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Rishikesh Complex of Ruru Kshetra

Date of Submission: 30/01/2008
Criteria: (ii)(iii)(vi)
Category: Cultural
Submitted by:
Department of Archaeology
State, Province or Region:
Palpa District, Lumbini Zone, West Nepal
Coordinates: N27 56 26 E82 26 38
Ref.: 5259
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Description

The Hindu pilgrimage and crematory centre mentioned in the mythological epics lies on the ancient route to Muktinath and Damodar Kunda. The complex presents various forms of architecture; typical medieval temple complex, sculptures of the Sen Period (15th to 18th Century).  The adjacent settlement of Ridi still retains its medieval character and architecture with its close linkage to the Rishikesh Complex.  The living heritage of Rishikesh of Ruru Kshetra is still preserved, with fairs and festivals being held regularly, ancient worship practices related to the propagation of Vedic rituals and culture and the practice of Bhaktini Amas (Female Mendicants).

Statements of authenticity and/or integrity

The Rishikesh Complex of Ruru Kshetra including the settlement of Ridi embraces an intact medieval ensemble within an undisturbed landscape. The living heritage is well preserved and most ancient practices and rituals have carrid on over the ages.

Comparison with other similar properties

This property can be compared to Pashupati, which is one of the seven monument zones of the Kathmandu Valley World Heritage Site in both physical context as well as religious significance.