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100 Katte Mapping Project

While we were doing the initial sampling for the ashwath katte research, we had several young people from the city who wrote to us in response to a Facebook post we had shared for volunteers. We prepared a one-page template that we then emailed anyone who wrote in, along with a detailed set of instructions. It led to a simple documentation of 100 ashwath kattes - a collective effort of about 50 students, volunteers and research associates – our first citizen science initiative. You can now locate these kattes on the Google Maps. If you click on any one of the peepul leaf icons, you will find a photograph and description of the katte. If you want to tell us about the katte in your neighbourhood, you can click on the button below.

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The Peepul tree, also known as Ashvattha in Sanskrit Literature, as well as Bo or Bodhi tree in Buddhists contexts, is a type of a Fig tree (Ficus Religiosa) and the platform around it the katte.

Our early work on how communities create and sustain the peepul tree shrines or ashwath kattes as neighbourhood community spaces was published in the Journal of Urban Design. You can read the PAPER here: The practice of tree worship and the territorial production of urban space in the Indian neighbourhood. You can also write to us at for a PDF of the FULL PAPER. 

To know about the Book & Film: The Sacred and the Public and the Talk & Exhibition @ BIC, click here: Ashwath katte project

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