Warangal Urban: He is not an archaeologist. He is not a history researcher. But due to his love for monuments and places of historical importance he has visited over 500 historical destinations.
He has also discovered a dozen places of history and archaeology importance, and has been trying to protect them with the help of the government and other organisations.
Aravind Arya (22), a journalism graduate from University Arts and Science College, Hanamkonda, embarked on this ‘journey’ in 2013 and successfully impressed upon the officials to take up the steps for protection of several monuments including a step-well which was built during Kakatiya rule at Shiva Nagar in Warangal city.
“I have captured more than 30,000 photographs of the historical places, and found some of the inscriptions which are in ancient scripts,” said Aravind Arya. Arya, who has scaled the Mallur hillock in Jayashankar Bhupalpally district, has even found an ancient wall about eight-km long.
Besides visiting the historical locations, he has been guiding tourists who come to witness the architectural grandeur and learn about the historical greatness of this sacred land.
Inspired by the Central government’s flagship programme Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, Arya in association with other history and archaeology enthusiast have conceived a unique programme ‘Swachh Smarak’ under which they cleaned around 33 temples and other prominent tourist destinations which were in a bad state.
Aryais now working on a project to rediscover the temples and other places of historical significance in Warangal Fort following the directions from district Collector Amrapali Kata.
Arya, who hails from Kanchanpally village, 40 km from Warangal, said that he would like to work in the field of archaeology so as to protect the ancient temples, lakes, and monuments. He is active on social media and has a blog “http://www.warangalmucchata.com” in Telugu.
Some of his writings will also form a part of ‘Kotha Telangana’, a book on the history of the State being written by S Ramoju Haragopal, a poet and a retired head master.
Arya is also planning to bring a book on the historical and archaeological sites in Telangana. Aravind is also associated with philanthropists such as Shaik Sadiq Ali, who has been setting up libraries in villages and distributing books to the underprivileged students under the banner of ‘Topudu Bandi’.
TSTDC chairman Pervaram Ramulu, who attended the Orugallu Kala Vaibhavam programme recently, appreciated Arya for his work.