Mysore, June 14 (KK&SH)- A project of reviving and propagating the Bilwa species of plant, found to have virtually disappeared from the city, was launched at Suttur Mutt here this morning. Sri Shivarathri Deshikendra Swamiji, Mayor Sandesh Swamy, Conservator of Forest B.P. Ravi, DCF Sashwati Mishra and about 40 Corporators were present at the Mutt during the launch of the project in which 3,000 saplings of the species will be planted in various Ashrams, temples, schools and open spaces close to important avenues across the city during the next few days.

About 1,000 saplings from Saragur and 2,000 from Dhanwantri Vana in Bangalore have been secured for the planting operation in the city, disclosed Ravi. The leaves of the Bilwa species were extensively used by the devout who worship Lord Shiva, he said.

Mayor Sandesh Swamy declared on the occasion that Mysore City Corporation would take the responsibility of fully implementing the project.

Suttur Seer explained the sentiments and spiritual feelings associated with Bilwa and centuries-old tradition of its use in homes and places of worship. He also assured all necessary support to the project.

Conservator of Forests Ravi explained that Bilwa tree was also a valuable medicinal plant whose derivatives are used in the treatment of skin disorders and hairfall marked by patches on the head. He also disclosed that 6,000 saplings of Rakta Chandana, a species close to sandalwood, secured from Tirupati would be planted on selected spaces.

He said that in addition, 1,000 saplings each of Honne and Beete (Rosewood) would be planted on the Chamundi Hill. He explained that the project has been launched appropriately just before the start of monsoon.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore