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UNESCO World Heritage Status Awarded to Sacred Ensembles of the Hoysala Temples

In a moment of immense pride and cultural significance, India’s Minister of Power and New & Renewable Energy, R K Singh, recently announced that the Sacred Ensembles of the Hoysala temples have been granted UNESCO World Heritage status. This announcement comes hot on the heels of another remarkable achievement, the inclusion of Santiniketan in West Bengal, the abode of the famous poet Rabindranath Tagore, in UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites.

The Sacred Ensembles of the Hoysala temples, which comprise the temples in Belur, Halebid, and Somnathapura, have long been regarded as architectural marvels and cultural treasures. These temples were chosen as India’s nomination for consideration as a World Heritage Site for the year 2022-2023. Their inclusion on UNESCO’s list further solidifies their significance on the global stage.

“These temples have been on UNESCO’s Tentative list since April 15, 2014, a testament to their enduring importance in the realm of world heritage. Additionally, all three Hoysala temples are already protected monuments under the purview of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), highlighting their national significance”.

The Sacred Ensembles of the Hoysala temples were constructed during the 12th and 13th centuries and showcase a unique blend of architectural styles. While they maintain the fundamental Dravidian morphology typical of South Indian temples, they also exhibit substantial influences from various other architectural traditions. These influences include the Bhumija style, prevalent in Central India, the Nagara traditions from northern and western India, and the Karnataka Dravida modes, favored by the Kalyani Chalukyas.

“Belur, Halebid, and Somnathapura each offer a distinct experience for visitors. The intricate carvings, ornate sculptures, and exceptional craftsmanship found in these temples make them not only architectural marvels but also repositories of India’s rich cultural heritage”.

The inclusion of the Sacred Ensembles of the Hoysala temples in UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites is a cause for celebration for India and the global community. It recognizes the enduring legacy of these temples and their contribution to the world of art and architecture. This prestigious designation will undoubtedly encourage the preservation and appreciation of these historical treasures for generations to come.

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