A view of Cubbern Burr, the celebrated Banian Tree, on an Island in the Nerbudda, drawn from nature 1772
Plate eighty-five from the third volume of James Forbes' "Oriental Memoirs". Cubbeer-Burr was the famous banyan on the island in the river Narmada, named after the mystic-poet Kabir. Forbes'(1749-1819)favourite excursion site, he descibed the banyan as 'forming a canopy of verdant foliage impenetrable to a tropic sun, extending over a circumference of two thousand feet...the enormous bats which darken its branches frequently exceed six feet in length from the tip of each wing...suspend themselves by the claw, or hook on the wings with their heads downwards, when they repose or eat, in which posture they hang by thousands.' This image is one of Forbes own hand-drawn lithographs.