UDHAMPUR, March 11: Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, in collaboration with Patnitop Development Authority and Archaeological Survey of India, has organized a heritage walk at the historic Krimchi Temple complex, Udhampur.
Held under the patronage of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, the event witnessed an enthusiastic gathering of students, historians, artists, administrators and academicians.
The Heritage Walk to Krimchi Fort was reported by Prof. Ravindra Kumar Sinha, SMVDU Vice Chancellor and Thakur Sher Singh, CEO, PDA, Krimchi Temples.
During the guided tour, followed by Heritage Baithak, the participants were introduced to the significant historical, architectural and cultural aspects of the Krimchi sites which are maintained by Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).
The group of ancient temples located at Krimchi are believed to have been built around the 11th and 12th centuries AD, and popularly identified as Pandava temples given their connection to the Mahabharat. These temples, designed on stone structures with a stream flowing nearby, transport you to the magnificence of a bygone era.
Jai Karan Singh and other experts from ASI, J&K Circle briefed everyone on the historical essence and architectural grandeur of the temples. Heritage experts Anil Paba and Ashok Sharma provided a detailed insight into the rich and royal past of the Jammu region and highlighted the importance of preserving it for posterity.
VC SMVDU appreciated the initiative taken by the University in the face of the growing need for exposure to local heritage and culture, especially for students. He affirmed that more such events should be organized and that the University should work on documenting, beautifying and preserving the heritage of the region.
CEO, PDA shared the initiatives taken to develop and promote the tourism potential for adventure, heritage, culture and leisure in and around the Patnitop circuit.
Nagendra Singh Jamwal, SMVDU Registrar, said the Jammu region is abundantly endowed with natural gifts as well as man-made wonders. The folklore performances of Romalo Ram, his troupe and his students fascinated the participants.
Later, participants were served authentic dishes of Dogra cuisine in leaf plates (pattal) and cups (doona). Also present at the occasion were Suparn Sharma, Dean, Faculty of Management, Dr Saurabh, HoD, School of Business, Dr Sarabjot Singh and Dr Surbhi Kapur, Assistant Professor, School of Business, SMVDU, Gauhar Ahmed Khan, Superintendent Engineer, ASI .