State of Manipur in the Northeast of the country has a rich bio-diverse forest life. Ethnic people of the state are quite aware of its importance to the ecology of the area. Patches of forest are dedicated to local deities, which are worshipped along with the jungle. Sacred groves of Manipur, existing in various locations, also harbor rich diversity of medicinally potential plants. They are also home to various endangered animal species. There are around 365 sacred groves or 'Umanglai' in Manipur.