As part of the 150
birth anniversary celebrations of Swami Vivekananda, VK-nardep has taken up the renovation of the 16 sacred
. This is the continuation of the report series of the progress of the project. As the
are getting revived they are now getting used by the community for both day today use and also for ritual purposes. Many of the
are also situated near the local village shrines – particularly sacred trees. The
renovation project is revealing a greater pattern of embedded eco-veneration in the bio-cultural knowledge system of the island.
[Left] A sacred tree venerated near the Nakula Teertham, [Right] one of the Teertham that has been renovated. Almost perennial presence of water in most of the Teerthams may be the cumulative result of such many eco-cultural practices enshrined in the local traditions. [Left] Fresh water oozing out of
Hanuman Kunda Teertham
and the presence of water inside the dry
. This may be the cumulative result of many such eco-cultural practices enshrined in the local traditions.