The leaves, flowers, seeds, root, branches, bark, stem and even the soil of the place where tulsi shrub grows are all holy.

(Padma purana Uttarkhand 24/2)

 
 
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  -HEALTH AND WELLNESS - THE GANESHA WAY



Hinduism, as we all know, is not exactly a religion but a way of wellness. Its culture, festivals, and traditions are all scientifically proven and have stood the test of time, only to show the world that they are not just mere superstitions or blind faith but are purposive facts. Each and every step, from morning till night and the whole year, according to the changing seasons are well-designed packages to combat the seasonal onset of diseases and allergies.

Our ancient sages and rishis are no less than the present day naturalists. They lived harmoniously with nature, blending our rituals in giving due respect in acknowledging nature as a whole (the five natural forces – earth, water, fire, air and space along with the plant and animal kingdoms) and in turn being protected, i.e., "Vruksho Rakshathi Rakshithaha".
Most of our festivals coincide with seasonal transitions, each festival being associated with a particular God or Goddess. And they in turn are associated with certain favourite leaves, flowers and fruits.

Ganesha Chathurthi is just round the corner and the very obvious changes in our surroundings can be noted in:

The change of season – summer to monsoon
The general landscape – lush green surroundings, seasonal blooms, overflowing ponds and lakes.
The weather – overcast skies, mild sunshine and sudden showers.

Though the weather be pleasant, it’s a harbinger of unwanted guests – cough, cold, throat infection, fever, breathing problems, swine flu, diarrhoea, malaria, skin infections, etc.

Has anyone wondered about the offerings made to Ganesha, the Vigna Vinaashaka, Budhi Kaaraka, and Arogya Pradaayaka? The offerings include 21 varieties of leaves along with specific mantras. Going by the season, there must be a good reason why these particular leaves are offered, apart from the reason that they are available aplenty during this time. Each of these is known to have an abundance of medicinal values that can combat all those troublesome illnesses mentioned earlier.

Let’s familiarise ourselves with the names and practical uses of some of these leaves.
1. Om Sumukhaya namaha - Maachi Patram
    Samarpayaami
11. Om Binnadanthaya namaha - Vishnukranta
      Patram Samarpayaami
2. Om Ganadhipaya namaha - Bruhathi Patram
    Samarpayaami
12. Om Vatave namaha - Dadima Patram
      Samarpayaami
3. Om Uma Puthraya namaha - Bilva Patram
    Samarpayaami
13. Om Sarveswaraya namaha - Devadaru Patram
      Samarpayaami
4. Om Gajananaya namaha - Durva Patram
    Samarpayaami
14. Om Phalachandraya namaha - Maruvaka Patram
      Samarpayaami
5. Om Harasunave namaha - Dattura Patram
    Samarpayaami
15. Om Herambhaya namaha - Sindhuvaara Patram
      Samarpayaami
6. Om Lambodharaya namaha - Badari Patram
    Samarpayaami
16. Om Surpakarnaya namaha - Jaji Patram
      Samarpayaami
7. Om Guhagrajaya namaha - Apamarga Patram
    Samarpayaami
17. Om Suragrajaya namaha - Ganika Patram
      Samarpayaami
8. Om Gajakarnaya namaha - Tulasi Patram
    Samarpayaami
18. Om Ibhavaktraya namaha - Sami Patram
      Samarpayaami
9. Om Ekadanthaya namaha - Chuta Patram
    Samarpayaami
19. Om Vinayakaya namaha - Ashvatha Patram
      Samarpayaami
10. Om Vikataya namaha - Karaveera Patram
      Samarpayaami
20. Om Surasevithaya namaha - Arjuna Patram
      Samarpayaami
21. Om Kapilaya namaha - Arka Patram
      Samarpayaami

 

1. Om Sumukhaya namaha - Maachi Patram Samarpayaami

Sanskrit name : Maachi patram
Telugu name : Davanamu

Cures

  • nervous disorders
  • intestinal diseases
  • mental disorders
  • weakness

Good for

  • digestion
Machi patram - Davanamu

2. Om Ganadhipaya namaha - Bruhathi Patram Samarpayaami

Sanskrit name : Bruhathi patram
Telugu name : Vaakudu / Nela Mulaga

Used to cure

  • urinary disorders
  • cough
  • asthma
Bruhathi patram - Vaakudu

 

   

3. Om Uma Puthraya namaha - Bilva Patram Samarpayaami

Sanskrit name : Bilva patram
Telugu name : Maaredu

Used to cure

  • diarrhoea
  • piles
  • diabetes
Bilva patram - Maaredu

4. Om Gajananaya namaha - Durva Patram Samarpayaami

Sanskrit name : Durva patram
Telugu name : Garika

Used to cure

  • eczema
  • syphilis
  • vomiting
  • diarrhoea

Good for

  • clotting of bleeding wounds
Durva patram - Garika gaddi

5. Om Harasunave namaha - Dattura Patram Samarpayaami

Sanskrit name : Dathura patram
Telugu name : Ummetha

Used to cure

  • asthma
  • whooping cough
  • intestinal diseases
  • skin diseases
  • joint pains
Dattura patram - Ummetha Dattura patram - Ummetha

