Ambassador of Azerbaijan to India, H.E Dr. Ashraf Shikhaliyev met Chairman of the Confederation of Young Leaders (CYL) and Director of the Indian Institute of Governance and Leadership (IIGL) Mr. Himadrish Suwan earlier today. More than 4700 km from India, there is an ancient ‘fire temple’ in Azerbaijan with the words “Shri Ganeshaya Namah” inscribed on its walls.The temple was officially declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 1998.

The temple of Ateshgah, 15 km from the Azeri capital, is among the several reminders of India’s close ties with the region straddling the Caspian Sea. An inscription in Sanskrit above the narrow arched entrance to this monument is the first striking assertion of Azerbaijan’s historical ties with India.


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