Karnataka’s Hoysala Temples proposed to be listed among UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Hopes get high for the Hoysala Temples in Karnataka, as the ancient complex inches closer to the prestigious UNESCO recognition.
Hoysala temples
Hoysala Temples in Karnataka attracts devotees and tourists from across India and beyond. Image: Shutterstock/Sids.

If intricately carved temples, ancient relics, and mythological history fascinate you, a trip down south to Karnataka will be greatly rewarding. India has recently proposed the Hoysala Temples in Belur, Halebidu, and Somanathapura here for the UNESCO World Heritage tag.

The Ministry of Culture recently announced that the 12th-century temple complex are the country’s official nominations for the World Heritage list for the year 2022-2023. Submitting the nomination, Permanent Representative of India to UNESCO, Vishal V Sharma recently took to Twitter make the big announcement. The collective ‘sacred ensembles of Hoysala’ have long been on UNESCO‘s Tentative List — since April 2014.

At present, all three Hoysala Temples are protected monuments under the Archeological Survey of India. As per the reports, an expert delegation from UNESCO is all set to visit the sites in September-October this year. Also called ‘Halebidu Temples’, the ancient complex is dedicated to Lord Shiva, and is said to be the largest monument in Halebidu, the erstwhile capital of the Hoysala Empire. Additionally, the nearby Kesava Temple has also been proposed to be listed under UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

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