Thursday, January 15, 2015
The Public Trust of India going to organise a three-day ‘Aitihya Mahotsav’
Bhubaneswar: The Public Trust of India, an online global news agency located at Bhubaneswar, is going to organise a three-day ‘Aitihya Mahotsav’ a Photo Exhibition on ‘Buddhist Heritage’, from January 16 to 18 at Jaydev Bhawan supported by Tourism Department, Govt. of Odisha.
This is a new beginning in State’s tourism sector for promotion of Buddhist heritage. Odisha, being a Buddhist heritage destination, marked low turnout of visitors for the last few years.
The State has 300 Buddhist sites and 405 Buddhist remains. A visit to the Buddhist sites of Odisha will take you to exquisite temples, stupas, and monuments set in an ambience of serenity and intense spiritual activities. The Buddhist heritage at Ratnagiri-Udayagiri-Lalitgiri, known as the ‘Diamond Triangle’ attracts visitors every year. Similarly, Odisha’s advantage lies in its closeness to Bodhgaya and Varanasi as compared to other States with Buddhist remnants.
The initiatives being taken by the State Tourism Department and Tourism Ministry at Centre for promotion of tourism sector are laudable.
Despite promotion, both within the country and abroad, Odisha has not been getting enough international Buddhist tourists unlike States such as Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. Hence, time has come to promote Buddhist destinations of the State internationally. The three-day ‘Aitihya Mahotsav’ (Heritage Festival), a Photo Exhibition on ‘Buddhist Heritage’ is a small step in this direction.
Legislative Members, Bureaucrats, Media personnel, Academicians, Researchers and Scholars, Travel Writers, Intellectuals, Students of Ancient Indian History & Archaeology, Buddhist and Cultural Studies, Anthropology & Social Anthropology of different Colleges and Universities, School Students, CSOs, Odisha Tour Operators Association, Odisha Travel Agents Association, Hotel and Restaurant Association of Odisha will participate in the rare and sacred event.
The motto of events emphasises to art & crafts, cult, sculpture, tradition, customs, prejudice, festivals, music, food habits, ornaments of Odisha how could popularise in global scenario. Hence it is a joint effort of both Public Trust of India & State Tourism Department to encourage & get together to all Odian for conserve our Aitihya (Heritage).
Venue of Press Meet: Conference Hall of Information & Public Relations Department, Govt. Odisha, Bhubaneswar .