“People without the knowledge of their past, origin, and culture is like a tree with no fruits”
As man steps forward towards civilization, he has to pay reverence to his past history, culture and heritage, get enlightened and proceed further by sharing his experience with his community. To promote this great thought in students, Hongirana organized an educational field trip of Keladi on 8th October 2017, for Class VI students.
An enthusiastic troupe of 65 students along with 5 escort teachers left the campus around 9.15 am and reached the spot at around 10 am. The students were first taken to Rameshwara Temple which is built in Keladi village situated in Shimoga District of Karnataka. A guide Dr. Venkata Jois informed students about the place and said this place was the first capital of the Keladi Nayaka Kingdom, who rose to prominence after the disintegration of the Vijayanagara Empire. Students also got information from him about the shrines of Goddess Parvati and Lord Veerabhadra which were noted for its Kadamba, Hoysala and Dravidian styles of temple architecture. They were amazed to know that the interiors of Parvathi’s temple were completely designed out of Red Sandal Wood. The students got to know about the historical story behind Keladi Temple.
Keladi Museum was another attraction to students, which had a rich collection of the work of ancient art and relics belonging to the period of the Keladi Nayakas. Students were thrilled to visit this museum which consisted of copper inscriptions, palm leaves, coins, sculptures and idols from the Hoysala and Chalukya period.
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