A Six-Day dance festival to begin from Saturday at Khajuraho temple, a wonderful UNESCO World Heritage site in Madhya Pradesh, known for its ancient Hindu and Jain temples with the exquisite carvings of Adult Education. The Temple complex got finished its construction by 10th century, Chausath Yogini Temple being the first.

After 44 years, the dance festival to be held at the temple complex where once in 1976, some idols were vandalised during the fest. Since then, the officials shifted the festival to some other open grounds away from the temple. The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has granted permission for the fest this time with a fee to and celebrate it with due care and protection to the idols, however, some criticism has come out while the Union culture and tourism minister Prahlad Singh Patel involved in getting the permission said: Khajuraho has been added to the list of 19 iconic world tourism sites and they want to make the festival more popular and attractive for national as well as international tourists. “Hence, the ASI granted permission to the state government.”

Former ASI superintendent expressed his objection regarding to not repeat what happened in 1976 saying that “The performances are organised late at night and it is tough to keep a watch on spectators. There is a risk that idols at the monuments can be stolen or defaced by participants or spectators. To promote tourism at a popular site through dance festival is not a wise decision,”

-Viswanath Venkat Dasari

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