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Botanical and Medicinal Plants (In 2 Volumes)

Shanti Lal Nagar (Author)
Synopsis The science of Botany is associated with mankind ever since the advent of the human race in the universe. The early Indian texts go further and claim that botanical species emerged on earth three (yugas) ages earlier than the emergence of man on earth. This statement has a veiled suggestion to the fact that vegetation or plant life is an inescapable part of human life. Soon man, who had been surrounded by the plant-life around him, discovered the various usages which he could make of plant life, which included food values, shelters, kindling of fire and medicinal values of the same. This knowledge of the various aspects of plant life is fully projected in the ancient Sanskrit texts, supported by archaeological evidence dating back to the Harappan Culture. The scientists have traced successfully the presence of plant-life from the pre-historic times to the Harappan and post-Harappan periods. Gradually the trees and plants were conceived to be the symbols of great personalities like Rama, Laksmana, Yudhisthira, Duryodhana and others. Even the Mahabharata has been equated with a huge tree. Then there is ample evidence of divine trees and forests, sacred trees, medicinal plants and herbs, poisonous plants and plants bearing fruits, flowers and the like. An attempt, in this work, has been made to highlight the different aspects of plant life, based on the ancient texts, and archaeological evidence based on antiquarian remains. The book indeed is an extensive work of meticulous retrieval and co-relation of ornithological, zoological, botanical and ichthyological data collected from different sources. The work also contains modern scientific terminology together with the locus classicus of different species and genera of plants, and insects which the ancient man observed and recorded them in his inimitable way.
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About the author

Shanti Lal Nagar

Shantilal Nagar, a graduate of the Punjab University, served in the curatorial capacity in the Central Asian Antiquities Museum, New Delhi, the Archaeological Museum Nalanda, and Archaeological Section of the Indian Museum, Calcutta for a number of years. He has to his credit the scientific documentation of over fifty thousand antiquities, in these museums, representing the rich cultural heritage of the country and comprising of sculptures, bronzes, terracottas, beads, seals and sealing, ancient Indian numismatics, wood work, miniatures and paintings, textiles and Pearce collection of gems, ranging from the earliest times to the late medieval period. He was awarded, in 1987, a fellowship, for his monograph on the Temples of Himachal Pradesh, by the Indian Council of Historical Research, New Delhi. He has authored more than 38 books.

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Title Botanical and Medicinal Plants (In 2 Volumes)
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2000
Edition 1st Ed.
Language: English
isbn 8176461407
length xxviii+488 p., Plates; xviii+102 p., Illustrations; 29 cm.