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

Printed Date: Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Sacred Groves in Meghalaya

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

The sacred groves in Meghalaya are known as Law Lyngdoh, Law Niam and Law kyntang, depending on the places where they are located.

 

105 sacred groves have been documented in the state. Ryngkew, Basa, Labasa are some of the deities to whom these groves are dedicated.

 

Bamboo, Needle wood, Indian birch, White Pear, Royal Robe, Balsum of Peru, Phurse Champ, Lac tree and Plot's Elm are among the most commonly found plant species in the sacred groves. 

 

A number of perennial streams originate from 58 of these groves. Ancestral worship is traditionally performed in the sacred groves. In forested areas, the focus of worship is on ancient monolithic stones erected in memory of the departed elders.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

List of Sacred Groves in Meghalaya

 



 

 

 

Sl.No.

Sacred Grove Name

Sacred Grove Location

Area (Hectares)

District - East Garo Hills

1

Bora  Miapara

Bora  Miapara

1

2

Ganna Ram Rock   

Megapgiri  

30

3

Jongola     

Jongola   

1

4

Kimpra Hills    

Risubakrapara

20

5

Konkal Hills   

Risubakrapara   

10

6

Miapara Rongadom      

 Miapara

1

7

Rautagiri  

Rautagiri 

37

8

Walchi Ruram Hills   

Risubakrapara 

25

District - East Khasi Hills

9

Diengkain   

Wmwai   

400.0

10

Diengliengbah   

Rngiksheh   

0.50

11

Ingkhrum   

Cherrapunji   

0.25

12

Ingkhrum   

Cherrapunji   

0.25

13

Kharai Law Lyngdoh   

Nongkhieng   

150.0

14

Khlaw Ram Jadong   

Mawsmai   

50.0

15

Kynsang   

Mawlong   

150.0

16

Law Adong   

Mawsmai   

400

17

Law Adong Laitryngkew   

Laitryngkew   

20.00

18

Law Adong, Khlieh Shnong   

Cherrapunji   

90.0

19

Law Blei Beh   

Mawsmai   

120.0

20

Law Dymmiew   

Sohrarim   

200

21

Law Kyntang, Khlieh Shnong    

Cherrapunji  

90.0

22

Law Lieng   

Sohrarim   

20.0

23

Law Lyngdoh   

Mawphlong   

75.0

24

Law Lyngdoh Lyting Lyngdoh   

Lyntilew   

100.00

25

Law Lyngdoh Mawshun   

Mawshun   

100.00

26

Law Lyngdoh, Smit   

Nongkrem   

6.0

27

Law Mawsaptur   

Sohrarim   

50.0

28

Law Nongshim   

Mawmihthied   

5.0

29

Law Suidnoh   

Lait-Ryngew   

80.0

30

Law-ar-Liang   

Lait-Ryngew   

25.0

31

Lawthymmal   

Cherrapunji   

2.00

32

Law–u-Niang   

Lait-Ryngew   

10.0

33

Lum Diengjri   

Khada Snoing   

25.0

34

Lum Shillong   

Laitkor   

7.0

35

Madan Jadu   

Lait-Ryngew   

5.0

36

Maw Kyrngah   

Wmwai   

1200.00

37

Mawlong Syiem   

Mawsmai   

120.0

38

Mawlot   

Phyllut   

20.0

39

Raid Shabong Law Adong       

Wahpathew-urksew in Pynursla

700.0

40

Niangdoh   

Wahlong   

0.0

41

Mawmang   

Khada Snoing   

15.0

42

Mawryot  

Wahlong   

40.0

43

Mawsawa   

Mawmluh   

50.0

44

Mawthoh   

Wmwai   

30.0

45

Nongbri     

Pyndeng-Nongbri 

5.0

46

Pohsurok     

Cherrapunji 

0.50

47

Pom Shandy   

Mawsmai   

80.0

48

Rangbaksaw   

Cherrapunji   

1

49

Rilaw Khaiti   

Wahlong   

35

50

Swer   

Lum Swer   

12

51

Umkatait   

Dieng Ksiar   

100

52

Umthri   

Nongduh   

80

53

Umtong   

Wmwai   

400

54

Wahkhem   

Khadar Blang   

10

55

Wanning Sawkpoh   

Shngimawlein   

7

 

