Sacred Ensembles of the Hoysalas inscribed on UNESCO World Heritage List.
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The Sacred Ensembles of the Hoysala
s, an ensemble of Hoysala temples in Karnataka
's Belur, has been inscribed on the UNESCO
's World Heritage list. It is the 42nd UNESCO listed site in India.
"These monuments are extraordinary expressions of spiritual purpose..." Indian Ambassador to UNESCO, Vishal Sharma, said as the Hoysala empire temples were listed as UNESCO heritage site.
These breathtaking temples were dedicated to Lord Shiva. Sponsored by King Vishnuvardhana of the Hoysala Empire, the temples were plundered by the Muslim armies of Delhi Sultanate in the early 14th century.
The property encompasses three examples of Hoysala-style temple complexes in southern India. 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 official website of UNESCO states.
"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."
Union minister of state for external affairs and culture, Meenakshi Lekhi, took to Twitter to speak about PM Narendra Modi's vision.
"This successful inscription is dedicated to the vision of Hon’ble PM Narendra Modi Ji who is committed to showcase India’s rich heritage and culture globally. The Sacred Ensembles of the Hoysalas in Karnataka testify to the creative genius and technical expertise of the Hoysala architects and artists over stone carving, a skill that remains matchless. The richly experiential and visually astounding temples they built demonstrate their creativity in translating religious beliefs and stories into sculpture. Heartiest congratulations to all Indians especially to my brothers and sisters of Karnataka. Jai Hind," she tweeted.