From prehistoric times, humans have realised the importance of medicinal plants. Modern as well as traditional medicinal systems like Ayurveda, since ancient times, have been using herbs to maintain health, for wellness treatments and therapies like massages, curing certain conditions and preventive treatments.
Recognising the importance of these medicinal plants, Arogya Van (Herbal Garden) is developed near Statue of Unity, which is spread 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 Ekta Nagar, 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.
The entry gate of Arogya Van has all 12 postures of Surya Namaskar of human size, to emphasise on the importance of yoga, which is to be practiced daily for healthy living. Digital information centre has been set-up to acknowledge visitors and make them understand the heritage and the importance of medicinal plants in our day to day life.
The key highlight at Arogya Van is the ‘Aushadh Manav.’ This is a giant three dimensional layout of a human body in a resting posture. Each human organ is represented by a medicinal plant which is beneficial for that particular organ. So these plants are planted on the specific part of the body to make the visitors understand the specific plants used for therapeutic treatment of that particular organ.
There are five gardens inside Arogya Van – Garden of Colours, Aroma Garden, Yoga Garden, Alba Garden and Leutea Garden.
Indoor plants section has been created to spread awareness regarding the importance of 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, Gujarat Forest Department has joined hands with Santhigiri Ashram from Kerala, an organization with more than 60 years of experience in the ancient treatment systems of Ayurveda, Siddha & Yoga. This venture caters to a holistic healthcare based on Ayurveda, Siddha, Panchakarma, Yoga, Marma & Naturopathy to the visitors from India and abroad. Therefore, come and experience the true traditional treatments at the serene atmosphere of Narmada valley at Arogya Van-Santhigiri Wellness Centre.
This Arogya Van-Santhigiri Wellness Centre or Arogya Kutir provides therapeutic remedies and treatments like Dhara, Snehapanam, Sirovasti, Pizhichil, Udavarthanam, Marmachitiksa, Nasyam, karnapooranam, Tharpanam, Njavarrakizhi, Herbal Stream Bath, Rasayanchikitsa, Spinal Bath and Therapeutic Massages which are very popular in Kerala. While walking through this Arogya Van rather herbal garden, music is played to offer typical tropical forest surroundings.