Kabirvad

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Kabirvad
SpeciesBanyan (Ficus benghalensis)
LocationKabirvad river island, Bharuch district, Gujarat, India
Coordinates21°45′48″N 73°08′24″E / 21.7633869°N 73.140089°E / 21.7633869; 73.140089Coordinates: 21°45′48″N 73°08′24″E / 21.7633869°N 73.140089°E / 21.7633869; 73.140089
CustodianForest Department, Government of Gujarat
Hodi Ghat, Kabirvad

Kabirvad is a banyan tree located on a small river island in Narmada river. It is Bharuch district, Gujarat, India. The tree and place is associated with 15th century mystic-poet Kabir. There is a temple dedicated to Kabir. It is believed that the banyan tree was sprouted from Datoon (twig used as a toothbrush). The place is religious site as well as popular tourist spot.[1][2][3][4]

Nearchus, an admiral of Alexander the Great, described a large specimen on the banks of the Narmada River, possibly Kabirvad. The tree's canopy was so extensive it sheltered 7000 men. It was later described by James Forbes (1749–1819) in his Oriental Memoirs (1813–1815) as nearly 610 m (2,000 ft) in circumference with over 3000 trunks.[5] Currently the area of its canopy is 17,520 m2 (4.33 acres) with a perimeter of 641 m (2,103 ft).[6]

From Bharuch to Jhanor via Shuklatirth, there is a place known as Kabirmadhi. From here a boat ride brings people to the river island.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Bar-Ness, Yoav Deniel (January 2010). "The Kabir Tree" (PDF). Outlook Traveller. pp. 118–121. Archived from the original on 2016-12-14.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  2. ^ "Kabirvad". Gujarat Tourism. Retrieved 14 December 2016.
  3. ^ Network, Divyabhaskar (6 April 2015). "Amazing: नर्मदा नदी के टापू पर 3 किमी तक फैला है यह बरगद का पेड़". dainikbhaskar (in Hindi). Retrieved 14 December 2016.
  4. ^ "Crocodile fear hits footfall in Bharuch tourist spot". The Indian Express. 22 June 2014. Retrieved 14 December 2016.
  5. ^ Wikisource Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Fig" . Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.
  6. ^ Bar-Ness, YD (June 2010). "The World's Largest Trees? Cataloguing India's Giant Banyans" (PDF). Outreach Ecology. p. 6. Retrieved 3 January 2018.