Pakari Brikshya

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Not too far from the sacred Lumbini is found a giant and sacred tree – Pakari Brikshya. Circumference of its trunk may reach 20 m.

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GPS coordinates
27.6360 N 83.5809 E
Location, address
Asia, Nepal, Lumbini, Rupandehi District, to the east from Rupandehi near Devadaha (Devdaha) some 2 km south-west from Khaireni
Name in Nepali
कोटियामाई (Kotiyamai)
Alternate names
Pakad, Falakasha, Devdaha banyan, Kotiyamai, Pakhdi Rukh
weeping fig (peepal) (Ficus benjamina)
approximately 16 – 20 m
~ 20 m
Width of crown
> 30 m

Map of the site

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WorldYellow In detail

This solitary tree is located in the countryside and is surrounded by fields. The giant tree is well known to locals and is considered to be holy. Locals are afraid to break a branch or do any other harm to this tree in fear that something bad can happen to them. They have also have noticed that predatory birds never sit in this tree and elephants do not touch it although the branches are low.

It is not easy to assess the size of this tree but the impressive numbers are given by the municipal website (1) – with a trunk circumference of 25 m – seem to be exaggerated. Analysis of several movies and images shows that the circumference of the trunk is between 16 and 20 meters what is very impressive anyway.

Pakari Brikshya is peepal or weeping fig (Ficus benjamina). This tree often has many smaller trunks bundled together but in this case, Pakari Brikshya has one major trunk. The circumference is increased by one major branch starting from low height.

Surrounding area is named Pakari and the tree is a well known local landmark.

Some images and movies of tree


  1. Archaeological sites of Devdaha, municipal website. Accessed on July 19, 2014
  2. Barbara Adams, In search of three giant trees, Kathmandu Post, 23 March 2012. Accessed on July 19, 2014

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