Award winning photo | “Gardimalien”, a traditional sacred grove of Bargarh district – Odisha

A traditional sacred grove of Bargarh district Odisha | To view a larger version of this image, click here >>

India, Odisha, Bargarh, Papanga
Pyhapaiga nimi/nimed
Gardimalien Scared grove
“Gardimalien” a traditional sacred grove of Bargarh district of Odisha. This sacred grove is associated with the Bhil tribe of Papanga village of Bargarh district. Jhankar the main priest of the community carryout all the rituals here. Annual ritual is held in the month of December every year, where Jhankar seeking bless for the entire community.
May 2015
Antaryami Pradhan

Source: A traditional sacred grove of Bargarh district Odisha – Hiite kuvavõistlus 2016 – Kuvad – Maavalla Koda
Date Visited: Mon Nov 28 2016 21:18:14 GMT+0100 (CET)

A total of 20 prizes are awarded to participants, including special awards for global view, islands, nature and heritage protection, as well as various other categories. The awards include cash prizes as well as a horse-back riding trip, a smoke sauna session, tickets to concerts and workshops, books, etc.

All winning photographs are available at:

A total of 170 photographers submitted more than 700 photos to the competition. The youngest participant was 4 and the oldest 82 years old, with skill levels ranging from beginner to world-class. The photos show sacred sites from 31 countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and the Americas.

The jury consisted of nature photographer Arne Ader, reporter Helen Arusoo, artist Elo Liiv and anthropologist Svetlana Karm from the Estonian National Museum. Patron of the Sacred Groves Photography Contest is Tõnis Lukas, Director General of the Estonian National Museum.

The aim of the Sacred Groves Photography Contest is to appreciate and record historical natural sacred sites and the natural and cultural heritage surrounding them, and to encourage the public to visit the sites. The competition is organised by the Tartu University Centre for Natural Sacred Sites, Hiite Maja Foundation and Maavalla Koda. The next Sacred Groves Photography Contest will be held in 2017.

Winners will be awarded in the new Estonian National Museum Building in Tartu on 3 December 2016 at 13.00.

Our supporters are: Wiedemanni Translation Bureau, the Kindred Peoples Programme, Eesti Kultuurkapital, Kehrwieder, the Estonian Folklore Archives of the Estonian Literature Museum, the Estonian National Museum, Võro Instituut, Mulgi Kultuuri Instituut, the Võrtsjärve Foundation, Uma Leht, Tihuse Riding-Farm, the Estonian Folklore Council, the Heritage Protection Board, the Environmental Board, Jõgeva County Government, the Estonian Traditional Music Centre, the Krautman Health and Massage Academy, Harmoonikum, Viru Folk, Roheliste Rattaretk, Nature Photo of the Year, Pegasus Press, the School of Traditional Knowledge and Folk Medicine, Mooska Farm, Tagavälja Farm, the Kalevipoja Koda Foundation, the Estonian Printing Museum, Siniallika Inn, Pühaste Brewery, the Hea Lugu publishing house, Farmi Dairy Industries and the LÜÜ-TÜRR Men’s Folkloric Song Ensemble.

Sacred Groves Photography Contest 2016 all photos:

All winning photographs are available at:

Source: email from Ahto Kaasik <[email protected]> dated 28 November 2016
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