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Hindu, Buddhist sites in Kashmir may come in UNESCO World Heritage List

Last Updated on November 26, 2021 at 8:49 pm

The National Monuments Authority (NMA) has conducted a detailed survey of Important Hindu and Buddhist Monument sites of Kashmir Valley.

The survey was carried out by Chairman NMA, Tarun Vijay along with the officials of Directorate of Archives, Archaeology and Museums, Government of Jammu and Kashmir.

The Chairman in spite of being disabled and wheel chair bound did an extensive tour of the  Hindu and Buddhist temples and monument sites like Rainawari, Martand Temple, Awantipora, Harvan Buddhist site, Parihaspura, Pattan, the Naranag group of temples and other sites in Srinagar including Shri  Pratap Singh Museum.

During the survey, Tarun Vijay said, this first of its kind exercise in Kashmir valley is result of Prime Minister’s vision to revive and restore the cultural glory of J&K while promoting the spirit of ‘Ek Bharat, Shreshtha Bharat’. He also observed that immediate steps need to be taken to conserve and preserve these monuments.

While highlighting about the presence of several heritage sites across Jammu and Kashmir,  the chairman said that NMA is preparing a well-crafted plan to achieve UNESCO world heritage site status for several monuments here.

“Martand, Parihaspora, Naranag and Harwan are among the major sites which deserve the status of UNESCO World Heritage sites.”

“Jammu and Kashmir is sitting on a treasure of world class heritage sites and the NMA will work hand in hand with J&K Government and ASI  to ensure that these sites are taken up in tentative list of World Heritage sites and consequently into UNESCO list of the World Heritage sites,” NMA Chairman observed.