Write short notes.
- The forest protected or conserved in the name of God (on religious grounds) and considered to be sacred is known as sacred grove or Devrai.
- Sacred groves are in fact sanctuaries conserved by society and not by the government forest department.
- It has special protection, as it has been conserved due to special religious importance.
- Sacred groves are present not only in the Western Ghats of India but in the entire country.
- More than 13000 sacred groves have been identified all over India.
Concept: Environmental Conservation
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