(Last Updated on : 23/09/2015)
Central India is absolutely predominated by the states of Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. With Madhya Pradesh bifurcating into a separate state in the early years of 21st century, Chhattisgarh is not devoid of Madhya Pradesh's charming and breathtaking natural surrounds. World Heritage monuments are perhaps centralised and pivoted around these two states in central India, which date back to centuries into the pre-Christian era. A monument to gain world heritage significance is decided by the UNESCO, an agency functioning under the United Nations Organisation. UNESCO is wholly dedicated and committed towards cultural institutions in India, numerous of which have already been declared heritage status long back. Central India, with its mystical calling of the wild, the gargantuan epic muted edifices trying to emote a sense of their own, the coifed architectures of stone and rock varying at each corner, makes a perfect world heritage monument site, which makes visitors turn admirers to return back again and again. The Khajuraho Group of temples, Bhimbhetka Rock shelters and Buddhist Stupas at Sanchi have proudly made to the list of World Heritage monuments in Central India.
Khajuraho Group of temples, located in Chhatarpur District of Madhya Pradesh were declared World Heritage sites in 1986, recalling back the inimitable sculptural work of masons in telling stories of love, lust and eroticism. The seat of Chandella rulers, this monumental creation is a rare amalgamation of Hindu and Jain religious Gods and Goddesses. The Buddhist monuments in Sanchi were to come next in the prestigious line-up of World Heritage monuments in Central India. Sanchi has, since Mauryan times, been considered the peak of Buddhist religious spreading and popularity.
Located in Raisen District of Madhya Pradesh, Sanchi Buddhist monuments were chosen world heritage sites by UNESCO in 1989. The Great Stupa and its Ashokan Pillar in this pretty humble village deserves special mention in World Heritage concern, all of which have been meticulously built, holding in almost every kind unusualness in architectural exuberance.
The last to arrive in the paraphernalia of World Heritage monuments in Central India takes this very list to exalted heights, which is indeed not a hyperbolic statement. The Bhimbhetka Rock shelters or majestic caves were announced world heritage status in 2003. Situated in an overspreading area in the Raisen District of Madhya Pradesh, Bhimbhetka shelters truly unite ancient Indian and pre-historic art and culture, illustrating Buddhism at its best through its unparallel paintings that were discovered by archaeologists. By all such overwhelming information in World Heritage monuments in Central India, UNESCO has magnificently looked into each matter of preservation and cleanliness, making these sites long-lasting for years to come.