The Ficus genus --covers Ashwattha, Banyan and Oudamber esp. and have
been covered in my earlier posts.
This post will try and touch on is on its magnificent survival . I am also now
realising why these 3 trees are mentioned in the Shree VS-
In GIta Lord Krishna
says "I am the Ashwattha, his Vibhutis...Divine Glories- Chp 10, sloka
These great ficus trees have survived all kinds of ravages over years of -
droughts, floods, tsunamis, earthquakes and other natural calamities and their
species survival is estimated by a Molecular Clock as...(hard to even imagine this
)--as maybe over 50 million years....God -I cant even imagine ..this time
So how did these Trees achieve it and esp. now with Man's greed and encroachment,
felling and sheer vandalism-in the last 200 years of so called
: 1) Ficus Genus are tropical and have been venerated & protected in India & SE Asia.
2)The very nature of Ficus is to survive--grip and hang on -even has been called a Strangler
Fig tree.Their pollination and spread is mostly by birds and wasps -not on the whims or vagaries of Man's behaviour.
Thank God for that .
3) Personally, I believe it is God's Will alone ..for creation and preservation and
so it has a very special place in our Religious texts and in Buddhism ;
In fact aptly is
called "Ficus Religiosa"
4) To understand something of this Survival in
a Metro ..please see pics of a Tall Ficus Ashwattha (Bodhi) gripping onto a
dilapidated building entrance; have seen many like this on older buildings in
every city and took this case up for study. The Root structure tells a lot. The location is in a market
lane now being "Developed"-near my house in R.A.Puram, Chennai. God alone knows
how this magnificent brave tree will fare that has definitely stood about 15- 20 years