The famous banyan tree of history. Specimens of
this Indian fig are mentioned as being of immense size. One in
Bengal spreads over a diameter of 370 feet. Another covered an
area of 1,700 square yards. It is one of the sacred trees
Hindoos. It was known to the ancients. Strabo describes it, and it
is mentioned by Pliny. Milton also alludes to it as follows:
Branching so broad along, that in the ground
The bending twigs take root; and daughters grow
About the mother tree; a pillared shade,
High overarched, with echoing walks between.
There oft the Indian herdsman, shunning heat,
Shelters in cool; and tends his pasturing herds
At loop-holes cut through thickest shade.
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