Bishnois - The Protectors of Black Buck
Bishnoi communities are well known for the sacrifices they have made to protect
nature. Jammeshwarji Maharaj ( Jamboji) launched this sect in 1542 A.D. He was a
man of great foresight and preached 29 principles from which the name Bishnoi( Bish-twenty
and Noi-nine) was derived.
These principles preach various aspects of brotherhood, penance, fighting social
evils, reserving rights for women, wildlife preservation and kindness towards animals.
Bishnois treat these principles a religion and follow them with devotion.
A Bishnoi will not tolerate killing of wild animals and felling of a green tree