| Governor Devanand Konwar takes a look at the exhibition to mark the ASI’s 150th anniversary at Kumhrar Park in Patna on Monday. Picture by Sachin |
An exhibition at Kumhrar Park on Monday gave the perfect opportunity to people to brush up their knowledge on the history of the state capital.
The main attractions of the exhibition, organised by the Patna circle of Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) on the occasion of the ASI’s 150th anniversary, were posters showing the ruins of Patliputra (old Patna). They were part of the 100 exhibits, including small sculptures, from the Maurya, Gupta and Sung periods.
Sanjay Kumar Manjul, superintendent archaeologist, ASI Patna circle, said the exhibition aimed to give residents an opportunity to know about their city and to make them aware about preserving their heritage properties.
Governor Devanand Konwar, the chief guest, said: “People have to understand that they need to pass on the heritage properties to the next generation. If they don’t preserve it now, what will they pass on to the next generation?”
Visitors could catch a glimpse of the remains of female figurines and a wooden palisade of the Mauryan period, ruins of the Gupta period in Bulandi Bagh, the sculpture of a woman, Salabhanjika, and the stone sculpture of Jain Tirthankara in some of the several posters at this exhibition.
According to Manjul, the 3D model of the ruins of a Mauryan pillared hall was the best exhibit. “ASI excavated the ruins of the 72-pillar hall in 1912-15. Further excavation in 1951-55 by KP Jaiswal Research Institute, Patna, explored eight more pillars of the hall and four additional ones at the entrance,” said Manjul.