Social anthropologists and ecologists have taken profound interest in studying 'sacred groves' in India. Out of Indian States, Kerla and Maharastra have yielded high number of sacred groves. Orissa is estimated to have 10,000 number of such protected groves. Ecologically, the sacred groves have allowed many floral species to survive and also many endangered faunal specimens, for example occasionally pangolins (Scaly anteater), now extinct in India, have been found in West Bengal......... more
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