Pagodas Current Affairs - 2020

GoI: Scheme launched for 100% solarization of Konark Sun Temple and Town

On May 20, 2020, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy launched a scheme to solarize the Konark town and Konark sun temple completely.

Highlights

The scheme has been launched to develop the historic Sun Temple in the town of Konark. Also, the scheme will develop the town into Surya Nagri. The development will be to deliver the message of synergy between the sun temple and the modern use of solar energy. The scheme mainly aims at promoting solar energy.

Key Features of the scheme

The scheme will set up 10 MW grid connected solar project. It will also launch applications such as solar drinking water kiosks, solar trees and off grid solar power plants with battery storage. The project is to be implemented by Odisha Renewable Energy Development Agency.

Konark Sun Temple

The Konark Sun Temple is a world heritage monument. It was built in the 13th century. It was built by King Narasimhadeva I. The temple had been designed in the shape of a chariot. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1984.

The temple was once called the Black Pagoda as it was then believed to draw ships and cause shipwrecks. There are also other cultural site in India where the term ‘Pagodas’ has been referred. It is Mahabalipuram in Tamil Nadu. The site is believed to have had “The Seven Pagodas of Mahabalipuram”.

India-Myanmar to sign MoU for conservation of quake-damaged Pagodas at Bagan

The Union Cabinet has approved the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Myanmar for conservation of earthquake-damaged pagodas at Bagan, Myanmar.

The MoU will be signed during official state visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Myanmar during 6-7 September 2017.

Pagodas are Buddhist temple, typically in the form of a many-tiered tower, built in traditions originating as stupa in historic South Asia. Pagodas at Bagan are one of the premier tourist attractions of Myanmar.

Significance of Project

Implementation of conservation project will strengthen India’s enduring ties in cultural and religious sphere with Myanmar. It will also generate immense goodwill for India among people of Myanmar due to religious significance as well as touristic significance of project. It will also contribute to India’s development partnership with Myanmar. It will provided opportunity to showcase India’s expertise in conservation and restoration of monuments.