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

Printed Date: Monday, December 5, 2022

Sacred Groves - Maharashtra

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In Maharashtra, sacred groves are found in tribal as well as non-tribal areas. The sacred groves in the western part are called Devrai or Devrahati whereas in the east, the Madiya tribals call them Devgudi.

 

2820 sacred groves have been documented in the state. Some of the deities to whom these groves are dedicated are Maruti, Vaghoba, Vira, Bhiroba, Khandoba and Shirkai.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Portia tree, Casuarina, Silk cotton tree, Indian laurel, Indian Elm, Bead tree, Indian butter tree, Turmeric and Japanese ginger are among the most commonly found plant species in the sacred groves.

 

The felling of timber and the killing of animals in sacred groves is taboo. Sacred groves form an important landscape feature in the deforested hill ranges of the Western Ghats.

 

 

 

 

 



List of Sacred Groves in Maharashtra

 


 


 

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

 

 

 

Sl.No. Sacred Grove Location Name of the deity Area (Hectares)
District - Ahmednagar
1 Ambidumala    Rokdeshwar 80
2 Mhaswandi     Maladevi     5
3 Kalasubai    Kalsubai     0.41
4 Rajur    Ghorpadidevi    0.05
5 Ratanwadi   Kaloba     1.21
6 Udhadavne    Bhavaidevi     4.05
7 Udhadavne    Maruti     1.21
District - Bhandara
8 Devri Shiva 5
9 Kalimati    - 0.5
10 Korambi    Kalika     22
11 Pongezara    Shiva     1
12 Vandhara     Ram    0.2
District - Chandrapur
13 Alampalli Maruti 1
14 Antargaon Kondai

 

Not Known

 

15 Bhimkund Bhim 2
16 Sondo    Siddheswar

Not Known

District - Jalgaon
17 Adawad Ram, Mahadev, Hanuman  2
18 Chopda-Lasur Nateshwar    7
19 Kingaon Manubai    2
20 Savkheda Nagdevi    2
District - Kolhapur 
21 Ainari     Rasai    1.00
22 Aini     Bhairi     1.00
23 Aini     Lingdev    0.40
24 Amba    Ambeshwar    2.80
25 Amba     Dhopeshwar     0.81
26 Amba     MankaliI    0.41
27 Amba     Varuleshwar     1.00
28 Antuli     Ling    0.60
29 Archirne    Oevrasai     1.00
30 Asalaj     Rasaidevi    2.00
31 Asandule     Thai    0.81
32 Asangaon     Lingdevvirdev    2.00
33 Assandule   Ohakubai     1.00
34 Baki     Baknath     1.00
35 Bambarde     Bandbirdev     0.40
36 Bambarde     Ramling     1.20
37 Bambranchiwadi       Pavdola   8.63
38 Belane Kd.          Pavanaidevi

 

Not Known

 

39 Bhogoli    - 20.00
40 Bhandane      Patnadevi-Lingdev  2.80
41 Bhom       Gango   1.10
42 Bhutalwadi     Thai    4.05
43 Chandel        - 0.50
44 Dhakale    - 0.50
45 Farale    Dongradev     0.40
46 Gadgad     Gango      1.00
47 Gadgad     Vaijanath     1.00
48 Gajapur     Sukaidevi     0.80
49 Gajapur     Vittalaidevi     0.80
50 Galvade     Kedarling    0.80
51 Garivade     Kedarling    2.00
52 Gavadi     Ugaidevi     2.40
53 Gholasavade     Thaloba    0.08
54 Girgaon     Katyayani   1
55 Girgaon    Katyayani    1
56 Gudavale    Mauli     1.00
57 Hajgoli     Chaloba     0.81
58 Hanumante     Hanumante    0.80
59 Hasane      Gangobadev    4.00
60 Hasane     Mahadev     0.80
61 Here     Mateshwar      2.02
62 Het    Kedarling    1.00
63 Jambhwade    Laxmibai     1.00
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Jambur    

-    0.50
65 Jargi      Jytirling    2.00
66 Javati     Italai     4.00
67 Kadgaon      Khetarpal   1.62
68 Kalasgare     Gulumbai    0.07
69 Kalasgare   Mahadev     0.01
70 Kambarde       Hanuman   2.40
71 Kandalgaon        Llngdev  2.00
72 Kandvan       - 0.50
73 Karal     Kedarling     2.00
74 Kassarde       Dhopeshwar   12.00
75 Kassgade     - 0.50
76 Kateli         Mahadev 0.81
77 Khokurte      Jyotirling    1.00
78 Kode-Bu   &n