‘Sanjeevani booti’ to be displayed at biodiversity event
   Date :09-May-2022

Sanjeevani booti 
THE Bihar Government has decided to display a medicinal plant, which locals believe to be the same “sanjeevani booti” that saved Lakshmana’s life in the Ramayana, in a biodiversity exhibition to be held in Chennai later this month.
The plant, ‘selaginella bryopteris’, found in abundance in Rohtas district of the State, has the properties to cure severe nervous system disorders, Bihar State Biodiversity Board Chairman DK Shukla told PTI. The State Government has also requested the Lucknow-based Birbal Sahni Institute of Palaeosciences (BSIP) to determine the age of the giant “Pakad” tree in Sitamarhi district, under which, it is believed, Sita Devi rested on the way to Ayodhya after her marriage to Lord Rama.
The ancient tree, which is spread around an acre of land, has become a tourist attraction and pilgrimage site. On the ‘sanjeevani booti’, Shukla said, “Since this plant has amazing healing properties, we have decided to send it for display at Chennai.”
An exhibition will be organised in the southern city on the occasion of the International Day for Biological Diversity on May 22. Shukla said the “sanjeevani booti” plants of Rohtas district were mentioned in a research paper titled ‘Flora of British India’, prepared by botanist and explorer Sir J D Hooker in 1890. It has been kept in the Davis Library, the University of California, in the USA.
The plant, closest to the therapeutic “sanjeevani booti” mentioned in the Ramayana, is mainly found around Mani village of Rohtas district.