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| Last Updated:: 03/01/2015

Madhya Pradesh

 Sacred Groves in Madhya Pradesh

 

Madhya Pradesh is one of the tribal dominated states in Central India (19.9%). A large number of plants are conserved in the sacred groves commonly known as Deogudi /Sarnas.

 

170  sacred groves have been documented in the state. Bursung, Pat Khanda, Ganganamma, Mahadev, Bhandarin mata and Danteshwari mata are some of the deities to whom these groves are dedicated.

 

Indian butter tree, Banyan, Peepal, Calotrop, Indian mesquite, Bengal quince, Flame of the forest, Khakan and Sal tree are among the most commonly found plant species in the sacred groves.

 

The tribals believe that if the groves are not maintained properly or are destroyed, natural calamity will ruin their clan.

 

 

List of Sacred groves in Madhya Pradesh

 

Si.No

Name of the Groves

Deities Worshipped

Grove Size (Approximate)

1

Khedapati

Khedapati

0.60 hectare

2

Sidhmaraj

Hardula baba

Few trees

3

Doval Deo

Budhadeo

0.40 hectare

4

Dongardeo

Dongrabuda

0.20 hectare

5

Maile Devi

Meile

Not Known

6

Hardula / Kunwar Deo

Hardula

Few trees

7

Bari Mata

Bariyam Devi

Few trees

8

Khedapati

Khedapati

0.20 hectare

9

Bagh Deo

Bagh Deo

Few trees

10

Budha Deo

Budha Deo