6. Om Lambodharaya namaha - Badari Patram Samarpayaami

Sanskrit name : Badari patram
Telugu name : Regu

Used to cure

  • Dysentery
  • Fever
  • wounds and hurts

Good for

  • digestion
  • purifying blood
Badari patram

7. Om Guhagrajaya namaha - Apamarga Patram Samarpayaami

Sanskrit name : Apamarga patram
Telugu name : Uttareni

Used to cure

  • piles
  • boils
  • skin allergies
  • stomach ache

Good for

  • digestion
  • gums and teeth
Apamarga patram - Uttareni

8. Om Gajakarnaya namaha - Tulasi Patram Samarpayaami

Sanskrit name : Tulsi patram
Telugu name : Tulsi patram

Used to cure

  • Cough
  • Cold
  • Fever
  • Dysentery
  • vomiting
  • intestinal worms
  • skin diseases
  • asthma

Good for

  • hair
  • gums and teeth
  • digestion
  • stress relieving
Tulsi patram
 

9. Om Ekadanthaya namaha - Chuta Patram Samarpayaami

Sanskrit name : Chutha patram
Telugu name : Mamidi

Used to cure

  • cracks in feet
  • diphtheria
  • throat infections
  • diabetes
Chutha Patram - Mamidi

10. Om Vikataya namaha - Karaveera Patram Samarpayaami

Sanskrit name : Karaveera patram
Telugu name : Pacha Ganneru

Used to cure

  • heart diseases
  • urinary disorders
  • wounds
  • leprosy
Karaveera Patram - Pacha Ganneru

11. Om Binnadanthaya namaha - Vishnukranta Patram Samarpayaami

Sanskrit name : Vishnu krantha patram
Telugu name : Vishnu krantha patram

Used to cure

  • Nervous disorders
  • fever

Good for

  • enhancing memory power
Vishnu Krantha Patram

12. Om Vatave namaha - Dadima Patram Samarpayaami

Sanskrit name : Dadima patram
Telugu name : Danimma

Used to cure

  • malaria
  • wounds
Dadima patram - Danimma

13. Om Sarveswaraya namaha - Devadaru Patram Samarpayaami

Sanskrit name : Devadaru patram
Telugu name : Devadaru patram

Used to cure

  • skin diseases
  • wounds
  • fever
  • diarrhoea
Devadaru patram Close-up of Devadaru patram

14. Om Phalachandraya namaha - Maruvaka Patram Samarpayaami

Sanskrit name : Maruvaka patram
Telugu name : Maruvam

Used to cure

  • joint pains
Maruvaka patram - Maruvam

15. Om Herambhaya namaha - Sindhuvaara Patram Samarpayaami

Sanskrit name : Sindhuvaara
Telugu name : Vaavili

Used to cure

  • cholera
  • liver diseases
  • heart diseases
  • inflammation
  • fever
  • head ache
Sindhuvara patram - Vaavili

16. Om Surpakarnaya namaha - Jaji Patram Samarpayaami

Sanskrit name : Jaaji patram
Telugu name : Jaaji patram

Used to cure

  • skin diseases
  • mouth ulcers

Good for

  • cooling the body
Jaaji patram - Jaaji

17. Om Suragrajaya namaha - Ganika Patram Samarpayaami

Sanskrit name : Ganika patram
Telugu name : Kamanchi

Used to cure

  • heart diseases
  • skin diseases
  • piles
  • cough
Ganikaa Patram - Kamanchi

18. Om Ibhavaktraya namaha - Sami Patram Samarpayaami

Sanskrit name : Sami patram
Telugu name : Jammi

Used to cure

  • Asthma
  • Cough

Good for

  • digestion
  • reducing body heat
Shami patram - Jammi Close-up of Shami patram - Jammi

19. Om Vinayakaya namaha - Ashvatha Patram Samarpayaami

Sanskrit name : Ashvatha patram
Telugu name : Raavi

Used to cure

  • Wounds
  • Skin & foot cracks
  • Skin diseases
  • mental disorders
  • fertility disorders

Good for

  • digestion
  • increasing sperm count
  • increasing fertility in women
Ashwadha Patram - Raavi

20. Om Surasevithaya namaha - Arjuna Patram Samarpayaami

Sanskrit name : Arjuna patram
Telugu name : Maddhi

Used to cure

  • heart diseases
  • cough
  • cold
Arjuna Patram - Maddhi

21. Om Kapilaya namaha - Arka Patram Samarpayaami

Sanskrit name : Arka patram
Telugu name : Tella Jilledu

Used to cure

  • skin diseases
  • cough
  • asthma
  • Ear-ache
  • elephantiasis
  • leprosy
Arka Patram - Jilledu

So, in the process of touching and offering these leaves to Lord Ganesha devotionally, along with the specific manthra and retaining them in the house for 3 to 9 days, the aromatic and the medicinal oils are released into the surroundings. These are meant to be inhaled by people present in the premises, thus, paving a way to physical, mental, emotional wellness.

[NOTE: The medicinal properties given here are of that particular plant/tree, as per Ayurvedic Medicine. These are only indicative, so do consult a doctor for treatment purposes.]

Just imagine the presence of Ganesha in the entire flora around us, in our gardens, and even in our temples. He literally exists there and protects us through these divine life forms naturally, all through the year ensuring wellness to mankind and mother earth. So, cease to ponder on the reasons and remedies for man’s ailments. Nature in its bounty has provided us the answers, which we only need to be aware of. A sound body and mind is only a leaf away!

SARVE JANA SUKHINO BHAVANTHU

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