What are some of the major forests mentioned in Hindu mythology and what are their locations ?

I have researched and found out a few but want to know if there are more.

  1. Dandaka Aranya
  2. Khandava Vana
  3. Naimisha Aranya

There are Various forest’s mentioned in Hinduism Mythology as well as in Our Puranas and Itihasas like Mahabharata and Ramayana. Here are some of them -

Tataka Forest - from Valmiki Ramayana: -Valmiki Ramayana (Bala Kanda 26): Sri Rama killing Tataka:, Chitrakoota Forest - from Valmiki Ramayana: , Madhuvana Forest –Shreemad Bhagvatam , Pushkara Forest - from Padma Purana: Vol 1 ,Shrushti Kanda Chapter 15 – Importance of dwelling at sacred places. Kamyaka woods – Mahabharata.

तेन शब्देन वित्रस्ताः ताटका वन वासिनः |
ताटका च सुसंक्रुद्धा तेन शब्देन मोहिता || १-२६-७

By that sound the inhabitants of Tataka forest are startled, and even Tataka is stupefied by that sound, and she is intolerably infuriated at it. [1-26-7]

विश्वामित्रः वचः श्रुत्वा हृष्टो दशरधात्मजः || १-२६-३४
उवास रजनीम् तत्र ताटकाया वने सुखम् |

On listening sage Vishvamitra's words, Dasharatha's son Rama, comfortably stayed that night there in that forest of Tataka. [1-26-34]

Valmiki Ramayana (Bala Kanda 26)

Sage Bharadwaja informs the route by which Rama and Lakshmana can reach Chitrakuta. They cross the River Yamuna by a raft prepared by themselves. Seetha prays the River Yamuna and a fig tree called Syama. The three of them traveled for a couple of miles along the bank of Yamuna, strolling in the charming forest and reach a leveled ground on the bank to take rest for the night.

समासाद्य तु तम् वृक्षम् वसेद्वातिक्रमेत वा |
क्रोशमात्रम् ततो गत्वा नीलम् द्रक्ष्यथ काननम् || २-५५-८
पलाशबदरीमिश्रम् रम्यम् वंशैश्च यामुनैः |

"Having approached that tree, you can stay there or go beyond it. After going only for two miles from there, you will see a beautiful forest blue in colour with bamboo trees touching upon Yamuna river and interspersed with Sallaka and jujube trees." Valmiki Ramayana ,Ayodhya Kanda

Madhuvana Forest -: Shreemad Bhagvat Purana SB 4.8: Dhruva Mahārāja Leaves Home for the Forest.

तत्तात गच्छं भद्रं ते यमुनायस्तटम् शुचि|
पुण्यं मधुवनं यत्र सांनिध्यं नित्यदा हरे: ||४२||

tat tāta gaccha bhadraṁ te yamunāyās taṭaṁ śuci puṇyaṁ madhuvanaṁ yatra sānnidhyaṁ nityadā hareḥ

My dear boy, I therefore wish all good fortune for you. You should go to the bank of the Yamunā, where there is a virtuous forest named Madhuvana, and there be purified. Just by going there, one draws nearer to the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who always lives there.SB4.8.42

Pushkara Forest- Padma purana -: There is story of Lord Brahma in Padma Purana Vol 1 ,Shrushti Kanda Chapter 15 – Importance of dwelling at sacred places in which Pushkara Forest is described in detail.

20: That lotus , that sprung from Vishnu’s naval , and in which I was born , is called Pushkkar Tirtha by the sages who recite the vedic-texts. 21 : When Brahma was thus thinking, this idea came to his mind: 'I now go to the earth.

22-24. Reaching the place first, he entered that best forest, full of many trees and creepers; adorned with many flowers; filled with the notes of many birds; crowded with groups of many beasts; making gods and demons fragrant with the perfumes of the abundant flowers of trees; its ground was graced with flowers which were as it were intentionally placed there.

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There is mentioning of " Daruka forest" , in Koti Rudra Samhita of Shiva Purana where 12 Jyotirlingas are described in chapter "Dwadash Jyotirlinga Mahatmya". -:

परल्यां वैद्यनाथं च डाकिन्यां भीमाशंकरम् । सेतुबंधे तु रामेशं नागेशं दारुकावने ॥२॥

Paralyam Vaidyanatham Ca Dakinyam Bhimashankaram | Setubandhe Tu Ramesham Nagesham Darukavane ||2||

We also find two forest names in Mahabharata index Part 22 - namely - Dwaita & Kamyaka

The entrance of the sons of Pandu into the romantic Dwaita wood; conversation of Bhima, Yudhishthira, and Draupadi; the coming of Vyasa to the Pandavas and his endowing Yudhishthira with the power of Pratismriti; then, after the departure of Vyasa, the removal of the Pandavas to the forest of Kamyaka;

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    Chitrakuta is a mountain. Not a forest. May 17 '17 at 11:09

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