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The scheme Daivivana/Devarakadu was launched by Karnataka Forest Department during 2011-12. The state sector scheme envisages development of a forest nearer to a temple to conserve local biodiversity. It also involves creation of Rashivana, Nakshatravana, Navagrhavana, Panchayat vana, Asthadikkapalakvana, etc. with planting of a number of species having religious significance such as Ala, Arali, Athi, Bevu, Banni, Tare, Bilvapatre, Goni, Nerale, Nagasampige, Kaggali, Yekke, etc. along with other local flowering and fruit yielding trees. Visitors coming to temple are motivated to learn conservation of forests and wildlife. Under the Daivivana scheme, an extent of about 100 ha is planted and developed over a period of 3 years and thereafter further maintained for 2 years. Protection is given by chain-link mesh fence. It is proposed to develop Daivivana covering about 300 ha in every district. Civic amenities such as walking path, eco trails and taxonomic labeling are provided within the Daivivanas to create awareness and interest, especially among children, regarding conservation of forest and wildlife.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (faq) VIEW

  • What is a Devarakadu

    Since time immemorial forests have been closely linked with spiritualism. Traditionally our ancestors have revered plants and animal species and also utilized various plants for medicinal purposes. Spiritual teachers have attained enlightenment by meditating in forests or under trees. In Karnataka there are many temples nestled in forests. Such forests are considered as Devarakadu.

  • Which Year Government of Karnataka initiated Devarakadu Scheme

    Government of Karnataka initiated Devarakadu Scheme in the financial year 2010-11.

  • What are the objectives of Devarakadu Scheme

    The following are the main objectives of Devarakadu Schemes : • To protect the sacred forests around temples or places of worship. • To develop such forests by creating RashiVana, Nakshatra Vana, Navagraha Vana, TapoVana, AshtadikpalakaVana, Panchayat Vana, etc. • To enrich the existing forest with species considered to be sacred such as Ala, Arali, Bevu, Banni, Tare, Bilwapatre, Gond, Nerale, Naga Sampige, Atti, Kaggalietc.. • To create awareness among the local people about the importance of forests. • To improve the local environment.

  • What are the guidelines regarding implementation of Devarakadu Scheme

    The area to be developed under the scheme should be a place of religious importance. Around 300 ha. of forest land or other Government land should be taken up for development. There should be a detailed work plan for the development of the area. Local species of religious importance, fruit bearing plants etc., should be planted. For increasing awareness about nature,labelling / signages is taken up.

  • How many Devarakadus have been established in Karnataka

    Under this scheme, financial support has been provided by Government for development and preservation of 60 Devarakadu.

  • What are the benefits of Devarakadu for general public

    The general public visiting Devarakadus are provided with basic amenities such as, Paragola, Benches, Drinking water facilities, improved pathways or steps to the temple etc. In addition, they get more awareness about plant species, RashiVana, Nakshatra Vana etc., through the signages and illustrations.

  • Does Government of Karnataka have plans to create new Devarakadus

    Most of the Devarakadus have been developed and Government of Karnataka is providing funds for maintenance. However if there is any proposal from the concerned Territorial Deputy Conservator of Forests for funding under the scheme for a new area, the same may be provided subject to suitability of proposal and approval by competent authority.

  • What are the responsibilities of general public in maintenance of Devarakadus

    All visitors to Daivivana/ Devarakadu should maintain cleanliness by avoiding littering of the place with food, plastic etc.. They should immediately contact the local forest officer in case of fire incidences or any illegal activity.

  • Whether Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) funds can be utilized for improvement and maintenance of Devarakadus

    Since Government funding is limited, CSR funds / donations may be allowed for improvement and maintenance of Devarakadus subject to approval by concerned authorities.