Situated at Nedumangadu, Thiruvananthapuram district, in South Indian state of Kerala, Koyikkal Palace Museum opened for public post refurbishment in the last week of May. The architectural marvel has opened after four years of renovation.
Reflecting the affluent culture of Kerala, the palace was built in the 16th century, marking the traditional Kerala ‘nalukettu’ style. It’s a double storeyed palace built for the regent of Venad Royal family, Umayamma Rani. She was the regent of Venad from 1677 to 1684.
A Folklore Museum and Numismatics Museum make the palace more intriguing for history lovers.
Since 1980, the Archaeology Department of Kerala has been maintaining the palace, and it is touted as a tourist destination too. The Museum has got exceptional stuff including rare ancient coins, traditional music instruments, weapons and a wide range of folklore objects.
Centre's Adopt a Heritage initiative matters a lot; Red Fort sold. What's next campaign is nothing but petty politics
Red Fort sold. What’s next? The question aired by Modi’s detractors has little substance as the Adopt a Heritage project is all about exploring the possibilities of CSR initiatives to preserve our heritage sites
“If you hire someone to clean your house doesn’t mean you are selling your house to them. No, Red Fort is not being sold. It’s an innovative way to save the government some money and preserve a monument,” celebrity Indian writer Chetan Bhagat tweeted amid the controversies on the so-called handing over of the nation’s pride, the Red Fort, to Dalmia group, a powerful business empire in the country spanning across sectors from cement to energy.
If you hire someone to clean your house doesn’t mean you are selling your house to them. No, Red Fort is not being sold. It’s an innovative way to save the government some money and preserve a monument. #redfort
— Chetan Bhagat (@chetan_bhagat) April 28, 2018
Certain reports appearing in local and national media outlets state India’s Red Fort was sold to Dalmia group. But the reality is that the hullabaloo has no logic as Chetan Bhagat said, hiring someone to clean house doesn’t mean we’re selling the house to him.
Dalmia group has adopted Red Fort as part of the government’s ‘Adopt a Heritage’ programme, an innovative initiative to preserve and maintain our heritage sites with the participation of corporates, making their corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative more meaningful and creative.
It’s a part of responsible tourism programme, where the corporates will get an opportunity to build quality tourism infrastructure in a non-profit mode, according to the government’s press note.
The MoU signed for ‘Red Fort ‘ with Dalmia group is ‘only’ for the development, operations and maintenance of tourism amenities in and around Red Fort. No handing over of monument’ is involved, claimed the clarification note issued by the government
“It aims to involve public sector companies, private sector companies and corporate citizens/individuals to take up the responsibility for making our heritage and tourism more sustainable through development, operation and maintenance of world-class tourist infrastructure and amenities at ASI/ State heritage sites and other important tourist sites in India,” states a press note issued by the government of India.
The website named adoptaheritage.in makes it clear that it is a project aimed at entrusting heritage sites to private and public sector companies and individuals for the development of tourist amenities there. It has to be noted that the tourist infrastructure at our historical monuments has little to offer for travellers and history lovers, and because of our bureaucratic inefficiency many important monuments are on the brink of losing its significance. Just look at the recent statement made by the Supreme Court of India on India’s wonder, the Taj Mahal.
The argument that the private companies would benefit a lot, in monetary terms, from this handing over process has no logic
What is wrong in inviting private players to be part of a noble cause? Protecting all monuments is a herculean task for the government. What the government and ASI need to do is supervising the maintenance without any compromise. The argument that the private companies would benefit a lot from this handing over process has no logic, according to the terms and conditions released by the government. Everything about this project is transparent and one can see it in detail on the website of Adopt a Heritage-from the list of heritage sites to making an expression of interest and signing MoU.
Moreover, this is implementing as part of their CSR initiative so that the issue of making monetary benefits seems to be not practical. This is what the official website of Adopt a Heritage project states on the benefits for Monument Mitra (in this case, Dalmia), “The ‘Monument Mitras’ would associate pride with their CSR activities. They would also get visibility in the monument premises and in the Incredible India website.”
“The Memorandum of Understanding signed for ‘Red Fort ‘ with Dalmia group is ‘only’ for the development, operations and maintenance of tourism amenities in and around Red Fort. It envisages limited ‘access’ of non-core areas and ‘no handing over of monument’ is involved,” claimed the clarification note issued by the government.
Then, what is the merit of the slogan, ‘Red Fort sold, what is next?’ It is nothing but a political vote-bank statement to make use of every single issue to corner Narndra Modi, indeed, a less civilized way of dealing things in politics.
Here’s the world’s oldest functional Hindu temple; experience the magic of Lord Shiva and Shakti
Mundeshwari Devi Temple is a depiction of ultimate energy. It helps devotees to unleash the power within them
Worshipping Shakti or Power matters a lot in the culture of India, we can observe it in diverse forms with different interpretations since time immemorial. An historic temple on the Mundeshwari Hills in Kaimur of Bihar has great significance in the culture of worshipping Shakti.
Devi Mundeshwari and four-faced Shiva linga are the main deities at the temple
Exactly located at Kaura, the Mundeshwari Devi Temple is known for its worshipping culture of Lord Shiva and Shakti. Indologists claim that Mudeshwari Temple is the oldest functional Hindu temple in the world as the dating of the temple can be traced back to 108 AD.
For all who visit this historical monument of ancient India, Mundeshwari Devi is a great source of energy, helping the devotees to unleash their power within. As Sanathan Dharma is all about energy, consolidation of energy for great causes is crucial for a human being to survive. That’s all what the people try to get from their favourite deity here.
Because of its significance in the history of Bharat, the Mundeshwari temple has been under the protection of Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) since 1915.
Devi Mundeshwari and four-faced Shiva linga are the main deities at the temple. Two stone vessels with unusual design attract the devotees more.
Education: Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham is 8th best university in India
Amrita is the only private university to appear in the Top 10 list in NIRF Ranking 2018
It’s good news for Amrita Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham. The Coimbatore-based University has ranked as the 8th best university in India. The University, which is managed by the Mata Amritanandamayi Math, is the only private university to appear in the list released by the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) Ranking 2018.
This is a testament to the tradition of academic excellence, outstanding faculty and world class infrastructure that Amrita Viswha Vidyapeetham is known for since its inception in 2003
“I am extremely thankful to the Govt. of India, all students and staff of Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham for this great reward. It is a wonderful outcome of the visionary leadership of the world-renowned humanitarian leader Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, in setting the dual goals of education for life and compassion-driven research. Significantly, Amrita is the only private university in the list of Top 10 universities in the NIRF Ranking 2018,” said Dr. P. Venkat Rangan, Vice Chancellor, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham.
“This is a testament to the tradition of academic excellence, outstanding faculty and world class infrastructure that Amrita Viswha Vidyapeetham is known for since its inception in 2003.”
Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham has 20,000 students and 1800+ faculty members and widely regarded as a prominent multi-disciplinary research university in India.
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