Monday, July 30, 2012

Our World- Banyan Tree

 The banyan tree Ficus benghalensis isa native of India, which is invariably mentioned in ancient tales. The story tellers of yore used to sit under a banyan tree and spin their yarns.
 The tree sends down aerial prop roots which come down and become trees themselves. After some years, it is hard to say which is the original tree. The banyan is called Vata in Sanskrit and Ala in Kannada. In the olden times, merchants, who are known as Baniyas , used to sit under the tree and carry on their trade. Hence, the tree got its English name.
 This is the Big Banyan from Bangalore. You can see that the tree is really many inter-connected trees.This place is a favourite picnic spot for young people. This picture is from Wikipedia, and the two pictures on top are mine.
I thank the team of OurWorld Tuesday , where you can see great photos from all over the world.


  1. I love your photos of the Banyan trees! So much beauty and I can picture the storytellers sitting beneath them! Wonderful post for the day!

  2. What a magnificent and usual tree.

  3. Interesting post!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

  4. Beautiful pictures! Banyans are so much part of our landscape...nice to a post on these stately trees.

    Been out of blogdom for a while...will mail you soon!

  5. This looks like South Florida! We have trees like that everywhere. They are just amazing, the only problem is that the roots are very invasive and dangerous to your house.

  6. Such a big bayan tree! Now I know how the tree got it's name! ;)