In its 40th session at Istanbul, the World Heritage Committee announced one proud moment for India as well, along with its list of 9 new cultural sites addition. The ancient Nalanda Mahavira ruins situated at Nalanda, Bihar made the cut through the esteemed list of UNESCO on Friday.
UNESCO had screened 27 nominations across the World and the final selection came out on Friday.
— UNESCO (@UNESCO) July 15, 2016
India had submitted a 200 page dossier last year and the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS)had pointed out several weak points in it. Thus, this comes as a pleasant and proud surprise for India.
The other three additions are from China, Iran and Micronesia.
After Mahabodhi temple, Nalanda Mahavira ruins is the second site in Bihar to get the UNESCO heritage mark.
PM Narendra Modi also tweeted his wishes on this cultural achievment.
A matter of immense joy…a place associated with India’s rich and glorious history. https://t.co/OaBL5RUQ2G
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 15, 2016
The Nalanda site includes stupas and shrines and has been one of the most ancient possession of Indian heritage culture.
UNESCO announced the news and stated ‘Nalanda stands out as the most ancient university of the Indian Subcontinent. It engaged in the organized transmission of knowledge over an uninterrupted period of 800 years. The historical development of the site testifies to the development of Buddhism into a religion and the flourishing of monastic and educational traditions.’