Sites identified for 'national importance' tag
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- The Rakhigarhi site is one of the "five iconic sites" declared by the Central government in the Union budget 2020-21.
- Also, 55 monuments, sites are declared protected under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act, 1958 in Assam.
- Three monuments have been identified to be declared as monuments of national importance in Mizoram in the last five years.