Art and Culture Department to map cultural assets of state

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The Language, Art and Culture Department will undertake the mapping of the vast cultural heritage existing in the form of monasteries, forts, palaces and temples dotting the entire state. The department has decided to seek assistance and guidance of experts from the Indian National Trust for Art, Culture and Heritage (INTACH) so that an exhaustive database can be prepared with complete details of the tangible as well as intangible cultural assets of the state.

This will cover all the 26 scheduled temples, including the Shakti Peeths of Naina Devi, Chintpurni, Chamunda and Jwalamukhi and over 900 listed temples in the state. The mapping task will be taken up in phases where temples, forts, palaces, and monasteries will be documented exhaustively. Another important aspect of the local devis and devtas (deities), who are an integral part of the life of the hill folk, will also de documented, along with their temples, and the beliefs associated with them.