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  • 03 February, 2021

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Ekamra Kshetra Beautification Project

Ekamra Kshetra Beautification Project

The Orissa government's Ekamra Kshetra beautification project is aimed at creating space around Lingaraj Temple in Bhubaneshwar for the eve of Shivratri in March 2021.

It is a government-led project which has recently been mired in controversy due to the destruction of ancient monuments nearby.

Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage:

  • It is a non-profit charitable organisation registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860.
  • It was founded in 1984 in New Delhi with the vision to spearhead heritage awareness and conservation in India.
  • It has pioneered the conservation and preservation of not just our natural and built heritage but intangible heritage as well.
  • In 2007, the UN awarded INTACH a special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council.
  • (INTACH) has almost stopped the stone-pelting ritual at Bojjannakonda, a famous Buddhist site at Sankaram, near Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh.
    • Bojjannakonda and Lingalametta are the twin Buddhist monasteries dating back to the 3rd century BC.

Lingaraj Temple

  • Lingaraj Temple, built in the 11th century AD, is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is considered the largest temple in the city of Bhubaneswar.
  • It is believed to have been built by the Somvanshi King Yayati I.
  • The main tower of this temple measures 180 feet in height.
  • It is built in red stone and is a classic example of Kalinga-style architecture.

Source: TH


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