Exhibition involving ancient monuments of national importance helped the younger generation gain better understanding of the cultural heritage of their ancestors, noted Collector P Sankar. He was speaking after inaugurating a week-long photo exhibition at the Vellore Fort on Thursday.
The exhibition, based on the theme ‘Heritage of Vellore District, is being held as part of cultural awareness activities and Independence Day celebrations organized by the Archeological Survey of India (ASI).
Describing Vellore as an ancient town that had sown the first seeds of the Sepoy Revolt in 1806, the Collector said that families here were continuing the tradition by sending their sons to the Army. “This is a land of valour and we must feel proud that we have been protecting the country for ages,” he noted.
The Collector also stressed on the need to protect ancient sites in the district such as the temples of Mahendravadi, Melpadi and inscriptions at Jain caves that described ancient arts and culture.
ASI superintending archeologist Dr G Maheswari said Vellore had a permanent place in the history of the country as it had many monuments and heritage sites besides the fort. The exhibitions were being organized by the department across various locations to create awareness about the local heritage, she added.