Preservation of Medicinal Plants

Topics: Biodiversity, Kerala, Conservation biology, Western Ghats / Pages: 15 (3668 words) / Published: Mar 9th, 2011
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TITLE OF THE PAPER : SARPAKAVU PROTECTION ACT [CONSERVATION OF MEDICINAL PLANTS]

AUTHORS : MS RESHMA R MR VISWESH VISWANATH

DESIGNATION : STUDENT

DEPARTMENT : MBA

INSTITUTE : SAINTGITS INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT PATHAMUTTOM.P.O KOTTAYAM 686532

TELEPHONE :09544433228, 09567292623

EMAIL ID : reshmapillai.r@gmail.com viswesh.viswanath@gmail.com

SARPAKAVU PROTECTION ACT [ CONSERVATION OF MEDICILNAL PLANTS]

Ms RESHMA R
Mr VISWESH VISWANATH

ABSTRACT

The sacred groves of Kerala are the remnants of evergreen forest patches, protected and conserved based on religious beliefs and a great repository of many endemic, endangered and economically important plant species. The study reports revealed that floristic diversity indices of the sacred groves of Kerala are equal or nearly equal to the forests of the Western Ghats. It is also revealed that these isolated patches are self-sustainable ecosystems function as a bio-resource centre and closed system for the nutrient and water cycles for the nearby areas.

Sarpa Kavu (meaning Abode of the Snake God) is a small traditional forest seen in Kerala state of South India. This untouched small forest usually have idols of Naga Devatas and Naga Devas (snake gods) and people would worship them. This was part of Nagaaradhana (snake worship) which was prevalent among Keralites during past centuries. It has been practised by Nairs, Ezhavas, Arayas and many other tribal, non-tribal and costal communities all over Malabar Cost practises serpent worship in south India.

The Mannarasala nagaraja temple is located in Alappy district. The total land comes around 8 acres and it is the personal property of Mannarasala tharavadu. The temple trust gives maximum care and protections for the medicinal plants in the sarpakavu.They have taken an

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