A rare talisman protects this tree in Bangalore

Image: The image has no relation whatsoever to the tree mentioned in the story.

"Whoever causes any harm to this tree, they will commit the sin of not taking care of their mother."—Muniyappa. So reads a Kannada stone inscription at the base of a ficus tree, at the lake catchment area of Chennammanakere in Banashankari.

Installed on June 1, 1943, the inscription is the tree’s talisman, ensuring the tree protection to this day.Ironically, even after 64 years, the inscription is relevant to contemporary Bangalore’s and the city needs many more Muniyappas as rampant tree felling has led to the city losing it’s Garden City tag.

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