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| Last Updated:: 25/03/2016

Sacred Groves - Arunachal Pradesh

 

 

 

 

 

 

In Arunachal Pradesh, a few of the sacred groves managed by Lamas and the Mompa tribe, are attached to the Buddhist monasteries: they are called Gompa Forest Areas (GFAs). 101 sacred groves have been documented in the state. These sacred groves are dedicated to local deities such as Ubro or Ubram and Thouw-gew. The monasteries with sacred groves are mainly located in West Kameng and Tawang districts of the State. 58 GFAs were reported from these two districts and a few sacred groves from Lower Subansiri and Siang district of the State.

 

Various ethnic groups have preserved and protected forest patches and even individual trees or animals due to their traditional beliefs and respect for nature. 

 

Banyan, Pipal, Ashoka, Bela and Harada are among the most commonly found plant species in the sacred groves.


 

 


 

List of Sacred Groves in Arunachal Pradesh



 Arunachal Pradesh

Map courtesy: http://www.india.gov.in/maps/)

 

 

 Table : 1 Sacred Groves of Arunachal Pradesh

 

 

S. No

Location

Name  of Sacred Grove

Area (in Sq.Km.)

District – Papumpare

1

VIP Colony, Vivek Bihar

Kyong Thervada Gumpa forest

 

Not Known

2

Bank Tinali

Siddhartha Vihar Gumpa forest

1.20

District – Tawang

3

Tawang

Regilling Gumpa forest

Not  Known

4

Neharu Colony

Neharu Gumpa forest

Not  Known

5

Chambu Village

Chambu Gumpa forest

0.50

6

Chambu Basti

Youngmang sacred forest

0.75

7

Chambu Village

Yang sacred forest

3.00

8

New Lebrang Basti

Parnkhats New Lebrang Gumpa forest

0.30

9

Lebrang Basti

Yidgachoszin Gumpa forest

0.50

10

Lebrang Basti

Lebrang Gumpa forest

0.70

11

Sheyo Basti

Ganden Namgyal Lhatse Gumpa forest

1.50

12

Sheyo Basti

Shevo sacred forest

1.00

13

Khinmey Village

Khinmey Gumpa forest

0.50

14

Tawang

Kakaling Gumpa forest

0.30

15

Khirmu Village

Khartung Gumpa forest

1.10

16

Khirmu Village

Khirmu sacred forest

1.50

17

Namet Basti

Namet sacred forest

0.50

18

Namet Basti

Singsur Ani Gumpa forest

0.50

19

Namet Basti

Sharmang Gumpa forest

0.30

20

Namet Basti

Thespa Gumpa forest

0.50

21

Khirmu Village

Thongmen Gumpa forest

0.40

22

Lhou Village

Brakar Gumpa forest

0.30

23

Lhou Village