Adyar Banyan Tree

Adyar Banyan tree is consider one of the larget and oldest tree in the world. It's 450-year old gaint tree located in the grounds of the Theosophical Society headquarters, known locally as Adyar aala maram, whose aerial roots cover some 60,000 sq m. Which people listened to discourses by luminaries suc as J. Krishnamurti, Annie Besant and Maria Montessori.

Adyar Banyan Tree

Theosophical Society garden lies on the south bank of the Adyar River and covers 260 acres. The garden has migratory birds, fruit bats, snakes, jackals, wild cats, mongooses, hares and a variety of spiders. Trees include the rare mahogany and other trees from across the globe. 

Adyar Banyan Tree

The Theosophy Society - Adyar is the name of a section of the Theosophical Society founded by Helena Petrovna Blavatsky and others in 1875. Its headquarters moved with Blavatsky and president Henry Steel Olcott to Adyar, an area of Chennai in 1883.

TheosphicalSociety by Balavatsky in 1908

The designation 'Adyar' is added to make it clear that this is the Theosophical Society headquartered there, after William Quan Judge was separated by Besant and formed his own organization, known as the "Theosophical Society - Pasadena", with its International Headquarters in Pasadena, California.

Adyar Banyan Tree

This banyan tree appears to be 40 foot tall, 30 tonne trunk.  At a time some 3000 people can stay under its shade. There are times when people gathered and listened to great philosophers speech. During 1989, this banyan tree  was hit by a cyclone and uprooted.  Inorder to save this renowned tree huge cranes were used to put it in place.  Now it is still surviving by extending its trunks and holding its fame till today.


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