in happy mood

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