Monuments of National Importance – UPSC Prelims

Nodal Authority: Monuments of National Importance are designated by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). What is a National Monument? ‘Ancient Monument’ is defined under the Ancient Monument and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act,1958. The Act defines Ancient Monument as any structure or monument or any cave, rock-sculpture, an inscription that is of historical, archaeological interest. Further, …

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Jagannath Temple – UPSC Prelims

Construction: It is believed to be constructed in the 12th century by King Anatavarman Chodaganga Deva of the Eastern Ganga Dynasty. Mythology: Jagannath Puri temple is called ‘Yamanika Tirtha’ where, according to the Hindu beliefs, the power of ‘Yama’, the god of death, has been nullified due to the presence of Lord Jagannath. Architecture: This temple was called the “White …

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Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple – UPSC Prelims

Location: This temple is located in Bengaluru, Karnataka. Meaning of the Name: The temple derives its name from the combination of topographical features and mythology: gavi (cave), and Gangadhareswara (shiva) means the Lord who adorns the Ganga. Establishment: It is believed to have been built by Kempe Gowda I in its present form. Architecture Features: Celestial Oriented Architecture: Built in Vijaynagar style, it has unique celestial oriented …

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