Mapping the Kumbh Mela

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Pop-Up Gardens

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Pop-Up Gardens

In many of the encampments of different akharas, sampradayas, and religious leaders of various sorts one finds temporary gardens like this one, ranging from simple rows of potted plants or little strips of sprouting grain edged in brick to elaborate arrangements that combine these elements with features such as fountains and statuary while employing an impressive palette of tropical foliage plants and annual flowers. It will be interesting to investigate whether all of these are purely decorative or if at least some of them also serve symbolic or ritual functions


Written by Nicolas Roth

January 20, 2013 at 9:52 am

Posted in All, Photos

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