Educational tour

NEW-DELHI – The Power-Centre of India

On 17th Morning around 10 A.M. after reaching New Delhi, we moved to Red Fort. It was a cool morning and viewing Red Fort from Chandini Chowk main road was a first time experience for many of us. This is the place from which our beloved Prime Minister hoist National Flag on every August 15th. With the help of a local guide, we entered into the fort complex. Though some of the parts in the fort was demolished, yet it has some Mughal Architects remaining intact to tell its past glory to the visitors, specially Rang Mahal, Diwan-E-Aam and Diwan-E-Khas. Nadir Shah had looted Red Fort in 1747 and sold most of the artifacts to Europeans. Red Fort Archeological Museum is now located inside Mumtaz Mahal.

Rashtriya Swachhata Kendra & Raj Ghat

Out little stop over at Rashtriya Swachhata Kendra which was very recently inaugurated by Honourable Prime Minister Narendra Modiji, is dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi’s effort to cleanliness. It is in close vicinity to Raj Ghat, the resting place of the Father of our Nation Mahatma Gandhi. Every year millions of people from across India pay visit to the Raj Ghat to pay their homage to Mahatma Gandhi-the epitome of Ahimsa. We along with our teachers moved to Raj Ghat. The adagio of Gandhiji’s favourite Bhajan, Vaishnava Jan to Tene Kahiye re…made the campus more lively. His contribution to the freedom struggle and his universal teachings of Non-Violence is still inspires us.

Akshardham Temple

Displaying a plethora of traditional and modern Hindu Culture, Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple was our destination on 17th November evening. An ocean of crowds throng  to this beautiful temple everyday to learn about the rich cultural heritage of India and to witness a beautiful water show which displays  anecdotes from Upanishads glorifying the greatness of the almighty. The circumbulation path around the temple display the messages of Sahajanand Swamiji  popularly known as Swaminarayan Maharaj. The idea of establishing such grand temple in Delhi was the brainchild  of Pramukh Swami Maharaj, the spiritual successor of Sahajanand Swamiji.

Once entered into the temple premises, devotees are guided to thematic gardens, galleries, Sahajanand Darshan, Neelkanth Darshan and Sanskruti Darshan that represents various themes based on the life of Swaminarayan ji, his childhood, his contribution to the world and his legacy.

Worth mentioning here is Sanskruti Darshan, which take visitors through a boat  and sails through 1000 years of ancient history. This 12 minute boat ride represents India’s important contribution to the world.

There breathtaking view of beautiful gold plated idol of Swaminarayan  Maharaj in the sanctum sanctorum surrounded by beautifully carved pillars with intricate designs mesmerizes the beholders. Also it encompasses deities of prominent Avatars of Hinduism such as Lord Rama, Lord Krishna with beautiful decorations.

Truly speaking, visiting Delhi is incomplete without paying a visit to Swami Narayan Akshardham Temple as it supplements  and enhances a visitors notion of India.

Qutub Minar

On 18th December morning, we visited Qutub Minar Complex. Built around 12th century, Qutub Minar is a synthesis of Indo-Islamic architecture. It stand as a reminder of the arrival of Islam to India. It is commonly said that Qutub Minar is named after Qutbuddin Aibak. But historical accounts say that it is named after Qutbuddin Bakhtiyar Kaki, a sufi saint of that time. It is the tallest minarate built entirely with bricks.

LOTUS TEMPLE

The Bahai Temple of Prayer, known as LOTUS TEMPLE was our next destination. We reached Temple around 4:00 P.M. Due to the huge rush in the compound, no one was allowed into the main prayer hall, but we were allowed to have a closer view of the temple. India has been the land of universal tolerance which has accepted every path to divinity as valid. Hence people of all faiths feel India as their own home.

INDIA GATE

On 19th December early morning we set our journey to most iconic place of New Delhi, that is INDIA GATE. Built by British after the First World War to honour the sacrifice of Indian soldiers who laid down their lives for the service, it encompasses the names of those brave soldiers on its wall.

Very recently the statue of Netaji Subash Chandra Bose was installed in the Canopy that lies just in front of the India Gate.

NATIONAL WAR MEMORIAL

Visiting NATIONAL WAR MEMORIAL was a long cherished dream of many of us as it is built to honour our brave soldiers who laid down their lives to protect their motherland. The kiths and kins of those soldiers visit this memorial to pay a floral tributes.

On the last day of our visit, we had a very good shopping experience in Karol Bagh, New Delhi. Dotted with all kinds of shops, selling all varieties of goods we could not but gathered as much as we can. After all this is a life time experience as school days would never come back and school days memories never die down.

After shopping, we reached Delhi Railway Station and our return journey to Warangal started in Grand Trunk express at 4:10 p.m. and reached safely to Warangal at 7:00 p.m. on 20th December.

We all are sincerely thankful to our Greenwood Management, our  beloved Director  Sri Dr. G. Bharadwaja Naidu Garu for having given us the consent to organize this educational tour. We also express our gratitude to our Director Sri. Dr. G. Bharadwaja  Naidu,  Chief Administrative Officer Sri. A. Prabhu Kumar, Academic Principal Sri. V.V.V. Naveen Kumar, Administrative Principal Sri. T. Pavan Kumar, Academic Coordinator Sri. Srikanth for having personally accompanied the educational tour and giving guidance and taking care all the way.We extend greatful thanks to all the Teaching Staff Mr. J. Ramesh, Mr. G. Satish , Mr. M. Ranga Rao,  Mr.R. Venkateshwarlu, Mr. Sateeshan Achari, Mr. Ranjit Behara, Mrs. Vijayasree, Mrs. Premlatha, Mr. A. Ramakrishna, Mr. Pradeep Reddy, Non teaching staff Mrs. Swarnalatha, Ms. Ramadevi(ANM) and Mr. Mahesh, who accompanied the Educational tour and took good care of all the students.

