Dhanvantari Vaatika - A Pharmaceutical Garden of Ayurvedic Plants

The importance of Ayurveda is well-known. From infancy to old age in one form or another we have been using these Ayurvedic herbs for centuries. But today our traditional domestic medical practices are now becoming endangered due to lack of knowledge of the medicinal properties of plants. For past three - four decades plantations are done keeping in view their beauty, shade and wood therefore a number of medicinal vegetation have disappeared and in their place trees of foreign origin having an adverse impact on our health are in abundance.

As the vegetation surrounding us  affects our health therefore we should refrain from planting trees & plants having dubious drug effects in the vicinity of  residential premises and trees & plants having desired medicinal properties should be planted more . Accordingly we need to adopt natural resources which are commonly available and are safe.

Keeping in view the importance of Ayurvedic plants and their ready availability to get fresh medicine with ease originated the concept for the establishing a pharmaceutical garden of Ayurvedic plants in Raj Bhawan. It was named as Dhanvantari Vatika after Lord Dhanvantari the originator deity of Ayurveda. On 24th February 2001, the then Governor Vishnukant Shastri inaugurated Dhanvantari Vatika in Raj Bhawan.

From time to time, under the Green Campaign and on various occasions many medicinal plants are regularly planted by Hon’ble Governor, Principal Secretary to Governor and other officials of Raj Bhawan.This garden now has more than 250 plant species including many rare plants such as Rudraksh, Kalp Vriksha , Sinduri , Krishnvat, Sita Ashok etc.