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Adichanallur archaeological site (Tamil Nadu)


Source: PIB


Context: Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman laid the foundation stone for the ‘Iconic Site Museum’ at the Adichanallur archaeological site in Tamil Nadu.

  • The museum will be built as a tribute to the history of Iron Age culture in southern India, in the context of Adichanallur.
  • It is one of the five sites selected as ‘Iconic sites’ in the budget 2020-21 for development.
  • Other sites are Rakhigarhi (Haryana), Hastinapur (UP), Dholavira (Gujarat), and Shivsagar (Assam).


About Adichanallur

It is an ancient Iron-age burial site located in the Thoothukudi District of Tamil Nadu, situated along the banks of the Tamirabarani River. It holds significance in showcasing the megalithic culture. Additionally, the nearby ancient seaport of Korkai, mentioned in Sangam literature, is nearby.


Other significant initiatives are:

  • Development of ‘Panchtheerth’ sites based on Babasaheb Ambedkar’s life
  • Construction of the National War Memorial and National Police Memorial in Delhi
  • Establishment of ten new Tribal Freedom Fighter Museums
  • Heritage sites like Somnath and Kashi Vishwanath Temple have been revitalized
  • Tourism circuits under the Swadesh Darshan Scheme, such as the Buddhist, Ramayana, Coastal, Desert, and Himalayan Circuits, are being established
  • Over 3 lakh manuscripts containing over 3 crore pages have been digitized for knowledge preservation.
  • Plans for a new National Museum in Delhi with 950 rooms spread across the North and South Blocks have been announced
  • ‘Pradhanmantri Sangrahalaya’ has been established to honour every Prime Minister of India since Independence