Ensuring knowledge of Ayurveda remains in the near future and conserving medicinal plants
Patanjali Herbal Garden was established in 1995, with the aim to popularise the knowledge of Ayurveda among the future generations and also to conserve the commonly available medicinal plants. A huge collection of more than 1,000 medicinal herbs, shrubs, trees, climbers, aquatic and ornamental plants from all over India can be found in this herbal garden. The garden has been organised and constructed in a way that a large number of wide collections, exposition and research on medicinal, aromatic and ornamental plants can benefit both the Scientific community and the general masses.
- About 300 species of herbs, 175 species of shrubs, 50 species of climbers, 25 species of aquatic and about 350 species of trees are available in this garden.
- 5 artificial caves constructed in the garden so as to provide a favourable environment for the growth of bryophytes, pteridophytes and orchids. Some of the caves display the basic knowledge of Ayurveda through beautiful sculptures, depicting how our ancestors were preparing Ayurvedic medicines like churns, vatis, asavas and bhasmas. It also displays different yogasanas, pranayamas and mudras through similar sculptures.
- There is also a beautiful Nav Graha Vatika. It displays 9 plants related with the concerned planet like Apamarg (Achyranthes aspera L.) for Budha (Mercury), Gular (Ficus racemosa L) for Sukra (Venus), Palash [Butea monosperma (Lam) Taub] for Chandra (Moon), Pipal (Ficus religiosa L) for Guru (Jupiter), Khadir [Acacia catechu (L.f.) Wild] for Mangal (Mars), Madar [Calotrophis gigantean (L) Dryand] for Surya (Sun), Kush [Desmostachya bipinnata (L.) Stapf] for Ketu, Shami [Prosopis cineria (L.) Druce] for Shani (Saturn) and Durva [Cynodon dactylon (L.) Pers] for Rahu.
- There is also a beautiful Rashi (Zodiac sign) Vatika and Nakshatra Vatika. The Rashi Vatika contains 12 plants according to their Zodiac Sign and Nakshatra Vatika contains 28 plants according to their Nakshatra Sign.
- 7 artificial fountains and 1 beautiful pond in the garden to provide a suitable climatic conditions for aquatic plants like Trapa natans L. (Singadha), Nymphaea nouchali Burm f.. (Kamal), Nelumbo nucifera Gaertn., Nymphoides indica (L.), Kuntze (Tagar), Ceratophyllum demersum L.; Pistia stratiotes L.; Typha angustifolia L.(Pater) and so on.
- There is a large Bird house with varieties of birds and rare plants; with a small pond and man- made waterfall that can create natural environment to the birds. Visitors can pass through this Bird house via a hanging bridge and will enjoy the natural beauty surrounding them.
- A Guided Tour of this Herbal Garden is available to the visitors. In this tour, our trained Guides enlighten the visitors with thorough and important information regarding the Ayurvedic medicinal plants. They will provide the knowledge about these medicinal plants with their Scientific and common names; and their usage to treat different diseases.
- The fresh and green medicinal plants are also prescribed by the Vaidyas of Patanjali . Fresh extract and decoction are given to the patients at Yogpeeth, according to the individual dosage. Green saplings of these medicinal plants are available at our nursery for purchase by the public.