Assam’s Charaideo Moidams: Nominated To UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites
Central government has decided to put forth the name of Assam’s Charaideo moidams burial sites in addition to United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) World Heritage Sites list for 2023-24.
- If selected it will be the only cultural heritage site in the North East to get the coveted status
- Charaideo Moidams is also known as the ‘Pyramids of Assam’ and was the original capital of the Ahom Kings.
- It contains sacred burial grounds of Ahom kings and queens and is also the place of the ancestral Gods of the Ahoms.
- Che-Rai-Doi: “Che” means city or town, “Rai” means “to shine” and “Doi” means hill. In short, Charaideo means, “a shining town situated on a hilltop.”
- A moidam is a tumulus – a mound of earth raised over a grave
- Built by Chaolung Sukhapa (founder of the Ahom dynasty in about 1253 CE)
- Located at around 30 Km from the historical Sivasagar town in Assam at the foothills of Nagaland