Itty Achuthan's house where Hortus Malabaricus was born, collapses
Cherthala: The house that belonged to Itty Achuthan, who was the key contributor to Hortus Malabaricus, collapsed due to aging and decaying.
There have been concern among historians and cultural advocates about the authorities not protecting the historically-important building and documents that dates back to more than four decades.
The roof of the Kudakuthamparabu house situated in Kadakkarappally panchayat in Alappuzha district had decayed, leading to its complete destruction.
The authorities were expecting the Archaeological Department to take over the property and therefore, did not do any maintenance works.
Vessels made of bronze, idiyan kallu, naraayam and the gifts that the Ayurvedic physician got from the king have been kept in the house.
Itty Achuthan’s predecessor V Soman said that utter negligence on the part of the government led to the destruction of the age-old building. He said Itty Achuthan’s kuriyala (where he used to prepare medicines), situated 500-meteres away from the house, is also in a decayed state.
Though the government had issued a gazette notification to take over the ‘kuriyala’ and the medicinal plant farm nearby, no action was taken.
BJP District President K Soman said if the state government fails to take a favourable action in protecting the historical place, the BJP will submit a request to avail Central Government support for the same.
Hortus Malabaricus is a treatise that deals with the medicinal plant properties of the flora of the Western Ghats. The book was originally written in Latin and was published in Amsterdam during 1678–1693. The book was conceived by Hendrik van Rheede, who was the Governor of Dutch Malabar at the time.