UNESCO’s World Heritage list would soon add Warangal’s centuries-old Kakatiya temples. The officials in the Archaeology & Museums Department are attempting to enlist the temples in the list that added Golconda Fort, Charminar and Qutub Shahi tombs in 2011.
Rs. 45.71 Crore allocated to the department and it is expecting more 10 Crore in the 13th Finance Commission that is to end by March 30, 2015. “It is not yet confirmed but we are expecting an additional amount and we are keen on restoration of the Kakatiya temples. The Ramappa temple, gateways (thoranams) and the 1000 Pillar Temple have been nominated for the UNESCO’s world heritage list”, said B Srinivas, director in-charge, Archaeology & Museums Department, Telangana.
“Yearlong programmes were conducted last year to celebrate the 800 years of Ramappa temple and the coronation of 750 years of Rani Rudramma Devi temple. This year, the plan is to conduct the festival for three days between December 18 and 21 on a national scale akin to the Khajuraho festival”, said Prof M Panduranga Rao, convenor, Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH), Warangal.