We keep reading about trees and talk about them all the time.. but a select few quietly work on planting and nurturing them, their noble cause being creating tree shade for the people, animals and birds. These people have aligned with the dreams of Sahyadri Devrai and have joined the cause. The trees planted by our environmentalist and tree lover friends, the thousands of trees that we have planted will provide for shade, flowers and fruits for the generations to come.
Western Ghats also known as Sahyadri (Benevolent Mountains) is a mountain range that runs parallel to the western coast of the Indian peninsula, located entirely in India. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the eight "hottest hot-spots" of biological diversity in the world. It is sometimes called the Great Escarpment of India. The range runs north to south along the western edge of the Deccan Plateau, and separates the plateau from a narrow coastal plain, called Konkan, along the Arabian Sea. A total of thirty-nine properties including national parks, wildlife sanctuaries and reserve forests were designated as world heritage sites - twenty in Kerala, ten in Karnataka, five in Tamil Nadu and four in Maharashtra.
Devrai (Sacred Groves)
"Devrai" is a Marathi word for The Sacred groves of India. It means; a dense but well managed plantation generally on the outskirts of villages. Devrai is a pretty old concept and references can be found in old literatures.
There are many popular and old Devrai in India which are maintained by locals of their regions. There are different names to it in different states of India.
Andhra Pradesh they call it Pavitrakshetralu
Arunachal Pradesh it is called Gumpa Forest
Assam it is called Than or Madaico
Sahyadri Devrai is a NGO, dedicated to the effort of replanting Devrais in the Sahyadri region, care for them and help barren landscapes become green jungles again.
Sahyadri Devrai believes in the premise that by taking efforts to replant these jungles, will eventually increase the depleted ground water levels and bring socio-economic growth to the region.