Kadiri (Anantapur): The 660 years-old Banyan tree dubbed as ‘ Thimamma Marrimanu’ spread over an area of 3.24 hectares is located in Edurudona panchayath in Kadiri mandal of Anantapur district is the pride of the district. The Botanical marvel had been recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records way back in 1989. The tree has 3,870 prop roots. It was transferred to the forest department in 1990 and ever since was being taken care by the forest personnel, nourishing it with needed fertilizers. Also Read – Rs 65.30lakhs Exgratia paid to deceased family Advertise With Us ‘Thimamma Marrimanu’ got its name from a legend of Thimamma couple who were known to be pious. The couple practised charity and helped people in the midst of severe drought conditions. Legend says that Thimamma, a Godess appeared to the pious lady and promised to give her a daughter for whom she was praying for. After eating a banana dropped by a bird, she became pregnant and gave birth to a daughter. The pious lady after the death of her husband, committed Sati. Hundreds of tourists from all over AP and Telangana visit the Botanical Garden and listen to the stories of Thimmamma, a saintly lady. Since 1990, the Forest department has been taking steps for the survival of the more than 600 years old tree by taking natural steps for its growth and by giving the needed support for its branches to expand. The tree is still growing in area and size and is attracting tourists.