Grove: 2 definitions


Grove means something in the history of ancient India. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

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Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram (history)

Groves, Forests and Trees  close to human settlements have been venerated throughout the subcontinent up to the present day as the abodes of deities and a range of supernatural beings. References to these beings, of which the most well known type is the Yakṣa and his mate the Yakṣiṇī, are common in early Buddhist and Jain literature. They are well known to art historians also. The Barhut Stūpa and other early Buddhist monuments abound with their images. The earliest standing statue carved in the round so far recovered is the famous Pārkham’s Yakṣa preserved in the museum at Mathura. It was probably made in the third century BCE and may well have stood under a tree.

Source: Suomen Antropologi: Sacred Trees among the Tamil people of South India

Groves and Trees (in ancient India) were worshiped for their auspiciousness and the numerous benefits derived from them in the form of food, fodder, medicine and firewood.—In almost every village in Tamil Nadu there is a sacred grove dedicated to a local folk deity. Sacred groves are patches of forests that range from a few trees up to hundreds of hectares that consist of traditionally preserved, almost virgin forests maintained through indigenous cultural and religious rituals practiced by the members of community. They are often islands of biodiversity. [...] many sacred groves are located near important water resources which supply the villagers with their daily water. They also protect the ground from soil erosion.

Certain trees and groves have been pronounced sacred and protected from practices of consumption and management. [...] Sacred groves are not primarily protected in order to benefit the local community’s livelihood support, like common-pool resources (community forests, grazing lands, fish ponds etc.). However, they often play a vital role in protecting and securing important commodities such as, for instance, watershed areas that deliver life-saving water to the whole community

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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