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World Heritage Site tag for 3 Hoysala temples: Task Force efforts paid off, says Sudha Murty

Philanthropist & writer Sudha Murty on Tuesday said the Unesco recognition for three temples in Karnataka has made every member, who worked hard for it behind the scenes, very happy.

The State Task Force for Tourism Development that she headed during the previous government had pursued the request with the Unesco offices in Paris.

“Many people have worked hard for this and very keenly pursued our request at the Unesco offices. Today’s news has made all of them very happy,” Murty told ET, calling the world heritage site recognition for Belur, Halebidu and Somnathpur a result of team efforts.

“The Hoysala temples, built over 1000 years ago, as well as the glory of Hampi are all treasures mankind cannot recreate. We were very keen on a Unesco recognition for the Hoysala temples because we wanted the world to know about them,” Murty, the founder-chairperson of Infosys Foundation, said.

They all very much remain around us today because of the Wadiyar Kings of Mysuru, who protected and nurtured them for future generations, she added.

The latest recognition would lead to a healthy development of tourism infrastructure around these sites, increased footfalls of tourists from around the world and a good number of employment opportunities. Our youth will learn new languages and new skills that the modern tourism industry demands, she said.

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