56

Lum  Shyllong

Laitkor

7

57

 Rijaw

Wahlong

35

58

Diengliengbah

Rngiksheh

0.50

District - Jaintia Hills

59

Blai Law   

Raliang   

50.0

60

Dpepat Myndihati   

Sutnga   

15.0

61

Ka Pun Lyngdoh   

Raliang   

15.0

62

Khlaw Blai   

Dien Shynrum   

15.0

63

Khlaw Byrsan     

Raliang 

50.0

64

Khloo Lyndoh   

Jowai   

15.0

65

Khloo Paiu Ram Pyrthai   

Jowai   

150.0

66

Law Kyntang   

Shanpung   

400.0

67

Lawianlong   

Jowai   

12.0

68

Lumtiniang Mokaiaw   

Syndai   

25.0

69

Mokhain   

Jowai   

45.0

70

Poh Lyndoh   

Shanpung   

30.0

71

Poh Moorang   

Raliang   

20.0

72

Poh Puja Ko Patti   

Raliang   

4.0

73

Trepale Jowai   

Jowai   

70.0

District - Ri Bhoi 

74

Nong Lyndoh, Nongkhrai   

Nongpoh   

90

75

Pahamodem    

Umsaw Nongkhrai  

900

76

Sohpethneng   

Nongpoh   

90

District - West Garo Hills

77

Angalgiri  

-

20.0

78

Asigiri       

-

4.0

79

Damalgiri       

-

50.0

80

Daronggiri       

-

25.0

81

Goragiri       

-

25.0

82

Jelbongpara       

-

20.0

83

Jhanjipara       

-

7.0

84

Sadolpara       

-

30.0

District - West Khasi Hills

85

Boro Miaparara-Rayggadam       

Bora Miapara

1

86

Ganna Ram-ram Rock   

Bokma Megap giri   

30

87

Jongola Ranggadam   

Jongala   

1

88

Kimpra Hills   

Resubakrapara   

20

89

Kongkal Hills   

Resubakrapara   

10

90

Kyllai Lyngngun, Mariam     

Nobosohphoh Syiemship 

80

91

Law Adong Lyngdoh, Mawlong   

Nongkhlaw Syiemskip   

200

92

Law Kyntang, Mawlangwir   

Maharam Syihip   

300

93

Law Kyntang, Mawten   

Maharam Syihip   

100

94

Law Kyntang, Whawiaw   

Maharam Syihip   

100

95

Law Lyngdoh, Kinglang   

Maharam Syihip   

200

96

Law Lyngdoh, Nonglait       

Mawiang Syiemship

50

97

Law Lyngdoh, Nonglyngkien       

Maharam Syihip

90

98

Law Lyngdoh, Rangmaw   

Maharam Syihip   

400

99

Lawren   

Nongstoin   

10

100

Lum Blei, Nonglyngkien   

Maharam Syihip

55

101

Lum Sanglia, Nonglyngkien   

Maharam Syihip

45

102

Rautagiri Sacred grove   

Rautagiri   

37

103

Wahlang-Nongklung   

Nongklung   

10

104

Walchi Ruram Hills   

Resubakrapara   

25

105

Nonsynrih Sacred Grove

Nonsynrih

100

 

 


(Source: Tiwari B.K., S.K. Barik and R.S. Tripathi, 1999, "Sacred Forests of Meghalaya- Biological and Cultural Diversity", and Barik, S.K., H.N.Pandey, B.K. Tiwari and B. Singh, 2006, " Sacred Groves of Meghalaya:  A sceintific and conservation perspective", Regional  Centre, National Afforestation and Eco- Development Board, North- Eastern Hill University, Shillong.