Bhubaneswar6/8/8/17:: Architectural treasures of temple city left a 15-member team from University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC), United States awe-struck even as they undertook an exposure trip along the city to catch glimpse of historical heritage sites.
Besides the US students, faculty and staff and Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bhubaneswar also took part in the 34th edition of Ekamra Heritage walk today.
There were 90 people in the IIT-Bhubaneswar contingent. Accordingly, three large groups were formed today with three expert guides to make the walk more participatory and exclusive.
Annapurna Pandey, Professor of Cultural Anthropology at UCSC, who was the team leader of the team, currently on a visit to city-based Centurion University of Technology and Management, said “I belong to Cuttack and living in the US since last three decades, but today’s experience of heritage with my students was excellent and we enjoyed it.’’
The students of UCSC will be staying here till September and will work on a project titled “Globalization, technology and development.’’ They are from social science and natural science background at UCSC. The participants visited Mukteswar temple, Parsurameswar temple, Sampurna Jaleswar temple, Kptitirtheswar temple, Bindusagar, Ananta Vasudev temple, Old Dharmasala, Lingaraj temple, Chitrakarini temple, Sari Deula, Mohini temple, Parikrama of Bindusagar, Vaitaal temple and Ekamra Van.
It can be mentioned here that Ekamra Walks is a joint venture of the Bhubaneswar Development Authority, Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation and Odisha Tourism. De Tour is the tour manager for the event. The heritage tour has a tremendous fan following in the social and on-line media, as well.