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Visitors from Visakhapatnam took part in the 26th Monks Caves and Kings heritage tour

Bhubaneswar:2/06/18; Visitors from Visakhapatnam today took part in the 26th Monks, Caves and Kings heritage tour at Udayagiri and Khandagiri.

Guide Satyasundar Mishra described the role of rulers of the ancient kingdom and how they also contributed towards the propagation of the Jain religious movement. While atop the Udayagiri Hills participants also asked about nearby hills around the Twin Hills and the guide explained how both Jainism and Buddhism peacefully existed till there were some friction and a change in the socio-political system in the region.

Tourist Vijay Balram, who came from Visakhapatnam, said “the tour makes a difference by telling the historic facts through simple stories narrating all the characters from the pages of history. I had visited the site before, but today’s experience was unique.’’

Guide Satyasundar Mishra added that it was Emperor Kharavel, who had created a special Kalingan identity for the people of the region and was having around 40 percent of the landmass of the Indian sub-continent under his rule. Kharvel was also the only ruler in the history, who motivated the people and won war against the mighty Magadhan army.

Earlier, Magadha ruler Emperor Ashoka attacked Kalinga in 261 BC and interestingly, after the terrible war the emperor became a completely transformed individual. It would be pertinent to mention here that the war, which was fought near the foothills of Dhauli Hill, changed the Magadha ruler from “Chandashoka’’ to “Dharmashoka’’.

The Monks, Caves and Kings heritage tour is under the umbrella of Ekamra Walks, which is the city-based tour framework for the heritage city, which was once known as Ekamra Kshetra, an abode of Lord Shiva and Devi Parvati. While Ekamra Walks Old Town Circuit starts at 6.30 am every Sunday from 10th Century Mukteswar Temple, the Monks, Caves and Kings starts at the same time from Udayagiri at the Twin Hills.

About Ashok Palit

Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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