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MP’s Orchha Town added to UNESCO WHS Tentative List

The architectural heritage of Orchha town which is one of the prime tourist draws in Madhya Pradesh has been included in tentative list of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO’s) World Heritage Sites.


The Orcha town was included in tentative list of cultural heritage following a proposal sent by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) to the United Nations body on 15 April 2019. As per the rules, for any heritage or any historical site to be included in UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites (WHS) it has first to be included on tentative list. After it makes to tentative list, another proposal is sent to UNESCO for its final addition in heritage sites.

About Orcha Town

  • Location: Orchha town is located in Niwari district of Madhya Pradesh’s Bundelkhand region. It lies on banks of river Betwa (around 80 km from MP’s Tikamgarh district) and 15 km from Jhansi district of UP.
  • Built: It was built in 16th century during the reign of Bundela dynasty by its King Rudra Pratap Singh.
  • Unique: It is the only place in India where Lord Ram is worshipped as a king (not in God form) with a dedicated temple in his name called Sri Ram Raja Mandir.
  • Famous: The ancient town is famous for its two elevated minaret popularly called as Saavan and Bhadon, and its four palaces named as Raj Mahal, Jahangir Palace, Rai Praveen Mahal and Sheesh Mahal. It is also famous for its concept of open bungalows, stone work windows, animal statues that depicts culture of Bundelkhand.
  • Bundela Architectural delights: The Orchha town has a peculiar style of architecture used by Bundela dynasty. Bundela architecture has had a Mughal influence. The town is famous for its Orchha Fort complex, Chaturbhuj Temple and Raja Mahal among other architectural delights.

Key Facts

  • There are 37 Indian heritage sites on the UNESCO World Heritage list.
  • If architectural splendour of Orchha makes it to UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites’s final list then it would be India’s 38th site to form part of the treasured list.
  • Three historically famous sites in Madhya Pradesh which are among 37 Indian sites, includes Buddhist monuments at Sanchi, rock shelters of Bhimbedka and Khajuraho group of monuments.

Claude Monet’s ‘Mueles’ Painting sets Record for Impressionist Work

A Painting by Claude Monet’s titled ‘Mueles’ sold for a record-breaking price of $110.7 million at Sotheby’s auction in New York.

Key Highlights

  • History: The French painter Claude Monet’s painting titled “Meules” was made in 1890. The painting auctioned is among one of 25 “Meules” (which means “Grainstacks”) and it was created by painter in year 1890 and 1891. The significance of this painting is that it was the first instance when painter went back to same subject while differing on atmospheric conditions.
  • Record: By fetching $110.7 million painting created a world auction record for the artist (Monet’s) as well as became first work of an Impressionist Art to cross over $100 million threshold at an auction.
  • It now becomes the 9th most expensive painting to have ever been sold at an international auction house.
  • There were six bidders who participated in process but painting was eventually sold to an unidentified buyer.
  • Artwork Present: It is also one of the total eight artworks by the Claude Monet that was not available in museums and was acquired by private hands. The rest of his paintings are in Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York in US, Musée d’Orsay, Paris in France and Art Institute of Chicago.

About Haystacks

Haystack is common English title for a series of Claude Monet’s impressionist paintings. The principal behind subject of each painting in this series is ‘stacks of harvested wheat’.