Identification and documentation of sacred trees its uniqueness and their importance in Kabirdham district
Yadav KC, Sarkar Aashish, Sarraf Aashish
Sacred trees and sacred groves both are having great ancient practices of nature conservation in the name of religious beliefs and biodiversity. Sacred trees are plant species that have deeply associated with life of tribal’s from generation to generation and help in the tree conservation. Sacred trees are majorly found in and around the holy places like sacred groves, near temple and are examples of biodiversity rich areas. The present study highlighted the tree species which are associated with the sacred beliefs and have religious importance. As the many tribes of Kabirdham including the Baiga, Gonds, Halbas, they all have deep socio-religious attachment. Sacred trees are ecologically and play significance role from generation to generation by their presence in the society. Sacred trees are large in number and these plant species were maintained and conserved by the tribal’s which were economical and medicinally important in the Kabirdham. Study was conducted in the tribal dominated area of Kabirdham, Chhattisgarh in the year 2012-13.