The Bihar government has decided to exhibit a medicinal plant, believed by locals to be the same ‘sanjeevani booti’ that saved Lakshmana’s life in the Ramayana, in a biodiversity exhibition to be held in Chennai later this month. -this.
The plant, ‘selaginella bryopteris’, which is found in abundance in the Rohtas district of the state, has the properties to cure severe disorders of the nervous system, the chairman of the Biodiversity Council of the State told PTI. State of Bihar, DK Shukla.
The state government has also asked the Lucknow-based Birbal Sahni Paleoscience Institute (BSIP) to determine the age of the giant tree ”Pakad” in Sitamarhi district, under which, it is believed Says Sita Devi rested on her way to Ayodhya after her marriage to Lord Rama.
The ancient tree, which spans an acre of land, has become a tourist attraction and a place of pilgrimage.
On the ‘sanjeevani booti’, Shukla said, “Since this plant has amazing healing properties, we have decided to send it for exhibition in Chennai.” An exhibition will be held in the southern city on the occasion of the International Day of Biology Diversity on May 22. Shukla said the ”sanjeevani booti” of plants in Rohtas district were mentioned in a research paper titled ‘Flora of British India’, prepared by botanist and explorer Sir JD Hooker in 1890. It was kept in the Davis Library, University of California, USA.
The plant, closest to the therapeutic ‘sanjeevani booti’ mentioned in the Ramayana, is mainly found around Mani village of Rohtas district. In the epic, Ravana’s son Meghnad shot an arrow at Rama’s brother Lakshmana during a battle in Lanka and he fell unconscious to the ground. Hanuman was invited to fetch medicinal plants from a hill in the Himalayas. Unable to identify them, he brought the whole hill and saved Lakshmana’s life.
The Bihar government has also urged BSIP, an autonomous institute under the central government, to determine the age of the Pakad tree located in Panth-Pakad village in Sitamarhi district and that of a vast banyan tree in the inside the compound of a large private company in Quartier Munger.
“We have asked BSIP to determine the age of these two trees as it is believed that these trees are ancient,” the additional chief secretary of the Department of Environment, Forestry and Climate Change, Dipak Kumar, told PTI. Singh. All arrangements have been made to protect these two trees, he said.
“According to folklore, the giant Pakad tree in the village of Panth-Pakad is the same tree under which Sita Devi rested as she made her way to Ayodhya after her marriage,” said Sudhir Kumar Karn, Conservator of Forests of the Muzaffarpur range which includes Sitamarhi district.
People from across the Mithila region, which includes parts of Bihar, Jharkhand and eastern Terai districts of Nepal, pray here, Karn said.
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