Monuments of Shravanabelagola in Hassan and Lakkundi in Gadag districts.
Proposed for inclusion under the tentative list of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- An ancient Jain site where the Mauryan emperor Chandragupta Maurya spent his last days having converted to Jainism under the influence of Jain monk Acharya Bhadrabahu.
- It is also the site of the world’s tallest free-standing statue of Gomateshwaraa which was sculpted and consecrated in 981 CE during the period of the Western Gangas.
- The Mahamastakabhisheka or the grand anointment to the statue takes place here once in 12 years.
- Historically, important and a treasure trove of artifacts including over 800 inscriptions spanning many centuries, have been discovered here underlining the antiquity of the town.
- Known as Lokki-Gundi as per inscriptional records and the area is replete with historical monuments and heritage remnants.
- It has scores of ancient temples like Someshwara, Kumbareshwara, Manikeshwara, Naganatha, Nageshwara, Kashivishveshwara, Shankaralinga, Lakshminarayana, Ganapati, Chandramouleshwara, Jaina Basadi, Brahma Jinalaya etc, and were the contributions of the Chalukyas, the Kalachuris, the Seunas or Yadavas of Devagiri, Hoysalas and the Vijayanagar underlining the historical importance of the place.
Back to Basics
- Monuments should be under the tentative list for atleast one year before they can be proposed by the State party.
- The UNESCO Tentative List currently includes 50 Indian monuments, some of which have been on the list for more than two decades.
- Each year, the Centre and the ASI decide which monuments will be nominated.
- After a nine-year wait under the Tentative List, the Hoysala temples of Belur, Halebidu, and Somanathapur were inscribed as World Heritage Sites.
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