Identifying and safeguarding natural-cultural resources in Panchkroshi Parikrama: part of the Narmada river circumambulation path

Upasani, Shubhashri (2018) Identifying and safeguarding natural-cultural resources in Panchkroshi Parikrama: part of the Narmada river circumambulation path. In: ICOMOS 19th General Assembly and Scientific Symposium "Heritage and Democracy", 13-14th December 2017, New Delhi, India. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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While focusing on indigenous form of culture at India level, each and every aspect of ancient Hindu Culture ensures strong connectivity with nature. Intangible (E.g. rituals, traditions) & tangible (E.g. architectural manifestations of the intangible) forms of Hindu culture reflect inseparable role of nature associated with it. Tirthsthanas are the examples of combination of tangible and intangible forms in Hindu Culture closely connected with the surrounding environment. Among these Tirthsthanas, Rivers are awarded sublime existence as a cultural property and natural elements. These rivers as the lifeline have motherly place in the society with their own characteristics and importance. Among the most holy rivers, River Narmada has important place with reasons like sacred values, number of Tirthsthanas, separate Narmada Puraan and the unique way of tenacity, worshipping in its own kind – the complete Parikrama of River Narmada. River Narmada is explored by many scholars in different ways as the mysterious, spiritual, geological, geographical aspects and references from ancient scriptures. But the ‘Narmada Parikrama Path’ needs to be explored through the angle of cultural landscape also. The path of ~thirthy-six hundred km on both banks is full of natural (huge variety of flora-fauna) and man-made cultural properties with mythological, historical associations. Along the whole path, nature and culture are each other’s shadows. Hence considering the huge biodiversity, identifying cultural resources around Narmada Parikrama Path and safeguarding them by strategies, policies, guided development is my proposal. But considering the vast area (thirteen hundred and thirteen km length of the River), I have focused on smaller area of ‘Panchkroshi Parikrama’ starting from Garudeshwar (Gujarat, India) which can be considered as miniature of complete Parikrama and also includes Uttara-Vahini Narmada, one of the most sacred part of the Narmada River. This can be seen as a pilot project for the whole path with contextual changes at different levels.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Upasani, Shubhashri
Languages: English
Keywords: rivers; rituals; sacred sites; sacred places; mixed sites; natural sites; cultural heritage; intangible heritage; hinduism; cultural routes; conservation of cultural heritage; cultural significance; values; identification; management; cultural policy; culture-nature; India
E. CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION > 09. Social and economic aspects of conservation
H. HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 17. Intangible cultural heritage
H. HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 18. Mixed sites
I. CULTURAL TOURISM > 06. Types of tourism (urban, rural, religious...)
N. ANTHROPOLOGY > 01. Generalities
P. GEOGRAPHIC AREAS > 04. Asia and Pacific islands
H. HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 19A. Places of religion and ritual
Name of monument, town, site, museum: Narmada river parikrama, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh state of India
National Committee: ICOMOS International
ICOMOS Special Collection: Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 19th General Assembly, New Delhi, 2017
Depositing User: intern icomos
Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2019 14:06
Last Modified: 30 Aug 2023 14:30
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