Bhubaneswar:15/10/17; Over 50 visitors at the 44th Ekamra Walks today discovered rituals of Diwali, including looking at various designs of organic earthen `diyas’ and Kartik traditions observed by the `Habisialis’ inside the Doodhwala Dharamsala as they walk along the lanes of the Old Town area in search of encountering the beautiful, distinct, unique and priceless temple building architecture of the Kalingan style.
Once a city dotted with over 7,000 temples in the past, as per old literature of the history, the State Capital, also known as the Ekamra Kshetra, now has over 360 historic monuments, which came into existence between 6th and 16th Century AD. Even monuments prior to that of 2nd Century BC are also there at other places aapart from the Old City.
Ekamra Walks visitors today came from very distinctly diverse groups as they include seven students from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), who are on an internship to city-based Centurion Institute of Technology and Management (CUTM).
While two visitors from Italy, currently working with Jeevan Rekha Parishad also came, among others, seven students of Indian Institute of Tourism and Travel Management, Bhubaneswar and four from ICICI Academy of Skills, Bhubaneswar also experienced the tour, which is the only guided heritage walk in this Ekamra Kshetra, the old name of Bhubaneswar.