We all are aware of the fact that plants with medicinal properties exist in nature. It is true that varied species of fauna exhibit medicinal properties but one amongst the most talked about is Sanjeevani Booti. It is commonly known as Selaginella bryopteris. Since ages, people have been talking about the magical effects of this plant. Truly, it is a plant of great importance to the society as a whole and it should be studied thoroughly.
Ramayana takes distinguished position in Hindu mythology and the mention about this herb has been done in it. According to Hindu mythology, the herb called Sanjeevani Booti is capable of curing any woe irrespective of its type and origin. It is mentioned in Valmiki Ramayana that during the war between Rama and Ravana, Inderjit (eldest son of Ravana) sent a powerful weapon towards Lakshmana (younger of Rama). He was badly wounded and fell unconscious. Ayurvedacharyas (Ayurvedic Physicians) found that the wound had done deep enough to kill him. Hanuman was called to fetch Sanjeevani Booti from the Mount Sumeru in the Himalayas. Upon reaching the mountain, Hanuman failed to identify the magical herb and carried the entire mountain to the battlefield. Within a few minutes of smelling this life saving medicinal herb , Lakshmana gained consciousness and vigor to fight in the war.
Since ancient times, Sanjeevani Booti is renowned for its medicinal properties. The scientists in the present world have conducted wide array of studies and concluded the areas where the herb can be used effectively for treating diseases
There has been a significant amount of interest in the Sanjeevani Booti. Recently, Pitanjali Yogpeeth in Haridwar, India, claimed that they have spotted this magical herb. The sources said that they were able to locate two groups of plants in the Dronagiri Hills. This hill is in Joshimath, Garhwal and it reaches up to a height of 15,000 feet. The monk, Pitanjali, did not make the visit to Dronagiri Hills alone but ayurvedic doctors also visited the place. The truth behind the discovery still needs to be verified. Truly, the medicinal properties of Sanjeevani Booti have been verified but still loads of studies need to be conducted before the plant can be used practically. These days, agricultural scientists at Indian National Botanical Research Institute are working rigorously on Sanjeevani Booti to unearth more hidden facts about it. In addition, they are trying to devise engineering technology using which the genes from the plant of Sanjeevani Booti can be transplanted into other crops. If the scientists are successful in this experiment, then it would be a boon to the world of agriculture. No crops would die due to scarcity of water and this could be ray of hope for farmers growing crops in arid or dry regions.
Sanjeevani Booti belongs to the division of Lycopodiophyta and it is known to grow in the Arawali Mountain. Recently, various studies conducted on this plant revealed a special feature of resistance to drought in this plant. This feature makes Sanjeevani Booti capable of standing drought conditions for long years. Agricultural scientists are planning to insert this gene from the plant to various other crops. As a result, the crops would become resistant to drought conditions. Such transgenic plants would help in preventing loss of crops even when sufficient water is not present.