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SACRED GARDENS SOURCES
Anon,"Vrindavan Conservation Project",Dhrni Printers, New Delhi.,
The sacred garden, Vrindavan is considered as a living temple of sacred nature. It is believed that God himself blessed the place with his presence. Today, the famous forests and groves of Vrindavan have vanished. Its sacred river and ground water reserves have depleted and are now contaminated with sewage. In order to restore this sacred garden steps are being taken which involves the community in Vrindavan.

Karnataka Forest Department,"Sacred Plants - A Book on Vratas Gardens and the Connected Plants Described in our Vedas and Puranas",1988
The book ""Sacred Plants" is an innovative reference work on sacred plants and it described the role of trees in religious rituals endeavours to furnish a dimension to the linkage between religion and science. The is an attempt to identify and describe the large number of trees, shrubs, herbs and climbers associated with the Vratas for offering, described in our puranas. The book will be useful to those who are involved in raising Pavithra Vanas.

Krishna, N.,"Retreat of the Gods",Hindu Folio, pp. 18-20,June,2000
Information on sacred gardens is found in literature, history and epigraphy. Each garden is associated with mythology. It became an essential part of every temple. Ashokavan, Brindavana, Sambathi vana and Kuvera vana are the important sacred gardens discussed in detail here.

Mitra, A., and Chakraborty, S.,"Saying it With Flowers",Down To Earth,1995
Flowers have a very special role in different cultures and traditions. Flowers are used for aesthetic, religious and medical purposes.

Pandey, D.N,"Birds, Sacred Gardens and Management of Multiple Use Forests",Indian Institute of Forest Management, Vol. 11, No.1,March,1999
The sacred garden or baug is an ethno-silvi-horticultural grove traditionally planted near settlements or amidst forests for fruit, fodder, fuel wood, medicine, non-wood forest products and shade. Every garden has a sacred place dedicated to a deity. This gives a new dimension for the conservation of biological diversity through community involvement.

Riti, M.D.,"Pious Plants",The Week, Vol. 12, No. 34, pp. 60-60, August 14,1994
Shri Lakshmi Thathachar maintained two sacred gardens such as Deivavana and Udayana vana in an area of 15 acres at Melkote in Mysore district. The gardens have 27 varieties of jasmine and 200 species of birds.

Viji, C.,"Tirunandavanam at Srirangam",The Hindu, September 3,1995
Andal Tirunandavanam at Srirangam provides flowers for garlands, which enhance the beauty of the deity. In Madhurakavi nandavana, every tree is reverentially named after the grate saints and acharyas.

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