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  • 1. By P.CHARLES CHRISTOPHER RAJ M.A.,M.I.M.,M.LISC.,M.C.A.,M.Phil.,B.Ed.,P.G.D.T.A., AssistantProfessor cum NSS Programme Officer KASTHURBA COLLEGE FOR WOMEN, VILLIANUR, PUDUCHERRY 605110 MOBILE :9443723327 Email :ccraj18@gmail.com

2. Heritage is that which is inherited ; it is everywhere around us.It is natural or created or has evolved in the course of history.Heritage is somethingwhich is specific and typical of a place, area, region or country on the one hand and of a family, community or people on the other.naturalcultural 3.

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  • Land and Rivers
  • The Great Himalayas Constitute the highest mountain system of the world.
  • Its tributaries namely the Satluj, Beas, Ravi, Chenab and Jhelum
  • The Ganga with its tributaries like the Alaknanda, Mandakini, Yamuna,Ghaghra, Gandak and Kosi
  • The River Saraswati which was a mighty once but now it is dry and no more.
  • The riversin the northern part of the peninsula are the Subarnarekha and the Mahanadi on the eastern side and the Mahi and the Sabarmati on the Western Coast.
  • The rivers that originate in the Western Ghats are the Godavari, Krishna, Kaveri and the Vaigai.
  • Because of the rivers great empire capital like Vijayanagar grew up in the banks of the Tungabhadra, Nagarjunakondawas on the bank of the Krishna and the great port town Kaveripattanam was on the bank of Kaveri.
  • Some of the hills like Pachaimali, Shevaroy, Javadi and Nallamala hills are known for their history.


  • Our Heritage is also helped by nature specially trees
  • Trees like the peepal and banyan and the tulsi plant are considered sacred and are respected.
  • Mountains,rivers,trees,birds and animals have been a part of our stories of the Panchatantra, the Shukanasopadesha, popularly known as Kissa Tota Maina or the Buddhist Jatakas.
  • Some of the classical ragas are based on seasons or moods of the day. Musical Modes like Chaiti, Phag,Kajari etc., are essentially seasonal.
  • Even the system of medicine like Ayurveda, Unani and naturopathy, rely on nature
  • Some well known trees which are typical of our flora are mango, neem, sal, arjuna, amaltas, ashok,teak,shisham, tamarind, sandalwood, kadamba,amla,rosewood,palm,bamboo, acacia,deodar, oak, birch,rhododendron,coconut,bel etc.

7. 8. 9. 10. Creation of humanbeings by the use of their intelligence, skill and artistic ability. CULTURAL HERITAGE 11.

  • Cultural heritage

Intangible cultural heritage(Living heritage) Tangible cultural (Archaeological heritage) 12. 13.

  • It is mainly a tumulus or mound containing the relics of the Buddha
  • The largest is at AndhraPradesh erected between 3 rdB.C and the 3 rdA.D
  • Stupas at Sanchi in M.P. and Sarnath in U.P are best preserved examples
  • Devnimore in Gujarat and Ratnagiri inOrissa areknown for Chaityas.
  • The stupas called Chortens are found at Ladakh,Jammu and Kashmir, upper reaches of Himachal Pradesh, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh.


  • Monastries of Rock-cut are found at Pune,Aurangabad,Kolaba and Kashik districts of Maharashtra.
  • The caves at Ajanta andEllora in Aurangabad were excavated mainly during thetime of Vakatakas.They have beautiful sculptures and paintings on ceilings and walls.
  • Bagh caves in Dhar district of M.P are knownfor their paintings.
  • The caves of Elephanta (near Mumbai) andMahabalipuram (near Chennai)

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  • Temples are classifed into three :
  • Nagara northern style
  • Dravida southern style
  • Vesara Chalukyan style
  • Temples at huge are found at Sanchi and Nachna in M.P
  • TheBodh Gaya templeinBihar
  • Aihole,Badamiand Pattadakal in Karnataka belong to theearly Chalukyan period.
  • Chandella temples at Khajuraho in Chhatarpur district of M.P
  • Sun temple at Modhera in Gujarat
  • Sun temple at Konark (our NSS symbol)


