Pilgrimage essentially is a spiritual journey where a person goes in search of a new or expanded meaning – about self, others, natural or higher good. In India, the concept of unity is a religious one. So pilgrimage (or yatra) is “about sociology as well as about religion. It is an endurance event, and also a spiritual practice”. Long back when the means of communication and transport were rather poor, people walked hundreds of miles bearing the harshest of conditions to seek divine blessings.
Over time it has become a duty that is passed on to every generation. Alongside with overgrowing population, a lot of people go to pilgrimage at once to practice their religion. It has now become a celebration of faith, which unites people from different cultures. A sense of belonging improves and encourages the pilgrim’s willingness to learn, grow and socialize.
The definition and purpose of pilgrimage has changed. From an isolated retreat, it has become a space for thousands seeking blessings and religious virtue. In India, it is an opportunity for the people living in distant areas to know different cultures. It is an experience where people come together and leave behind the differences that divide them.
In times when the value of faith is transcending into growing number of pilgrims, how can an ecological sensitive area accommodate the changing demand? Brief: – The design challenge here is to design a campsite with modular transit shelters for the pilgrims in Amarnath. This entire campsite is only active for 48 days in a year. Hence the challenge not only looks at the spectrum of the pilgrimage, but also at the storage and reinstallation of the structures. Source and images Courtesy of competitions.uni.
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