- April 8, 2021
- Posted by: OptimizeIAS Team
- Category: DPN Topics
Subject : Environment
- Kavu is the traditional name given for sacred groves across the Malabar Coast in Kerala, South India.
- Kavus are notable for Theyyam, the centuries-old ritual dance.
- A SarpaKavu (meaning Abode of Snakes) is a traditional natural sacred space seen near traditional homes in Kerala state of South India.
- The site is believed to be inhabited by snakes, and the area usually contains a representation of Naga Raja (King of the Snakes) and other Naga Devatas (snake deities), where offerings and rites are performed during special ceremonies.
- SarpaKavus even help in soil and water conservation besides preserving its rich biological wealth.
- The ponds and streams adjoining the groves are perennial water sources. These are the last resorts to many of the animals and birds for their water requirements, especially during summer.
- Sacred groves also enrich the soil through its rich litter composition. The nutrients generated thus are not only recycled within the sacred grove ecosystem but also find their way into the adjoining agroeco systems.