Jan 21, 2023:
Guwahati: The Centre has decided to send a proposal to United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to nominate Charaideo Maidam of Ahom Kingdom as a World Heritage Site. This was informed by Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Saturday.
While addressing a press conference at Janata Bhawan in Dispur, CM Sarma said that the historic tourist destination was chosen out of 52 sites up for the tag.
“Centre has decided to send a proposal to UNESCO nominating Charaideo Maidam of Ahom kingdom as a World Heritage site. Out of 52 tentative sites across the country, PM Modi has chosen Assam’s Charaideo Maidam,” Sarma said.
There are at least 40 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the country currently.
The decision for the proposal came days after CM Sarma wrote to PM Modi to seek Centre’s support to declare the Maidam as a World Heritage Site.
It may be mentioned that the maidams in Charaideo, located a few kilometers away from Sivasagar city, are also known as the ‘Pyramids of Assam’.
It is said that Charaideo served as the capital of Ahom Kingdom and there are around 31 maidams which belong to the kings and 160 queen maidams.