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GUDA BISHNOI VILLAGEIf you want to get an experience of the tribal India, Jodhpur Guda Bishnoi Villageis the place for you. It is approximately 25 kms from the main city of Jodhpur.The Guda Bishnoi village of Jodhpur, Rajasthan is scenic beauty marked withKhejri trees and deer. Also in the village is the Guda Bishnoi Lake. It is anartificial lake, perfect as a picnic spot. A person interested in exotic wild life &nature should definitely visit this village.The Bishnoi community inhabits the village. The villagers are staunchworshippers of nature in all its forms, specially the sanctity of plant and animallife. They even pray to the green trees and animals that inhabit their land. In thisworld of exploitation everywhere, they make every effort to conserve theenvironment. Another fact about the Bishnoi tribals is that they worship LordVishnu and are vegetarians.Around the Guda Bishnoi Lake, you can see numerous migratory birds likedomicile Cranes etc, blackbucks and chinkaras. This pond is drinking point forantelopes black bucks of near by area. The Guda Bishnoi village in Jodhpur,Rajasthan, India is a kind of desert oasis. It is the perfect place to experience thetraditions and customs of tribal life. It is a place caught in a delightful time warp,where life still goes on like the days of the past.
KHEJARLIKhejarli or Khejadli is a village in Jodhpur districtof Rajasthan, India, 26 kilometres (16 mi) south-east of the city of Jodhpur. The name of the townis derived from Khejri (Prosopis cineraria) treesthat were once abundant in the village.In this village 363 Bishnois sacrificed their livesin 1730 AD while protecting green Khejri that areconsidered sacred by the community. Theincident was a forebear of the 20th-centuryChipko Movement.Thakur Surat Singh, of Kharda thikana, a small estate in Jodhpur pargana. wasgranted the estate of Khejarli in the same pargana, by Maharaja Abhai Singh ofMarwar in 1726 AD, and he became the first 'Thakur of Khejarli'.Khejarli was the site of a forebear of the Chipko movement. In September 1730,a royal party led by Giridhar Bhandari, a minister of the maharajah of Marwar,arrived at the village with the intention of felling some Khejri trees that weresacred to the villagers. The trees were to be burned to produce lime for theconstruction of a new palace.A local woman called Amrita Devi Bishnoi protested against the tree-fellingbecause such acts were prohibited by the Bishnoi's religion. The feudal partysaid that they would only cease if she paid them a bribe, which she refused to dobecause she saw that as ignominious and an insult to her faith. She said that shewould rather give away her life to save the trees. She and her three daughters(Asu, Ratni and Bhagu) were then killed by the party. News of the deaths spreadand summons to a meeting were sent to 83 Bishnoi villages. The meetingdetermined that one Bishnoi volunteer would sacrifice their life for every treethat was cut down. Older people began hugging the trees that were intended tobe cut and many were killed.These efforts failed to have the desired impact andBhandari claimed that the Bishnois were sacrificing ageing people whom they nolonger saw as useful to society. In response to this, young men, women andchildren began to follow the example of the old.The development shocked thetree-felling party. The group left for Jodhpur with their mission unfulfilled and theMaharaja Abhai Singh of Marwar subsequently ordered that no more trees shouldbe felled. 363 Bishnois died in the incident.