One of the most prominent saints of Maharashtra, Saint Tukaram was born at Dehu, situated in the vicinity of Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC). Devoted to Vithoba, Saint Tukaram embraced the path of contemplation and devotion from an early age and took heavenly abode 350 years ago. Bhakti-Shakti is a collection of statues installed by PCMC, in memory of the meeting between this great saint and the warrior king Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.

Project Name: Vishwagurtha-Cultural And Recreational Centre
By: Nikita Kinge
Location: Bhakti-Shakti Chowk, Nigdi,Pcmc, Maharashtra, India
Built Intervention: Cultural And Recreational Centre
Total Built-Up Area: 10,125 sq.m

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“Dharkari and Warkari”, the meeting of these two great architects of Maharashtra indicates the unique presentation of strength, unity and spiritualism and hence aptly titled “Bhakti Shakti”. Sant Tukaram Maharaj Palkhi procession enters PCMC limits at Bhakti Shakti Node on the Pune-Mumbai highway and reaches the Vitthal Temple in Akurdi gaothan for a halt at night. Thousands of devotees from PCMC gather to welcome the Palkhi at this Node.

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Many generations have been celebrating their culture and traditions at this node and will continue to do so in the coming future. Catering to the needs of the masses visiting over the year, there has been an increase in the number of hawkers and eateries in the surrounding. This has led to an overall chaos in the vicinity of the garden. Issues like chaos in circulation, no proper segregation of activities have emerged. Studying these issues and today’s need, the proposal ‘Vishwagurtha’ is a user-centric design which aims to develop this node catering to manifoldness of the surroundings.

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Currently various celebrations take place on the roads and in the open spaces, there is no specific platform provided for the same. ‘Vishwagurtha’ is one such platform that provides the people of Pune to embrace their culture and traditions. For instance, one of the most celebrated festivals- Ganesh-utsav, Durga Pooja, Diwali and activities associated to it. At an urban level, the project explains how street design and development can lead to better usage of spaces and providing facilities for the people during Palkhi. ‘Vishwagurtha’ is an attempt to develop urban spaces while retaining and promoting our culture and tradition.

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