More Hoysala monuments in Karnataka line up for World Heritage Site tag

The Hoysala temples in Belur, Halebeedu and Somanathapura are India’s official nominations for inclusion as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, but a few other temples belonging to the same period could join the list at to come up.

The Hoysala temples in Belur, Halebeedu and Somanathapura are India’s official nominations for inclusion as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, but a few other temples belonging to the same period could join the list at to come up.

The Hoysala temples in Belur, Halebeedu and Somanathapura are India’s official nominations for inclusion as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, but a few other temples belonging to the same period may join the list in the future. .

The serial nomination process provides for the extension of sites in the same category if the new site meets the UNESCO criteria of displaying Outstanding Universal Value in addition to sharing the same attributes as those of the monuments originally included. as World Heritage Sites.

Both Belur and Halebeedu have been on the Tentative List since 2014. They were nominated as “The Sacred Ensembles of the Hoysalas” to which the Keshava Temple of Somanathapura was included as part of the serial nomination process. All three monuments await final declaration as a UNESCO site.

If the monuments are approved for inclusion as a World Heritage Site, they will collectively be considered as a single nomination, with the new ones being an extension of the original property.

UNESCO defines serial nominations as two or more unrelated sites which may contain a series of cultural or natural properties in different locations, provided they are related because they belong to the same historical group and cultural.

Up to 14 forts in Maharashtra have been bludgeoned for serial nomination as “Maratha Military Architecture,” and have been on UNESCO’s tentative list for a year.

State Department of Archaeology, Museums and Heritage sources said a tentative list of temples eligible for inclusion as World Heritage Sites was compiled during the preparation of the final dossier for the Hoysala landmarks.

The original list, which was prepared in 2019, had 14 Hoysala monuments of which only the Keshava temple in Somanathapura was included in the final dossier.

Other temples in the list include Panchalingeshwara Temple at Govindahall, Kesava Temple at Harnahalli, Lakshminarayana Temple at Hosaholalu, Ishvara Temple at Arsikere, Bucheshwara Temple at Koravangala, Nageshwara and Chennakeshava Temple at Mosale, Kalyani at Hulikere, Lakshmidevi temple in Doddagaddavalli, Amriteshwara temple and Viranarayana temple in Amrutpura.

Pankaj Modi, an architect who was among those involved in preparing the dossier, said he had trimmed the list to include only three sites but, in the future, other sites could also be included provided that the sites meet UNESCO criteria. He hopes that the government of Karnataka will come up with a management plan for these sites.

The immediate challenge facing the authorities is to prepare a master plan for the management of Somanathapura; a master plan for Belur and Halebeedu has already been prepared.

Officials said that in the case of Somanathapura, the Archaeological Survey of India issued a notice banning all activities within 100 meters of the monument. ”Only guidelines should be prepared. They could also serve as a model for the preparation of the master plan,” an official said.

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