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| Last Updated:: 03/01/2015

Gujarat

Sacred Groves in  Gujarat 

 

Sacred groves are seen throughout Gujarat, in varied forms. They have come into being owing to various cultural practices and belief systems. 42 sacred groves have been documented in the state. 

 

Khodiyar mata, Oran Mata, Jhalai mata, Panch Krishna, Mahadev are some of the deities to whom these sacred groves are dedicated.

 

The vegetation in the groves is highly varied viz. mangroves, fresh water swamps, or other tropical forest types.

 

Cotton tree, Bengal quince, Neem, Mango, Flame of the forest, Sissoo, Thorny staff Tree, Banyan and Pipal are among the most commonly found plant species in the sacred groves.

 

Sacred groves play an important role in the conservation of biodiversity, recharge of aquifers and soil conservation.  The cutting and climbing of trees and removal of wood are strictly prohibited.

 

 List of Sacred Groves in Gujarat

 

Sl.No

Sacred Grove Location

Name of the deity

Area

Source

District - Sabarkantha

 1

Cholia

Choliyawala Mahadev

Not

Known

 

 

Patel, H.R. and R.S. Patel, 2012, Study of sacred groves and sacred plants of R.D.F. Poshina Forest Range of Sabarkantha District, Northe Gujarat, India, Life sciences Leaflets, 5: 11-16.

 2

 

Jotasan

Ambaji Mata

Not

Known

 3

Dotad

Bhamrawali Mata

Not Known

 4

Dantral

Chhibadi Mata

Not Known

 5

Movatpura

Chamunda Mata

Not Known

 6

Malvas

Mevadwala/Devda Bhagvan

Not Known

District - Dahod

 7

Sakarda, Chosala

Kedarnath Mahadev

Not Known

 

 

Maru, R.N.1 and Patel R.S, 2013,

Ethno-Botanical Survey of Sacred Groves and Sacred Plants of Jhalod and Surrounding Areas in Dahod District, Gujarat, India,  Res.J.Recent.Sci. Vol. 2 (ISC-2012), 130-135.

 

 8

 

Therka

Panchkrishna

Not Known

 9

Kota village, near sanjeli

Sankatmochan Hanuman

Not Known

 10

Chhakaliya village

Ghugardev Mahadev

Not Known

District - Banaskantha

 11

On the bank of

the river Saraswati.

Shankar Mahadev

Not Known

 

 

Patel, P.K.and M.K.Patel, 2013, Sacred groves in conservation of plant biodiversity in Banaskantha district, Gujarat, India, Recent Research in Science and Technology, 5(1): 13-16

 12

On the bank of

the river Saraswati.

Sendhani Mata

Not Known

 13

Mukteshwar

Mukteshwar Mahadev

Not Known

 14

Shembhar

Shembharia Goga Maharaj

Not Known

 

 15

Mukteshwar

Guru nu Bhankharo

Not Known

 16

Cholia

Khedawali mata

Not Known

 

Patel Hitesh R  & R. Patel,2013,  Ethnobotanical Plants Used by the Tribes of R.D.F.Phoshina Forest Range of Sabarkantha District,North Gujarat, India,  Int. J.Sci. Res. Publication, Vol. 3, Issue 2, Pp. 1-8.

 

 17

Polapan

Polagadawalimata

Not Known

 18

Devrabavaji

Dedka

Not Known

 19

Ganer

Chamunda mata

Not Known

 20

Demti

Gogabapji maharaj Mahadev

Not Known

 21

Kotda -Gadhi

Jata matajinu mandir

Not Known

District - Banaskantha

 22

Rinchadi, Jetvas

Ambaji

1 acre

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.kalpavriksh.org/images/CCA/Directory/M-8%20Gujarat.pdf

 23

Kundel

Palanpur

2 acres

 24

Kheraniumbari

Ambaji

4 acres

 25

Rupavasa

Palanpur

0.5 bighas

 26

Chauri

Palanpur

2 acres

 27

Dabhachitra

Ambaji

1.5 acres

 28

Khermal

Ambaji

2 acres

 29

Viramveri

Ambaji

1 acre

 30

Kanabia vas

Palanpur

1 bigha

 31

Pataliya

Palanpur

1 acres

 32

Khapra

Palanpur

2 bighas

 33

Khuniya(Amirgad)

Palanpur

1 acre

 34

Sarotra

Palanpur

2 acres

 35

Pedagara

Palanpur

5 acres

 36

Isawani

Palanpur

1 acre

 37

Khara

Palanpur

2.5 acres

 38

Dharmata

Balaram

2.5 acres

 39

Surela

Palanpur

2.5 acres

 

DistrictKachchh

 

40

Bhuj

Shravan

Kavadia temple

(within the Mangrove)

1.73 acres

Nimisha, T., Raj S. Singh, B. Bakhori, C. Dalal, D. Parmar and B. Mishra, “The world’s only inland mangrove in sacred grove of Kachchh, India, is at risk”, Current Science, Vol. 105, NO. 8, 2013.

 

41

Gugaliyana Reserve Forest (RF),

Oran Mata

2 ha

 

 Rohit Patel, Arun Kumar Roy Mahato and Yatin S. Patel, 2014,” Study on the Floristic Diversity of Two Newly Recorded Sacred Groves from Kachchh District of Gujarat, India”, Indian Journal of Plant Sciences, Vol.3 (1), pp.75-81

 

 42

Gugaliyana Reserve Forest (RF),

Sadhay Pir

3 ha