Paravur: When people are converting their compound into a most modern look by laying tiles, this man has given a great makeover to his compound with an eco-friendly approach. Mohanan master, a retired school headmaster has planted over 300 herbs in his land.
His herbal garden includes varieties of medicinal plants and trees. Most of the trees are giant trees which is more than 40 years old.
A herb called ‘anali vegam’ or Alstonis Venenata that is used for snake bite and 25 Ashoka trees are the major attraction in Mohanan’s garden. Rare trees like Panchamukhi Rudraksha, akil (aquilaria), red sandalwood, white sandalwood, holarrhena (Kudakapala, alstonia scholaris (Ezhilam pala), neermaruthu and neermathalam are seen here.
He has been cultivating many rare medicinal plants in his garden.
Peepal tree, gular (athi), Indian laurel (Ithi), nalpamara tree, somalatha and other herbs are being cultivated here. It is surprising that Mohanan’s residence is a hub for natural medicines. We can find the medicines for many diseases from women’s diseases to deadly snake poison.
Herbs to treat snake poison like alpam, nagavalli, mruthasanjeevani, chathuramulla, aargoyapacha are spotted in this one-acre land. Apart from the rare herbs, medicinal plants like mukutty, muyalchevi and poovankurunnila regarded as folk medicine are also cultivated here.
Mohanan master used to arrange an exhibition of medicinal plants every year during the Malayalam month Karkidakam.
Botany students used to visit Mohanan master’s garden to prepare projects.
Mohanan master had taken the initiative to organize a herbal plants exhibition for school students in revenue district level. He had recommended the project to education department.
He has been running Aathreya Ayurveda centre here. Mohanan got knowledge on herbs from his father Vaidyakalanidhi Kumara Menon who was a disciple of Ayurveda legend Alathoor Nambi for 12 years.
Forest department has accorded city conservator’s post to Mohanan as an honour to his initiative.