Envis Centre, Ministry of Environment & Forest, Govt. of India

Printed Date: Saturday, April 13, 2024


Q. What are sacred groves?
Ans-Thank you very much for the query. Sacred groves are patches of forests or natural vegetation which can comprise of a few trees to forests of several acres which are usually dedicated to local folk deities.
Q. Why it is important to save the sacred groves?
Ans- Sacred groves harbour rare and endangered flora as well as fauna. They are the gene pools for many medicinal and rare plants. They provide shelter to birds and animals. It maintains the equilibrium of the ecosystem and makes the soil nutrient rich. Thus, it becomes very important to save these natural patches of forest.

Q. I wish to know more about the sacred elements of Andhra Pradesh?
Ans- Thank you for your query on the sacred elements of Andhra Pradesh. For details about sacred elements kindly visit our website cpreecenvis.nic.in.

Q. Can I use the data on sacred groves of Maharashtra for my doctoral work?

Ans- You can certainly use the data on Sacred Groves of Maharashtra for your doctoral work with due acknowledgement to our centre.

Q. What do you mean by local area conservation project?

Ans- Thank you very much for showing interest in this topic. A local area conservation project includes conserving the Ecological traditions such as Sacred Groves, Sacred Trees, Sacred Mountains, Sacred Plants, Sacred Rivers, Sacred Sites and Sacred Gardens.

Q. Kindly list the names of some of the most revered trees which have their origin in India?
Ans- Thank you for your query on Indian origin plants. For all the details regarding trees of Indian origin kindly refer to ENVIS website of Botanical Survey of India (BSI).

Q. Recently visited a sacred grove in Andhra Pradesh which is very much degraded. Can we bring it back to its original form?
Ans- As mentioned in your query, some of the groves are degraded due to excessive human activities and others due to climate change and change of local people’s faith. Please find out the reason for the degradation of the particular grove and then only you can initiate some action oriented awareness for the local people. However, you can atleast protect the remaining grove.