After UNESCO Heritage Tag, Renewed Focus on Telangana’s Ramappa Temple

Ramappa Temple, a 13th century architectural icon and engineering marvel is a UNESCO heritage site


The Ramappa Temple, a 13th-century architectural icon and an engineering marvel that earned the coveted UNESCO heritage tag three months ago, was the highlight of a presentation by Telangana government officials at the ongoing Tourism and Culture Ministers’ Conference in Bengaluru.

A special video showcasing the ornate design and architectural brilliance of the temple was presented on the opening day of the program on Thursday in the presence of Union Minister for Culture, Tourism and Development of North Eastern Region G Kishan Reddy, which was well received by the audience. .

Located in Warangal, Telangana, the temple stands on a six feet high star-shaped platform, with the walls, pillars and ceilings decorated with intricate carvings that testify to the unparalleled skills of the Kakatiya sculptors.

The two-day conference, organized by the Ministry of Tourism, highlighted the greater tourism potential and cultural heritage of the southern region, which the minister described as a “treasury fund”.

Five states – Karnataka, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Tamil Nadu – and three union territories – Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Puducherry and Lakshadweep – are participating in the event to be held at a heritage hotel in Bengaluru.

Addressing the conference at the inaugural session, Sri Reddy lauded the listing of the Ramappa Temple as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in July, a news that has helped India in the midst of COVID-19 that has crippled the tourism industry in the country. had made happy.

A large number of iconic and historical heritage sites are located in the southern region of India.

Presently there are 40 World Heritage Sites in India, both cultural and natural, spread across the country.

Telangana was carved out of Andhra Pradesh in 2014. Ramappa Temple is the first World Heritage Site of the newly formed state.

The temple, named after its architect, Ramappa, was proposed by the government as its sole nomination for the UNESCO World Heritage Site tag for 2019.

Sri Reddy had then said that due to the pandemic, the UNESCO World Heritage Committee meeting could not be held in 2020 and nominations for 2020 and 2021 were discussed in a series of online meetings earlier this year.

In his address during the inaugural session, Telangana Tourism Minister Srinivasa Goud spent a lot of time emphasizing on the pristine beauty, spiritual value and architectural splendor of the temple, which has brought pride and glory to India, with the tourism sector getting back on its feet. is trying. .

Mr. Goud was hopeful that the UNESCO tag would bring in more tourists and that the Telangana government was making all efforts to ensure a safe tourism experience for those who hope to visit the site, as soon there would be limits for international travellers. Will be open

“This is a great achievement, the World Heritage tag, and we have many other heritage sites of immense value in the state. We seek further support from the Archaeological Survey of India as well as the Union Ministry of Tourism, to further enhance our culture. Let’s look for the sites and display them in a beautiful way to the rest of India and the world,” he said.

The Rudreshwar (Rampappa) temple was built in 1213 AD by Recharla Rudra, a general of the Kakatiya king Ganapati Deva, during the reign of the Kakatiya kingdom. As per the information shared by the Ministry of Culture, the presiding deity of the temple is Ramalingeshwara Swamy.

It is also known as Ramappa Temple after the sculptor who carried out the temple works for 40 years.

The temple complexes of the Kakatiyas have a distinctive style, technique and decoration showing the influence of the Kakatiya sculptor. The Ramappa temple is an expression of this and often stands as a testimonial to the Kakatiya creative genius, the culture ministry said soon after it was given the UNESCO tag.

The Ministry of Culture said that the Kakatiyas’ distinctive style for entrances to temple complexes, unique only to the region, confirms the highly developed ratio of aesthetics in temple and city entrances in South India.

European traders and travelers were mesmerized by the temple’s beauty and one such traveler remarked that the temple was “the brightest star in the skyline of medieval temples of the Deccan”.

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