Nakshatra Van, which means planetary forest in English is a park created by the Jharkhand Forest Department in Ranchi, The capitalcity of Jharkhand. If you don't know where is Nakshatra van located in Ranchi, then it is not very hard to find because Nakshatra Van is located in front of the Jharkhand Raj Bhawan (Governor's Residence) in Ranchi.
Details and Features of Nakshatra Van in Ranchi, Jharkhand
What is Nakshatra? A nakshatra or lunar mansion is one of the 27 or 28 divisions of the sky, which is identified by the prominent star(s) in them. Each Nakshatra is associated with a Zodiac, which is related to celestial bodies and their movements in sky.Astrologers believe that each constellation of the zodiac is associated with a tree and is of great medicinal value.
Features and attractions of Nakshatra Van in Ranchi
So what is special about Nakshatra Van? Nakshatra Van in Ranchi one of the very first in India where medicinal plants which grows in sync with the planetary positions. As the name suggests, this park is all about planetary motions, so the park is centered around a circle, which represents various Nakshatras. Not only this, the circle is divided in arcs or angles accurately according to the angles, these zodiacs subtend on earth.
As we know that each Zodiac sign has a particular stone or colour or tree associated with it. So tree of a particular zodiac has been planted in its corresponding arc. At the center of this circle, there is a musical fountain. Apart from this, Nakshatra Van in Ranchi, Jharkhand has array of beautiful flowers planted all along the pathway. As mentioned earlier, there is also a section for Medicinal Plants in the park. You can find here, some of the rare medicinal plants in India or even in world. As many of us know Dhanvantari was associated with medicine according to hindu mythology, so there is a statue of Dhanvantari in Nakshatra Van. So summing up this all the specialty of Nakshatra Van is as follows
Central Musical Fountain
Zodiac Trees planted in a circle
Artificial Water Fall and Bridge
Sleeping statue of Dhanvantri
Medicinal Plants Garden
Medicinal Plants Library
Boating in Nakshatra Van water tank
what is there for kids in Nakshatra Van, if you are asking yourself this question then, you must know that, there are swings and other amusement toys for kids in the Children section. Some of the medicinal plants which you can find here are palash, tulsi, amla, sandalwood and mahua etc. So, if your kid don't know about these plants or have not seen them in reality then it would be great learning experience with joy fro the kids. The best time to visit Nakshatra Van, is around 6:00 to 6:30 PM, when the park looks great under the lights.
History of Nakshatra Van,
The foundation stone for the park was laid by none other than Sri L K Advani in 2002, who was then the deputy Prime Minister of India. The concept of this Nakshatra Van is taken from a Zodiac Park in Bangalore. Aftre about 2 years, the park was open to public visit on the occasion of Van Mahotsav in 2004. The inauguration of the park was done by the Mr. M. Rama Jois, the Governor of Jharkhand.
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