The Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple of Srirangam in Tamil Nadu on 3 November 2017 won UNESCO Asia Pacific Award of Merit 2017 for cultural heritage conservation programme. It is first temple from Tamil Nadu to win the prize from the UN body.
The temple won the award for its efforts to protect and conserve cultural heritage.
The two key parameters that made the temple most eligible to win the award are its traditional method of renovating temple premises as well as re-establishment of rainwater harvesting and historic drainage system in preventing flooding.
About UNESCO Asia-Pacific awards
• UNESCO Asia-Pacific awards were launched in 2000 by UNESCO for cultural heritage conservation programme.
• The awards are given under four categories- Award of Excellence, Awards of Distinction, Awards of Merit and Award for New Design in Heritage Context.
• These awards are aimed at acknowledging efforts undertaken to restore and conserve historical structures without affecting their heritage value in Asia-Pacific region comprising 48 countries.
When: 3 November 2017