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 .

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