The 5000 year old Banyan tree where Lord Krishna is said to have delivered his holy message of Bhagavad Gita, is slowly dying according to experts.
The tree is being smothered and cannot draw nutrients because of marble paving laid around the base of the tree.
It will take a miracle to save the tree and its caretakers fear that further scientific investigation could impose a levy to collect funds to go towards the trees care.
The legendary banyan tree under which Lord Krishna is believed to have delivered his message of “Bhagavad Gita” to Arjuna is dying a slow death.
Considered to be more than 5,000 years old, this tree at Jyotisar near Kurukshetra in Haryana is reportedly the only remaining relic from the time of the Mahabharata. Now, a tussle between the two claimants over the holy place on a puerile issue has left the tree completely neglected putting it on the verge of extinction.
OI found that the area surrounding the tree has been covered with marble pavement and it can’t draw nutrients for its growth. Fancy lights and lamps are fitted with nails on the tree for lighting during night and big bells are tied all over it. The ‘holy thread’ tied by the visitors has covered most of the lower branches. Tying threads is considered to be wish-fulfilling. Sadly, chunks of branches were also chopped off recently by the caretakers without any expert advice.
The two stakeholders – Hindu Mission, a local religious body that has been taking care of the tree for years and the Kurukshetra Development Board (KDB) – are sparring over the ownership of the space where the tree is located.
Pandit Sukhpal, who is currently taking care of the disputed portion on behalf of Hindu Mission, said, “We have been looking after the holy tree and even constructed a marble pavement for its upkeep. Our gardener prunes it from time to time.” Sukhpal added that there is no need of any scientific preservation of the tree because that would invite some ‘problem’ for this holy area, as the KDB would then levy fee on visit to this place.
Source: Times of India