Impact of Water Body for Pilgrim Cities in India


  • Vishnu Kumar Pahariya Student, Department of Architecture & Planning, Madhav Institute of Technology and Science, Gwalior, India
  • Anjali S. Patil Associate Professor, Department of Architecture & Planning, Madhav Institute of Technology and Science, Gwalior, India



Impact of water body, Pilgrim cities, Urban preservation, Urbanization


The mythological place India is blessed with the sacred streams, little and enormous water is likewise adobe of numerous exceptional holy people, strict and Spiritual Leaders. Significant pilgrims in India are Haridwar, Gangotri, Yamunotri, Prayagraj, Char dhams, Dwarika, Puri, Rameswaram and Badrinath, twelve Jyotirlingas, Chitrakoot, varanshi, ayodhya, etc are on the bank of sacred waterways. These pioneer cities and its sacred spots pulls in a mass of explorers and pilgrims from different pieces of the nation and around the world. Because of its devotion, there is a huge increment in floating and urban populace. These pilgrim’s explorers during journeys every year which has a high potential to impact the urban condition in these blessed destinations. In pilgrimage, impacts are influenced by festival and are limited over time and space such as “chhath pooja” in Bihar, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh and Nepal, Kumbha and Ardh kumbhs various parts of India etc. are associated directly with water bodies. Urban preservation is very important in the case of pilgrim cities because of the its mythological values. These pilgrim city determines, it is not just in its place of workshop be it temple, church etc., but a built heritage related and in the layout and design of the cities, some pilgrim cities are designed on the design principals of Vedic Principles. The regional setting in which the cities are placed and its relationship with water bodies and other heritage features. This paper identifies the issues and challenges in the core of pilgrim cities, which is water surrounding place of worships associated with different rituals which reflect new gravities on the is based on literature study and case study approach.


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How to Cite

V. K. Pahariya and A. S. Patil, “Impact of Water Body for Pilgrim Cities in India”, IJRESM, vol. 3, no. 9, pp. 44–47, Sep. 2020, doi: 10.47607/ijresm.2020.283.