Wednesday, January 6, 2010

The Big Banyan Tree, Ramohalli

Post lunch we set out on our way back to Bangalore from Janapada Loka. While coming towards Bangalore reaching the Rajarajeshwari Dental College, we took a left. From this Kumbalgod cross road one has to drive 6kms to reach the The Big Banyan Tree at Ramohalli. My driver told us that in Kannada it is called Dodda Alada Mara.

There have been references to The Big Banyan Tree is almost all the media that talks about Bangalore and I had not yet seen it. It interested me to see how a 400 year old tree has survived. It covers an expanse of 4 acres but we are late by years. The main root has died and the aerial roots have taken anchor in the soil to give the appearance of multiple trees.

A bank has adopted this place for maintenance. On this hot sunny afternoon it was so cool under the tree. It was a pleasure to see children climbing the aerial root and branches. Picnickers enjoying lunch in the shade of this canopy.

We took a walk around the circumference in awe of this sage, in Hindu religion anything that lives so long is considered a sage or an evolved soul. There is a Munishwara temple at the center, we joined our hands from outside itself and moved ahead.

Sitting under such a tree is a simple pleasure of life which has become so rare now. Have you taken your little woman or man there yet? You must.

P.S: A temple we passed by on the Mysore road. It is a panchamukhi Ganapati atop a temple in place of the standard gopuram.


Lipika Mohapatra said...

Thanks for sharing this Banyan Tree.
Photos are beautiful.

Aditya said...

Hi Anjali. I came across your blog while searching for the banyan tree at Ramohalli. I thoroughly enjoyed your posts. I loved the one about Murund Janjira. I had been there long ago. Near Murund there is a place called Harihareshwar. Have you been there? Its a wonderful village on the konkan coast. I also recommend you Ratnagiri, if you have not been there. You are welcome to read about that on my blog. Btw, I am adding your blogs (this and your food recipes one) on my google reader. Keep writing!

Anjali said...

Aditya check this out, you are going to like it:)
Ratnagiri needs to be explored yes!

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