Hoysala Empire temples in Karnataka added to UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites

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On September 18, the temples of the Hoysala Empire in Karnataka, India were officially added to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites, marking India's 42nd addition to the prestigious heritage list.

An Overview of the News

  • This decision was taken during the 45th session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

  • Several countries, including Japan, Nigeria, Oman, Greece, Italy, Russia, Ethiopia, Zambia, South Africa, Qatar, Mali, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Belgium, Argentina, Mexico, Saudi Arabia and Thailand, supported India's bid for UNESCO recognition. 

  • These temples received UNESCO World Heritage status on September 18, a day after Shantiniketan in West Bengal received the same recognition on September 17.

Hoysala Empire:

  • This empire, which existed from the 10th to the 14th century, left an important cultural and historical legacy in southern India.

  • King Nripa Kama founded the Hoysala dynasty in the 10th century, coinciding with a period of cultural revival in southern India.

  • The Hoysalas were known for their contributions to art, architecture, and culture with a focus on temple building.

  • His architectural achievements, especially in temple construction, reflect a harmonious blend of various South Indian architectural influences.


  • The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations (UN).

  • It is also a member of the United Nations Sustainable Development Group (UN SDGs), a coalition of United Nations agencies and organizations that aims to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

  • Headquarters:- Paris, France

  • Director General:- Audrey Azoulay

  • Founded:- 16 November 1945 in London, United Kingdom

  • The organization has 193 members and 11 associate members.

Key Points: Karnataka already boasts several UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the Hampi ruins, Pattadakal monuments, and the Western Ghats.

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