The Uttarakhand government is all set to invest Rs 25 crore to search for the magical herb, Sanjeevani Booti. Uttarakhand’s AYUSH department has set up a committee of Ayurvedic experts which will soon embark on a search for Sanjeevani Booti. a magical herb is credited in the ancient Hindu text Ramayana with restoring life to Lord Rama’s brother, Lakshman mortally injured during the war with Ravana.
Surendra Singh Negi, the state’s minister for alternative medicine, told AFP, “We have set an initial budget of 250 million rupees ($37 million) for the project. The four-member committee will begin its work from next month.”
“The Dronagiri range of the Himalayas will be scoured in search of the herb, the discovery of which is bound to be difficult as even Lord Hanuman had not been able to identify it and had to uproot the entire Dronagiri mountain and bring it all the way to Ravana’s Lanka.”
The work on finding the plant will begin in August in the Dronagiri range of Himalayas, located near the Chinese border. According to the Ramayana, this range included the mountain on which the plant grew.
India’s 5,000-year-old medicine system Ayurveda uses herbs to cure ailments and has seen a revival under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government.
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