Kiran Shinde

Kiran Shinde
La Trobe University · School of Humanities

PhD

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Introduction
Dr. Kiran Shinde is Program Convener for the Planning program at La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia. He combines research training of an academic and professional practice of a planner. He has co-edited a book “Religious Tourism and the Environment” published by CABI. He was Lead Author, Editor-in-Chief, and author of South Asia monographs for UNWTO (World Tourism Organisation) project titled “Buddhist Tourism in Asia: Towards Sustainable Development".
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September 2011 - present
Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed University
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  • Head of Faculty

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Publications (47)
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Call for Chapter Contributions Book Title: A Research Agenda for Religious Tourism Editors Kiran A. Shinde - La Trobe University, Australia Joseph M. Cheer - Wakayama University Japan; AUT New Zealand; UCSI University Malaysia Publisher Edward Elgar Please refer to the attached PDF. Here is brief summary: For this volume, we invite scholars fr...
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Buddhist heritage is a major tourism resource in Asia. The historical spread of Buddhism across the Asian subcontinent over two millenniums has created a kaleidoscopic mosaic of tangible and intangible heritage related to Buddha, Buddhist religious practices, and teachings. Some of these are iconic and monumental as they were patronised by ancient...
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It is now widely accepted that religious tourism encapsulates the essence of contemporary patterns of travel to sacred and religious sites [...]
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In contemporary India and Nepal, Buddhist pilgrimage spaces constitute a ritual ecology. Not only is pilgrimage a form of ritual practice that is central to placemaking and the construction of a Buddhist sacred geography, but the actions of religious adherents at sacred centers also involve a rich and diverse set of ritual observances and performan...
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Lumbini—the birthplace of Buddha—was declared a World Heritage Site (WHS) in 1997. This recognition came following sustained efforts by many international organizations and the UN-led master plan that was prepared in the 1970s. Almost 50 years in the making, the Lumbini sacred precinct (WHS) is still a work in progress. Based on the fieldwork condu...
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The remarkable growth in religious tourism across the world has generated considerable interest in the impacts of this type of tourism. Focusing here on environmental issues, this book moves beyond the documentation of environmental impacts to examine in greater depth the intersections between religious tourism and the environment. Beginning with a...
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The purpose of this book is to examine the interrelationships between religion, tourism, and the environment. The 12 chapters included in this volume elaborate on some of the core aspects of a proposed theoretical model of the ecosystem of religious tourism that views 'the environment' of pilgrimage as a dynamic process shaped by the activities, fo...
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The purpose of this book is to examine the interrelationships between religion, tourism, and the environment. The 12 chapters included in this volume elaborate on some of the core aspects of a proposed theoretical model of the ecosystem of religious tourism that views 'the environment' of pilgrimage as a dynamic process shaped by the activities, fo...
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Religious tourism refers to contemporary patterns of travel to sacred places and has taken many forms owing to different motivations of visitors. Researchers have discussed motivation, activities, and behaviour of visitors in framing what constitutes religious in religious tourism, but little attention is given to spatial manifestations of religiou...
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I am pleased to announce that I will be serving as Guest Editor for a Special Issue titled "Sacred Sites, Rituals, and Performances: New Perspective for Religious Tourism Development" for Open-access journal Religions (ISSN 2077-1444). The journal has a high impact factor and is indexed by the Arts & Humanities Citation Index (Web of Science), Scop...
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In recent years, several religious theme parks dedicated to different faiths have materialised and gained popularity. Based on the study of Anandsagar, a religious theme park in the pilgrim-town of Shegaon in Maharashtra, India, this paper argues that religious theme parks are emerging tourist attractions that have significant implications for mana...
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This chapter offers a detailed discussion of the religious theme park of Anand Sagar in Shegaon. Providing an overview of the park experience for visitors through its exhibits and signage, it is argued that the park seems to fulfill recreational needs more than religious ideology, the merging of these themes in fact augments the pilgrimage to the G...
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The Kullu valley in Himachal Pradesh is known as “devbhumi,” the “land of gods” where a variety of gods are believed to reside in several forms including deities, demi-gods, nagas (snakes), asuras (demons) and rishis (saints). In this paper, we explore the concept of debta – a term mostly used to refer to all such divine entities and its manifestat...
