Vol. 4, Issue 5 (2019)
Study of plant community structure around Ramling: A sacred grove
Author(s): Varsha S Khude
Abstract: Sacred groves comprise of patches of forests or natural vegetation – from a few trees to forests of several acres – that are usually dedicated to local folk deities or tree spirits (Vanadevatas). These spaces are protected by local communities because of their religious beliefs and traditional rituals that run through several generations. In India, sacred groves are found all over the country and abundantly along the Western Ghats in the states of Kerala and Karnataka. The total number of sacred groves in India could be in the range of 100,000 – 150,000. (Malhotra et al, 1998). (Amirthalingum,2016 and Patel,2012) Sacred groves are ecological very significant because it Conserve the Biodiversity, (Deshmukh, 1999) it also Recharge the aquifers and prevent Soil conservation But day by day the importance of theses groves become reduced due to several reasons like Disappearance of the traditional belief systems, rapid urbanization and developmental interventions, Invasion by exotic weeds and Pressures due to increasing livestock and fuel wood collection. Keeping this view in mind in the present investigation an attempt has been made to study the vegetation around the important sacred grove Ramling (Nipani), and also carry out some steps to conserve the vegetation.