Sceintists hunt for Mrutha Sanjeevani, which saved the life of Laxman

published on March 15, 2007


New Delhi: The famous herb of Indian Epic Ramayana, Mrutha Sanjivani , which saved the life of Laxman in Ramayana, is being studied these days by scientists for its gifted quality of surviving without water.

The booti just curls up and turns brown in absence of moisture and when in contact with water again its turns back green in some hours.

Scientists from the National Botanical Research Institute (NBRI) are trying to know what made the plant to survive for 300 years, and for this they have also started a five year programme for studying the factors or genes that help the herb to live so long and survive from drought conditions.

The scientist’s research team, headed by senior scientist P V Khare, wishes to inject the same herb into the food crops in India so that the crops and plants in India fight naturally against the famine, snow and drought.

The herb is found in many tribal areas of the country like UP, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and west Bengal. People living here are fully using the herb to fight against the diseases like jaundice, heat stroke, burning sensation during urination, dysentery, menstrual irregularities and veneral diseases.

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