GS Paper - 1 (Art and Culture)

Twenty heritage sites, including two ancient mounds at Haryana's Rakhigarhi and the age-old Anangtal in Delhi, have been identified for the national importance tag, the government has said. Union Culture Minister G Kishan Reddy said on whether the central government has identified new historical and religious places in the country that can be declared as monuments/sites of national importance during the last three years.


  1. The other sites include rock painting at Chintakunta, Andhra Pradesh; rock art site Murgi at Rdanag, Leh; Kaleshwar Mahadev Temple, Kalesar (Manyala Panchayat), Himachal Pradesh, as per the informaton shared.
  2. Seven mounds (RGR 1-RGR 7) scattered around two villages (Rakhi Khas and Rakhi Shahpur) in Hisar district of Haryana are part of the Harappan-era Rakhigarhi archaeological site. RGR 7 is a cemetery site when this was a well-organised city.
  3. The Rakhigarhi site is one of the "five iconic sites" declared by the Central government in the Union budget 2020-21.
  4. Also, 55 monuments, sites are declared protected under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act, 1958 in Assam.
  5. Three monuments have been identified to be declared as monuments of national importance in Mizoram in the last five years.