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Thimmamma Marrimanu, Anantapur Overview

Thimmamma Marrimanu is a huge banyan tree located at about 70 Km from Horsely Hills. This historical Marrimanu tree is situated in the district of Ananthpur. The serene Thimmamma Marrimanu tree is visited by many local and foreign tourists.

The local people preserved the name of the Thimmamma Marrimanu tree since ancient times. The word 'marri' means banyan and 'manu' means tree in the Telugu language. Many people visit the place to worship and to let their souls relax in the peaceful ambience. The route is quite exciting while getting here as it goes through fields and little villages, and it makes the visitors' journey enjoyable.

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About the lady 'Thimmamma'

Thimmamma, born in AD 1394 was the daughter of a Setti Balija couple Sennakka Venkatappa and Mangamma. She married Bala Veerayya. She constantly took care of him when he was ill. Later on, her husband died in 1434. She committed Sati and sacrificed her life for him.

Geography of the place

The Thimmamma Marrimanu, located in Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh, is just about 25 km from Kadiri town. The tree's branches spread over a land of 5 acres and have a cover of 19,107 sq meters. There is a small temple built under the Thimmamma Marrimanu tree dedicated to Thimmamma. An account of her life is made in Telugu language, and it is kept at the shrine. In 1989, the Thimmamma Marrimanu is recorded as the biggest tree in the Guinness Book of World Records.

History of the tree

The history of the tree emerges from a lady Thimmamma, who used to take care and look after her husband, who was ill. Later on, on her husband's funeral pile, she sacrificed her life. The locals believe that the pole of north-east side pyre grew and got inside this tree. It is believed that this banyan tree has sprouted at the same place where she ascended the funeral pyre.

Till date, the villagers believe the spirit of the lady is still present in the Marimanu. Hence, it is named as Thimmamma Marimanu in the memory of that lady. The Indian mythology represents this tree as Trimurthya, which is a confluence of Lord Vishnu as the bark, Lord Brahma as the roots and Lord Shiva as the branch. It is said that the three gods are residing in that Thimmamma Marimanu tree.

Legend related to the place

The local people of the area believe that if a couple praying for a child visit the place and worship 'Thimmamma' with dedication, they will have a child soon.
Legend Related to The Place
Moreover, at this place, a big jatara is held on the Shivaratri festival. Many people flock here in high numbers to worship 'Thimmamma' on this occasion.

Tips For Visiting Thimmamma Marrimanu

Do visit the place during Shivratri as there is a great celebration over here. Since this place is a picnic spot, you need to carry enough food with you because nothing is available apart from refreshments at roadside eateries.

How To Reach Thimmamma Marrimanu

The place is accessible by all means of transport. This Thimmamma Marrimanu tree can be accessed by road from Anantapur which is 100 kms away. Hyderabad is 497 km from this place. The nearest airport for the visitors to come is directly in Bangalore which is 211 kms. There is a railway station at Kadiri.

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