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Sacred Groves in Chhattisgarh

 

 

Purana Shiv Temple (Vangram Benda, RF 144), Kabirdham district 

 

 

 

 

 

In Chhattisgarh sacred groves are locally known as Matagudi, Devgudi and Gaondevi. 6 sacred groves have been documented in the state.

 

Different tribes have their own Mata or Gaondevi or goddess in the Devgudi.  Some of the deities to whom these groves are dedicated are Andhari Pat, Chala Pachao, Sarna Burhia, Sarna Mata, Mahadania and Budhadev.

 

Sarana or jahera sacred groves are predominantly found in the Chhotanagpur region of the State.

 

Sal, Indian gooseberry, Bedda nut, Indian laurel, Indian frankincense tree, Black myrobalan, Cuddapah almond, Indian butter tree and Axile wood are among the most commonly found plant species in the sacred groves.

 

Most of the groves are managed by the local community (ies) and owned by a group of families, or a clan. The community rituals are often synchronized with the blossoming of the flowers of the trees in the groves, and other agricultural operations.  These rituals reveal the close sense of harmony that exists between nature and tribal communities.

 

 

 

 

Van Devi (Kharoda Khurd, Comp. No. PF 374), Kabirdham district 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 List of Sacred Groves in  Jashpur and Sarguja District of Chhattisgarh

 

SI.no

  Name of the Sacred Groves

Deity

Area (Ha)

1

Phool

 Sarna Bhuria

0.2-1.5

2

Sarhul

Sarna Bhuria

0.5-2

3

Kadamara

Andhari Pat

0.5-14

4

Mahadani

Mahadania

2-21

5

Buddhadev

Buddha dev

Not known

6

Mandar

Gohel

0.2-2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Source:  Suprava Patnaik & Amitabh Pandey, 2014," Eco- cultural Sevices from Community Commons: Sacred Groves of Chhattisgarh, Ecological Traditions of India,  Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, Volume-IX, Pg:97-111.

 

 

SI.No

Name of Range

Name of Sacred Grove

Name of Place

Area

 

 

 

Kawardha

 

 

 

 

Bhimsen Kund

Bendarchi

0.8

 

Ramchua

Bendarchi

1.3

 

Bakhari Path

Sarekha

1

1

Sarangnath Baba

Katoga

5

 

Bhoramdeo

Temple

Chhapri

5

 

Bavali Baba

Ghogha

1

 

Gadaniya Water fall

Ranidahara

2.6

 

Chorchoda Shiv Temple

Amanari

0.6

 

Keora Kund

Junwani

1.8

 

Bhoramdeo Wildlife Sanctuary

 

Ganesh Ji Temple

Vangrambenda

0.6

2

Sani Dev/Ogan Path

Chhapri

0.7

 

Purana Shiv Temple

Vangrambenda

0.6

 

Chilpi

 

Baram Dev

Duldula

0.4

3

Baba ki Kuti

Mothilup

0.5

 

Panch Lingeswar Cave

Mothilup

2.4

 

Banjari Devi

Palak

0.6

 

Khairmayee

Temple

Chilpi

0.5

 

Latiya Dabara

MaraDabara

5

 

Puran Shiv

Temple

Bahanakhodara

0.4

 

Supa Pani

Bahanakhodara

1.2

 

Kerha-baraha Cave

Sivani

2

 

Dev Dongra

Sonwahi

5

 

Banjari Mata

Korkat

1.1

 

Khara

 

Chandi Temple

Chhitpuri

2.4

4

Jogi Cave

Karbandha

5.4

 

Banjari Maa

Ghanikhuta

1

 

Jhandi Dev

Kanhari

2.3

 

Sahaspur Lohara

 

Sutiya Devisthal

Motimpur

50

5

Sutani Path Devsthal

Bhaisbod

12

 

Birkha Dev

Belhari

1.3

 

Taregaon

 

Chithrin Devi

Mahali

0.5

 

Baigin Devi

Sirmi

0.25

 

Thakur Dev

Sirmi

0.2

6

Van Devi/ Khilayi Devi

Kharoda Khurd

1.5

 

 

 

 

 

Kankalin Mandir

Pacharahi

20

 

Mata Machhari Mandir

T aregaon

1

 

Banjari Maa Ghat

Kuarapani

0.4

 

Charan Tirath

Gadaghat

25

 

East Pandariya

Bhedagad

Bedagad

4

 

Sarada Maa

Badaura

0.2

 

Chandi Mandir

Badaura

0.1

 

Mahamaya

Badaura

0.1

7

Singhal Dayi

Narsinhpur

1.2

 

Bamhan Dayi

Jhiriya Kala

2.4

 

Narsingh Sthal

Kamthi

0.7

 

Ghurri Dongari

Kodawa

2.5

 

West Pandariya

 

Hanumat Khol

Adhachara

0.8

 

Banjari Devi

Adhachara

0.1

8

Dokari Dayi

Bhelki

0.3

 

Dukari Ghatiya

Putputa

0.5

 

Maharaniya Devsthal

SindurKhar

1.6

 

Bhaisa Odar

Badana

1.25

 

Mahamaya Devsthal

Khami

0.2

 

Patparaha Devsthal

Khami

0.4

 

Shri Chitamani Parswanath Bakela

Khami

3.4

 

Chirhin Devi

Saigona

1.25

 

Sidh Baba Tapobhumi

Bhaji Dongari

1.3

 

 

C. P. Rahangdale, R. K. Patley, K. C. Yadav, 2014 “Phytodiversity of Ethnomedicinal Plants in Sacred Groves and its Traditional Uses in Kabirdham District of Chhattisgarh” ,  The Indian Forester, Volume 140, Issue 1.