Various cultures throughout the world emphasize protection of nature due to religious and cultural traditions.
In many cultures, vast tracts (an area of land, especially a large one) of forest were set aside (countryside), and all the trees and wildlife within were considered to be holy and given total protection out of religious importance. These forest fragments of varying sizes are communally protected with the prohibition of hunting and logging.
In India such sacred groves are found in Western Ghat regions of Karnataka and Maharashtra and the Sarguja, Khasi and Jaintia Hills in Meghalaya, Aravalli Hills of Rajasthan, Chanda and Bastar areas of Madhya Pradesh.
It has also been noted that in Indian sacred groves are sometimes associated with temples, religious places, shrines and burial grounds.