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Sharma Tarun1, Ramamurthy A.2, Anand Parul3, Saini Malvika4
1P.G. Scholar, N.I.A., Jaipur. 2Asst. Prof., N.I.A., Jaipur. 3P.G. Scholar, N.I.A., 4P.G. Scholar, N.I.A., Jaipur, Rajasthan, India.
Corresponding Author: Tarun Sharma,
P.G. Scholar, Dept. of P.G. Studies in Dravyaguna, National Institute of Ayurveda, Jaipur, Rajasthan,
Before temples were constructed, trees were open-air shrines sheltering the deity, and many were symbolic of the Gods. Traditionally used plants of India express out the socio-cultural roots of various plants found in the Indian subcontinent, not only telling us their medicinal values but also asserting their ecological importance to our survival. Furthermore, these plants were considered as sacred due to their medicinal, aesthetic and natural qualities. Thus, our ancestors linked various God and Goddess with several plants for their conservation and categorized them as sacred plants. These ancient beliefs reveal that the human relation with plants was also helpful in the conservation of plant species for their valuable qualities. The use of these plants continues in our customs till date but we eventually lost the knowledge of the scientific facts behind them. Present article draws attention on plants both mythologically and botanically and the ancient religious traditions of India to assemble a detailed and account of India’s fascinating flora.
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