The religious significance of Godavari is dominant in the public sphere of Nashik. The image of pure and sacred Godavari is prevailing symbolically in the conscience of the people, however it hardly translates into reality. To bridge the gap between the tangible and intangible realities of Godavari, we need to understand the needs of the river first. This can only be done through a consistent dialogue with Godavari, and Goda Parikrama is a way to manifest this.
Shilpa Dahake News Reporter
I am an architect turned anthropologist. After finishing my Masters in Anthropology from University of Pune, I was working with Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics, Pune under a project funded by UNICEF and Integrated Child Development Scheme, Government of Maharashtra. During which I was stationed in Nandurbar District of Maharashtra (which is predominantly a tribal region) as a Field Research officer. Currently, I am a doctoral candidate in Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Mohali, India. My current research explores the interaction of the cultural-religious, the political-economic and the ecological dimensions of the river in Nashik city in Maharashtra. Broadly, investigating how the multiple perspectives of a natural resource overlap, contradict, challenge and support each other, thus shaping the urban landscape and producing socio-spatial inequalities.