The Patiala Foundation organized the 2nd annual iHeritage walk at the Bahadurgarh Fort near Patiala, as part of the GoUNESCO #MakeHeritageFun campaign.

The event was part of a global initiative by GoUNESCO to motivate people to engage with their heritage. Under this initiative, more than 100 cities across 5 continents simultaneously participated in events that create awareness about heritage, and in the process, created online buzz as well as offline conversations.

Participants at the venue.
Image: Ravee Ahluwalia

Bahadurgarh Fort, situated 6 kilometers from Patiala, on the Patiala-Chandigarh Road, was constructed in 1837 by Maharaja Karam Singh of Patiala. The four-walled fort covers an area of about 2100 sq. meters and is encircled by 2 ramparts and a moat that is circular in shape. This place was named after the holy Guru Tegh Bahadur who was invited by Saif Khan, who stayed at this place. The fort consists of a historical Gurdwara Sahib (a Sikh temple) named Gurdwara Sahib Patshai Nauvin, which shows fine Sikh architecture. A mosque is also present in the fort. It was built by Saif Khan in the year 1668. The tomb of Saif Khan is situated 300 yards away from the fort.

The 2-hour long event began at 6:30 am with enthusiastic participation from around 200 residents of Patiala. The walk, facilitated by Mr. Ravee S Ahluwalia – Chief Functionary, Patiala Foundation, took the participants inside the fort premises, which at present is utilized as a Police Commando Training Centre and remains off-limits for the general public. Along the tour, participants experienced the rich heritage of the Fort through its fascinating history and architecture.

The participants were from an array of age groups.Pictured here are some students that participated.
Image: Ravee Ahluwalia

The chief Guest for the event was Sh. A.S Rai – IPS, IG Zone, Patiala. Other noted people who participated in the walk were Mrs. Anindita Mitra – IAS, Director Food and Civil Supplies, Punjab. Maj Gen. (Red.) Sanjiv Verma – Director, YPS Patiala, Mr. Gurpreet Singh – PPS, Commandant CTC, Patiala, Mr. Vikram Chauhan – Bursar, YPS Patiala and Mr. Hardeep Badungar, Punjab Police.

The walk was flagged off with a focused talk on the objectives of GoUNESCO and the iHeritage initiative, and how participants can contribute to spreading awareness about their rich heritage through social media activities throughout the walk. A plan of the path to be covered was shown to the participants before the walk began, with Mr. Ahluwalia leading them as the guide for the day.

Multiple pit-stops were arranged for the participants to enjoy refreshments offered by Verka, who sponsored the event. The walk, which lasted for about 90 minutes, was followed by a felicitation program for the dignitaries who participated, as well as the volunteers and organizers for their planning and work towards a successful event. The event concluded with breakfast for all, followed by a visit to the Gurudwara with the Fort premises. The overall event was deeply appreciated by the participants.

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    Ravee Singh Ahluwalia is the chief functionary of Patiala Foundation, an NGO which is working in different arenas for the welfare of the society in the state of PUNJAB.With a long term vision in mind, accepting all the challenges coming in his path, successful and professional in both business and community areas, Mr. Ravee Singh Ahluwalia has been doing social work since 2009. He is a natural and persuasive communicator recognized among colleagues for keen ability to energise and inspire individuals to work towards achieving a common goal, excel in creating consensus among divergent groups. Creative and resourceful professional with a track of directing and/or playing a contributory role in major civic programs and interacting with media and business representatives, community and leaders, he has been working side by side without any time loss for the welfare of the society too. With the help of the NGO named Patiala Foundation of which he is the Chief Functionary he has been working continuously on various livelihood projects for the needy and poor people in the state of Punjab. Now he is looking forward to create awareness among the society through a unique platform of Citizen Journalism by launching an online news portal or in other words a tool for the common people to raise their voice against and in favor of the practices. The website has been named Its Not Funny.As the name suggests that “its not funny”, it is actually not funny. The website is portraying the real issues in the society. It is showing the brighter and the positive side of the people rather than the dark stories which creates a negative impact on the reader. This is great platform for those who want to raise their voice, who want to show their creativity, their innovations and much more to the world. “iSEWA” is a project for providing better access of essential Services to the residents of the city by means of direct dial-an-isewa facility thru the android Mobile app or online,to support livelihood of essential service providers and to bridge the gap in the society.

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