The Great banyan Tree of India is just not a tree its a complete ecosystem. The Great Banyan tree is located in Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Indian Botanic Garden, Howrah, Kolkata. When Tasneem Hameed said in her quote “Learn character from Trees,values from roots and change from Leaves” and The Great Banyan Tree of India epitomises everything from that quote. It has changed in due course of time to only become strong and has strengthen its values with its roots spreading over a huge area and still stands tall in its character. It is belived that the Great Banyan Tree of India is more than 250 years old and that’s more than two centuries. It has survived two huge cyclones which happened in 1864 and 1867 and since than it has been 150 years and the tree stands strong and has formed a complete ecosystem around it. If you happen to visit the tree you would ask the question that where is the tree because it doesn’t look like a tree it looks like a forest.
In 1925 about 92 years ago the main trunk of The Great Banyan Tree of India started decaying and had to be removed else it would have been very difficult to save the tree. The circumference of the tree is 486 m and it covers an area of around 18918 sq m and it has more than 3500 prop roots which has also become trees now. The Great Banyan Tree of India is home to more than 87 species of birds and is the major attraction in Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Indian Botanic Garden. The height of the Great Banyan Tree is around 24.5 m which is close to the height of gateway of India. It is the second largest Tree in the world in terms of canopy coverage and the first being Thimmamma Marrimanu which is Andhra Pradesh and it has a canopy cover of 19107 sq m.
The Great banyan Tree of India is the pride of India and good care has to be taken for the survival of the tree. When Donald Miller said “All the tress are losing their leaves and none of them is worried about that”. He sent a great message that we have to take the initiative to the save the ecosystem and eventually save us on the planet.