The process to propose the Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple for inclusion in the World Heritage List has begun. It would go a long way in conserving the heritage monument. Professor N Ramaswamy belongs to department of archaeology at the Kollam-based TKM College of Engineering giving support for preparing the rough draft of the proposal. After preparing the rough draft, it will be united into a suitable proposal and sent to the state government. It will have to be accepted by the Indian Heritage Committee before being forwarded to the UNESCO for inclusion in the tentative list for World Heritage Sites.
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A preliminary report of 25 pages to be prepared and sent to the Indian Heritage Committee and after its approval, it will be forwarded to UNESCO. Following that, a detailed report will to be sent to UNESCO. If the suggestion fructifies, after being placed in the tentative list for one year, the temple will be placed in the final list for inclusion in the World Heritage Sites.
Padmanabhaswamy Temple in the 'World Heritage Site' listThe government has initiated the process for the inclusion of the Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple in the 'World Heritage Site' list. A rough draft of the proposal is expected to be prepared in a month. The movefollows a suggestion in this regard by advocate Gopal Subramaniam, the amicus curiae appointed by the Supreme Court.
Stating that the temple is undoubtedly a world heritage site by virtue of its archaeological and historical significance, the amicus curiae had suggested that Archaeological Survey of India director (conservation) Janhwij Sharma to carry forward the proposal in consultation with Dr M Velayudhan Nair, the coordinator of the SC appointed expert committee. Nair is also the head of the department of conservation of the National Museum Institute (NMI).
Meanwhile, a UNESCO team of heritage experts will inspect the temple to ensure that the proposed site is well conserved as per its standards.