What is 'Green Ramayana Park' developed by the Forest Department of Uttarakhand?
In a piece of interesting news, the Forest Department of Uttarakhand has developed a Green Ramayana Park. The park has species mentioned in Valmiki's Ramayan and is linked with Lord Rama. The park has species in connection with the journey of Lord Rama across four major types of forest in the country, while the other two are associated with Sita and Hanuman.
The Green Ramayana Park has been developed at Haldwani Biodiversity Park over an acre of land. The plants have names in Sanskrit, the same as mentioned in the Ramayana of Sage Valmiki. In addition to this, their scientific names and a precise number of 'Shloka' have also been mentioned.
As per Sanjiv Chaturvedi, the Chief Conservator of Forests in Uttrakhand, the Green Ramayana Park took more than six months to develop. It is first of its kind project and is developed in Haldwani area, touching the less explored aspect of Ramayana-- the flora.
The religious texts and available documents were explored to find out the species of plant that were associated with Lord Rama.
Mention in the Ramayana of Sage Valmiki
Valmiki's Ramayana mentions around 139 plant species out of which 90% still exist in the areas as mentioned in the book. The most interesting part is that the species of plants as mentioned in the Ramayana of Sage Valmiki still exists in the same geographical location.
Lord Rama's Journey and species associated
During Lord Rama's Journey from Ayodhya to Sri Lanka, he passed through 4 major forest types in India. These include Chitrakoot (tropical deciduous), Dandakarnanya (tropical deciduous), Panchavati (tropical dry deciduous) and Kishkindha (dry and moist deciduous).
Ashok Vatika (evergreen) and Dronagiri (alpine forest) are associated with Goddess Sita and Lord Hanuman respectively.