The Sacred Ensembles of the Hoysalas located in Karnataka’s Belur has been included by UNESCO in the World Heritage list. This announcement comes a day after the town of Santiniketan in West Bengal’s Birbhum district made it to the World Heritage sites.
The international organisation made the announcement through a post on its official ‘X’, formerly known as Twitter.
Indian Envoy for UNESCO, Vishal Sharma said, “India rejoices and celebrates the inclusion of the Sacred Ensembes of Hoysalas on the World Heritage list. On behalf of my country, I offer my thanks to the World Heritage Committee and ICOMOS for recognising the outstanding universal value of this nomination….”
He added, “If ever poetry was carved in stone, it is in these monument of India. It was Honourable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s push to promote Indian cultural sites globally that saw this inscription from Karnataka state reach the global arena”.
Sharma said that the inclusion of the Sacred Ensembles of the Hoysalas in the World Heritage list is a gift for Indians on the eve of Ganesh Chaturthi.
He thanked the Ministry of External Affairs Ministry of Culture, the Government of India and India’s expert body, the Archaeological Survey of India and the state’s archaeology department for their efforts and cooperation.
According to the UNESCO, this serial property encompasses the three most representative examples of Hoysala-style temple complexes in southern India, dating from the 12th to 13th centuries. The Hoysala style was created through careful selection of contemporary temple features and those from the past to create a different identity from neighbouring kingdoms.
The shrines are characterized by hyper-real sculptures and stone carvings that cover the entire architectural surface, a circumambulatory platform, a large-scale sculptural gallery, a multi-tiered frieze, and sculptures of the Sala legend. The excellence of the sculptural art underpins the artistic achievement of these temple complexes, which represent a significant stage in the historical development of Hindu temple architecture.