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INTACH completed the Listing of the Monuments of the Old Jagannath Sadak in the Odisha

Bhubaneswar:23/10/17: The Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH), West Bengal and Odisha Chapters  released the “Listing and Documenting the Monuments of the Jagganath Sadak in West Bengal”  today at the Indian Museum, Kolkata.

The Project had been launched in November 2015 and had been flagged off by the Honorable Governor of West Bengal. INTACH had earlier undertaken and completed the Listing of the Monuments of the Old Jagannath Sadak in the Odisha stretch and a report was prepared which was released at Bhubaneswar in July 2014. The report had listed 200 Monuments of the old road, starting from Jaleswar to Puri.

The West Bengal Report was released by  the Chairman of INTACH Maj. Gen. L.K.Gupta (Retd.) along with Dr. Rajesh Purohit, the Director of the Indian Museum.  Speaking on the occasion, Shri Amiya Bhusan Tripathy IPS (Retd.), State Convener of INTACH Odisha, said that the relevance and importance of  this ancient road has not been highlighted. He said that the heritage of this pilgrim road and its importance in spreading the Cult of Jagannath all over the country has been overlooked in history. Nearly 400 monuments have been listed in the three volume report which includes 400 maps and 1000 photographs. Tripathy said that the listing did not have only Hindu temples, but 7 Mosques, 4 Gurudwaras and 6 Churches too have been listed as they had associational significance with the Old Sadak and its pilgrims.  Shri  G.N.Kapur, State Convener of  INTACH  West Bengal said that efforts will be made to conserve and preserve the remnants of the Old Sadak in West Bengal.

The Director of the Indian Museum emphasized on the rich heritage of Eastern India especially Bengal and Odisha and the manner in which they were intertwined. He lauded the efforts of INTACH in producing the report and said that it was an empirical study. The Chairman of INTACH, Maj. Gen L.K.Gupta stressed the need of documenting both the tangible and intangible heritage of the country. He said that INTACH has been accorded the status as a Centre of Excellence and spoke of its role in conservation and preservation of heritage sites all over the country. The need of the hour was creating awareness about heritage and culture, which INTACH is actively promoting by its outreach programmes and its various chapters all over the country.

Anil Dhir, the Co-ordinator of the Project, gave a vivid talk on the project and the various aspects of the synthesis of the Bengal and Odishan cultures. The release was attended by many dignitaries from Odisha and West Bengal. Shri Sanjib Hota, Shri Kulamoni Deo, Shri S.K.B Narayan, Shri Pradyumna Satapathy, Shri Bata Kishore Tripathy, Shri Ananta Mohapatro,  Shri Baikunth Panigrahi and others attended the release ceremony.


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