Economic Botany

, Volume 30, Issue 2, pp 152–160 | Cite as

The sacred groves of Western Ghats in India

  • Madhav Gadgil
  • V. D. Vartak


Then ignoring the pleadings of the king, she wandered into the sacred grove of Kumara. Her mind bewildered by the curse of her Guru, she failed to notice this transgression into an area forbidden to women. No sooner did she enter, than she was transformed into a vine clinging to a tree at the boundary of the grove. Kalidasa in Vikramorvasiyam (c. 300 A.D.)


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    Vartak, V. D. and M. Gadgil 1972. Dev-Rahati: an ethno-botanical study of tracts of forest preserved on grounds of religious beliefs. Proc. Indian Science Congress, Sixtieth session (abstract only).Google Scholar

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© The New York Botanical Garden 1976

Authors and Affiliations

  • Madhav Gadgil
    • 1
  • V. D. Vartak
    • 2
  1. 1.Centre for Theoretical StudiesIndian Institute of ScienceBangaloreIndia
  2. 2.Maharashtra Association for the Cultivation of SciencePoonaIndia

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