Agasthya 5.3 - Festivals in transition
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Watching Diwali festivity this season, I noticed how changes in the family structure, increase in disposable income, lack of time and other reasons have changed the way festivals are celebrated. Drawing parallels, the way religious sites in KMTR function have also changed. What used to be quaint gatherings have now grown, in some cases, to uncontrollable crowds leaving behind their waste inside the forest which will probably remain there for eons. Most rituals seem to be losing the essence of the festivals itself and appear to be just a commercial venture. Yet, examples exist, which show how pilgrims and rituals are still maintaining harmony with nature. This issue of Agasthya focuses on religious sites in KMTR and offers insights on varied aspects. In addition, an invited article has been featured for the first time in Agasthya. A new section, ‘Research Highlights’, has also been added to the existing sections of experiences from the forest, event update and snippets from the field. The update from the recent crisis at Vaagaikulam tank shows how researchers can cross the barrier they set for themselves within the cozy walls of elitism and act!



Volume 5,  Issue 3
      November 2011

Editorial Team
Editor: Allwin Jesudasan
Associate editor: Rajkamal Goswami
Editorial Review: R. Ganesan, M. Soubadra Devy, T. Ganesh
Design and presentation: Kiran Salegame

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Festivals in transition
-Allwin Jesudasan
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