The banyan is one of the world’s largest trees, growing up to 200 metres wide and 30 metres tall, with aerial roots that eventually become separate trunks.
In Bali the banyan is known as the “king of trees”, is seen as a symbol of eternal life, and considered sacred, believed to house spirits. When you witness its timeless grace and power for yourself, you’ll understand why.
The Balinese revere the banyan for the shade and protection it offers. It is often planted near a temple and its shade provides an informal meeting place for the community. Its trunk is often decorated with black and white checked sarongs, and a shrine is built within the tree, where offerings are placed regularly.
All aspects of the tree – leaves, fruit and flowers – are used in ceremonies, although the tree is never harmed.