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The purpose of this book is to examine the interrelationships between religion, tourism, and the environment. The 12 chapters included in this volume elaborate on some of the core aspects of a proposed theoretical model of the ecosystem of religious tourism that views 'the environment' of pilgrimage as a dynamic process shaped by the activities, fo...
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In this chapter, I discuss my experiences of the 2016 Dnyaneshwar palkhi where the number of participants are staggering: close to half a million pilgrims participated in this walking procession, and were accompanied by more than 2000 trucks, utilized more than a 1000 tents, and included a government machinery involving close to 500 policemen in or...
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Religious tourism constitutes the dominant form of tourism in India and yet little is known about how it is governed and managed. This paper aims to contribute to a better understanding of governance and management of religious tourism. It first provides an overview of policy framework and governance mechanisms that are relevant for religious touri...
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That urban growth in Australia is uneven in favor of cities than towns is no news. But that the policy for migration to growth centers in regional areas has also not helped should be of interest to policy-makers and planners. This paper aims at articulating the nature of regional urbanization and urban issues in regional cities/towns using the stud...
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This paper examines the urbanization process in religious tourism destinations using the example of Shirdi in India. Shirdi, a town dedicated to worship of a twentieth-century Saint Sai Baba, attracts more than eight million visitors every year. The paper explains how religious tourism economy drives rapid urbanization including demographic change...
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This paper offers insights into production of vernacular architectural heritage that result from disruption caused by disaster such as a flood in a city. To understand the complexities surrounding vernacular heritage, this paper proposes a conceptual approach derived from Lefebvre’s theory of production of space constituting the triad of spatial pr...
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Purpose – This paper aims to explore the ways in which religious tourism in India fosters religious tolerance. Design/methodology/approach – The paper uses a conceptual apparatus derived from the basic structure of religious tourism comprising motivation, journey and destination, to understand various aspects of tolerance. Tolerance, with the impl...
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Tu¬jå Bhavån􀀽 is the presiding goddess of the pilgrim-town of Tuljapur, Maharashtra in western India. New media presentations of devotional texts to the goddess—in the form of digital images, music and video— have greatly contributed to a phenomenal growth in the numbers of visitors to Tuljapur, now estimated at four million per year. The Maratha c...
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This paper explains the peculiarities, significance, and universality of weekend-trips as a significant form of religious tourism using a comparative analysis of this phenomenon in two pilgrimage sites from two different cultures (and countries), namely, Vrindavan in India and the Shrine of Santimissi Medici in Italy. The findings derived from a ca...
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In this paper, I discuss the spectacle of Ganesh festival dedicated to the ritual worship of the elephant-headed Hindu god Ganesh. Although Ganesh festival is celebrated across the globe wherever Hindus are present its grandeur and glory are at its best in the Indian state of Maharashtra in western India where Maharashtrians – people belonging to t...
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The transformation of ‘guru devotion’ centres as pilgrimage destinations is a growing phenomenon in contemporary Indian religious practice. In this study, we consider how the town of Shirdi, in Maharashtra, is undergoing rapid transformation as it emerges as a religious tourism destination at the epicentre of the global Sai Baba movement. Since the...
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Domestic tourists travelling within their country form the bulk of world tourist traffic. Estimates prepared by the WTO indicate that global domestic tourism flows are at least ten times greater than international tourism flows: in 2000, there were at least 6,980 million domestic arrivals. During the same year India’s share of global international...
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Sacred places are unique environments. Millions of visitors performing religious activities such as pilgrimages to these places not only reinforce their sacred importance but also affect their environment. Studies have reported problems including clearing of land (deforestation) for provision of facilities for visitors, traffic congestion, heavy pr...
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Domestic tourists travelling within their country form the bulk of world tourist traffic. Estimates prepared by the WTO indicate that global domestic tourism flows are at least ten times greater than international tourism flows: in 2000, there were at least 6,980 million domestic arrivals. During the same year India’s share of global international...
