GUWAHATI, Oct 27 - Governor of Assam and Nagaland PB Acharya today presented the Tulsi Plantation Awards to the winners of the tulsi plantation contest organised by Aashray, a nature organisation of Dergaon, which was held on the occasion of Kati Bihu.
The first prize, Yoga Guru Patanjali Award with Rs 5,000 in cash, a citation and a certificate, was awarded to Ranu Hazarika; the second prize, Astronomer Aryabhatta Award consisting of Rs 3,000 in cash, a citation and a certificate, was awarded to Papori Bora and the third prize, Ayurvedic Surgeon Sushruta Award consisting of Rs 2,000 in cash, a citation and a certificate, was bagged by Mala Goswami.
All the other contestants were also presented with certificates.
The Governor and the First Lady also planted tulsi saplings on the Raj Bhavan premises to mark the occasion. The First Lady also chanted a tulsi shloka and spoke to the gathering on the importance of the tulsi plant.
The Governor, in his speech, said that the tulsi is a precious plant which has been scientifically proved. In fact, he added that India is full of herbs and plants with great medicinal values, which are good not only for human beings but also for the atmosphere and the environment. He said that ancient rishis and religious men of India had scientific minds and people today should inherit their legacy. While appreciating the efforts of Aashray, he said plantation of tulsi plants should also be taken up in right earnest in all the districts and sub-divisions.