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Know your heritage picture perfect

Bhubaneswar, Nov. 23: If a picture is worth a thousands words then the 120 photographs exhibited at the PG Council Hall, Utkal University, speak volumes about the rich archaeological heritage of the state.

The photo exhibition has been organised by the varsity’s PG department of ancient Indian history, culture and archaeology, in collaboration with Archaeological Survey of India as part of its World Heritage Week celebration.

The exhibition aims to foster a sense of appreciation and tolerance towards cultural diversity among the people.

The exhibition, which houses pictures of relics from the prehistoric period to late medieval era, shows results of recent excavations done by the Archaeological Survey of India in the state.

The religious edifices include Brahminical, Jain and Buddhist monuments.

From Sun temple in Konark, to Bhima temple in Gajapati, and from sculpture of Anantasayi Vishnu in Dhenkanal to those of Chausattijogini in Balangir, the exhibition showcased pictures from different districts.

The photo display tries to inculcate the teachings of Alexander Cunningham, considered father of Indian archaeology, who had stressed on the role of the youth to protect and preserve the heritage. Some pictures, taken several decades ago, can help viewers analyse the past and present of Odisha.

A special section had been devoted to pictures of the extensive excavations done in Lalitgiri in 1985 to 1992 that revealed remains of an apsidal chaitya, monastic complexes and stupas of different dimensions. A number of relics were discovered here as well.

A large number of students visited the exhibition.

“I have visited some of these places but I had no idea about their historical relevance. The collection presented here is very thought-provoking,” said Bijaya Dash, a visitor.

Apart from relics, some microliths, utensils and tools used in different phases of history are also on display. Pictures of rock shelter and bone implements adorn the display board as well.

Superintending archaeologist of Bhubaneswar Circle of the Archaeological Survey of India A.K. Patel said: “We have been organising awareness camps and exhibitions at various places across the state over the past five years. We have covered districts such as Jajpur (Udayagiri and Jajpur town), Haripurgarh in Mayurbhanj, Boudh town and Lalitgiri in Cuttack district.

“Similar events have also been organised on temple premises such as Bhaskareswar and Rajarani in the city.”

The weeklong exhibition will end on Sunday.