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Bharat Mandapam

Facts for Prelims (FFP)

Source: ET

 Context: Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the international exhibition-cum-convention Centre (IECC) complex named Bharat Mandapam at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi.

  • The IECC complex is India’s largest MICE (meetings, incentives, conferences, and exhibitions) destination and features state-of-the-art facilities, including a convention centre, exhibition halls, and an amphitheatre.

The architectural design of the convention centre incorporates elements from India’s traditional art and culture, representing the nation’s rich heritage and modern achievements.

The term ‘Bharat Mandapam’ is derived from Lord Basaveshwara’s concept of ‘Anubhav Mantapa,’ which was a significant institution in the 12th century. Anubhav Mantapa is considered one of the earliest parliaments in human history, where poets and socio-spiritual reformers known as Sharanas discussed and deliberated on various reforms.

 

In this historical context:

  • Prabhudeva, a renowned Yogi, served as the President, while Lord Basaveshwara acted as the Prime Minister.
  • The members of the Anubhav Mantapa were not elected by the people; instead, they were chosen or nominated by the higher authorities of the Mantapa.