Restoring 10 sacred groves in Rajasthan

Jan 24, 2012

Documentation of 'Orans'

Documenting Orans_KRAPAVIS staff among community
Documenting Orans_KRAPAVIS staff among community

During the last three months, KRAPAVIS has documented 50 Orans in Jaipur District of Rajasthan (India). ‘Orans’ serve as a strong, shared and naturalised icon of village life.  As a communal and sanctified space, they are frequently utilized as forums for local affairs.  Matters pertaining to village politics, crops and livestock a well as the Oran itself may be discussed there, and punishments for offences relating to the Oran (e.g. encroachment, destructive extraction, and the like) are often enacted around the temple or shrine.  In the process of documentation, KRAPAVIS collected the basic information about the Orans through structured survey format; recorded GPS positions of each study Oran; took photographs of each surveyed site and drawn maps of each site, showing the location and important features on the boundary and within the site; recorded any encroachments, diversions, and allotments found through visual estimate or discussions with the local guide and communities; check vegetation status and state of grazing by visual estimate.

This process has had benefited the community, in the following manner;

  • Community led documentation- their observation; opinion, semi-structured interviews; oral histories were sought on the issue, not only in meeting but discussing on-the-site, in their homes, probing and triangulation.
  • Through this process they (community) become more informed on the vital issues of Orans.
'Orans' serve strong, shared icon of village life

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Aman Singh Singh

Project Leader
Alwar, Rajasthan India

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