These ASI Monuments Will Be Lit Up For A Week. Here's Why

These ASI Monuments Will Be Lit Up For A Week. Here's Why
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OT Staff
December 02 , 2022
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One hundred centrally protected monuments are being illuminated for a week from December 1 to 7 as India assumes the G20 presidency for a year. The move is part of the branding and publicity plan for the ASI monuments during the G20, with a special emphasis on UNESCO World Heritage sites, according to an office memorandum of the Archaeological Survey of India, which is the nodal body protecting heritage monuments. The G20 logo will be highlighted over the monuments. At Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Fathepur Sikri – all three UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the logo will be projected on a unipole installed near the sites.

Through the G20 year, several high-level delegates from other countries shall be visiting centrally-protected monuments. “It has been decided by the Government of lndia to utilise this opportunity to highlight our monuments as part of brand and publicity plan of G20 at ASI protected monuments and sites with special focus on sites in the UNESCO World Heritage list,” says a memorandum issued by the ASI.


The monuments which will be lit up include the Shankaracharya temple in Srinagar, the Red Fort, Humayun's Tomb and Purana Quila in Delh, Thanjavur's Great Living Chola temples, the Modhera Sun Temple in Gujarat, the Konark Sun Temple in Odisha, Sher Shah Suri's Tomb in Bihar, the Jageshwar temple in Uttarakhand, Hazarduari palace in Murshidabad in West Bengal, the Ancient Palace of Leh, Metcalfe Hall and Currency Building in Kolkata, Nalanda University ruins and ancient structures and other monuments at Rajgir in Bihar, Basilica of Bom Jesus and Church of Lady of Rosary in Goa, Tipu Sultan’s Palace and the Gol Gumbaz in Karnataka and Sanchi Buddhist monuments and Gwalior Fort in Madhya Pradesh. 

The Archaeological Survey of India is responsible for the majority of the 40 cultural and natural sites in India that have been designated as UNESCO World Heritage Sites (ASI).

Over the year, as part of the G20 presidency, India will host more than 200 meetings in 50 cities across the country, from December 1, 2022, to November 30, 2023.


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