  • The Brihadeswara or Rajarajeshwara at Thanjavurbuilt by Cholas.
  • Temples at Halebid andBelur in Karnataka were builtby Hoysalas.Hampi temples were built by VijayanagarKings.
  • The Martand temple at J.K
  • The gurudwara at Nanded in Maharashtra,Patna Sahib in Bihar and Harmandir Sahib or Golden Temple at Amritsar in Punjab

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  • Quwwatul Islam mosque in Qutub complex in Delhi
  • Jama Masjid and Atala Masjid at Jaunpur in U.P
  • Jama Masjid in Delhi, in Gaur and Pandua in West Bengal, Jama Masjid (Buland Darwaza) at Fatehpur Sikri
  • The Char Minar in Hyderabad.
  • The Sidi Saids mosque in Ahmedabad is famous for its beautiful screens.
  • In A.D 1510 at Cochin inKeralafirst European Churchwas built.
  • Many Churches at Goa such as Basilica of Born Jesus and Se Cathedral.
  • Churches at Chennai,Mumbai, Daman,Diu,Kolkata and one at Sardhana near Meerut in U.P.
  • Churches



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  • Parsi Fire Temples are located mainly in Surat,Navsari and Udvada in Gujarat, Diu and Mumbai.
  • There are fire temples in Secunderabad, Hyderabad and Kolkata.
  • Jewish place of worship
  • There are notmany historic synagogues in our country except the one at Cochin in Kerala. It was built in 1568 and is of historic importance.
  • Synagogue


  • The interior dcor of the synagogue

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  • Dwellings:
    • Dwellings/houses range from stone and wooden structure in hills ofnorth India to wooden houses in Gujarat and villas in Goa, small circular huts are called bonga in Kachchh.
    • Large mansions of Chettiars in Tamilnadu
    • Havelis in Rajasthan
    • Wadas in Gujarat
    • The Patuwon Ki Haveli in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan is famousfor its intricately carved stonework.
  • Forts and Palaces
    • The seven storeyed Leh Palace in Ladakh.
    • Bir Singh Palace at Datiya,M.P.
    • Tipu SultansPalace at Mysore, Karnataka, Mattancherry andPadmanabhapuram palaces in Kerala.
    • Some of the forts are converted into Heritage Hotels.
    • The Kangra Fort of Himachal Pradesh
    • The Janjira (in the sea) andSingarah Forts of Maharashtra.
    • Gingee fort at Tamilnadu
    • Rohtas Fort of Bihar,
    • Tughlaqabad Fort and Red Fort of Delhi and Agra Fort and Allahabad Fort of U.P








  • Sarais were built along the GrandTrunkRoad fortraders and travellers by Sher Shah Suri and Mughals.
  • Sarais at Amritsar in Punjab to Haryana,Delhi,U.P,Bihar and West Bengal.
  • Sarai Amanat Khan,Dakhni Sarai and Nurmahal Sarai in Punjab
  • Gharaunda Sarai in Haryana, Badli and Badarpur Sarais in Delhiand Chhata Sarai near Mathura in U.P.
  • As we travel along the Grand Trunk Road huge high brick pillars were constructed approx. 5 meters high are Kos Minars e.g. Qutub Minar which was started by Qutub ud din Aibak and completed by Illtumish.
  • Water conservation and harness led to creation of human made lakes and reservoirs.
  • Water harvesting goes back to Harappan Civilization.
  • At Dholavira, in the Great Rann of Kachchh.
  • Gujarat, a network of reservoirs were created.A record was found of a lake at Girnar in Junagarh at Gujarat was repaired.
  • Sudarshan Lake was built by Chandragupta Maurya.
  • Cholas built many tanks.
  • Devaraya I built canal from river Tungabhadra to Hampi.
  • Hydraulic Structures

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  • Human made Lakeslike Bhopal Tal built by Bhoja the Paramara King in the eleventh century.
  • Gadsisar inJaisalmer, Pichhaula and Udaysagar in Udaipur,Anasagar in Ajmer,Haus Khas in Delhi, Barwasagar in U.P.
  • Step-wells or baolis or anicut are our unique heritage.
  • Other Monuments
  • Astronomical observations,gardens,dams etc., serving different purposes and functions.