Dehradun, July 14
A thematic backyard impressed by Lord Ram’s 14-year exile throughout which he handed by means of various kinds of forests has been developed at Haldwani in Uttarakhand, officers mentioned.
Built over an space of 1 acre as a part of Uttarakhand Forest Department’s Biodiversity Park, Haldwani, the gates of “Ramayan Vatica” have been thrown open to public on Tuesday, Conservator of Forest (analysis wing) Sanjiv Chaturvedi beneath whose steerage the backyard has been developed advised PTI.
Different sorts of forests have been recreated by means of which Lord Ram handed throughout his exile as described in Maharshi Valmiki’s Ramayana, he mentioned.
Different species of crops talked about in chapters of the epic describing ‘Chitrakoot’, ‘Dandakaranya’, ‘Panchvati’, ‘Kishkindha’, ‘Ashok Vatika’ and ‘Dronagiri’, have been raised on the backyard to recreate the identical forest atmosphere as described within the guide, he mentioned.
“We have developed plant life at the garden in accordance with the categories in which they grow at these places including tropical deciduous forests of Chitrakoot and Dandakaranya, tropical dry deciduous forests of Panchvati, dry and moist deciduous forest of Kishkindha, evergreen forest of Ashok Vatika and the alpine forest of Dronagiri,” Chaturvedi mentioned.
“The purpose behind developing a thematic garden is to inspire people for forest conservation by drawing upon religious scriptures,” the officer mentioned.
The forests named above are related to Lord Ram throughout his interval of exile which started from Chitrakoot in Uttar Pradesh.
“It is wonderful how a lot Valmiki knew and the way little has modified in these forests besides for his or her density, wildlife and sure plant species, the IFS officer mentioned.
“The geographical location and species composition of forests as described in Valmiki Ramayana is still more or less the same be it growing of Saal and Sagaun in Dandkarayana which falls in Central India or Chandan and Raktchandan in Kishkindha region which falls around Bellary in present Karnataka or occurrence of Seeta Ashok and Nagkesar in evergreen forest of Sri Lanka where Ashok Vatika was situated,” Chaturvedi mentioned.
The Ramayana highlights the extraordinary vary of plant lifetime of India at the moment and mentions 139 completely different plant species, Chaturvedi mentioned including the backyard is an try to the touch upon this facet of the Ramayana that continues to be largely unexplored.
“In fact the Ramayana is a botanist’s delight with detailed descriptions of forest types. Though a religious epic, it is unique in its celebration of nature. It is full of brilliant passages describing the bio-diversity that surrounds Ram and the other characters during their life in the forest,” he mentioned.
“Based on the unique concept of recreating for visitors diverse forest ambiences through which Lord Ram passed during his exile beginning from Ayodhya and culminating in Sri Lanka, the garden is the first of its kind in the country,” Chaturvedi mentioned.
30 vital timber, herbs and shrubs talked about within the Aranya-Kand of Valmiki Ramayana together with Seeta Ashok, Chandan, Raktchandan, Brahmi, Jeevanti, Tulsi, Saal, Sagaun,Maulshri, Peepal, Sadan, Nagkesar and many others,” he mentioned. —PTI