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July 26, 2021 13:24
Telangana's Ramappa Temple Gets UNESCO Heritage tag

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The Ramappa temple in Telangana is declared as UNESCO's world heritage site and the announcement was made on Sunday. The 13th century Lord Rudreshwara temple happens to be the first one from Telangana to achieve this. The temple was constructed in 1213 AD during the Kakatiya empire by Recharla Rudra, a general of Kakatiya King Ganapati Deva. Telangana state Tourism Minister V Srinivas Goud revealed that two years of hard work got paid off and the temple received is well deserved to receive the recognition. The traditional Ramappa temple is located in Palampet of Mulugu district. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated the country and the people of Telangana for the achievement. He also urged the people to visit the 800-year-old temple for the best experience and its grandness. The World Heritage Committee of UNESCO met in China's Fuji to take the decision about the international heritage structures.

The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is worshipped by his devotees. The sculptor executed the work of the temple for 40 years. The World Heritage Committee planned to meet in 2020 but it was pushed further because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) received the nominations for 2020 and 2021. A series of online meetings were conducted. Telangana Chief Minister KCR thanked UNESCO for recognizing the Ramappa temple as the World Heritage site. The 13th-century temple has a unique style, decoration and it stands as a testimonial for the Kakatiya creative genius. The Ramappa temple is six feet tall and comes with a star-shaped platform with unique carvings. It is an example for the Kakatiya style of temple architecture. It was built using floating bricks and sand-box foundations.

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