Wednesday 19 September 2018 | Bhadarva Sud 10, Samvat 2074

Wed 19 Sep 2018

On the eve of World Heritage Day, on Tuesday 17 April 2018, a special assembly was held in the grounds of Prag Mahal, the 19th-century palace located next to the Aina Mahal in Bhuj.

The International Day for Monument and Sites and was established in 1982 by the International Council for Monuments and Sites, and subsequently approved by the General Assembly of UNESCO in 1983. It is popularly known as World Heritage Day, and has become an annual event celebrated on 18 April every year. It aims to preserve human heritage and recognise the efforts of all the relevant organisations in this field.

On the eve of World Heritage Day, on Tuesday 17 April 2018, a special assembly was held in the grounds of Prag Mahal, the 19th-century palace located next to the Aina Mahal in Bhuj. This grand palace is considered to be the centre of Bhuj. It is just off the Darbar Gadh Chowk, which was restored by Maninagar Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan after the 2001 earthquake, and officially named, Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa Darbar Gadh Chowk.

In the assembly of Bhuj’s local politicians, architects, engineers, geographers, civil engineers, and artists and archaeologists, Acharya Swamishree Maharaj encouraged them all to work together to protect historical sites such as the Prag Mahal, so that the beautiful sites and important cultural monuments of Bhuj remain preserved for future generations. Acharya Swamishree Maharaj reminded everyone that Ahmedabad had been accredited as a UNESCO World Heritage city, the first in India. He added that Bhuj also had countless historical structures, and is worthy of being given the same acclaim.