Temple architecture

Ramappa Temple Village Awaits Change

Govt. not yet taken steps to meet World Heritage Site criteria

Govt. not yet taken steps to meet World Heritage Site criteria

Recently, when Mulug district received one of the heaviest rains in recent memory, Ramappa temple in Palampet village remained dry. The temple which has survived earthquakes, floods and human depredations has not been touched. “It is built on higher ground, so it has not been affected. We have taken measures to drain the water that has accumulated in the low areas surrounding the temple,” an official said. Archaeological Survey of India.

But had the state adhered to the suggestions of the World Heritage Convention, the panic triggered by the social media posts could have been avoided. In its decision to inscribe the temple of Ramappa Rudreshwara, Unesco had requested: “The finalization of the integrated conservation and management plan as well as the updating of the tourism development plan, to integrate risk preparedness strategies , visitor management at festive events with overcrowding, and careful assessment criteria to approve any additional visitor infrastructure in and around the property. »

The state government has yet to create an “integrated risk preparedness strategy” exactly one year after the temple was inscribed as a World Heritage Site. The state is expected to meet eight additional criteria by December 1, 2022. These include: “Establishing the Palampet Special Area Development Authority, expanding the programmed conservation approach to d other sites around the temple, a schedule and a detailed methodology for the reassembly and conservation of the Kameshwara Temple and undertake capacity building of the local community. The state should expand the boundaries and buffer zone to place the Ramappa Temple within the larger context of the period to incorporate Lake Ramappa and other temples in the area.

“When we went to see the temple, work was going on to create a flooring to match the architecture. There are no decent cafes or tourist or information kiosks to better understand the site,” said a visitor from Hyderabad when asked about the experience.

For the farming village, which depends in part on the influx of tourists, it was a disappointing year. Nothing has changed in the village. “There is no development. The roads are as they were. Tourist traffic has not increased,” says P. Jyothi, who runs a small restaurant near the Ramappa temple. To compound the problem, the recent period of heavy rain damaged sections of the road that connects Warangal-Eturanagaram Road.