Sri Siddhi Vinayaka Vratha Vana

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.

Sanskrit name : Maachi patram

Telugu name : Davanamu

Used to cure:
  • nervous disorders
  • intestinal diseases
  • mental disorders
  • weakness
Good for:
  • digestion

Sanskrit name : Bruhathi patram

Telugu name : Vaakudu / Nela Mulaga

Used to cure:
  • urinary disorders
  • cough
  • asthma

Sanskrit name : Bilva patram

Telugu name : Maaredu

Used to cure:
  • diarrhoea
  • piles
  • diabetes

Sanskrit name : Durva patram

Telugu name : Garika

Used to cure:
  • eczema
  • syphilis
  • vomiting
  • diarrhoea
Good for:
  • clotting of bleeding wounds

Sanskrit name : Dathura patram

Telugu name : Ummetha

Used to cure:
  • asthma
  • whooping cough
  • intestinal diseases
  • skin diseases
  • joint pains

Sanskrit name : Badari patram

Telugu name : Regu

Used to cure:
  • Dysentery
  • Fever
  • wounds and hurts
Good for:
  • digestion
  • purifying blood

Sanskrit name : Apamarga patram

Telugu name : Uttareni

Used to cure:
  • piles
  • boils
  • skin allergies
  • stomach ache
Good for:
  • digestion
  • gums and teeth

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

Sanskrit name : Chutha patram

Telugu name : Mamidi

Used to cure:
  • cracks in feet
  • diphtheria
  • throat infections
  • diabetes

Sanskrit name : Karaveera patram

Telugu name : Pacha Ganneru

Used to cure:
  • heart diseases
  • urinary disorders
  • wounds
  • leprosy

Sanskrit name : Vishnu krantha patram

Telugu name : Vishnu krantha patram

Used to cure:
  • Nervous disorders
  • fever
Good for:
  • enhancing memory power

Sanskrit name : Dadima patram

Telugu name : Danimma

Used to cure:
  • malaria
  • wounds

Sanskrit name : Devadaru patram

Telugu name : Devadaru patram

Used to cure:
  • skin diseases
  • wounds
  • fever
  • diarrhoea

Sanskrit name : Maruvaka patram

Telugu name : Maruvaka

Used to cure:
  • joint pains

Sanskrit name : Sindhuvaara

Telugu name : Vaavili

Used to cure:
  • cholera
  • liver diseases
  • heart diseases
  • inflammation
  • fever
  • head ache

Sanskrit name : Jaaji patram

Telugu name : Jaaji patram

Used to cure:
  • skin diseases
  • mouth ulcers
Good for:
  • cooling the body

Sanskrit name : Ganika patram

Telugu name : Kamanchi

Used to cure:
  • heart diseases
  • skin diseases
  • piles
  • cough

Sanskrit name : Sami patram

Telugu name : Jammi

Used to cure:
  • Asthma
  • Cough
Good for:
  • digestion
  • reducing body heat

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

Sanskrit name : Arjuna patram

Telugu name : Maddhi

Used to cure:
  • heart diseases
  • cough
  • cold

Sanskrit name : Arka patram

Telugu name : Tella Jilledu

Used to cure:
  • skin diseases
  • cough
  • asthma
  • Ear-ache
  • elephantiasis
  • leprosy

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 ***