World Forest Day in Gujarat, 12 acres garden of endangered medicinal plants in Gandhinagar

Gandhinagar, 21 March 2023
The Gandhinagar Medicinal Botanic Garden preserves endangered medicinal plants and trees. Medicinal plants like Umrado, Brahmi, Vermilion, Shankh Pushpi, Mamezjo, Cat, Arjun Sadar, Ambala, Aretha, Ramphal, Madhunashini etc. are grown free of cost in the park.

March 21 is celebrated as World Forest Day across the world. Nature has always given us something or the other. Man has become modern man from primitive man only by the use of forests on earth. The medicinal plants found in this forest have cured many diseases including human. In the modern era, the diseases of the people increased and the methods of their diagnosis also developed. People turned to treatment like allopathy because it cures the disease quickly but did not consider the damage caused by it. But if we know that the root of a plant called panfooti cures many hard stones, or if we know that a plant called hudsankal is a medicine for broken bones, we should be attracted to it. But not one such but many herbs eliminate many of our real diseases from the root. Many such plants are cultivated in the Government Medicinal Botanical Garden of Gandhinagar which are very useful for us.

The Government Medicinal Botanical Garden was established in the year 1980 by the Gujarat Forest Department. Presently he works under Gujarat Medicinal Plants Board. This park is spread over 12 hectares. The park is located in the vicinity of Circuit House and Akshardham.

Cultivation of medicinal plants, providing raw material to Government Ayurvedic Pharmacy, creating awareness about medicinal plants among people, providing study area to Ayurvedic and Botany students and distribution of medicinal plants to people are the main objectives. For this, technical staff has been appointed in the park. In addition, local gardeners plant trees in the park. And these plants are distributed free of charge. The park has arrangements for nursery, herbal park, seedling center and raw material collection.

Sandalwood, Sita Ashok, Bo, Ragot Rohido, Cat, Arni, Tattoo etc. are being conserved in the park by growing trees standing on the verge of extinction in Gujarat. Apart from this, different types of Tulsi, different types of Ardusi, Hadaskand, Panfuti, Nagaud, Parijat, Lindi Pimple, Arjun Sadad, Kuvarpathu, Sargava, Harde etc. medicinal plants have also been grown. Medicinal plants which are on the verge of extinction in Gujarat have been planted in the nursery of the park. Umrado, Brahmi, Sindoor, Shankh Pushpi, Mamjawa, Cat, Almond, Ardusi, Nagarvel, Fanas, Jasud, Parijat, Arjun Sadar, Ambala, Aretha, Ramphal, Madhunashini, Galla, Chandan, Anjeer, Garlic, Ashwagandha, Behra, Chanothi etc. . Medicinal plants are cultivated and distributed free of cost to the people.

The plants are dried and sent to the pharma industry as well as for various studies: Mrs. Krishna Sakharelia, Horticulture Officer

According to Medicinal Botanic Garden Officer Mrs. Krishna Sakharelia, Herbal Park has been made in the park. In which very few medicinal plants found in Gujarat and useful in practical life have been cultivated. In addition to the nursery, a solar dryer has been brought into the park in which various medicinal plants like Kariyatu, Ardusi, Behedan, Amla, Dodi, Varadhara etc. are dried and sent for experimental analysis for pharma industry as well as for various studies.

Digitally also one can get detailed information about plants in Gujarati, Hindi and English languages

In addition to the visitors, an e-herbal garden has been set up in the Medicinal Plant Garden so that people sitting at home can get information about medicinal plants. Wherein a QR code has been placed against each medicinal plant or tree which can be scanned in the Institute’s Botanical Garden Gandhinagar app which provides detailed information about that plant in Gujarati, Hindi and English languages as well.

Students and practitioners are also provided with information and guidance by experts

The gardener of the institute Dashrathji Thakor brings and plants medicinal plants. Farmers, students, people come to the Medicinal Botanical Garden to get information about plants. Information and guidance is given to the students and doctors by subject experts for medicinal plants in the Patanjali seminar room located in the park.