How religious worship is boosting conservation in India

By Kavitha Yarlagadda
BBC News
July 26, 2022

Religious practices have preserved an estimated 100,000-150,000 sacred groves across India, ensuring they remain biodiverse habitats home to an array of endangered species.

Chirping birds, a cool breeze, huge trees and gushing water welcome Anyam Sridevi and her family to the Pallalamma temple in Andhra Pradesh in southern India. They are carrying colourful baskets filled with flowers and food – offerings to the goddess Pallalamma Devi.

“Many childless couples visit the Pallalamma temple; they believe that they will be blessed with a child,” says Anyam Rambabu, a staunch follower and frequent visitor to the temple.

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