The Big banyan tree at Basaveswaranagar has made way to its kin!
You must have read in my musings of 15th instant of May, how disturbed I was and so also the people of the place when all of us saw the Big Banyan tree at Basaveshwaranagar Monkey Park laying down its life. The sentiments attached to this tree were beyond the words to express.
I went pensive, as to how fast and how effectively I should function to soothe the ailing hearts of the people of the locality who were all missing the tree’s presence. Although nothing can replace the legacy of the tree, all that I could do was to plant a banyan tree in the same place which could definitely bring some kind of merriment on the peoples’ faces.
My search for a tree ended when we found a sapling of around 15 ft height with a circumference of around 2 ½ ft near BHEL Circle on Mysore road. This tree was about to be axed for the Metro rail work!
The preceding one was a day of 24 hours and beyond for the forest officers and my party workers who were successful in removing the remaining of the old tree and transporting the sapling (!) right from Mysore road to the place.
Flower lit, the atmosphere resembled a grand ceremony. Every one’s mood was festive! I could see the excitement in the eyes of those people of the area who were gathered to see the re-birth of their old friend! It was a grand birthday party in its literal sense! Sweets distributed, Reverences uttered, prayers held.
Finally when the sapling got its place on the soil, the moment and the feeling was as comforting and ecstatic as for a mother giving birth to her progeny.
My gratitude to everybody who had made the day memorable!