600 year old banyan tree

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. 

panchakkiThis water mill is run by the power of water brought to the site by a terracotta pipeline from eight kilometres away.

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.

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16 Responses to 600 year old banyan tree

  1. This tree definitely looks 500 plus years old and it is dying of sorts without its branches heading to ground

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  3. Mohini says:

    Amazing, 600 means Unbelievable! Now we can trust the God!

  4. Anto says:

    Simply amazing, its actually an antique piece isn’t it ? 🙂 Wonderful capture, the panorama is also nice. I have auto stitch in my camera, it automatically stitches 3 photographs with ease 🙂

    • Thanks Anto. It’s an antique and awe inspiring. One feels so humble standing in front of that tree. Which camera do you use. I know some sony and cannon cameras have this. Three may be a little limiting though.

  5. S.R.Ayyangar says:

    Amazing & unbelievable.

  6. dhaami says:

    fascinating! Nicely done photo as well .. Thanks for the tip on Autostitch 🙂

  7. Dinesh Gajjar says:

    A tree comes alive and tells the story! what a great idea for story 🙂

    On same note, when we talk about tree, I remember movie named made by . It is an excellent piece of work.

    By the way, any idea since when we have started word using “Deccan”?

  8. Arti says:

    This is great… I had visited Kabirvad where there is a Banyan tree which is also about 600 years old… Infact that tree is spread in an area of about 2 km and is one of the most interesting place that I have seen till now!!! You can have a look here –


  9. Rahul Yadav says:

    i love history…..unfortunately our teachers never taught it as an story happened in the past. I feel bad that it was taught as an subject in which students have to pass to move to upper grade….if only they could have taught in a better way 😦
    Anyways….this tree coming alive will be the best history teacher 🙂 hope it does i get to listen from it – the attack of mughals, the fight back of marathas, Chhatrapati Shivaji maharaj himself, santvani of sant. Tukaram, reign of peshwas, invasion of britishers, revolt of freedom fighters & last but not the least – freedom of India…
    everything feels related to me…

  10. Manish Raje says:

    I loved how the tree would want to share his vision and his wanted / unwanted events that it has seen through life. Super like!

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