Roadside Shrine



Only 30 meters from a busy thoroughfare, a Hindu kneels in silent prayer at the base of a banyan shrine. The banyan tree is considered sacred because it is able to survive and grow for centuries. Tied to its aerial roots are hundreds of temple bells; prayer flags are also left as offerings by devotees. The banyan is also referred to as the bo, bodhi and vat, particularly in poetry and literature.

Dibrugarh District, Assam


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