Natural Heritage

ORANS OF RAJASTHAN

100 kms beyond Alwar in Rajasthan in the Oran, or sacred grove, of Jugrawar Roondh, covering an area of 165 hectares and dedicated to Mehendipur Balaji (In North India, Balaji may refer to God in general or Hanuman in particular. Occasionally, it even refers to Shiva). In arid Rajasthan, where summer temperatures regularly go up to 50C, Orans provi

GOLDEN LANGURS OF UMANANDA

- Shubhobroto Ghosh

Photographs by Nanditha Krishna

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BENAGUDI SHOLA

M. Amirthalingam

In the year 1995, when I started surveying the sacred groves of the various districts of Tamil Nadu including the Nilgiris, I came across a magnificent shola in the village of Benagudi which is situated about halfway between Kotagiri and Coonoor. My curiosity was aroused and I determ

THE SACRED GROVE OF KILI-AAL-AMMAN

M. Amirthalingam

At Periyakumatti village in Cuddalore district of Tamilnadu, there is a small grove about 2.5 acres in size, dedicated to the goddess Kili-aal-amman, on the state high way between Cuddalore and Chidambaram. The main deity is sheltered within a temple of brick and mortar. A perennial pond is situated in the foreco

THE SACRED GROVE OF PAAVUPATTU

 Nanditha Krishna  &  Sharon St Joan

Five miles south of the city of Tiruvannamalai, southwest of Chennai in Tamil Nadu, is the Sacred Grove of Paavupattu.  An oasis of peace and beautiful trees, it was the first of 52 sacred groves restored by CPREEC (C.P.R. Environmental Ed

TRADITIONAL ECOLOGICAL KNOWLEDGE

B. Tirumala

As defined by the Convention on Biological Diversity, Article 8 (j):

Traditional knowledge refers to the knowledge, innovations and practices of indigenous and local communities around the world. Developed from experience gained over the centuries and adapted to the local culture and environment, traditional knowledge is transmitted orally from gener

Pichavaram, The Mangrove Forest

Sharon St Joan

The water is not deep at Pichavaram, maybe two or three feet. It is dark green. Waterways run between the islands of mangrove trees. Pichavaram lies along the coast of the Bay of Bengal, in south India. In February, 2015, our rowboat sailed quietly along the waterways which came

Plan for Theme Park at Centuries-Old Chinese Caves Rattles Preservationists

by Edward Wong DUNHUANG, China In the cool shadows of Cave 98, Li Lingzhi watched as workers in blue suits inspected the Buddhist frescoes commissioned in this Gobi Desert cliff grotto more than a millennium ago by a local ruling family. It has taken a decade to restore the cave. Metal scaffolding still surrounds the central statue, a thre

BABY SEALS ADORABLE, HELPLESS, AND DESTINED TO DIE

By Candace Calloway Whiting

It seems that Canada is not all maple syrup after all; the government supported baby seal slaughter is set to resume on April 10th, with a quota set just under a half a million seal pups.

While the barbaric practice is supposedly market driven by demand for the seal skins, the truth is that the Canadian government spends

THE FLOOD at CHENNAI 2015

I wrote these poems when I was depressed and upset, when the rains battered my roof and sewage water flooded my garden. There was no power, water, TV, mobile or social media. We were cut off from the world.

 I anticipated the floods when I wrote the first poem on November 24, 2015. I didnt know where to publish poetry, and I am no poet. When I read Amitav Gho