Department of Botany, Ranchi University, Ranchi, Jharkhand, India
Received : 12th October, 2017 ; Revised :16th December,2017
Abstract : The newly formed state of Jharkhand is extensively dotted with sacred groves. In anthropological study we find description of three sacred groves. These sacred groves are locally known by the name Sarna or Jaherthan. In Jharkhand the size of these Sarna vary from one plant to patches of plants. Literature review suggests that the size of the groves varies from a cluster of a few trees to several hectares of land. According to Gokhle et al. (1998) the total area of sacred grooves in India as a whole would be about 83,000 hectares. In Jharkhand these sacred groves are either owned privately or by Temples, churches etc. The sacred groves at the surrounding of Jagarnathpur Temple, Dhurwa, Ranchi plays an important role in the conservation of bio-diversity.