The Gods are everywhere \u2013 literally.\nIn busy Bombay, in parts where its working class real people live, almost every street has a wayside shrine.\nA holy tree or an unusual rock or a strange find are all it takes for someone to glorify the location and create a shrine on the spot. And soon enough the shrine develops a religious following, with the busy passers-by, stopping to pray for a minute and offer gratitude.\nThe pictures here have been collected across many locations, across many months, across varied photo-shoots, and I will add more images as I capture them.\n\n\n\nSantacruz East, Mumbai\n\n\nSoon enough a micro industry is born around the shrine, with vendors of offerings \u2013 such as flowers, coconuts and\u00a0 milk \u2013\u00a0 setting up shop around the shrine. Feeding a cow earns one good karma, so this gives rise to a commercial proposition\u00a0 \u2013 a cow is parked near the shrine and the owner of the cow sells you a stack of grass to feed the cow! You earn your karma and the cow-owner makes a profit. A win-win situation for all! Will post pictures of this\u00a0 in a few weeks\u2026\nStreet Shrines are not restricted to Bombay \u2013 they are everywhere:\n\nColorful shrines.\u00a0 From Goa \u2013 naturally!\nNote the device created especially to hang the worship bell!\nTree shrines are a special case of street shrines. Mature Banyan and Pipal trees are commonly selected for women-only patronage. On certain festivals, women fast and tie red and yellow auspicious thread to the tree during the worship that involves 7 circumabulations. The object of the prayer is usually the husband.\ntree shrines\n\nAs can be seen, the architect has made arrangements to accommodate the tree\u2026.the two tress shown above are in different locations and a roof with a tree-trunk-freeway is a common sight all across India. Plants and trees find a natural place in vedic chants and mantras\u2026so finding a place within a building seems to be a trivial matter!\nlamps of worship\nCoin offerings\nOn the banks of Brahmaputra river\n\nGauhati\nThere are many more such shrines I have in mind and will click them soon \u2013 like the one on Patto bridge Goa, the one at Khar Danda, Bombay, the one on Carter Road in the sea that has begun to acquire a cult-like following\u2026.\nThe number and the variety of street shrines I see on my travels has me convinced that these quaint un-priested unstructured, unofficial residences of the Gods, unsung and un-glorified, far outnumber their official residences \u2013 the temples.\nAnd the Gods ARE indeed everywhere!\nRECENT ADDITIONS:\n\nSwayambhunath, Nepal\nKathmandu outskirts\nBetim, Goa\n\n\nOn the way to Nathu la pass, Sikkim\nOn the way to Tashiding, West Sikkim\n\nAt Tashiding, Sikkim\n\nA shrine in Goa at the lighthouse along the river Mandovi:\nNote the temple bells \u2026. the threat of theft has led to the building of a protective\u00a0 \u2018cage\u2019\n\nMore as and when I find them\u2026\nMay 2011:\n\n\n\nMore images from my iPhone:\nNear Madhu Park, Bombay \u2013 note the numerous bells offered in worship by devotees \u2013 an extremely popular street shrine\nA paddy field in Goa \u2013 enshrining two \u2018lingam\u2019 stones that were probably found here\n\nIn a village paddy field in Goa in Kadamba style\n\n\nat the extremely busy Patto bridge in Panaji, Goa\n\nMore from Ladakh\n\non the way to shey palace\nnubra valley\n\n18000 ft above sea level at Khardungla pass\n\n\nnubra valley\n\nnubra valley\n\nAdditions \u2013 Jan 2013 : Orissa \n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nJan 2016: One in Singapore\n\n\n\n\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\nRead a related article on \u2018The Travelling godmen of India\u2019 here.\n\u00a0\njm\nJan 2011\n\u00a0\nThe post Street Shrines of India appeared first on The Art Blog by WOVENSOULS.COM.