Jadav Payeng – Molai Forest Reserve
- Distance From IIT Kharagpur to Jorhat City Is Approx. 1370Km Via NH27
- The Molai Forest is located near Kokilamukh in Jorhat City. Being a prominent place of interest in the city, the forest is easily accessible from any corner of Jorhat by availing the local transportation network like rental cars.
The story of this extraordinary man is known all over the world many many of you may or may not know. Yet, standing in this age, when a group of greedy people is burning the wilderness of the wilderness, we must all know the story of this man … who has been “completely alone”, without anyone’s help, for thirty long years of unceasing labor and love. A huge forest of one thousand three hundred acres.
The story of the man will make us think, surprise, and teach us how the impossible can be done alone even if we do not have someone by our side. How the world is filled with indomitable will and hard work in a motherly loving forest… !!
The story begins in 1969. Majuli region of Jorhat in Assam. Where the Brahmaputra river is inhabited by missing tribes. Like every year, the service was swept away by the incessant floods of the Brahmaputra. But in the scorching heat of June and July, the sand dunes did not become a shelter for them and became a deathbed. As a result, the people of the missing tribe witnessed a horrible scene. The sand dunes were full of many snakes, dry corpses… !!!
This scene raised a storm of thought in the chest of a missing teenager of fifteen years. Whose name was Jadav Payeng, He asked the villagers why they should die like this? What happened ??
The villagers said… “The snakes would not have died like this if they had found the shade of the Takuskhan tree”… !!
This answer made the boy stand in the face of a question, “What if this happens to us because of the lack of trees?”
From that sense of life, Jadav came up with a resolution that he would fill that barren sand dune in the shade of a green forest.
The next day, after walking five kilometers, he brought twenty-five bamboo saplings from the next village.
Then, in a small boat made by his own hands, he went to the sand dunes and met in a wonderful tree-planting festival… completely alone !! From then until today, Jadav Payeng has been planting trees there day after day, day after day, following the same rules.
Although now that char is no more, it has turned into a vast forest of more than thirteen hundred acres. Where more than a hundred species of birds, elephants, Royal Bengal Tigers, deer, rhinos, a few species of snakes, and many more animals have found refuge – where the green resources will dazzle the eye. Jadav’s nickname “Molai” has been given the costume name of that forest “Molai Forest“.
But this heroic achievement of the anti-propaganda man would have remained invisible to the people unless journalist Jitu Kalita came in contact with him in 2006. In that year, a herd of one and a half hundred elephants took refuge in Jadav’s forest and ransacked paddy lands, and houses. The news reached the forest department. The forest department was surprised to see the existence of this huge forest in Majuli.
Since then till today there is no end of curiosity about him and this man-made forest in the country and abroad… !! His work has been praised everywhere. Received many domestic and international honors and recognitions. On Earth Day 2012, Jawaharlal Nehru University invited him as an honorary speaker, where he was awarded “The Forest Man”. The Government of India awarded him the Padma Shri in 2015.
Many local and foreign documentaries have been made with his extraordinary work which has won many awards. A documentary about his life has been screened at the Cannes Film Festival. Even his words and his “Molai” Aranya have found a place not only in the textbooks of India but also in the textbooks of many schools abroad. He explained the need to plant trees to prevent global warming or the need for forests in the ecosystem. An Indian forest is being single-handedly planted after its creator was inspired by a slither of dead snakes.