“TO OTHER COUNTRIES I MAY GO AS A TOURIST, BUT TO INDIA I COME AS APILGRIM”
- MARTIN LUTHER KING : India boasts off a rich heritage that bespeaks of its glorious past. Our ancestors have preserved our cultural and monumental heritage since centuries and we must maintain the tradition. Our heritage connects us to our roots and tell us where we really belong.
INDIAN CUSTOMS AND TRADITIONS:
Indian customs and traditions encourage us to stay humble , respect others and live harmoniously in the society . We value our customs and traditions immensely .These are passed on from generation to generation.
The Indian festivals are a reflection of the country’s culture and tradition . There is a set of traditional pattern in which these are celebrated. This pattern is being followed since the ancient times. These celebrations offer a great way to meet and greet our loved ones and bring in positive energy.
INDIAN ART FORMS:
The various art forms such as different kinds of classical dances , music and paintings are also a part of our heritage. Bharatanatyam, Kathak, Kuchipudi and odissi are some of the famous Indian dance forms .
Carnatic music, Thumri, Rabindra sangeet and folk music are India’s contribution in the field of music. The Madhubani painting, Mughal painting, Tanjore painting, Mysore painting and pahari painting are some of the beautiful forms of paintings originated in India.
Indian monuments add to the galore of its heritage. Each of our monuments is known for its marvellous architectural design. Taj mahal, Qutub Minar , Red Fort, Ajanta and Ellora caves, Sun Konark temple, Khajuraho Group of monuments ,Buddhist Monuments at Sanchi , Brihadishwara temple, Hawa Mahal and Mysore palace are some of the heritage monuments of our country.
RICHNESS OF FLORA AND FAUNA:
India is known to be a mega diversified nation. We take pride in the fact that two of the world’s biodiversity hotspots are present in our country—Western Ghats and Eastern Himalayas. There are more than 45,500 species of plants in India and many of these are found particularly in our country.
India also has thousands of species of Fauna that reside in different regions of the country.From the Bengal Tiger to the Yak in Himalayas—the richness of biodiversity in animals in India remains unmatched.We also have approximately 1,200 species of beautiful and colourful birds that add to the biodiversity of our country.
UNESCO World Natural Heritage sites in India:
It is a great honour for every Indian that some of our beautiful geological places have been enlisted in UNESCO World Natural Heritage Sites.These sites include Kaziranga National Park,Sundarbans National Park, Nanda Devi and Valley of Flowers National Park,Western Ghats, Great Himalayan National Park.
The magnificence of India’s natural heritage invokes a feeling of pride in every Indian. India is a well known country for “Unity in Diversity”. Unity in diverse shows ,one for all,all for one. So respect diversity and make unity.