The Mangar village adjoining the Mangarbani grove in the Aravallis is home to about 5,000 locals belonging to the Gujjar community. People in the area are largely uneducated. The community still practices their tradition of cattle rearing which provides them with financial support.

The community also derived employment from local mines but the Supreme Court banned mining activity in 2002. This has left a large chunk of population without enough avenues for employment.

Mangarbani grove always had a community ownership with the villagers contributing towards conserving the forests for spiritual and environmental significance.

This livewall brings to you villagers from Mangar village voicing their opinions on the issues affecting their lives, homes and Mangarbani.


Save Mangar Bani, Delhi’s last sacred forest grove

Sunil, the secretary of the Gram Vikas Samiti, a local development committee managed to get signatures from almost 450 villagers and stopped a tender that was issued for cutting the trees in the sacred forest.

These forests are located at the edge of the Aravalis, India’s oldest mountain range. They are considered to be the last stretch of unfragmanted habitat for wildlife in this area.

Mangar Bani: Photo slideshow

Here is a look at some of the snapshots taken at the sacred forest of Mangar Bani and the adjoining Mangar village. This would give you an insight into the place as well as the people there.

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