Chandigarh, 7th July 2019India Heritage Walks in Association with Anaha Jewelry conducted a heritage walk in Sector 8-C, Chandigarh on Sunday, 7th July 2019 from 10am to 12pm. The walk began from the Prachin Shri Shiv Mandir, Gurudwara Road, Sector 8C, Chandigarh where the participants learnt about the differences in jewellery worn by human beings and ‘Gods’ as well as by their ‘vaahans’ (animals). The different jewellery worn by the Gods was also discussed such as the Chandrahaar of Goddess Sita and the Mor Mukut of Krishan Ji. The priests at the temple told about one of the oldest types of Jewellery, the Amulet or ‘Tabeez’ which is still worn to protect a person from negative energies.The participants followed the walk leader Puneet Virk, a Ph.D. student to the next stop which was the Gurdwara Sector 8, where the role of ornaments such as the ‘Kara’ and the ‘Natti’ in protecting the Sikhs and their religion was discussed. Then, the participants proceeded to the Inner market while listening to popular Punjabi songs which signify the importance of ornaments in our daily life.Finally, the group moved on to the highlight of the walk which was a personalized description of jewellery styles, types of ornaments and their making at Anaha Jewelry, Inner market, Sector 8B, Chandigarh. The walk leader traced the evolution of punjabi jewellery right from the gold saggi phul, laung and rani haar to the contemporary pieces of today. The participants were shown jewellery piece from the collections at Anaha. Participants were told about the traditional punjabi ornaments such as the jugni, kaintha and pipal-pattiyaan which were made of carved gold and the Moghul rule further embellished Indian jewellery by bringing in kundan (glass work) and Polki (uncut diamonds) work as well as reviving the enamel work (minakari) whose traces were first found in ancient Taxilla. Mr. Harmanjot Gosal, from Anaha jewellery explained about the various precious and semi-precious gemstones which are extracted from the earth. Thereafter, he lead the participants to the workshop where various ‘kaarigars’ described how they make ornaments.The participants comprised of a mix of students as well as history buffs from all age groups. India Heritage Walks hosts immersive and diverse events that bring people closer to their local heritage and culture. The aim is to make the heritage engagement programmes that are currently being carried out through walks and talks, more holistic and inclusive.
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