Devankanam Charuharitham (Beautiful Green Abodes of God)
The Kerala government has taken a unique approach to tackle climate change and its negative impacts in the state. In an ambitious project, the government aims to enhance the green cover of over 3000 temples managed by five Devaswom Boards under its control.
Inauguration on World Environment Day
On June 5, which is celebrated as World Environment Day, the project, named ‘Devankanam Charuharitham’ (Beautiful Green Abodes of God), was inaugurated. This project will encompass more than 3800 temples across Kerala that fall under the management of the five Devaswom Boards.
Objective of the Project
The primary focus of the project is to improve the green cover around the temples. The idea is to utilize the land banks possessed by the Devaswom Boards and grow trees on these lands, thereby enhancing the overall greenery in the state. Additionally, the project envisions the planting of various flowering plants and fruit-bearing trees within the temple compounds. This will not only contribute to the aesthetics but also ensure a sustainable supply of flowers and fruits for daily temple use, making the temples self-reliant.
Renovation of Temple Ponds and Preservation of Sacred Groves
Alongside the green cover enhancement, the project also includes the renovation of abandoned temple ponds, recognizing their significance as a primary source of water in various areas. The dilapidated temple ponds will be restored and preserved with funding from the government, ensuring their sustainable utilization.
Moreover, the project emphasizes the protection of sacred groves, which are places of worship with serpent deities kept in the open within protected natural forests. The existing sacred groves will be safeguarded, and as more temples develop their green cover, the overall greenery in the state will witness a substantial improvement.
The implementation of this project involves the cooperation of multiple Devaswom Boards. Along with the Travancore Devaswom Board, the Kochi, Malabar, Guruvayur, and Koodalmanickam Devaswom Boards are actively participating in this endeavor. Additionally, the properties owned by the Devaswom Boards will also be included in the project, expanding its reach and impact.
Promoting Environmental Protection and Awareness
The underlying objective of this project is to make temples symbols of environmental protection. Temples have long embraced eco-friendly practices by using organic materials derived from nature for rituals and ceremonies. By extending their commitment to environmental consciousness, these temples aim to raise awareness among the public about the importance of safeguarding the environment.
Month: Current Affairs - June, 2023
Category: States Current Affairs