Ekamravan (literally meaning one-mango-tree forest) is situated
on the Western banks of the Bindusagar lake adjoining the ancient
Lingaraj Temple in the Capital City of Bhubaneswar. The aesthetic
heritage design of Ekamravan, opened to visitors on the New
Year's day 2009, revolves on and around raised hypaethral platforms devoted to Lords Shiva, Parvati
and Ganesha. The garden has been created by craftsmen from heritage
crafts village of Raghurajpur and the famous historical Buddhism
site of Lalitgiri. Nestled in epicenter of heritage sites,
Ekamravan has become a cynosure of eyes of all discerning
visitors of the idyllic city of Bhubaneswar.
Ekamravan, transformed from a derelict site into heritage garden, contains over 200 different medicinal plants. It has come to be recognised as an outstanding example of conservation of urban heritage. Its traditional style integrates the local ageless architecture with the rich bio-diverse heritage of medicinal herbs and plants.
Ekamravan finds mention in ancient mythological texts of Hindu religion (puranas) as an entire forest comprised of a single mango tree. It was a key element in the abode of God Shiva and his divine consort, Goddess Parvati.
Ekamravan garden is situated next to the Lingaraj Temple which is the presiding temple of city in which more than seven thousand temples once existed. A variety of plants traditionally associated with Hindu Gods and Goddess and having spiritual and medicinal significance can be seen in Ekamravan.
Created by the odisha Forest Department, Ekamravan offers its visitors serene surroundings for leisurely walk and natural stone clad seats for moments of rest and tranquil, transcental medication to take one's body and soul away from the mundane and banal existence of modern city life.