Hundreds gather at Babore Temple to celebrate World Heritage Week

Local artists presenting a dance performance during a function at Manwal in Udhampur district.
Local artists presenting a dance performance during a function at Manwal in Udhampur district.

Excelsior Correspondent
UDHAMPUR, Nov 25: The ancient Babore Temple complex at Manwal was witness to a huge gathering of historians, academicians, writers, artists, tourists and students to celebrate World Heritage Week today.
The heritage walk was flagged off by Director Tourism, OP Bhagat which covered five temples sites spread over one kilometre. The heritage walk made the visitors aware about the prominent historical, architectural and cultural aspects of the sites maintained by Archeological Survey of India (ASI).
Noted writer and historian, Shiv Nirmohi, on the occasion, emphasized the need for preserving the cultural heritage of Jammu region. Experts from ASI’s Jammu chapter briefed about the layout and intricate carvings of the archeological site.
On the occasion, the ASI displayed the artifacts preserved in the strong room. The students from Department of History, Archeology and Archives affiliated to Cluster University evinced keen interest in the ornate carvings and style of temple building.
Students from Gurukul under the aegis of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board recited hymns from ancient scriptures and displayed the rich heritage of oral traditions. Ashok Sharma, a prolific writer on Dogra heritage and Anil Paba, an amateur historian, stressed for creating awareness about Jammu region’s rich tangible and intangible heritage to give a boost to heritage tourism
Heritage lovers, tourists and students from GDC Udhampur, Bhartiya College, Udhampur, HSS Manwal participated in the heritage walk. The event culminated with a folk song and dance performance by Ram Ditta and party. The participants were served authentic dishes from Dogra cuisine like Khamire, Babru and Auriya in leaf plates (pattal) and cups (doona).
SMDA had also organized FAM tour for travel planners, event managers and bloggers from Travel Tales India.

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