Telangana temple gets Unesco heritage tag

The historic Ramappa temple, an architectural fable in stone, became Unesco's first world heritage site in Telangana. Located in Mulugu district, the iconic temple is now India’s 39th world heritage site.

The online extended 44th session of the World Heritage Committee of the Unesco, which is currently underway at Fuzhou in China, voted in favour of Ramappa temple for inclusion in the world heritage sites' list. Altogether, 17 countries backed the resolution, which was strongly supported by Russia, while Norway opposed it. Earlier, the International Council on Monuments and Sites, in its report presented before the World Heritage Committee for the 44th session, favoured that the heritage tag be deferred.

But, as most of the members attending the Fuzhou session backed the 13th century Kakatiyan temple, also called Rudreshwara temple, it got the prized heritage tag.

The Charminar and the Qutub Shahi tombs, which were submitted to Unesco for the heritage tag, are at present in the tentative list.

The temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, and other small temples within the complex were constructed by Kakatiya rulers Rudradeva and Recharla Rudra between the 12th and 13th centuries. Work on the main temple began in 1213 CE and completed 40 years later.

Built with sandstone and a sandbox foundation, the temple has decorated beams and columns made of granite. The temple’s unique feature is its tower or Vimana, which is in the shape of a pyramid. The Vimana has been constructed using porous bricks, which are light in weight.

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