The Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH), Warangal chapter, organised a cycle rally from the Public Gardens to the historic Thousand Pillar temple in Hanamkonda on Wednesday to protect monuments and other heritage structures in the city.
The Warangal East MLA Dasyam Vinay Bhaskar and several others participated in the cycle rally. He said that the Centre had recognised Warangal city, which was the capital of the great Kakatiya rulers, as the ‘heritage city’, and stressed on the need to protect the monuments like Fort Warangal, Thousand Pillar temple, Padmakshamma temple, Jain idols on the Aggalaiah Gutta and other remains of the mighty Kakatiya kingdom.
MLA Vinay Bhaskar said the main motive of the rallies like this would help in drawing the attention of the people about this past glory and save the local heritage.
As part of this, Rs 1.3 crore have been sanctioned for the protection and development of Jain remains on Aggallaiah Gutta, located opposite to the Padmakshamma Gutta in Hanamkonda,” he said.
INTACH Warangal chapter convener and former professor of NIT, M Panduranga Rao, said that they had been conducting the awareness programmes like this for the last 28 years with an aim to protect the rich heritage. ASI Junior Conservation Assistant S Mallesham, archaeology and history enthusiast Aravind Arya Pakide and students from different colleges participated in the programme.