Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir aims to contribute to the conservation of nature and reforestation in this sacred land by creating a Biodiversity Park around the temple. This will increase the green cover, serve as a refuge for local biodiversity, mitigate pollution and climate change.
Biodiversity Park is a nature reserve that harbours the natural heritage of an area, promotes educational and cultural values, and enhances the quality of the environment of the surrounding areas. The guiding principle of a Biodiversity Park is to ensure that there is no loss of local biodiversity and create self-sustaining ecosystems with native plants and birds.
This park, called the Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir Biodiversity Park, will flourish with varieties of lush vegetation. Green pastures, vistas of fruit-bearing trees, flower laden creepers, clear water lakes with lotuses and lilies will transport the visitors to the times of Lord Krishna. This park will house different species of flora and fauna, enriching the entire ecosystem.
Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir’s Biodiversity Park will act as an instrument in preserving this glorious heritage of Vrindavan dham. The main components of the Biodiversity Park are:
1. Sacred forest : This forest is the main section of the biodiversity park where sacred and native trees, shrubs and herbs will be conserved. It will depict the different types of forests in Uttar Pradesh and surrounding areas. A nature trail traversing through the Sacred Forest will be created to attract the attention of visitors to interesting plants, birds, butterflies, other features of the forest and also to disseminate awareness about the importance of biodiversity conservation.
2. Butterfly Park : Setting up a butterfly garden is one of the ways to conserve biodiversity and promote environmental education to the public. Often, such gardens may serve as a ‘mind-healer’ to the people living in stress and strain of the day. Creating a natural habitat of butterflies with several species of nectar plants and host plants would attract many of them.
3. Ayurvedic Herbal Garden: The Ayurvedic Herbal Garden will serve as a learning centre, enriching the traditional knowledge of medicinal plants used in Ayurvedic medicine. Hundreds of commonly available and frequently used ayurvedic plants will be grown in this garden and make the general public aware of their uses and cultivation techniques. The garden will not only sensitize the visitors about our rich traditional knowledge but will also promote the conservation of threatened medicinal plants of our country.
Regular guided tours will be organised to educate visitors about different thematic gardens in the Biodiversity Park. Staff who are well versed with flora and fauna in the Biodiversity Park will be deployed to walk the visitors through, help them understand and appreciate the beauty of nature. Information on the biodiversity and different facilities of the park will be published in the form of booklets and folded pamphlets for promotion and education of biodiversity conservation among the general public.
We plan to organise workshops cum training programmes to promote the growing and cultivation of sacred trees and shrubs. Preparation of organic manure, information on the establishment of the herbal garden, multiplication of plants, traditional pest control, precautions and care will be demonstrated.