Heritage is that which we inherit from our forefathers.
Heritage – Inherit
The very word heritage comes from the root, “to inherit”. It denotes that, which has come to someone from their earlier generation / generations. The concept of legacy is also similar, wherein, it is not just the tangible but intangible too, which legally comes down to them.
What we inherit is not just prosperity, but cultural heritage, including practices, methods and ways of living, from those who walked this planet before us. This collective culture, through the ages comes to be the heritage of the land.
Prosperity leads to Heritage
For the varied forms of cultural expressions to flower among the people across the land, the one thing that is essential apart from creativity, is a state of prosperity in the land.
For only if there is prosperity and the basic needs such as food, clothing, shelter, all-round education, life styles, peace in the land are sustained, can people engage in creative pursuits, which collectively lead to creating a culture for the land.
Heritage, the very life of a civilization
A living civilization is a reservoir of knowledge with many worthy aspects, as otherwise the civilization would not have survived. This is why people of a living civilization give importance to their heritage.
Tangible and Intangible Heritage
Heritage is tangible and intangible.
The tangible heritage includes
- Grand Temples, Forts, Palaces and Monuments
A Collage of Famous Temples
- Water Harnessing System
Chain Tank Water Harnessing System
- Dance, and Theatre
- The board games such as Chess, and other sports like Polo
Ravana and Mandodari playing Chess
- Yatra, tourism
- Food and eating habits
- Musical instruments such as Veena
- Clothing like Sari, and Pyjama
A Woman in Sari
- Animals like cow and horses
- Desi cow dung
Apart from some of these tangible heritage mentioned above, there are also many intangible heritage that our forefathers have left behind for us.
Today the world has a name for this intangible legacy that can be handed down – IP, intellectual property.
These intangible heritage that India shared with the world include,
Travel of Zero
Ananta, the Coiled Serpent representing Infinity
Meru being worshipped
Some Popular Yantra
Buddhists Monks from India travelling to spread the message of Buddhism to other parts of the world
- Zen Buddhism
Thus we see that our heritage lies not only in the way we wear our saree or dhoti, nor is our heritage only in the festivals and Puja. Our heritage is also the native knowledge, skills and the native flora and fauna, which are an intrinsic part of us and our glorious land.
Our books, Autobiography of India – Brand Bharat and Breaking The Myths discusses in detail each one of these aspects and many more of our Heritage.
Autobiography Of India – All Volumes
Bharath Gyan is a civilizational study initiative to compile and present our Heritage, the knowledge as well as ethos of India, its traditions, culture and global ties, through the ages.
The objective is to bridge old and new worlds by repurposing knowledge from the past, for the present and future, to experience, appreciate and apply. It is an endeavour to bring forth the knowledge from ancient times through the ages, with a special focus on Indian heritage.
Let us Proudly follow our Heritage
India has a great Heritage. Now it is for us Indians to feel great about our land and its resources, our ancestors and their skills, their civilization and its knowledge, all of which we have inherited as our heritage, our history and our ethos. On this World Heritage Day let us take pride in their role our Heritage is has played in the world of today.