Enlightened through digital media, a
cross-section of students of local higher educational institutes today 8 May
2017 took active part in city ‘heritage walk’.
The walk along the architectural
treasure-troves of the temple city was an emphatic exposure trip for them.
“The event is amply showcasing the
architectural marvels spread across Bhubaneswar city. Even staying in the city,
I had little knowledge of it earlier.’’, felt Anas Khan, who came to the
heritage Walks for the first time and was overwhelmed seeing the grace of the
Kalingan temple building architecture, felt
It can be mentioned here that among all
cities in the country Bhubaneswar has got the highest concentration of temples
and monuments as it has 361 listed monuments either on the conservation list of
ASI, State Archaeology or documented by INTACH. Today more than 25 people
participated in the walk, braving the sun.
Vivek Sharma, another student from KIIT
University said ``the Odissi performance at Art Vision, the institute to
promote the classical dance form by Italian-turned-Odia dancer Padmashree
Ileana Citaristi, was really mesmerizing and one never realized when time
passes once he/she is inside the institute.
Ileana, who has mastered two beautiful
dance forms from the state, i.e. Chhow and Odissi has beautifully built her
institute with the Kalingan touch and made use of the laterite stones in the
building her mini auditorium, which comes as a unique piece of art, besides the
Abhishek Pandey and Amit Chakraborty, also
part of the KIIT University team, said ``we will definitely tell our other
friends to visit Ekamra Walks as it has all elements to bind and engage the
walkers with its monuments, dance recital and Ekamra Van medicinal plant
It can be mentioned here that the social
media has come as a real helping hand for the popularization of Ekamra Walks
and especially attracting the young mass towards exploring the heritage sites
in Bhubaneswar’s Old Town area, which traditionally is known as Ekamra Kshetra
in the religious texts. The legend says that the Ekamra Kshetra was one the
abode of Lord Shiva and Devi Parvati and for that reason most of the temples
are dedicated towards worshipping Lord Shiva.
Gurudev Mumase, an elderly person and
ex-Indian Air Force personnel from Chennai said ``this is my second visit to
Ekamra Walks and I am really fascinated by the temples of Bhubaneswar. I am
doing a research work on their various socio-religious and technical aspects
and would love to visit the city more often.’’
Banker Prabhudutta Bal, who came to Ekamra
Walks with his college-going daughter and wife, termed the experience ``exciting’’.
``We have visited the temples on numerous
occasions, but if you are part of the Ekamra Walks, then only you can be able
to get the real inputs and knowledge-base on the Old Bhubaneswar area. I will
definitely recommend my other colleagues to come and explored the monuments,’’
The heritage walkers today started from
Mukteswar and touched Parsurameswar, Sampoorna Jaleswar, Kotitirtheswar,
Bindusagar, Ananta Vasudev, Old Dharnasala, Lingaraj, Sari Temple, Parikrama of
Bindusagar, Mohini Temple, Vaitaal Temple, Ekamra Van the medicinal plant
garden and Art Vision for Odissi recital.
As a joint venture of the
Bhubasneswar Development Authority, Odisha Tourism and Bhubaneswar Municipal
Corporation, the Ekamra Walks has come a long way in attracting nearly 1,000
persons so far as all are niche segment visitors with special and specific
interest on temples, heritage and Odia culture. De Tour is the agency, managing