Bhubaneswar, August 17 (LocalWire): A group of 100 IIT Bhubaneswar students today joined the ‘Monks, Caves and Kings Heritage March’ at the twin hills of Khandagiri and Udaygiri hills, famous Jain heritage sites on the outskirts of the city.
The IITians were overwhelmed by the beauty of Rani Gumpha (cave) from where Emperor Kharavela used to enjoy cultural performances two millennia ago. They were all ears to learn the story of the mighty ruler whose presence has always loomed large on the history of Odisha.
The depiction of a woman in a warrior posture in one of the engraved panels in Rani Gumpha attracted the attention of heritage trekkers. The engraved sculpture bears testimony towards women’s involvement in warfare in the erstwhile Kalingan kingdom.
The walk progressed through the various caves to the top of the Udaygiri hill where they got to enjoy the beautiful cityscape of Bhubaneswar on one side and the Chandaka Sanctuary and its lush green cover on another side.
While the IIT Bhubaneswar students were part of a special group today at Khandagiri and Udayagiri, other students from various colleges of the city have also been joining the Monks, Caves, and Kings under Ekamra Walk from time to time as a cultural exposure and for drawing inspiration from the collective historical and cultural legacies.