Medicinal and sacred plants significance of sacred natural sites Raisen District of Madhya Pradesh, India
Hemant Kumar Ahirwar and Satish Mohabe
The present investigation was carried out in the medicinal sacred plants and some sacred natural sites of Raisen district Madhya Pradesh. Total nine sacred natural site observations Bhojpur Shiv Temple, Parvati Temple, Digambar Jain Temple, Ashapuri Bhootnath Temple, Bhimbetika, Keri Ke Mahadeo, Hinglaj Temple, Dargah Raisen, Sanchi Stupas studied during the year (2021-22), 19 sacred plants belonging 15 families observed. Before temples were constructed, trees were open-air shrines sheltering the deity, and many were symbolic of the Gods our ancestors linked various gods and goddesses with several plants for their conservation and categorized them as sacred plants. These ancient beliefs reveal that the human relationship with medicinal plants was also helpful in the conservation of plant species for their valuable qualities.