Mysuru, Oct 11: Mysuru the traditional capital city of Wodeyar dynasty has more than 200 Heritage buildings and in a Heritage Walk was taken out in the city today from Rangacharlu Memorial Town Hall to create awareness about the significance of Heritage structures in the City of Palaces.
Heritage walk was organised as part of Dasara festivities which began yesterday. Karnataka Minister for Tourism Sa Ra Mahesh inaugurated the heritage walk on Thursday.
He was sporting a traditional attire in the form of silk dhoti and shalya. Children and elders too were in traditional dress and participated with a lot of enthusiasm.
Responding to media questions on attempts to shift archaeology museum to Hampi, Mahesh said that he would make sure that the museum remains in Mysuru after discussing with the Chief Minister.
The Archaeological Survey of India, Archaeological Survey and the Heritage Department officials and citizens visited the top 10 major heritage sites here in the first route as part of the Dasara festivities.
The heritage walk passed through the Silver Jubilee Clock Tower, Free Masons Club, Chamarajendra Circle, Amba Vilas Palace, Krishnarajendra Circle, Devaraja Market, Krishna Rajendra Hospital, Mysore Medical College and Mysore Ayurvedic Hospital and College.
During the walk, the experts briefly explained about the heritage structures.
Historians N S Rangaraju and Echanur Kumar explained about the heritage buildings to the people.
A programme on heritage structures tomorrow and the activists will visit heritage sites on 50 motorcycles. The aim of the walk was to create awareness among the people about the heritage monuments and Karnataka has rich in terms of having heritage structures including erstwhile rulers forts and courtyards across the State.
In all more than 200 heritage structures in the city, however, only few structures could be used for the heritage walk.
The heritage walk will conducted for three days from today showing the different parts of the city to the participants.
The youth have a major role to play in preventing disfiguring of the historical monuments and heritage buildings . encroachment on natural heritage sties should be preserved , this message was given to participating students on the occasion.
Interestingly, a group of inspired foreigners also joined the walk at several places much to the delight of the participants.
Some of the participants, expressed their happiness and were delighted to be a part of such a memorable programme aimed at creating awareness on heritage structures in city.
Walk should not be limited only during Dasara but should be conducted every day which will help in attracting tourists throughout the year and was backed by Prof. N.S. Rangaraju who gave the same opinion.
Karnataka has a glorious history with rich heritage of art and culture, distinguished ruling dynasties like Sathavahana, Kadamba, Ganga, Chalukya, Rastrakuta, Hoysala, Vijyanagara , Baharamni, Adilshahi, Barshashi, Keladi Mysore Wodeyars, Hydarali, Tipu Sultan and British administrators have left behind innumerable monuments, temples, mosques and huge structures of significant architectural and aesthetic importance.
The Monuments at Badmi, Aihole and Pattadkal, Hoysala, Temples at Belur, Halebidu and Somanthapur, Virupaksha and Vittala at Hampi, Golgumbaz in Bijapur, Monuments at Bidar, Gulbarga, Kittur Fort, Rangantha temple Dariya Daulat, Gumbaz at Srirangpatna, the Mysore Palace and other historic structures remind us of our responsiblity in preserving these structures for posterity. (UNI)