National Forest Martyrs Day

National Forest Martyrs Day is observed annually on September 11 to honor everyone who sacrificed their lives to protect the wildlife, forests and jungles in India. It gives recognition to those who risk their lives and selflessly guard and protect the flora and fauna.
The day was first observed in 2013. It commemorates the day in 1730, when the Kherjarli massacre took place during the regime of Maharaja Abhay Singh of Rajasthan. Under the king’s order, soldiers cut down trees to provide wood for a new palace. The Bishnoi community protested, resulted in over 350 people being slaughtered by soldiers.

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