Pillalamarri (Telugu: పిల్లలమర్రి) (Implicated Meaning: Cluster of baby branched Banyan tree) is approximately 700 year old banyan tree park. The park stretches to 3 acres in area and is approximately 8 kilo meters from Mahbubnagar town, Andhra Pradesh.
Implicit Meaning of Pillalamarri: The tree is spread so wide with its branches intertwined, its main trunk or even the parent branch is literally untranslatable. With several child branches clustured within Pillalamarri can be said a cluster of baby branched Banyan tree.
- Pillalamarri (Telugu: పిల్లలమర్రి) Timmasani Pally Rd, Kristan Pally village.
- 8 Kms from Mahbubnagar, Andhra Pradesh
- Significance: Popular picnic point.
- Area span: appx. 3 acres (1.21 hectares / 0.0046875 Square Miles)
- Avg. annual temperature : 26 to 35.0 °C
- Attractions: Ancient Shiva Temple, Darga , Pillalamarri Zoo and Pillalamarri Meausam.
- Near by attractions: Alampur Temple
Pillalamarri is a popular recreational area for localities. Visitors often come here for Picnicking, camping and other family get together events. From a distance the tree presents the appearance of a small hillock with green foliage but on reaching nearer, it looks like a large green umbrella.
The statues and sculptures found in the district are exhibited in the exhibition here. A historical Shiva Temple which was submerged under Srisailam Project was relocated here. There is also a tomb of a Muslim sage close to the tree which also attracts frequent devotees throughout the year.
Recognizing its sanctuary and popularity among visitors, local and state government made several enhancements to the park. In Dec 2007, Zilla Parishad Chairman K. Damadar Reddy announced Rs. 80 lakh to build a science museum at Pillalamarri. Subsequently, in Feb 2009, Minister for Rural Development G. Chinna Reddy initiated beautification of the park and facilities near by with an additional Rs. 50 lakh grants from the Government. A Zoo , museum, boating facilities are other key attractions in the park.
The banyan tree (Ficus benghalensis) produces propagating roots which grow downwards as aerial roots. Once these roots reach the ground, they grow into woody trunks that can become indistinguishable from the main trunk.The figs are eaten by birds and mammals. Fig seeds are dispersed by birds such as the Indian Mynas and studies have shown that seeds that pass through the digestive system of the bird are more likely to germinate as well as sprout earlier.
Other names in different cultures:
A banyan tree is given other names in different languages. In bengali, its known as ‘Bengal fig’, ‘Indian fig’, also bargad/برگد, borh/بوڑھ, wad (Marathi:वड ), . In Tamil it is known as aalamaram (ஆலமரம்). Sanskrit names include nyagrodha. In Kannada it is known as [“aalada mara”].In Malayalam it is known as ” aalmaram”.