The Union Minister for Culture Chandresh Kumari Katoch on 16 September 2013 unveiled the Brass Plate World Heritage Plaque at the Chittaurgarh Fort, Rajasthan and released brochures on the Fort in Hindi and English. Chittaurgarh Fort is one of the six hill forts of Rajasthan recently inscribed in the World Heritage List by the World Heritage Committee of UNESCO.
The selection of this was approved in June 2013 in the 37th Session of the Committee. At the same time, the restored topkhana and a photo exhibition in Kumbha palace on the occasion was also inaugurated.
It is important to note that six hill forts of Rajasthan have been inscribed on the World Heritage List. The Hill Forts of Rajasthan was a serial nomination consisting of six sites located on rocky outcrops of the Aravalli mountain range. They represent Rajput military hill architecture, which are exceptional examples of centres of Rajput power and control, are reflections of courtly culture and patronage of arts and music and their mercantile business.
The structural remains as well as ruins range from 8th to 19th century A.D. and comprise of multi-gated approaches through massive and high fortification walls, palaces, temples, memorials and water reservoirs. The extensive fortifications – up to 20 kilometres in circumference – exploit the contours of the hills, and specifically the river at Gagron, the dense forest at Ranthambhore, and the desert at Jaisalmer.
What is World Heritage Plaque?
The properties which are included in the World Heritage List are marked with the emblem as well as UNESCO logo. Once any property is included in the list of World Heritage Site, the concerned authority needs to place the plaque for commemorating the inscription.
The purpose of the World Heritage Plaque is to inform the general public of the country as well as the foreign visitors about the particular value of the site for which it is recognised by the international community.