October 20, 2016
Two Rajgir Heritage walks were conducted in the month of October by Nalanda University in partnership with the Bihar Heritage Development Society.
The first walk was conducted on October 2, 2016. The theme of the walk was “Archeological Rajgir”. The walk started from Banganga pass point covering the Paleolithic site of Rajgir, new excavated site near Banganga, the rut mark site and Jīvakāmravana Vihāra. The participants included 25 students from Shivam Residential Public School, Nalanda and around 15 participants from Nalanda University and Rajgir.
Towards the end of the walk a quiz was organised on the local history and three winners were given Ragir Heritage Walk themed T-shirts. A cleanliness drive was also organised at the site of Jīvakāmravana Vihāra marking the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti.
The Rajgir Heritage Walk was launched during Rajgir Mahotsav in November 2015 , with the joint effort of Nalanda University and Bihar Heritage Development Society (BHDS) under Art, Culture and Youth Department, Government of Bihar. The aim of these walks is to educate the local people and visitors in Rajgir about the historical significance of the region and to generate awareness among them for heritage preservation.
The second heritage walk was organised on October 16, 2016. A group of ten senior party worker of Janta Dal United (J.D.U) from Bangalore, Karnataka contacted the Rajgir Heritage Walk team. The walk started from Banganga pass point and covered the cyclopean wall, newly excavated site near Banganga, the rut mark site and Jīvakāmravana Vihāra. In addition the sites of Maniyar Math and Son Bhandar caves were also covered considering the enthusiasm shown by the participants.
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