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Rural Khecchan
Khejarli or Khejadli is a village in Jodhpur district of Rajasthan, India, 26 kilometres (16 mi) south-east of the city of Jodhpur. The name of the town is derived from Khejri (Prosopis cineraria) trees that were once abundant in the village.

There is an old temple of Guru Jambheshwar, the founder of the Bishnoi sect in the early 15th century. He laid down 29 principles (or commandments) for his followers. One of these principles is to protect animals, birds and trees and Bishnois meticulously follow this principle. One can see Blackbuck Deers, Gazelles, Neel Gai (Blue Bulls), peacocks etc roaming freely in around villages without much fear. It is said that Bishnoi’s become very aggressive if animals and birds are killed by poachers and hunters and trees are cut. So the danger to hunters is more from Bishnois than the wild animals.

Khejarli village is also known for the sacrifices of its villagers in protecting the Kejari trees. It is said that in early 18th century, 363 villagers sacrificed their lives for protecting Kejari trees which were sought to be cut by the soldiers of the Maharaja of Jodhpur for being used for burning the lime required for construction of his new royal palace. The motto of the villagers was that it was cheap to sacrifice a head then cut a tree. Soon Maharaja realised his mistake and ordered stoppage of felling Kejari trees. There is a memorial made in red sand stones in honour of the martyrs of Khejarli village.

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