July 24, 2018
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COIMBATORE: More than 500 villagers at Puthur in Thondamuthur bade a tearful adieu to a 300-year-old banyan tree – that was uprooted on Sunday last following strong winds – by lighting lamps, incense sticks and placing garlands on it.
The banyan tree had been providing shelter to thousands of people over the last three centuries. A few people had even put up petty shops under the tree.
According to police, the tree could not withstand the strong winds due to its ‘old age’.
“It is a big tragedy,” said those who had gathered there to pay homage to the ‘senior most’ member of the area.