Karnataka’s Hoysala Temples Named To UNESCO World Heritage List
BENGALURU (ANI) – India is celebrating on as the ‘Sacred Ensembles of Hoysalas’ in Karnataka have been officially included in the prestigious UNESCO World Heritage list. The announcement was made by India’s permanent representative to UNESCO, Vishal V Sharma, in Riyadh on September 18, bringing immense joy to the nation.
This remarkable achievement follows closely on the heels of Santiniketan, the enchanting town in West Bengal, which was granted UNESCO World Heritage status on September 17.
The newly inscribed Hoysala Temples of Belur, Halebid, and Somnathapura in Karnataka have now solidified their place as the 42nd UNESCO World Heritage Site in India. These sacred ensembles bear testament to the rich cultural heritage of the country, serving as a poignant reminder of its glorious past.
Prime Minister Modi conveyed his elation at this significant recognition, emphasizing that the Hoysala Temples are an embodiment of India’s profound cultural legacy.
The Halebidu temple, dating back to the 12th century, stands as a magnificent Hindu shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva. This architectural marvel is situated in Halebidu, once the capital of the illustrious Hoysala Empire. The temple’s construction commenced in 1121 CE, culminating in its completion in 1160 CE, and is prominently positioned on the shores of a vast man-made lake. King Vishnuvardhana of the Hoysala Empire generously sponsored this grand project.
Belur, renowned for its Chennakeshava Temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu, represents an architectural gem and a remarkable testament to Hoysala craftsmanship. It stands as one of the finest examples of the Karnata-Dravida tradition, preserving the grandeur of pre-14th-century Hindu temple architecture. The town of Belur, in Hassan district, Karnataka, is now etched in history as a proud UNESCO World Heritage site.
UNESCO’s official Twitter account (@UNESCO) shared the breaking news with the world, congratulating India on the addition of the ‘Sacred Ensembles of the Hoysalas’ to the esteemed World Heritage list.