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Uttar Pradesh

Sacred groves in Uttar Pradesh

 

Sacred groves are locally known as Dev Van or just Van in Uttarpradesh.

 

32 sacred groves have been documented in the state. Samay Than, Vansatti Devi, Bhairav Baba, Phoomati Mata, Shiva, and Ram Janaki are the deities to whom these groves are dedicated.

 

Neem, Golden shower tree, Bird lime tree, East Indian rosewood, Banyan, Cluster fig, Pipal, Indian Elm, Ceylon Ironwood and India Jalap are among the most commonly found plant species in the sacred groves.

 

 

The sacred groves of Uttar Pradesh hold special significance in improving the soil fertility through biomass build-up, efficient nutrient cycling, conserving  soil moisture and providing a deeply penetrating root system with soil-binding properties.

 

 

 List of Sacred Groves in Uttar Pradesh

 

 Si.No

Name of the Grove

Location

Associated

Deity

Status

Area

in Acre

Samay Mai Ka Sthan

Murtiha Range (Katarniya Ghat Div.)

Goddess

Reserve Forest

1.0

Mota Baba

Katarniya Ghat Range, Katarniya Ghat Div.

 

Shiv

Reserve Forest

2.5

 3

Pataal Choohi

Katarniya Ghat Range, Katarniya Ghat Div.

Shiv

Reserve Forest

1.0

 4

Chakia Maata

Chakia Range Bahraich F.D.

Goddess

Reserve Forest

1.0

 5

Bauri Samay

Nanpara Bahraich F.D.

Goddess

Reserve Forest

1.0

 6

Kapoore Baba

Nanpara Bahraich F.D.

Shiv

Reserve Forest

1.0

 7

Soonta Baba

Rupaideeha Bahraich

Shiv

Reserve Forest

1.0

 8

Samay Mai Ka Sthan

Bhinga Range, Shravasti F.D., Compt.35,40

Goddess

Reserve Forest

0.5

Van Satti Devi

Bhinga Range, Shravasti F.D., Compt.36

Goddess

Reserve Forest-do-

0.5

 10

Samay Mai Ka Sthan

Shravasti Range (Tal Baghel)

Phoomati Mata

Reserve Forest

0.25

 11

Jagpati Dham

Kakadari Range Shravasti F.D.

Shiv

Reserve Forest

2.50

 12

Samay Mai Ka Sthan

Kuana Range (Gonda)

Goddess

Reserve Forest

3.0

 13

Van Satti Devi

Kuana Range (Gonda)

Goddess

Reserve Forest

 

0.25

 14

Van Satti Devi

Tikari Compt. 4 & Vested forest (Gonda)

Goddess

Reserve Forest

1.0

 15

Van Satti Devi

Sohelwa Balrampur

Goddess

Reserve Forest

0.25

16 

Samay Mai Ka Sthan

Sohelwa Balrampur

Goddess

Reserve Forest

1.0

 17

Son Pathari

East Sohelwa (Balrampur)

Shiv

Reserve Forest

2.5

 18

Vibhuti Nath

East Sohelwa (Balrampur)

Shiv

Reserve Forest

2.5

 19

Van Satti Devi

Bhabhar (Sohelwa) Balrampur

Goddess

Reserve Forest

2.0

 20

Karikot

Village Karikot, block Mehipurwa Bahraich

Goddess

Managed by Village Panchayat

5.0

 21

Param Hans Kutti

Babaganj Nawabganj block Bahraich

Ram Janki

Managed by Society

17.5

22 

Mangali Nath

Awadhes Gaon Nawabganj Bahraich

Shiv

Managed by Society

1.0

23 

Mai Mata

Bahraich

Goddess

Managed by Society

2.5

24 

Jangali Nath

Basthanwa Bahraich

Shiv

Managed by Society

5.0

 25

Shivala bag

Nanpara Bahraich

Shiv

Personal Management by Chhaparia

10.0

26 

Devi  Patan

Tulsipur Balrampur

Goddess

Managed by Gorakh Nath Peeth

17.5

     27 Sitadwar Gilaula Goddess Managed by  Society 2.5
     28 Kali Temples Bhinga shravasti Goddess Managed Personal (Raja Bhinga) 1.0
    29 Akhand Param Dham Sirsiya Shiv Managed Personal 1.0
    30 Jhali Dham Gonda (Khargupur) Ram Janki Managed by Sadguru Sadan Ashram Gonda 25.0
    31 Prithavi Nath Khargupur Gonda Shiv Managed by Distt. Authorities Gonda 12.5
    32

Beriya Samaya

Khalilpur Bahraich

Goddess

Managed by Personal Raja Yadvendra vikram Singh

25.0

 Source:

Singh, N.K., 2011, A Survey of sacred groves of Devipatan region of U.P., Paper presented at the National Conference on Forest Biodiversity Earth’s Living Treasure, May 22, 2011, UP State Biodiversity Board Souvenirs, Pp. 153 -157.