During my recent visit to Aurangabad, I had a chance to see a 600 year old tree. We saw it at the Panchakki, the water mill.
In the picture, the chakki is situated in the far corner. The water falls in a small lake in front of the water mill. It also falls from a small waterfall on the right corner.
It’s on the bank of this small reservoir, we witnessed the oldest tree I have seen so far.
As per the guide there, the tree is more than 600 years old. Just imagine! The tree has been standing there since almost 1400 AD. So many things happened between then and now.
During this period, Shah Jahan came to the Deccan and Mughal ruled Maharashtra. It must have witnessed the rise of the Maratha resistance. Subsequently the Maratha dynasty being established. It would have seen Shivaji Maharaj ascend the throne. Aurangzeb himself had to come to the Deccan in the hope of finishing the Maratha rule. He never really succeeded in that dream and died in Deccan. His final resting place is at Khultabad, about 20 kms from here.
It witnessed the British coming to the power and the freedom struggle for India starting with the 1857 war of independence.
If only the tree could come alive and tell us his stories!
The tree is so big that it wouldn’t fit in my camera lens in one shot. I actually had to take 6 different photos and stitch them together to get this photograph. That’s why you see these jagged edges.
Stitching these photographs is not as esoteric as it seems. All I did was take these photographs with an overlap of about 25-30% between different photographs and used Autostitch, a free software, and it did the stitching. I have done many such panoramas. If you have never done such photos, time you actually do it. If you want to learn more about making panoramas, visit panoguide.