Tulsi Gowda - The Incarnation of mother earth


Tulsi Gowda who planted over 30,000 trees was born in 1944 to a Halakki tribal family in the Honnalli village of the Uttar Kannada district of the Indian state of Karnataka.


We are witnessing developed areas, better-constructed buildings, roads, and beautiful houses in the modern era. But let's not deny the fact that is how it is done. Construction comes after destruction or vis-a-vis. Each brick is responsible for the cutting of a tree. Yes, you are right. I am talking about deforestation. We have deforested a large area for shelter, and that forest is rarely seen nowadays.

But some people are still working on it, like our own  Tulsi Gowda , who single-handedly planted one lakh (1,00,000) trees in Karnataka. People like her are inspirations for everyone who wants to save Mother Earth. Deforestation is at its peak, but we have people like Tulsi to cope with this problem. So let's see how she initiated this work because every story has a beginning. So let's begin with her story .      


Tulsi Gowda was born in 1944 to a Halakki tribal family in the Honnalli village of the Uttar Kannada district of the Indian state of Karnataka. Karnataka is a South Indian state recognized for its ecotourism, having around twenty-five animal sanctuaries and five national parks. Tulsi Gowda belongs from there. She has planted over 30,000 trees and oversees the Forest Department's nurseries. The Government of India and various organizations have recognized her work. In 2021, the Government of India bestowed upon her the Padma Shri, the country's fourth highest civilian honour. 

Early life

Gowda was born in a poor house. His father passed away when she was two years old, forcing him to work as a labourer with her mother, who worked in Nursery. She did not obtain a formal education or learn to read. She was married off at an early age to Govinde Gowda, an older man. She is still determining her current location.


Because of her knowledge of the forest and its flora, Gowda is recognized as the "Encyclopedia of the Forest" by Environmentalists and the "tree goddess" by her tribe. She is well-known for her ability to locate the mother tree of any tree species in the forest. Mother trees are noteworthy because of their age and size, which makes them the forest's most linked nodes. As the mother tree trades nitrogen and nutrients, these subterranean nodes link mother trees with saplings and seedlings. Gowda is also a seed collector, which extracts seeds from mother trees to rejuvenate and regrow entire plant species. 

  Career and honours

  • Gowda worked for the Karnataka Forest Department for more than sixty years. It characterizes its goal as linking people and villages with nature, eventually having one-third of the state covered in forest or tree cover.
  • Gowda earned the Indira Priyadarshini Vrikshamitra. The award, better known as the IPVM award, was in 1986. The IPVM awhonoursnors pioneering achievements in afforestation and wasteland development by individuals or institutions. 
  • In 1999, Gowda earned the Karnataka Rajyotsava award, also known as the Kannada Rajyotsava Award, which is the "second-highest civilian distinction of India's Karnataka state."


Gowda is said to have planted one lakh (100,000) trees in Karnataka. These efforts have also had a long-term influence on the individuals in her community,  NagarajaGowda of Uttara Kannada District, who works for the welfare of the Halakki tribe, describes Gowda as their community's pride. She is an expert in medicinal plants and the forest. Nobody has recorded anything, and she is not a strong communicator, understanding her contribution is tough unless you've seen her work."

 Yellappa Reddy, a retired officer, also praises Gowda'sa long-term dedication to her community, highlighting that Gowda has planted and identified over 300 medicinal plants that have subsequently been utilized to heal patients. Tulsi Gowda is a live example of a quote that" A target is initiated by one person. First they demoralize you, criticize you and then you become an inspiration for them by showing the result. Don't say, just act". By this, I request one thing, " Each one, Plant one . "

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