Its a chance to look back in time and witness a slice of history while staying in the present. Haryana The Highway of History is an artistic effort by the states Department of Archaeology and Museums to showcase its rich past that has stood the test of invasions,battles and adversity. The character of a civilisation is encased and enshrined in its monuments,and this calendar strives to showcase the secular and inclusive architecture of Haryana, says Vijai Vardhan,as he flips through the first copy of the calendar. Vardhan,the Principal Secretary of the state,has conceptualised and designed the calendar and written the brief history of each monument that finds place in it.
It gives a pictorial view of the rich tapestry of ancient,medieval and modern eras. The state bears the footprints of prophets,poets,saints,warriors as Haryana housed 80 per cent of the Indus Valley Civilisation, adds Vardhan. The calendar showcases the relics and monuments of the state,with a hope to revive peoples interest in their history and also make them aware of their heritage,while also promoting these tourist sites.
Starting from August 2012 to January 2014,the historic journey begins with the Kunal Seal (District Fatehabad) from the early Harappan settlement,3500-2500 BC,with the seal now becoming the logo of the department. There are also well-known monuments like the recently restored historic Yadavindra Gardens in Pinjore that was built in 1669; the Mata Mansa Devi Temple in Panchkula; Bhima Devi Temple in Pinjore; Nada Sahib in Panchkula.
When asked about selecting such an unusual time period for the special calendar August 2012 (instead of January) to January 2014 (instead of ending it at December 2013),Vardhan explains,We wanted it to be special. So,instead of one year,it has covered three years,and at the same time,made space for a new calendar in 2014.
There is a treasure trove here waiting to be discovered by people,students,and history lovers. We will distribute this calendar all over India in the hope of making people aware of the beauty and architecture of the state, he concludes.