President Pranab Mukherjee on 6 July 2015 inaugurated Nakshatra Vatika at his official Rashtrapati Nilayam Gardens in Bolarum, Secunderabad. The vatika (garden) has plants representing planets, zodiac signs and stars.
The layout of ‘Nakshatra Vatika’ has been developed in various geometrical combinations corresponding to the Sree Chakra of Vedic astrology on a 0.91 acre plot.
About Nakshatra Vatika
• In the core, the formation is square shaped and accommodates nine squares to represent the Navagrah (Planets).
• Each square is planted with a particular tree/plant variety that represents the respective planet and is placed as per the astronomical direction.
• The first inner circular band is divided in 12 small circles at parts of 30º each corresponding to the 12 Rashi (zodiac sign).
• Each has a plant that represents the particular zodiac sign.
• The outer circular band consists of 27 parts of 13º- 20’ each with small circles which represents each a Nakshatra (Stars), planted with a representative tree/plant of that particular star.
• In all, 48 trees/plants representing nine Navgrahs, twelve Rashi and Twenty seven Nakshatra are present in the Garden.
• Beside these, the Peepal tree, Banana tree and Bilva have been also placed in appropriate locations in the Vatika bringing the total to 51 trees/plants.
The Nakshatra Vatika will be the second specialised garden within the complex of Nilayam Garden, which already has a Herbal Garden into it.
The Garden will be open to public along with other gardens of Nilayam in the first week of January 2016.
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Who: Nakshatra Vatika
When: 6 July 2015