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Charaideo Maidams: Assam’s Heritage to Achieve UNESCO World Heritage Site Status

Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma announced on Monday that the Maidams of Charaideo, burial mounds of Ahom royals, are poised to receive UNESCO World Heritage Site status by the year’s end. Sarma credited Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s dedication to Assam and urged public support for his re-election. Recounting his meeting with Modi, Sarma revealed his request for the ‘Maidams’ to be India’s nomination for the UNESCO label, overcoming hurdles such as competing with Sarnath. With 90 royal burials at Charaideo representing the medieval Tai Ahoms dynasty, Sarma emphasized the cultural significance. He highlighted Modi’s affinity for Assam, citing instances of donning the ‘gamusa’ and recent visit to Kaziranga. Sarma reiterated the government’s commitment to welfare schemes, asserting “Modi ki guarantee” alongside “Mama ki warranty,” referencing his local moniker.

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