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National Forest Martyrs Day 2021

National Forest Martyrs Day 2021

The day of 11th September is observed as National Forest Martyrs Day in India to pay tributes to those who laid down their lives in order to protect the jungles, forests, and wildlife. In 2013, The Ministry of Environment and Forest declared this day to observe officially.

National Forest Martyrs Day History:

  • In 1730, The infamous Khejarli massacre took place. king Maharaja Abhay Singh of Rajasthan ordered to cut Khejarli trees which were treated as sacred by the Bishnoi community in Rajasthan’s Khejarli village.

Who is Amrita Devi?

  • Amrita Devi (Beniwal) did sacrifice her life with her three daughters Asu, Ratni, and Bhagu in the year 1730. The Maharaja of Jodhpur ordered to cut the green trees at a place known as Khejarli in Marwar, Rajasthan. Amrita Devi sacrificed to save the trees with her more than 363 other Bishnois

Amrita Devi Vishnoi Award

  • The Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh Govts distribute the prestigious state-level Amrita Devi Vishnoi Smriti Award with the Department of Forest. the award is given for excellent contribution to the protection and conservation of wild animals. The Amrita Devi Vishnoi Smriti Award includes a cash of Rs 25000/- and a prashasti.

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