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Red Gerbera Daisies
October 7, 2012

Near the Navdanya seed farm in Dehradun, there is a farmer who grows red gerbera daisies. These flowers are often used in Indian weddings due to the significance of red in the ceremony. This farmer used to work at Navdanya before starting his own organic flower farm. In addition to growing these and other flowers in greenhouse climate-control tents, he also has a field that is also organic.

tags: Environment, Environmental Ethics and Sustainability

location: Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India

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Durga Puja
October 7, 2012

The Durga Puja festival is an annual festival that is dedicated to the goddess Durga who defeated Mahishasura, a buffalo demon who could be killed by no man. The festival consists of the construction of many pandals (temporary temples) around Varanasi that house statues of Durga and Mahishasura along with other gods and goddesses. Depending on the wealth of the communities that fund each pandal, the size and detail of the statues differs. (more...)

tags: Festivals, Varanasi, Pandals, Culture and Religion

location: Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India

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Tughlaqabad
October 7, 2012

Tughlaqabad was constructed in 1321 by the Delhi sultan, Ghiyas-ud-din Tughlaq. Tughlaq was a general who ascended to the sultanate after the death of his master. He immediately began building Tughlaqabad, which consisted of a citadel, larger surrounding palace, and a large city outside of that. Tughlaqabad was constructed so that the citadel could be protected against the palace, and the palace against the city. (more...)

tags: Delhi Sultanate, Historic Delhi

location: New Delhi, Delhi, India

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(Re)searching Sanitation and Worship in Banaras: Assi
October 7, 2012

This is a street in the neighborhood of Assi in Banaras where I conducted my research. There are pockets of trash on the sides of this street. Many of the homes have a clean stretch just outside of the home's threshold where the garbage has been cleaned away by the family and swept clean. (more...)

tags: Environment, Development, Neighborhood Development, Environmental Ethics and Sustainability, Public Development, Varanasi, Varanasi Neighborhood Culture

location: Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India

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(Re)searching Sanitation and Worship in Banaras: Ganesha Shrine
October 7, 2012

This is a shrine within the home of a family in Assi, a neighborhood in Banaras. My research led me into homes in Assi to see how the home's role as a space of worship changes the family's perception of it. I found that having a shrine in Hindu homes is important because the gods/goddesses are believed to reside in those shrines and keep the house pure.

tags: Varanasi, Rituals, Culture and Religion, Varanasi Neighborhood Culture

location: Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India

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(Re)searching Sanitation and Worship in Banaras: Hanuman Shrine/Tulsi Plant
October 7, 2012

This shrine and tulsi plant were part of a courtyard at a home that I visited in Assi, a neighborhood in Banaras. I found that every home that I visited in the neighborhood had a tulsi plant. I was told that the plant is worshiped as a goddess every day by sprinkling water on it after the family member takes a bath. The plant is a symbol of purity and the family's strong morals. The plant is also used as a medicine and is believed to cure cancer and leprosy in many cases. (more...)

tags: Varanasi, Rituals, Culture and Religion, Varanasi Neighborhood Culture

location: Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India

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Assi, Banaras
October 7, 2012

This is a street in Assi, a neighborhood in Banaras, where I interviewed families about the cleanliness of their home and the garbage on the streets outside. The alley-like street is only cleaned once a week if at all by the government agency Nagar Nigam, and only one family on the street cleans at all outside of their homes.

tags: Environment, Development, Social Development, Neighborhood Development, Environmental Ethics and Sustainability, Public Development, Varanasi, Varanasi Neighborhood Culture

location: Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India

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(Re)searching Sanitation and Worship in Banaras: Sri Rama Janakie Mat
October 7, 2012

This is a mat and temple in Assi, a neighborhood in Banaras. A mat is similar to a Hindu monastery where mohants (translates to worshipers) live and teach various forms of Sanskrit to students who also live in the building. The first floor of the building is a temple to Rama and I spoke to the manager of the temple about temple sanitation and sanitation outside of the building. (more...)

tags: Environment, Development, Environmental Ethics and Sustainability, Public Development, Temples, Varanasi, Rituals, Culture and Religion, Varanasi Neighborhood Culture

location: Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India

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Narasimha Statue in Hampi
October 7, 2012

This is a statue of Narasimha, the fourth avatar of Vishnu, located in Hampi. After the invasion of the Mughal Empire, many of the Hindu temples and statues were destroyed. This statue was found in pieces when the Hampi World Heritage Area Management Authority (HWHAMA) undertook the project of reconstructing the statue. The legs, belt, and arms were found in pieces and reassembled. (more...)

tags: Art & Photography, Culture and Religion

location: Hampi, Karnataka, India

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