SACRED PLANT DIVERSITY AT TEMPLE FOREST OF BERNA VILLAGE AT HIMMATNAGAR TALUKA, SABARKANTHA DISTRICT (NORTH GUJARAT)
D. N. Parmar and N. K. Patel
Department of Biology, Sheth M. N. Science College, Patan – 384265.
Temple forests are managed and maintained to serve the temple. This may include economic, ecological, social and religious functions. In Rajasthan many forests are managed to meet the requirement of temples, which in turn support religious and social functions. Shri Nath ji temple in Rajasthan, India, has a large temple forest owned by the Temple Trust, and a sacred grove located in Gautameshwar forest block. Temple Trust management does not derive authority from state forest regulations. Management includes protection against grazing, fire, illicit felling, and fence wall breach.
Keywords: Temple forest, Shri Nath ji temple, Sacred plants, diversity