25 August 2019
Bhubaneswar: Culture lovers from the city and a few enthusiasts from Europe, America and Japan participated in the Old Town Heritage Walk on Sunday.
They were charmed by the beautiful stories of Ekamrakshetra and its ornate temples. The walk started at the gem of kalingan architecture The Mukteswar Temple. Here the walkers were intrigued by the story of the ‘Aalasa Kanya’ which are beautiful female figurines adorning the walls of the temple.
Another interesting point in the walk was the Parsurameswar Temple where the walkers got to see its evolution. Here one can see the original temple structure built in the 7th century and the one added later. Also at this temple one gets to see the Saptamatrika who represent the multiple manifestations of the divine feminine energy. The idea that women were considered equal to men and were represented as a divine manifestation nudges us to think where we stand as a society today.
The 134th Heritage Walk at Old Town today was an electrifying session as many students who participated were loaded with questions and were ready to dig deeper into our myths and mythologies. It is always nice to see an inquisitive generation that is ready to think critically so that the greater consciousness can evolve.
Ret. Group Captain J. Brahma of the Indian Air Force joined the walk today with his wife. He said, "Despite wanting to join the walk for some time now I wasn’t able to. Today I finally came and I am impressed by it. It’s good to see the young team motivated and keeping our cultural legacies alive. I think it's a good sign for our future".
Another walker M. Negoro who hails from Japan is in the city, working as an intern teacher at the city based Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences said, "The walk was very interesting. We have temples in Japan too but they are very different from their Indian counterparts. This experience has roused my curiosity in history. I want to know and learn more".
Heritage Walks are a beautiful way to explore a city and its culture. Join Ekamra Walks every weekend to explore the historical and cultural legacy of Bhubaneswar.