The world’s oldest banyan tree is slowly dying. Yes! The sacred banyan tree in India which is said to be around 5000 years old is facing slow death.
The holy tree, under which the lord Krishna delivered the messages of the scripture known as the Bhagavad Gita to the warrior prince Arjuna before the battle depicted in the epic text, the Mahabharata, is located in the town of Jyotisar.
According to the local people, the present banyan tree is an offshoot of the original. Every year thousands of people visit the centuries-old holy tree.
The times of India reports that two groups are fighting over control of the holy site and the tree is suffering as a result.
The area surrounding the tree has been covered with marble pavement and it can’t draw nutrients for its growth. Not only that, the tree is covered with fancy lamps, bells and lights. Further, holy threads tied to the branches by visitors seeking wish fulfillment have covered the lower branches which affect the tree‘s health. Above all, caretakers have unscientifically pruned many branches without any expert advice. All these lead to the slow death of the holy tree.
The banyan tree is revered by both Hindus and Buddhists. It is widely believed that Buddha has received enlightenment under a variety of banyan tree in the region now known as Bodh Gaya.
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