The Forest department of Uttarakhand has done establishment of a sacred forest area naming, Badrivan –the forest of the popular deity Lord Badrinarayan. It has four holy plant species in context to the deity. The development is in line with PM Narendra Modi’s plan to have a light on the history and heritage of Char Dham of Uttarakhand. These are the Badrinath, Kedarnath, Yamunotri and Gangotri.
As per reports, pilgrims now have the permission to visit this forest patch on way to Badrinath. According to the forest officials, the great world teacher and Saint Adi Shankaracharya gave the forests around Badrinath as Badrivan. This was during his visit to the shrine around 815 AD.
As per news in July 2020, the Uttarakhand forest department had set-up a Green Ramayana Park. Also, It has 30 plant species which has association with Lord Rama.
The chief conservator of forests and in-charge, Sanjiv Chaturvedi, tells that the area measures one acre on the main highway at Badrinath. Also, a board with information about the trees in this patch is there.
The information on boards will help spread more awareness about the Himalayan flora. Also, these holy trees have mythological significance too.
Also, in september, the Prime Minister had laid stress to develop Badrinath shrine area as a mini smart spiritual city. He wants Badrinath plan to focus on the spiritual legacy of the shrine.
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