UNESCO adds Shantiniketan, Hoysala temples to World Heritage list


Anjali Sharma

GG News Bureau

UNITED NATIONS, 19th Sept. The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization on Monday inscribed the group of sacred Hoysala temples in Karnataka on UNESCO World Heritage List after Rabindranath Tagore’s Shantiniketan was added to the heritage sites list.

According to a UNESCO press release issued in New York the announcement was made during the 45th session of the World Heritage Committee being held in Riyadh till September 25.

The Sacred Ensembles of the Hoysalas has become the 42nd World Heritage Site in India, it stated.

Indian PM Narendra Modi said that the Sacred Ensembles of the Hoysalas is a testament to India’s rich cultural heritage and exceptional craftsmanship of our ancestors.

“More pride for India! The magnificent Sacred Ensembles of the Hoysalas have been inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The timeless beauty and intricate details of the Hoysala temples are a testament to India’s rich cultural heritage and the exceptional craftsmanship of our ancestors,” Mr. Modi wrote in a post on his X account.

India foreign minister, S Jaishankar has expressed his happiness over the announcement of UNESCO’s World Heritage status on Santiniketan, the abode of Rabindranath Tagore in Bolpur town in West Bengal’s Birbhum district.

“Congratulations. A fitting tribute to our first Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore and all those who have kept his message alive,” Jaishankar tweeted.

India’s Permanent Representative to UNESCO, Vishal V Sharma thanked the World Heritage Committee on behalf of the entire nation for including the Hoysala temples in the UNESCO World Heritage List.

“”India rejoices at the inclusion of the Sacred Ensembles of the Hoysalas on the World Heritage List. On behalf of my country, I offer my thanks to the World Heritage Committee for recognising the outstanding universal value of this nomination under Agenda 45COM.8B.29. If ever, poetry was carved in stone. It is in these monuments of India,” he said.

The Sacred Ensembles of the Hoysalas, a group of Hoysala temples, were built under the rule of the Hoysala Empire between the 11th and 14th centuries.

The temples are mostly dedicated to Hindu gods Shiva and Vishnu. Some temples are also dedicated to Jain faith as well.

Maharshi Devendranath Tagore established Shantiniketan in Bolpur in 1901 as a residential school and centre for art based on ancient Indian traditions, which was later expanded by his son, Rabindranath Tagore.

It was Rabindranath Tagore’s vision that led to the creation of Visva-Bharati, a national university in Santiniketan.

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