“Bonsai is a rare human Endeavour that has held me in awe and introspecting over years. In the miniature plant lives a grand life. It reflects the cosmic creation, the play of celestial paradoxesnear, yet far, more, yet less, known, yet unknown, Small yet Big "
His Holiness Sri Ganapathi Sachchidananda Swamiji
Kishkinda Moolika Bonsai garden is an exquisite collection of more than 450 carefully shaped and miniaturized trees. The trees have been aesthetically displayed in oriental garden setting amidst the tranquil surroundings of Sri Ganapathi Sachchidananda Ashrama, Mysore, India.
It is said that the art of Bonsai originated in Chinese village long ago. It is an art involving miniaturizing plants and growing then in pots. Incidentally, there is a mention of a ‘miniature forest’ in Ramayana. It is the 'Kishkindha Vana’ developed by Dadhimukha, the maternal uncle of King Sugriva. Kishkindha was the name of a mountain. The word is also used to signify ‘a narrow space’, ‘a compact space’.
His Holiness Sri Ganapathi Schchidananda Swamiji's love for greenery and ecology is legendary. If Ashrama wears a green look, it is because of the enduring and affectionate attention of Sri Swamiji and the trained dedicated volunteer garden staff put in since 30 years.
The Gardens in the Ashrama have developed over the past three decades. When the Ashrama began in 1966, one of the first horticultural activities was the planting of hundreds of non-hybridized coconut trees on its western boundary.