The Sacred Ensembles of the Hoysala—the state’s famous Hoysala temples of Belur, Halebid, and Somananthpura—have been selected as India’s World Heritage nomination for 2022–23. According to a PIB announcement on Monday, these protected sites have been on UNESCO’s tentative list since April 15, 2014.
On Monday, Vishal V. Sharma, India’s Permanent Representative to UNESCO, handed over the dossier to UNESCO Director of World Heritage Lazare Eloundou as part of the first phase. The Sacred Ensembles of the Hoysalas have been nominated for UNESCO’s World Heritage List by India! Mr. Sharma tweeted, “Art historians recognise the ensembles’ outstanding sculptural skill as among the greatest in Asian art.”
The Hoysala architects applied their extensive knowledge of temple architecture throughout India, resulting in temples with a basic Dravidian morphology but strong influences from the Bhumija mode, popular in Central India, the Nagara traditions of Northern and Western India, and the Karntata Dravida modes preferred by the Kalyani Chalukyas. As a result, the Hoysala architects made thoughtful and well-informed eclectic choices of characteristics from different temple typologies, which they then changed and supplemented with their own unique creations. As a consequence, an entirely new Hoysala temple shape was born, the PIB announcement said.
Following the application, UNESCO will respond by early March, and the site review will take place in September or October 2022. The dossier will be considered in July or August 2023, according to the statement.
The temples are Archaeological Survey of India protected sites, and the State Government will oversee the protection of state protected monuments around these three monuments since they will contribute to the visual integrity of the area. According to the statement, the state government’s district master plan would include the buffers of all monuments, as well as an integrated management plan and a look at traffic management challenges.
Source: The Hindu