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Three more places in India included in the tentative list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites

The Archeological Survey of India retweeted the ministry of culture's tweet and said, "Big boost to India's cultural heritage, as Sun Temple, Modhera & adjoining monuments, Rock-cut Sculpture & Reliefs of Unakoti, and Vadnagar: A multi-layered Historic town, Gujarat are the 3 new sites added to Tentative List of UNESCO world heritage sites making the count 52."

Three more sites in India have made it to the tentative list of UNESCO’s world heritage sites. While two of them are from Gujarat, one site is from Tripura. These three sites consist of Vadnagar town and Modhera’s Sun Temple in Gujarat, and rock-cut sculptures and reliefs of Unakoti ranges in the Unakoti district in Tripura.

The ministry of culture tweeted on 20th December 2022, “Congratulations India! India adds 3 more sites to UNESCO’s Tentative List: 01 Vadnagar- A multi-layered Historic town, Gujarat 02 Sun Temple, Modhera and its adjoining monuments 03 Rock-cut Sculptures and Reliefs of the Unakoti, Unakoti Range, Unakoti District.”

The Archeological Survey of India retweeted the ministry of culture’s tweet and said, “Big boost to India’s cultural heritage, as Sun Temple, Modhera & adjoining monuments, Rock-cut Sculpture & Reliefs of Unakoti, and Vadnagar: A multi-layered Historic town, Gujarat are the 3 new sites added to Tentative List of UNESCO world heritage sites making the count 52.”

Union Culture Minister G Kishan Reddy shared brief information about the three sites in his tweet thread. He also credited Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision for this achievement and congratulated the ASI. Reddy wrote, “With this, India now has 52 sites on UNESCO Tentative List. The List indicates the rich cultural & natural wealth of India & shows the huge diversity of our heritage. With Hon PM Narendra Modi’s dynamic vision & leadership, India is committed to adding more sites to the World Heritage List.”

G Kishan Reddy further wrote, “I congratulate ASI for their role in identifying more monuments and places for the world heritage nomination. The Sun Temple, Modhera dedicated to Surya dev, is a gem of temple architecture in India & the pride of Gujarat. It is the earliest of such temples which set trends in architectural & decorative details, representing Solanki style at its best.”

Informing about Unakoti, the union minister wrote, “Located in the northeastern part of Tripura, Unakoti is known as an ancient holy place associated with Shaiva worship. The site is a massive gallery set amongst the forest displaying a number of towering low relief images in a unique style, making it a masterpiece of human creative genius.”

Vadnagar in Gujarat is the hometown of India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The town is inhibited for at least the last 2700 years and is now included in UNESCO’s heritage list. G Kishan Reddy wrote, “Vadnagar is a municipality under Mehsana district of Gujarat. A multi-layered Historic town, the history of Vadnagar stretches back to nearly the 8th Century BCE. The town still retains a large number of historic buildings that are primarily religious & residential in nature.”

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