This jackfruit tree is a century old!

jack for all seasons The hundred-year-old jackfruit tree at Kurubarahalli.

Kurubarahalli is a small village on the Ramanagar-Magadi road. On one side of the road is a temple dedicated to local deity Muthathiraya.

The temple premises has a tree full of jackfruits. In fact, the tree bears jackfruits six to seven months of the year. The jackfruits are covered with cloth, to prevent the “evil eye” from landing on them. This tree could be at least a hundred years old, says temple priest Sanjeevaiah. He remembers seeing this tree ver since he was a child. “I do not know what variety of jackfruit this is, but it tastes great,” point out many who have tasted the fruit from this tree.

Typically temple premises house banyan or peepul trees. The fact that this temple has a jackfruit tree, comes with an interesting legend. Sanjeevaiah points out that the deity of Muthathiraya loves jackfruit, which is why, he says, our ancestors have planted this tree.
A tree that bears so many fruits doesn’t even require any manure or maintenance. Next to the tree is a water tank, from which every now and then, the tree is fed water. Every year, from October, the tree starts bearing fruits. “This tree bears as many as 150-200 fruits annually, on an average. The jackfruit is used as prasada in the temple. The remaining are sold. The money is credited to the temple Trust, and later used for construction or sprucing up the temple from time to time,” the priest explains.

Sanjeevaiah however says he is helpless when it comes to preparing seedlings, so as to raise this variety further. Additional Director of Horticulture Department S V Hittalmani explains that it is only by grafting that a good variety can be developed. “We will soon develop grafted saplings from this mother tree and donate to the temple as a gift,” he explains.

Ganadhalu Srikanta

Aesthetically speaking...

The scene, from the entrance to the monuments located in a beautifully arranged garden, is stunning with the symmetrical structures. This is a fine example of top class Islamic architecture. It is a mausoleum where Ibrahim Adil Shah II, his queen Taj Sultana, his two sons, and his mother are interred is on the left whereas the building on the right is the mosque. The design of the minarets 24 meters tall was perhaps inspired by those on the Taj Mahal.

There are interconnecting buildings with well-designed corridors. It is richly embellished with stone filigree work and quotation from Quoran. The two huge domes, with crescent moons, are placed symmetrically over the structures. The buildings are separated by a tall walled structure topped by two minarets. E. Mallick Sandal of Iran designed the mausoleum. The green lawn and well arranged plants add beauty to the scene. This is one of the well maintained monuments in Bijapur. However, the monuments could have suffered damage by invaders as well as the elements.

Bijapur is about 580 km from Bangalore and is well connected by road and rail. The monument lies at the Western edge of the town and is accessible by taxi/auto-rickshaw.

D B N Murthy