18th April is celebrated as World Heritage Day where archeological places, monuments, antique items glorify a cultures heritage. This day is celebrated to remind everyone the prestigious history of their region and the sacrifices and tribute which their ancestors made. UNESCO plays a very important role in maintaining and up keeping the pride of world’s richest monuments and sites, for this purpose it prepares a global list of heritages and celebrates this day in their pride. All together India has 46 heritage sites but here we present you some glorious Indian monuments and sites which are also going to be respected in this year’s World Heritage Day:
- Bishnupur Temples, West Bengal
These temples are made from brick and represent the old age cultural practices from 1600 A.D. These temples include the ‘Ek-Ratna’ architecture style that is presence of a single tower on a sloped roof and a square hall but some of these temples also have the ‘Panch Ratna’ style construction.
2. Golden Temple, Punjab
The Holiest place of Sikhism, The Adobe of God also known as Sri Harmandir Sahib and Sri Darbar Sahib was built in 1574 by the fourth Guru, Guru Ram Das and later Adi Granth and Akal Takt (Seat of the God) was also installed in the temple by fifth Guru, Guru Arjan. The UNESCO has always included Golden Temple in it’s global heritage list and will always include it.
3. The Kakatiya Temples and Gateways
The three serial sites from the past are a tribute to the glorious Kakatiya culture. These include the tanks, temples and towns which are all crafted and are a masterpiece, beautiful enough to prove the excellent craftsmanship skills of Kakatiya people.
4. Mughal Garden, Kashmir
The six chains of garden, earlier also described as the Hamayun’s Tomb Gardens are the representatives of glorious past of Mughal Era which ruled over India and also gave The Taj Mahal, one of the seven wonders of the world to the world.
5. The Baha’i house of worship, New Delhi
The Baha’I temple also known as the Lotus temple is located in New Delhi is the beautiful representative of Baha’is community which is a very peaceful religion spread throughout the world. This community believes in unity, unity of all religion and one unified God and with this principle it was able to win the hearts of many people all around the world.
6. Padmanabhaparum Palace, Kerela
Padmanabhaparum palace is wooden place located in Kerela from 16th century and is known for honouring the kings of Travancore in the earier Tamilakam Kingdom.
7. Sarnath, UP
Sarnath is a world famous Buddhist site located in Uttar Pradesh and is just 8km away from Varanasi which makes it more accessible to people. This site has two parts, parts one consists of Chaukhandi Stupa and second part consists of all other monuments, monasteries, temples and sites.
8. Excavated remains, Nalanda
Nalanda is the place where one of the Lord Buddha’s disciple, Sariputra was born. Moreover, this place was also worshipped by one of the greatest ruler of Indian history, Ashoka and according to Jain texts this is also the place where Lord Mahavira spent 14 years of his life.
9. Groups of Monuments, Mandu
There’s a large group of monuments present in the Mandu area of Madhya Pradesh which is recognized to gain national mportance due to their historic pasts. These monuments include a total of 61 monuments and are famous all over Madhya Pradesh.
10. Cellular Jail, Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Cellular jail also named as Indian Bastille by Subhash Chandra Bose is a seprate system jail made on Andaman and Nicobar Islands. This jail has gone through many historical changes. Once it was under the control of western people then it was occupied by the Japanse during second world war and in 1943 it’s supervision came under the hands of Subash Chandra Bose. It was inahbited in year 2000 and it known as one of the best prisons of the world.