Bhubaneswar, August 10 (LocalWire): Members of Forum of Architecture Alumni of CET (FAACET) in Bhubaneswar today joined the 78th Monks, Caves, and Kings, the famous Jain heritage walk, under the aegis of Ekamra Walks at the Twin Hills of Udayagiri and Khandagiri.
While culture lovers and heritage explorers were enchanted by the fabled tales etched on cave walls, they also enjoyed learning about the stories of the evolution of these caves and the history of Odisha.
Many of the walkers who belong to Bhubaneswar were especially happy because they didn’t know many of these stories even though they have visited these hills many times in the past.
Ankitasha Mishra, a student preparing for competitive exams was taken aback to see that more than a thousand years old carved panels had been preserved so well.
“Even though the sculptures are very well preserved we need to take drastic steps to save them from getting destroyed due to climate change and urbanisation.
All of us can devote some time on the weekends to take part in these heritage walks and learn about our priceless history and culture so that we don’t lose them,” she said.
The 78th Cave Trail at the Khandagiri and Uadayagiri caves hosted students and professionals from across the country and the walkers loved the way the history was being presented for the entire world to relish.
Advisor to FAACET and senior architect Akshaya Beuria, who led the walkers from the forum said: “We might have visited the Twin Hills before, but the stories associated with the history, archaeology and other elements always mesmerise us. Today’s experience for us was unique under Ekamra Walks.”
Set up in 2016, FAACET has successfully conducted three alumni reunions in the past with overwhelming response from all its members and apart from the regular meets it also takes up critical social issues and tries to tackle the same with inputs from experienced senior architects.