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The Bangalore Circle of Archeological Survey of India (ASI) will enlist Belur, Halebid and Somanthapur heritage monuments and Gomateshwara statue in Shravanabelagola for Unesco’s world heritage tag for the year 2012.


30 December 2011

Superintending Archeologist, Bangalore Circle, ASI, G S Narasimhan said on Friday that a list of heritage monuments of the Hoysala period along with megalithic burial sites including the ones in Kumti, Bellary and Coorg would be soon sent to the ASI under the serial nominations category.

Speaking to reporters after the inauguration of the 150th anniversary celebrations of the ASI, Narasimhan said the tentative list would be sent to New Delhi by February, which will scrutinise nominations from across the country and shortlist the best monument for the Unesco inscription.

Karnataka is home to 518 monuments and archeological sites and remains which are under the administrative control of the ASI.

The Bangalore circle has jurisdiction over 18 districts and maintains 218 monuments. The Dharwad circle with its jurisdiction over 13 northern districts maintains 300 monuments. Of these, only three monuments – Hampi, Aihole and Pattadakal have been given Unesco’s heritage status.

Governor H R Bhardwaj launched the websites of the Bangalore and Dharwad circles of the ASI on the occasion.

He felicitated nine eminent scholars - Dr K V Ramesh (epigraphist); Dr SH Ritti (epigraphist); Dr A Sundara (archaeologist); Dr A V Narasimhamurthy (numismatist); C T M Kottraiah (museologist) and Dr K P Poonacha (Director, ASI), Dr S R Rao (archaeologist), Dr M S Nagaraja Rao (archeologist/posthmuously) and Dr S Subbaraman (archaeological chemist).