Heritage is the cultural, social and spiritual legacy that we inherit from our past and pass on to the future. Indian heritage is unique in its reverence for Mother Nature in all Her manifestations. Ancient traditions, rituals and practices have embedded this reverence in religion and even in normal day-to-day living. The respect for all nature and belief that every organism on earth has a special role in life’s cycle forms the core of our ecological heritage.
The celestial river Ganga, the pristine Himalayas, the imposing Mahabodhi tree at Gaya, the devoted temple elephants of Guruvayoor, the Ki Law Kyntang (sacred forests) of Meghalaya, the eco-friendly lifestyle of the Bishnois of Rajasthan and the numerous nandavanams kunds, and yeris are all examples of our rich ecological heritage.
CPREEC has over the years promoted and encouraged communities to adopt local traditions, practices and rituals that possess ecological significance. The Centre has restored several degraded sacred groves in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamilnadu. Training programmes on the importance of sacred grove conservation are conducted for villagers, priests and grass-root level organisations.
MAJOR PROJECTS / PROGRAMMES
- ENVIS Centre on conservation of ecological heritage and sacred sites of India. In the year 2006, the ENVIS Centre at CPREEC bagged the best ENVIS Centre Award.
CPREEC’s Website on Conservation of Ecological Heritage and Sacred Sites of India
- SDNP Partner on the thematic area of ecological heritage.
- Conservation & Restoration of Sacred Groves in South India
- Establishment of Navagraha park at the Meenakshi Amman temple, Madurai.
- Establishment of Nakshatra-rasi thottam on about 200 acres of the land belonging to the famous Meenakshi Amman Temple in Madurai. (in collaboration with the Hindu Religious Charitable Endowment Board and the Meenakshi Amman temple authorities), 2006
- Survey of Sacred Tanks of South India, 2001
- A study on the environmental history of India, 2002
- Conservation and protection of sacred groves in Tamilnadu. ( Sponsored by the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India), 2002