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| Last Updated:: 03/01/2015

Jammu & Kashmir

 

 Sacred Groves in Jammu & Kashmir

 

Sacred groves are present all over Jammu and Kashmir, managed by religious bodies or management committees. The groves are known as Banis. 92 sacred groves have been documented in the state.

 

Baba Roachi Ram, Bua Sjawati ji, Bua Dati ji, Lord Hanuman, Mata Vaishno Devi, Peer Baba and Raja Mandlik ji are some of the deities to whom these groves are dedicated.

 

Mango, Banyan, Indian plum, Mountain ebony, Pipal, Three-leaved Caper, White Fig, Bengal quince and Neem are among the most commonly found plant species in the sacred groves.

 

 

In larger groves, normal forestry operations are carried out and the income goes to the shrine.  Small groves are highly protected and to remove anything from the grove is a taboo. People living around the groves voluntarily protect them.

 

List of Sacred Groves in Jammu and Kashmir

S.No

Name of the Sacred Grove

Place

Dedicated to

1.

Baba Qutubdin Naughazia Ziarat

Dhanidhar

Baba Qutubdin

2.

Baba Sain Abdul Aziz Ziarat

Nagrota (Palma)

Sain Abdul Aziz

3.

Boli Mata Mandir

Dhanidhar

Vaishno Devi

4.

Chandershekhar Temple

Dhangri

Lord Shiva

5.

Durga Mata Mandir

Bathuni

Shivling, Shiv Parivar, Durga

6.

Jama Masjid

Dhangri

-

7.

Markaz Idgah Bamakam Ziarat

Dassal Gujjran

Sain Bamakam

8.

Panjpeer Ziarat

Rajouri

-

9.

Peer Khewe Shah Ziarat

Dhangri

Peer Khewe Shah

10.

Pracheen Shiv Mandir

Rajouri

Radha – Krishna

11.

Pracheen Shiva Mandir

Rajouri

Lord Shiva, Ram Darbar

12.

Ram Mandir

Dhangri

Ram Darbar, Radha – Shyam, Laxmi Narayan, Durga

13.

Sain Challa Sahib Ziarat

Pullulian

Sain Challa Sahib

14.

Sarv Dharam Sthal

Dalogra

Radha Krishna, Shivling, Guru Granth Sahib, Jesus Christ, Bible

15.

Shri 108 Brahmarishi Barfaniji maharaj Ashram

Chhachhara

Shri 108 Brahmarishi Barfani ji Maharaj

16.

Wali Rafiq Sahib Ziarat

Chapprian

Wali Rafiq Sabib

 

Source :

 Bandana Gupta and Sanjay Sharma, 2013, “Role of Sacred Groves in Ply to diversity  Conservation in Rajouri  (JFK) Int, J. Science and Res.Vol 2, Issue 6, Rp 97-101.

 

 

Source:

Krishna Priya and  Dr. Sanjay Sharma, 2014 “Deteriorating Condition of Sacred Groves in Jammu City and its Surroundings, J&K”,  International Journal of  Scientific Research,  Volume : 3 | Issue : 4 | April 2014  ISSN No 2277 - 8179.

Si .No

Name of the Sacred Groves

 Name of the  Deity

Village

Area (Hectre)

 1

Baba Chirki Temple

Baba Roachi Ram

Ranjan

1.75

 2

Bua Sjawati Temple

Bun Sjawati ji

Ambh

0.087

 3

Baba Kalakh Nath Temple

Baba Kalak Nath ji

Ambh

0.093

 4

Baba Jiyonath Temple

Baba Jiyonathji

Aghore

0.25

 5

Baba Kaliveer Temple

Baba Kaliveerji

Jandial

0.375

 6

Bua Sjawati  Temple

Bua Sjawati ji

Ranjan

0.125

 7

Bua Dati Temple

Bua Dati ji

Ranjan

0.125

 8

 Baba Kaan Dev Temple

Baba Kaan Dev

Aghore

0.125

 9

Baba Mathwar Temple

Baba Ballo ji

Mathwar

3

 10

Baba Sua Temple

Baba Sua ji

Nargada

2.215

 11

Hanuman Temple

 Lord Hanuman

Ambh

0.25

 12

 Paira Wali Mata Temple

 Mata Vaishno Devi

Ambh

0.25

 13

Peer Baba Temple

Peer Baba

 Jandial

0.125

 14

Raja Mandlik Temple

Raja Mandlik ji

Baran

0.75

 15

Pata Sarovar

 Baba Sar and Bua Sjawati

Showa-Pata

0.25

 16

Shiv Temple

Lord Shiva

Karwanda

0.25

 

Source: Sanjay Sharma, Rajni Devi (2014), “Sacred Groves: Traditional Way of Conserving Plant Diversity in Block Bhalwal of Jammu District (J&K)”, Vol 3 (2).