Sun Temple Konark 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”.

First digital exhibition on Indian Heritage inaugurated

On January 15, 2020, the State of Culture and Tourism minister launched a month long exhibition on Indian Heritage in New Delhi. The exhibition was launched in digital space and will stay online till February 15, 2020.

Highlights

This exhibition is first of its kind in the country. The visitors of the exhibition will find architectural and conjectural reconstructions, recreations of socio-cultural traditions and life of Hampi and also many more murals. Through this, the exhibition will take heritage to wider population. It has overcome the barrier that heritage was restricted only to research. When the reach of significance of heritage increases, accountability of citizens increases. This will help to protect age old structures and monuments in a better way.

Indian Heritage in Digital Space (IHDS)

The technologies used to create the models of Heritages were developed by the IHDS programme. IHDS is an initiative of Department of Science and Technology, that aims to create 3D LASER scan data, holographic projections, AR and 3D fabrication to showcase glory of heritages. It has so far created reconstruction of Hampi and other five Indian monuments namely Taj Mahal, Sun Temple, Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Ramachandra Temple and RaniKiVav Patan.

The exhibition also consists of special installation called “VIRAASAT”. Viraasat in Hindi means heritage. It provides mixed reality experience to visitors through 3D printing.