Monday, 18 October 2021

Dholavira in Harappan city got listed in UNESCO World Heritage

Dholavira in Harappan city got listed in UNESCO World Heritage

Gujarat now has three world heritage sites — Champaner near Pavagadh, Rani ki Vav in Patan, and the historic city of Ahmedabad.

Dholavira, a Harappan-era city in Gujarat's Rann of Kutch, has been added to World Heritage Sites by United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

UNESCO tweeted on Tuesday.

"Dholavira: A Harappan City, in #India, just inscribed on the @UNESCO #WorldHeritage List. Congratulations!" 

These come days after the ongoing 44th session of the World Heritage Committee of UNESCO inscribed the 13th-century Rudreswara/ Ramappa Temple in Telangana as a heritage site.

  • Gujarat has three world heritage sites
  • Champaner near Pavagadh,
  • Rani ki Vav in Patan,
  • the historic city of Ahmedabad.

Following UNESCO's latest move, Union minister of culture and tourism G Kishan Reddy took to Twitter to say that Dholavira is now the 40th treasure in India to be giving the inscription.

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He wrote on Twitter.

It gives immense pride to share with my fellow Indians that #Dholavira is now the 40th treasure in India to be giving @UNESCO's World Heritage Inscription. Another feather in India's cap as we now enter the Super-40 club for World Heritage Site inscriptions," 

He added.

"Today is proud day for India, especially for the people of Gujarat. Since 2014, India has now added 10 new World Heritage sites - one-fourth of our total sites. This shows PM @narendramodi's steadfast commitment in promoting Indian culture, heritage and the Indian way of life," 

India now has 32 cultural, seven natural, and one mixed heritage properties.

Italy, Spain, China, Germany, and France are the only countries with 40 or more World Heritage sites.

The Harappan city of Dholavira is one of the very few well preserved urban/town settlements in South Asia dating 3rd to mid-2nd millennium BCE. It is the sixth-largest of more than 1,000 Harappan sites discovered so far.

Occupied for 1,500 years, Dholavira witnesses the entire trajectory of the rise and fall of early civilization of humankind and demonstrates its multifaceted achievements in terms of urban planning, construction techniques, water management, social governance and development, and art manufacturing, trading, and belief system.

With vibrant artifacts, the well-preserved urban settlement of Dholavira depicts a vivid picture of a regional center with its distinct characteristics that contribute significantly to the existing knowledge of the Harappan Civilization.

 

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