World Heritage Week

This has reference to the news item ‘Hundreds gather at Babore temple to celebrate World Heritage Week'(DE, Nov 26, 2018).Our state is rich in terms of forts, palaces and temples built by our great and wise kings of the yore.These pricelesss monuments speak volume about the social and religious conditions of the time during which they were built.The exquisite masonary, design and fine craftsmanship of the artists can be appreciated only if we pay a visit to these monuments.
These monuments have a beauty and grandeur of their own which can’t be explained in words.But many of such monuments are lying in a neglected state and are crying for attention.So there is need to create awareness among the people about the need to appreciate, conserve and preserve such priceless monuments passed on to us in the form of rich heritage by our ancestors.
There can be no better way to do this than by involving the youth and the community at large to play their vital role and supplementing the government’s efforts for protecting these monuments from being crumbled or succumbing to the vagaries of weather and strong hammer of time.This is what the organisor of this event-the Surinsar Mansar Development authority did while organising the World Heritage Week celebrations at the site of famous and protected monument Babore complex of temples at Manwal. The Authority invited renowned historians, archaelogists,writers, academicians, heritage lovers and students of university, college and school level to achieve the objective of creating awareness and love for the monuments.Being a participant and witness to this meticulouly organised and effectively executed programme, I could experience that it was a treat to the eyes, ears and soul to watch rare artefacts, listen to the speeches of legends describing the structure, construction, workmanship and times of construction of these protected monuments in simple words.
It was a huge assembly of experts, writers, academicians and ardent heritage lovers at one platform and have face to face interaction with the students and highly motivated and who are expected to be the best ambassadors of spreading the message of the need to conserve this valuable heritage which no amount of money cannot buy. The roping in of the services of local folk singers added to the grandeur of the programme and their songs having strong social and cultural message seemed to have a great impact on the audience. In other words, Such ‘small’ programmes can achieve ‘big’results if organised properly from time to time at the sites of such monuments.The organisers of this programme deserve appreciation for their hard work and noble effort.
Ashok Sharma,
Housing Colony, Udhampur