Beautiful as the temple is, it was the Muchkunda tree growing in the courtyard that caught my eye.. It has a magnificently gnarled trunk (is that possible) and its roots seemed to have surfaced and uprooted some of the surrounding tiles. I have no idea if the Muchkunda is as old as the temple but it has certainly seen many a monsoons…
|Notice the leaf shape and the flowers. This image of a Muchkunda located elsewhere|
Restoration works at the site have included creating a base of stones around the tree but I am not sure I really like that grey structure. Here are some more images
|The newly restored temple and the Muchkunda Tree|
If you ever get a chance to visit the Tulshibag in Pune, do not forget to admire the magnificent Muchkunda.
I am participating in Parul’s #ThursdayTreeLove31. It is a photo feature posted on the second and fourth Thursday of every month. Head over there to see some amazing trees from around the world!