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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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Map of Mangar Bani


Here is a map of Mangar Village including the Mangar Bani grove .

The map shows the location of the temple dedicated to Gudariya Baba which is located a little away from the village in the grove.

The cluster of residences in Mangar Village is shown separately in the map.

This map is put up to provide geographical location of the village and does not indicate the boundaries of the village as per the official records of the governmhttps://mangarbani.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=203&action=editent.

A Timeline of policies related to Mangar Bani


The issue of Mangar Bani has seen various developments over the last few years. Many policy decisions have affected it over the years. This timeline is a work in progress to document all the relevant policy papers.

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Discovering the legend of Gudariya Baba


The locals of Mangar Bani believe in the legend of ‘Gudariya Baba’, who they believe protects the sacred forest grove.

He first appeared almost five centuries ago as a young boy who was just wearing a loin cloth (known as ‘gudari’ in Hindi) and hence, he is referred to as Gudariya Baba.

According to the legend, he used to  meditate in a cave inside the forest and he vanished in that cave itself. The local villagers believe that if the people subject the forest to any harm, they will face the wrath of nature.

A Timeline of media coverage of Mangar Bani


An interactive Timeline showing the media coverage of the Mangar Bani Issue.

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Your contributions to this interactive Timeline is welcome . You are invited to post information about the coverage you will like us include in this Timeline in the comment section and we will update it.

Mangar Bani: Academic Poster


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Mangar Bani: #savemangarbani on Twitter


Here are some of our tweets and the kind efforts of people on the social networking site Twitter:

 

Mangarbani and Social media


As we are trying to create awareness about the Mangar Bani forests, one of our greatest tools are social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook.

Constant updates are being made on these sites and besides relevant information, interesting anecdotes from our stay in the Mangar village are also being shared. Please go ahead and visit these pages to know more.

Your suggestions are more than welcome.

People are sending their suggestions to us on Facebook and actively sharing the content on Twitter as well:

‘The Lost Forest’, a short film by filmmaker Ishani K Dutta travels through the shady paths of Mangar Bani and reveals a sad truth — the forest could soon be the site of new highrises and gated colonies. Watch it to discover more about Mangar Bani’s fascinating wildlife, a forest deity named Gudariya Baba and some age-old cures and curses. Image: http://www.ecoearthcare.com/

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Remember the large, old sycamore tree that Juli loves in the 2010 film Flipped? Have you had a similar experience? Share with us on our interactive.. Coming soon!

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On Twitter, our hashtag is: #savemangarbani

You can search this hashtag and gather more information as well.

In Pics: Mangar Bani: Our experience

Mangarbani: Delhi’s last sacred forest grove


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Environmentalists have often voiced their concern about the groundwater depletion in the NCR region. Mindless deforestation is aggravating this problem further. What can be described as possibly the last stretch of virgin forests in the NCR region, the Mangar Bani forests on the Gurgaon-Faridabad highway, also stand the risk of being uprooted.

The forests are marked by the divine presence of the five centuries old cult of Gudariya Baba. Locals believe that he attained enlightenment during his stay in the Mangar Bani forests and it is held that the place is in itself an old wise soul. Gudariya Baba’s teachings to his disciples included a warning that any harm by humans or even cattles shall invite the wrath of the wise soul.

According to a story published in Tehelka magazine: ‘Entertainment parks, like Gurgaon’s Kingdom of Dreams, could replace the stretch of the Aravalis along the Delhi border, which serves not only as a wildlife corridor but also as a groundwater recharge zone for the NCR.’

As students of journalism at AJK MCRC, Jamia Millia Islamia, we are trying to bring the importance of these forests to the fore. Follow this space and check our updates to know more.

Your contributions are always welcome! Mail us at mangarbani@gmail.com.