Lastly we would like to say…. We travel because we become uncomfortable being too comfortable within the boundaries of limited learning.

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educational tour to Amritsar – jallianwala bagh, golden temple, valmiki Tirth Asthan and Wagah(attari border).

::Greenwood Group of Schools::

We travelled to the state of Punjab from Mathura on 14th December night. It was a night long journey. The children relished this long journey mixed with nice sleep in the cosy comfort of the luxury bus and were not tired at all. We all reached Amritsar on 15th by 01.00 p.m. From there we travelled to one of the key landmarks of the Indian Freedom Struggle; Jallianwala Bagh.  We visited the Museum, watched the Laser show at Jallianwala Bagh. The Laser show depicted in detail the events of Massacre. By this we understood the historical importance of Jallianwala Bagh incident that intensified our Freedom Struggle.

The Historical Importance of Jallianwala Bagh

Presently this is a Historical Garden and a ‘Memorial of National Importance’. It is very close to the sacred ‘Golden Temple Complex’ in Amritsar, Punjab. It is preserved as a memorial for those brutally killed; the men, women and even the innocent children; and wounded in what is known as Jallianwala Bagh Massacre at this site on the festive day of Baisakhi on 13 April 1919.

Also known as the ‘Amritsar Massacre’, this marks the brutality and cruelty and inhumane nature of the British Rulers. On that fateful day General Dyer, attacked and ordered firing at a crowd of people, protesting peacefully against the Rowlatt Act and arrest of pro-independence activists Saifuddin Kitchlew and Satyapal. Unfortunately, this place was densely surrounded by buildings and had only one exit which was blocked by the forces of General Dyer. Thus, when the firing was started people had no way to escape. Many succumbed to death and several injured fatally. It was so disheartening to recall that the firing continued without any break till the ammunition was totally exhausted. This incident shocked each and everyone. Rabindranath Tagore was so moved that he renounced his Knighthood in protest of this British brutality.

GOLDEN TEMPLE

The Golden temple is famous for its full golden dome, it is one of the most sacred pilgrim spots for Sikhs. The Mandir is built on a 67-ft square of marble and is a two storied structure. Maharaja Ranjit Singh had the upper half of the building built with approximately 400 kg of gold leaf.

Maharaja Ranjit Singh, after founding the Sikh Empire, rebuilt it in marble and copper in 1809, and overlaid the sanctum with gold leaf in 1830. This has led to the name the Golden Temple. The Golden Temple is spiritually the most significant shrine in Sikhism.

At 06.45 in the evening, we started walking towards the holy “Golden Temple” from the Jallianwala Bagh with heavy hearts to get the solace in the blessing of the Holy Sikh Guru. We all entered the temple strictly following the religious dictums of Sikhism; tying a holy cloth; turban around our heads and dipping our feet in the holy water in the temple complex.

The Golden temple is a Gurudwara, an eminent spiritual and holy place of Sikhism. We also visited Darbar Sahib Kartarpur, in Kartarpur and Gurudwara Janam Asthan in Nankana Sahib.

By 09.00 p.m. that day, we moved to a comfortable hotel for a sumptuous dinner and a goodnight’s sleep in comfort.

Bhagwan Valmiki Tirth Asthan

On 16/12/2022, at 08.00am in the morning we all started towards the famous Bhagwan Valmiki Tirth Asthan at Amritsar.

Bhagwan Valmiki Tirth Asthan is a Temple Complex; an important historical monument dedicated to Maharshi Valmiki’s  located on Bhagwan Valmiki Tirth Road, about 11 km west of Amritsar city. There is an 8-foot-tall, 800-kg gold-plated idol of Sage Valmiki in this complex.

According to the Hindu Mythology, this temple dates back to the period of Ramayana. This placed is believed to be the erstwhile Ashram of Sage Valmiki. It is the very place where Sadhvi Sita was given shelter and the children of Lord Rama were born. It is the place where the epic Ramayana was written by Rishi Valmiki. Close to this place is Ram Tirth, where Lord Rama’s forces were defeated by his own sons; Lava and Kusha.

Wagah Border

We started moving towards the Wagah Border(Attari Border) at about 1.30 p.m. and reached there by 03.00 p.m. which is almost 32 Kms away from Amritsar.

Wagah is the international border between India and Pakistan; an army outpost on Indo-Pak border – between Amritsar and Lahore. It is an elaborate complex of buildings, roads and barriers on both sides of India and Pakistan.

We are fortunate to witness the pomp and pageantry of the ‘Beating Retreat’ a remarkable ritual followed here on each and every day. This marks the change of guard at both sides within the handshaking distance of the Indian and Pakistani forces. Soldiers from both the countries perform a perfect drill and march, thus going through an exciting and hair rising procedure followed by the bringing down of their respective national flags. As the sun goes down, nationalistic fervour rises and lights are switched on marking the end of the day amidst thunderous applause patriotism. This spectacular array would certainly last in our hearts for a life time.

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