“Nothing beats an exciting hands-on experience to deepen the learning. The magic of a field trip isn’t just the subject. It’s the break in routine and adventure that opens up children’s minds to new things.”
The above quote is apt for the field trip that was being organized by the middle section for Class VII on 11th October 2018, to Humcha or Hombuja, near Thirthahalli, Shivamogga.
It was around 9.45 am when 103 students and 6 escort teachers left the campus to Humcha and reached the destination at 11 am. Firstly, the children were escorted to the venerable Jain temple dedicated to Goddess Padmavathi. One of the priests of the temple guided us and narrated the history of the temple. He said about the Lakki Tree, that never dries and about the ever thronging devotees to the temple throughout the year. Later, the children were taken to Jain Basadis of Mahaveera, built in Chalukyan era. The main attraction there was the Monolithic pillar with rich carvings. The students were enthralled by the beauty of the temple and noted down the history of it. Then they were taken to a renowned pond called “Muththina Kere” which never dries and is fed constantly by the water oozing out from the point of origin of river Kumudvati.
Post this, the enthusiastic students were escorted to the statue of Bahubali which was on top of the hill. It was a spectacular scene of the nearby village and the mutt, from the view point of the hillock. According to the inscriptions found here, the basadi was constructed in the year 898 AD by Vikramaditya Santara.
The children were then served delicious lunch at the temple. After this, they were taken to Billeshwara temple. It is believed that River Kumudvathi, takes its origin at Kusuma Tirtha. The cold, sweet water flows via a hole from a nearby hillock to feed the River Kumudvathi. The children enjoyed the flow of water thoroughly and set off with their return journey. They diligently collected all the points that were required for their integrated project. Totally, it was a day spent worthily in the peaceful place amidst greenery.
Abhishek Aithal of Class VII opined that, “It was very exciting and this was the first time I had been there. We had an argument whether we would see an elephant there while travelling in the bus, and I could see one and could also meet a racing horse, Heera. We had been to a lake as well; there were shoal of fish near the bank of the lake which were humongous. We then had been to Humcha Jain Mutt, where all of us enjoyed by ringing the huge bell. A small temple nearby was a treasure of inscriptions on stone which fascinated me a lot. We had delicious lunch that was served by temple in ”Bhojana Shala”. Later, we were escorted to Gomateshwara temple which was a very fantastic view point of the entire Humcha village. The most amazing spot was the origin of “Kumudvathi” River which was just a trickle of water, cold and sweet from the hillocks near Billeshwara temple. Totally, it was an educational cum pleasure trip which was pollution free where we learnt a lot of history amidst greenery.