I have always been amazed at the way the space is utilized in Indian homes. It is even more surprising in the village homes. One of the common features in village homes are the multi utilization of a room. This room shown here served as a store room and a puja room.
The puja room often called the "Gosain Ghar" contained the idols that used to be particular to specific households. Often one would see plain stones, that served at idols too.
The structure on which you see the pumpkin (which again was home grown) contains the crops from the season. My grandfather was a farmer, and the structure was always full of either rice or wheat.