Bhopal, August 20, 2015 (Abdul Ahad Farhan): Forest Minister Dr. Gaurishankar Shejwar launched plantation programme by planting a sapling of Pipal in front of his official residence here today. Under Hariyali Mahotsav, 140 saplings of neem, almond, sitafal, khirni, khamer, reetha, sheesham, banyan tree, bougainvillea, gurad, gooler, baheda malesia, gulturra, jharul, paras papal, kanji, kejurina etc. at programmes held by Capital Project Administration. Principal Chief Conservator of Forests Mr. Narendra Kumar planted sapling of almond. Minister Dr. Shejwar said that nature worshipped in Indian culture. This ancient tradition is giving valuable contribution in environmental conservation. Various trees have importance of their own. Dr. Shejwar said that Lord Mr. Krishna has described Pipal as best in Gita. Scientists believe that Pipal exhales maximum oxygen and is not affected by insects. It is also called Bodhi Vriksh. Ashok tree destroys inauspicious effects while Vat Vriksh is considered as means of salvation. Neem and Tulsi have numerous medicinal qualities. Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh are said to dwell in Bilwa tree. Medicinal and environmental importance of all parts of grass to trees is established for thousands of years. Additional PCCF Mr. Satish Tyagi, PCCF Capital Project Mr. Sudeep Singh, staff of Forest Minister and forest officers-employees also planted saplings.