New Delhi, April 18: A nation’s culture resides in the hearts and in the soul of the people with rich heritage. India being the land of most diverse heritages, every Indian is proud of its unique and pristine heritage. India has its own symbols to represent- Love, nationalism, religious etc. On the auspicious occasion of #WorldHeritageDay, let us recall our special one who made us proud every time.
India, our country is a huge, beautiful land full of wonders. From the Himalayas to the Indian Ocean, from Thar dessert to the snowy mountains of Sikkim, It is a country full of beautiful sights and beautiful people. India is the unique country with diversity. ”Unity is Diversity” is the heart which beats the rhythm of India.
The event is marked globally, and each year there’s a theme – this year it’s sustainable tourism. It’s been chosen to tie in with the UN’s International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. World Heritage Day is all about raising awareness of the importance of protecting and preserving various sites around the world that have achieved world heritage status. It’s a chance to inform everyone about the efforts involved to protect and conserve, and just how vulnerable these sites are.
Protecting and preserving this valuable asset demands the collective efforts of the international community. This special day offers an opportunity to raise the public's awareness about the diversity of cultural heritage and the efforts that are required to protect and conserve it, as well as draw attention to its vulnerability. In all India has 35 #WorldHeritage sites which are astounding and hold interesting cultural significance.
India is a land of diverse cultures. There is an underlying basic factor common to the whole of India, with variations in the practices based on their local needs and influences.
One of the authors Benjamin Rowland in his book "The Art and Architecture of India" has said that the history of India and its art has been so bound up with the geographic nature of this vast continent that something must be said of these physical characteristics. India has a kind of impregnable geographic isolation. It is in the shape of a great sealed funnel extending from the heartland of Asia. The mystery of Indian myths and Indian art lies partly in the fact that it suggests rather than states. It could truly be said that Indian symbols of art voiced the same truth as Indian philosophy and myth. In India, all art, like all life, is given over to religion. Indian art is life, as interpreted by religion and philosophy.
India highlights the emotional side and that is the significance each and every monument of India. ‘Taj Mahal’ which is one of the seven wonders of the world built by emperor Shah Jahan in the memory of his wife Mumtaj Mahal. It is considered as the best example of Mughal architecture worldwide and is called the “Jewel of Muslim Art in India”. This is probably the monument that is most recognized the world over for its association with the heritage of India.
India’s prestigious monuments list holds various names like Jantar Mantar from Rajasthan which is astronomical observatory which was built by the Rajput King Sawai Jai Singh of Rajasthan in 1738 CE; Sun Temple from Odisha which reflects the grandeur of the traditional style of Kalinga Architecture; Chattrapati Shivaji Terminus which is the royalty of Dream city- Mumbai. And the list goes on…
Here below are the wonderful monuments of India which reflect the dignified culture that binds us together.
Yes we are proud of our cultural distinctiveness. We are proud to be the inhabitants of India. It is our responsibility to maintain its unique feature. We should think beyond the petty interests and work for the broader goals of bringing prosperity and progress in society.