1.2 billion People and 330 million Gods.
In such a populous country, Gods are jostling for space with people. Yet, at every nook and corner, an idol will greet you. Some camphor, some incense, some flowers plucked off the closest tree, it doesn't take long for a make-shift temple to appear in the middle of a busy street.
Can't find such an idol? You'll find a tree instead, smeared with vermillion and turmeric, sacred strands around its trunk and remnants of incense sticks in the mud by the roots.
Devotion has many avatars and does different things. It is but a reflection of the state of mind - pious, faith inducing, soothing, re-assuring, obsessive, dangerous.