Banyan Tree

Banyan Tree

District Fatehgarh Sahib has one of the largest Banyan Tree in the country or may we say in the world. The tree stands in village Cholti Kalan. While coming from Sirhind side on the Sher Shah Suri Marg one has to take a left turn off the marg at Sarai Banjara village and travel about 8 kms or an interior link road to reach the site of the tree.

 

 

Once your are there, you are face to face with the mighty tree. It stands out amidst lush fields. It has to be seen to believe that the canopy of the tree spreads over 3 to 4 Acres of land. According to local information, the tree is a few hundred years old. It is also known as the ‘Kaya Kalp Vriksh’.

The local belief is that nobody can stop the relentless spread of the tree. As the tree is surrounded by private land, the adjoining land owners dare not cut any branch which may grow and cover their land. It is believed that any person in the past who tried to stop the spread of the tree had to face grave misfortunes. The usage of waste wood or fallen leaves of the tree is considered equally unpropitious. Thus, the great banyan tree continues to grow undisturbed.

 
 
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