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This paper examines the current policy framework under which religious tourism operates in India. It is based on a study of Vrindavan, a pilgrimage site representative of a majority of Hindu religious tourism destinations in India, receiving more than six million pilgrims annually. Using a case study approach, the paper highlights how most religiou...
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Introduction Braj-yatra is a pilgrimage journey in north India that is mainly undertaken by devotees of Krishna. It is a circumambulation of a region comprising of several sites where Krishna is believed to have performed divine plays. More importantly, Braj-yatra is the means by which pilgrims can " recreate in their imagination the life of the go...
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Many Hindu pilgrimage sites in India experience heavy influxes of pilgrims and are subject to considerable environmental impact. Existing literature on the study of the environment in pilgrimage sites, however, appears to follow two divergent directions: one emphasizes degradation of the physical environment while the other highlights the sacred ch...
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This article examines discourses about environmental change and their impact on environmental behavior of different social groups at the Hindu pilgrimage site of Vrindavan in India, which receives more than 6 million visitors annually. Using concepts from social spatialization, religious socialization, and cultural theory, it explains how religious...
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This paper examines the role of religious institutions and charitable trusts in the religious tourism industry in India that involves more than 100 million trips to pilgrimage sites every year. It argues that such visitor influx is sustained partly due to the active engagement of charitable trusts in religious tourism. Their contribution is explain...
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The practice of pilgrimage is closely related to folk stories and folk songs and, in general folklore surrounding religious markers such as “gods, myths, sacred texts and beliefs” (Kraft, 2007, p. 233). Dedicated devotees often visit places belonging to their faith to perform religious rituals, fulfill religious needs and spiritual quests. But they...
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Th is paper examines the spatial and temporal contexts that contribute to the fostering of communitas in contemporary South Asian religious travel, with particular attention to the infl uence of ritual performances and the mediation of social actors engaged in the cultural economy of religious tourism. It is based on the case studies of two sites l...
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The institutions of temples and their traditions play a vital role in the socio-cultural landscapes of many Asian societies today. However, this religious heritage is too often inadequately explained by using conventional approaches of conservation. This is especially the case in ‘temple-towns’ that experience significant tourism. This chapter disc...
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This paper demonstrates how indigenous religious entrepreneurs drive religious tourism in a non-western context. Building on the case study of Vrindavan, an emerging religious tourism destination in India, it explains religious tourism as a natural progression of traditional pilgrimage economy, where entrepreneurship springs from socio-cultural and...
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Festivals constitute an integral part of Hindu religious practices and the Hindu festivals assume their fullest expressions in pilgrimage sites—the repositories of religious culture and traditions. Yet, understanding of the celebration of festivals as religious and pilgrimage events is limited and the extent and nature of their transformation under...
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A sacred landscape is associated with the presence of divinity, which is made accessible through religious symbols and rituals such as pilgrimage. This paper demonstrates that contemporary pilgrimage performances may not necessarily be able to invoke spiritual connections that were inherent in traditional pilgrimages. It charts out the transformati...
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Large scale movement of visitors during pilgrimages has a high potential to influence the environment in sacred sites. In traditional pilgrimage, environmental effects are governed by seasonality and are limited over time and space. This paper argues that significant changes in scale, frequency and character of such visitation over the past few dec...
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Participation of popular stakeholders, especially private sector, industry, and NGOs has often been emphasised in all-inclusive principles of governance that has tended to marginalize contributions of many other civil society institutions. This research focuses on religious institutions as civil society members from a particular dimension of govern...

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This project seeks to investigate cultural- religious -social dimensions of migration and settling in of migrants in regional towns of Australia
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This co-edited book with Kiran Shinde focuses on the intersections between religious tourism and the environment. This book will be published with CABI, and the book proposal goes to CABI February 1.