PROJECT: Aarogya Van the Herbal Garden
LOCATION: Kevadia, Gujarat
COLLABORATORS: Gujarat Forest Department,
Santhigiri Ashram from Kerala
AREA: 68,797 sq.mt.
COMPLETED: 31st Oct 2020
INAUGURATED BY: Prime Minister Narender Modi
Arogya Van (Herbal Garden) developed near the Statue of Unity, spreads over an area of about 17 acres. Arogya Van exhibits a wide range of medicinal plants and health-related landscapes. The aim of this attraction at Kevadia, is to raise awareness about the important role played by plants in the wellness of human beings. Emphasis is also laid on Yoga, Ayurveda, and Meditation for being an integral part of a person’s well-being.
Arogya Van has a Kerala connection. Gujarat Forest Department has tied up with Santhigiri Ashram in Kerala. Santhigiri Ashram is an organization with more than 60 years of experience that focuses on Yoga, Ayurveda, and Siddha, Panchakarma.
FEATURES OF AAROGYA VAN:
Aarogya Van has been developed in such a way that appeals to all the five senses, which a body needs for health and wellness. The area got developed in a matter of weeks. It was originally the dumping ground for the construction waste when Sardar Sarovar Dam was made.
1.The main entrance has sculptures that depict the postures of Surya Namaskar. Surya Namaskar is considered to be the key to health and wellness.
2. It is highly technological on one side, very tactile and appealing to the senses on the other.
3. Arogya Van has five gardens inside the premises. These are Leutea Garden, Aroma Garden (aromatic plants which appeal to the sense of smell), Garden of Colours (providing texture and visual delight), Alba Garden, and Yoga Garden.
4. Further from the various areas developed here is the Yoga Garden, surrounded by forestries, leaving the east open while the rest of it has been closed off. An ideal place to practice yoga facing the sun.
5. There is a gentle stream nearby, and the sound of the stream helps one to relax and go deeper into meditation.
6. The main attraction at Aarogya Van is the ‘Aushadh Manav’. The giant-sized ‘Aushadh Manav’ is a three-dimensional layout of a human body showcased in a resting posture. Medicinal plants represent each human organ denoting the benefits of each plant for each organ. Specific plants are being planted in specific parts of the human body to make visitors aware of the therapeutic treatment.
7. An indoor plant section has been created to spread awareness regarding the importance of the interior landscape. Interior landscaping plays a vital role in providing a pleasant and tranquil environment in which one can walk and relax. It is a semi-covered fabricated structure. Also to explore the wisdom of traditional healing in its true form at Arogya Van.
Overall Aarogya Van is much more than medicinal plants. It symbolizes the unity of mind, body, and spirit. Consequently, it is the essence of Indian Philosophy to live in the moment, in the now because there is no yesterday, and tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet.
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