1. How India is projecting soft power across world: Top 5 missions that will make you proud

How India is projecting soft power across world: Top 5 missions that will make you proud

Have a look at temples where restoration work is being carried on to bring back their old traditional look:

By: | Updated: September 14, 2017 4:18 PM
temple restoration, temple restoration outside india, temple restoration india, hindu temples outside india, asi, Archaeological Survey of India, asi, narendra modi, Ananda Temple myanmar, Ananda Temple bagan, bagan temple, Pashupatinath Temple, Wat Phou Temple, Thiruketeeswaram Temple, Cham Monuments, Ta Prohm Temple Prime Minister Narendra Modi had expressed happiness and pride while sharing the conservation work of Ananda Temple in Bagan. (Twitter)

India is increasingly flexing its muscles in its own region – just check out its reactions against Pakistan and China and its attempts to build strong relationships in South-East Asia region. Beyond that is its attempt to project its soft power too and this carries equal significance as it touches all concerned, down to the common man in those countries. Here we explain in brief top 5 projects India has taken up in this mission.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had expressed happiness and pride while sharing the conservation work of Ananda Temple in Bagan, during his visit to Myanmar in the first week of September, this year. After visiting the temple, the PM had described it as beautiful and blissful. It is the temple that was first damaged in an earthquake in 1975, and then last year when a 6.8 magnitude quake shook Myanmar, as per PTI. However, now the Archaeological Survey of India is carrying on restoration work. Praising it, the PM had said that “it is a matter of immense pride that ASI has carried out structural conservation and chemical preservation work of the Temple.”

Along with it, he further mentioned that “ASI has been undertaking many major conservation projects across Asia.” According to The Indian Express, with its deep cultural ties with Southeast Asian nations, India carries out restoration work at several temples overseas. For this, Ministry of External Affairs releases the funds and, ASI under the Ministry of Culture, is the implementing agency. Have a look at temples where restoration work is being carried on to bring back their old traditional look:

Ta Prohm Temple cambodia Ta Prohm Temple (Source: IE)

1: Ta Prohm Temple
Angkor, CAMBODIA
Ta Prohm Temple is in Angkor city of Cambodia. According to The Indian Express, its restoration work was initiated in 2004. In a period of nearly 13 years, ASI has taken up work at nine important sites in the complex and reached to the third phase of the task. The Indian Institute of Technology (Madras) is providing back-end support.

Estimated cost: Rs 34 crore

Cham Monuments Cham Monuments (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

2: Cham Monuments
VIETNAM
As part of an India-Vietnam cultural exchange programme, an ASI team visited Vietnam and made a preliminary assessment of the task to conserve the Cham monuments, in 2010. After this in 2014, a memorandum of understanding was signed and execution of the project began with three group of temples.

Cost over five years: Rs 14.21 crore

Thiruketeeswaram Temple Thiruketeeswaram Temple (Source: Flickr)

3: Thiruketeeswaram Temple
Mannar, SRI LANKA
Under a India-Sri Lanka bilateral agreement, the project to restore Thiruketeeswaram temple was commissioned. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva.

Tentative cost: Rs 13.35 crore

Wat Phou Temple Complex Wat Phou Temple Complex (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

4: Wat Phou Temple Complex
LAOS
The restoration work of the temple has been carried on since 2009. The first phase of the project was executed last year and the work on the second phase is currently on.

Estimated cost: Rs 18.5 crore

Pashupatinath Temple nepal Pashupatinath Temple (Source: IE)

5: Pashupatinath Temple
Kathmandu, NEPAL
After the Nepal visit of PM Narendra Modi in 2014, the MEA announced a mega plan to restore and conserve the Pashupatinath temple. Following this, a draft MoU between ASI and the Pashupatinath Temple Trust was drawn up. Also, an ASI team visited the temple complex to make an assessment of the work and requirement of funds.

Estimated cost: Rs 24.26 crore

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