Perceptions and Practices in modern world to conserve Sacred Trees in urban ecology.

Dr.K V. Raju - Principal Scientist & Assistant Director, ICRISAT Development Center, International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics, Patancheru-502324, Telangana, India. Email:
Manasi. S: Associate Professor, Center for Research in Urban Affairs, Institute for Social & Economic Change, Bangalore-560072, Karnataka, India. Email:
Rashmi. P: Researcher, Bangalore-560072, Karnataka, India. Email:

 Trees are one of the most vital and important resources that nature has bestowed upon the living beings, particularly, the human beings. Certain varieties of trees have always been worshipped traditionally, and parts of trees are used during practice of local cultural traditions. The present study is an attempt to understand the importance of ‘Ashwath katte’, associated cultural practices, beliefs and perceptions among the local people and its scientific relevance. Field survey was done in capturing perceptions among people in temples of Bangalore using a structured questionnaire.  The research results indicate that among the socioeconomic groups the middle income group have strong faith on performing rituals at Aswattha Katte (87%) followed by rich income group (7%) and poor income group (7%). This leads us to conclude that religious teachings and cultural traditions could be used in a positive sense for conservation of the environment and ecology.