OLD TOWN | BHUBANESWAR
Every Sunday Morning
- Meeting Point -
Open For All
2kms | 2-2.5hrs walk
Flat Terrain , Moderate Walk
LEVEL OF ACTIVITY
Basic Level Of
English Speaking Guide
Souvenirs and Refreshments
Live Classical Music
Art Vision Dance Academy
THINGS TO CARRY
Carry your own water bottle , hat or umbrella and be comfortable in your slip-ons
HERITAGE WALK - OLD TOWN
In view of the recent health and safety advisories being issued to tackle the spread of Coronavirus - Covid-19 we have decided to suspend the heritage walks for the rest of the month of March 2020. We regret inconvenience caused in this regard to all those who had registered or planned to attend #EkamraWalks this month.
Our trail back in time..
Walking through the paragon of a beautiful history, we cover
Intricate carvings along with detailed effigies that narrate stories, the walls of Mukhteswar Temple speak eloquently of the extraordinary skill of the sculptors. It is due to which, this 10th century built legacy is regarded as the ‘Gem of Odishan architecture.’
Standing upright for 1400 long years, Parashurameswar Temple takes one back in time to when the foundations of the heritage was laid. It is believed to be one of the four oldest temples in India to have survived the test of time.
The Kotitirtheswar Temple, though a small complex as compared to the others, has its own historical tale associated! It lies in a corner down the narrow lane that leads one to the Bindu Sarovar.
The tranquil aura along the ghats of Bindu Sagar renders a feeling of ultimate bliss! It is further believed, according to legends, that a dip in this calm water shall wash away all the sins of the being.
ANANTA BASUDEV TEMPLE
Just a few gaits away is the Temple Kitchen of the city – Ananta Vasudeva, which is presumably the only temple worshipping the ruling God, Vishnu. The aroma from the beautiful little kitchens fill the roadway that leads to a spiritual sanctuary.
Built during the British reign, the Dharamshala has been providing accommodations to pilgrims from around the world during their tour to explore the Temple City.
Once out of the heritage building, one gets a glimpse of the street market, locally named, Ratha Danda – that portrays a vivid picture of the daily activities carried out by the localites around the temple clusters.
An elevated platform like structure behind the Lingaraj Temple complex offers a panoramic view of the 100 titchy temples inside its premises. The aerial vista renders total satisfaction of relishing the architectural beauty without having to disturb the spiritual ambience inside the site
Following a slender passage along the market street, one comes into view of the remains of a 13th century built temple – Sari Deula. This architectural marvel, though in ruins, is well sought-after for its magnificent carvings and figurines.
The ancient Matha traces its roots to the time when Kalinga was ruled by Raja Yayati Keshari. This Hindu cloister was the center of imparting spiritual and culture-based education that also kept the tradition of Vedas alive!
A stroll along the banks of Bindu Sagar, takes us to Vaitala Deula, the curvilinear top of which looks akin to an upturned boat. Its gabbled towers with a row of shikaras reveals signs of southern intrusion. Once, it was the hotspot of Tantrik practices.
Comfortably sheltered amidst the city’s bequest of over 100 temples, Ekamravan is the herbal medicinal garden known for its unique aesthetic heritage design adorned with a range of rare medicinal plants. The garden offers for a rendezvous with the nature to its homies!
In the very lane, a little gate on the left guides us in, to Padma Shree Ileana Citaristi's dance academy, Art Vision. On selected occasions, Odissi artists of the dance school put before the walkers beautiful performances of the classical dance form.
Ekamra is wild , difficult to decipher and impossible to forget , for the heritages are our kind of beautiful ! Within us all , lives a proud heritage lover masquerading as a sane being !