Udupi: The members of St Mary’s School’s Heritage club visited ‘Katthale Basadi’ a national Jain historical monument at Barkur here on March 3.
The school had organized the one day educational visit to enlighten the students regarding the cultural heritage and historical significance of their native district. The students during their visit studied the historical background and the archaeological features of Kattale Basadi meaning the dark Jain temple, the two small temples behind it one Shiva temple and another Padmavathi temple and also a monolithic pillar at the entrance.
These monuments as informed by its caretaker Madhvacharya belong to the ancient capital of Tulu kingdom during the 12th century A.D. and are now preserved and maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India.
Later the team also visited a few places nearby to see the preserved historical inscriptions, Hero stones and the ruins of historical city Barkur. Entering an ancient monument to feel the glory of past and having first hand experience of touching the ancient script engraved on stone inscriptions were really a great thrilling experience for the young learners of history.
A sketching competition was also conducted for the participants in front of Katthale Basadi to foster their creative artistic expression which received a very enthusiastic response from the members.
The one day visit convinced them of the need to safeguard these historical monuments as they stand as a symbolic representation of the policy of religious tolerance practiced by the different dynasties that ruled over Barkur.
The visit was organized by the Principal Myrtle L F Lewis and coordinated by ISA coordinator Roopa Ashok.