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The sect Bishnoi was founded by Guru Jambheshwar (b. 1451) after a drought in the Marwar region of India. He made a community having 29 principles to follow; Bishnoi translates as Twenty-niners. The Guru directed the worship of Vishnu (Bishnu). Killing animals and the felling of trees was banned. One of his 29 principles states to protect trees and animals, thus trees and animals are considered to be sacred by the Bishnois.