A 19TH CENT SKETCH OF A HUMAN FACED DOLMEN ON THE RIGHT

A 19TH CENT SKETCH OF A HUMAN FACED DOLMEN ON THE RIGHT
COORG. SOUTH INDIA

The word megalith has stemmed from the merger of two Greek terms of "mega" meaning large and "lithic" signifying stone.

Presently the megalithic tribes of India use various structures of stone as burials or memorials of the dead. However in the past megaliths were not only sepulchral/funerary structures but were also used both as memorials of the dead and to commemorate various events of the family and that of the community. Megaliths were found even to be used as boundary markers and also as astronomical structures.


Each passing day numerous ancient megaliths get destroyed in India and we have no record of this disaster. It is sad that no government agencies like the ASI, the State Archaeological Depts and the District Administrations demonstrate any interest in their protection perhaps for their tribal origin and also possibly because megaliths to them do not appear to be significant relics of our land.

In actuality prehistoric megaliths are a significant source of our ancient history and their preservation is imperative as these monuments are evidences that India was indeed a land of the tribals in hoary times. A few of them however suggests that astronomy and geometry was known to the megalithic tribals millennias prior to the emergence of the Brahmanical astronomer/mathematicians. Obliteration of prehistoric megaliths is bound to erase this verity.

To view a few photographs of megaliths of India visit:

http://www.megalithsindia.com/2010/11/images-of-megaliths.html

The photographs and essays from this website may be used for research purposes giving credit to it.

Come let’s celebrate megaliths…

CUPULES ON MEGALITHS

CUPULES ON MEGALITHS
NAPO. JHARKHAND

Sunday, 25 June 2017

GOVERNMENT MUTE ON THE DESTRUCTION OF A FEW MEGALITHIC SITES IN HAZARIBAGH. JHARKHAND. EAST INDIA.

PUNKRI BURWADIH



PUNKRI BURWADIH. 

THE GRACEFUL MEGALITHIC COMPLEX IT ONCE WAS PRIOR TO THE ARRIVAL OF NTPC IN THE REGION.


Punkri Burwadih is perhaps one of the most renowned megalithic sites of India. It is the only site in India where hundreds gather  to view the Equinox sunrises twice every year. Apart from it the site is visited by tourists everyday. 
The State Government for many years has been declaring big plans to protect and promote the monument. So have the Town Administration, State Archaeology department and even the Archaeological Survey of India. NTPC who has arrived here to mine the land around the megaliths too had made loud and extravagant talks in regards to the protection of the site. 

The arrival of various ASI and State Government officers to the site and their extravagant talks in regards to the protection of this amazing prehistoric site have turned out to be hollow promises so much so that this amazing prehistoric site now stands at the brink of its complete ruination.



The iconic photograph of the Equinox surnise from between the two menhirs in Punkri Burwadih on Equinox mornings.
Inset: Hundreds gather to witness the rare spectacle of the sunrise in the megalithic site on Equinox mornings.

In one of my earlier books describing the beauty of the Punkri Burwadih and its surroundings I had written,"...if there is heaven on earth this is ti, this this it...". Little did I know then that the very significant prehistoric monument of our country will soon fall prey to various companies from outside the region totally obliterating the ancient relic in the process of digging coal and other raw material from blow its surface.
NTPC has built a substation quite near to this ancient monument spoiling the aesthetics of the megaliths and obstructing the ancient alignments of the megaliths to the encircling hills.
The villagers have begun building ugly dhabas for the truckers from the various coal mines in the vicinity. One has even come around very near the megalith and the trucks with their coal are parked near the ancient monument. 



NTPC WENT ON RECORD FOR THE PROTECTION OF THE MEGALITHS, BUT THESE WERE MERE WORDS

The  State Government sanctioned an astronomical amount for the protection of Punkri Burwadih megaliths. Nothing has happened yet.



I am explaining the megaliths to V.S.Dubey, the then Secretary of State, Jharkhand along with the then D.C and the then Commissioner of Hazaribagh. They had promised the protection of the site. All in vain.


NTPC'S substation has come up in the vicinity obstructing the ancient alignments of the megaliths to the hills in the horizon in the process. Photo also shows buildings that are coming up in the field.



 A  dhaba has mushroomed in close proximity of the megalithic site.  Trucks too are taking shelter beside it. This poses direct  threat to the ancient site (visible to the right of the photo) as any day the trucks would mow down the stones.

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BANADAG


Twenty years ago I discovered the ancient megalithic burial site of Banadag. 
I soon informed about the discovery to the Town Administration, State Archaeology Department and even ASI Ranchi. 
Several Archaeology and Administration officers visited the site and assured me of the immediate protection of this very ancient tribal burial site.
These people took no action in regards to the protection of it and the site today stands in total ruins and the concerned governmental agencies are responsible for it.

BANADAG.
THE GRACEFUL MEGALITHIC SITE IT ONCE WAS.

BANADAG TODAY.
A road has been made to run from between the ancient megalithic site and several stones have
been towed away by the villagers.
TIMES OF INDIA  ran an article informing the destruction yet no governmental agencies cared to protect this ancient site.

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CHANO (ROLA)

Chano is a small yet a very rare and very ancient astronomical megalithic site. The site like Punkri Burwadih needs protection at any cost. 





THE CHANO (ROLA) MEGALITHS.
The site could be tiny but it hides stunning astronomical and geometrical positioning of the stones made in the past.

THE CHANO (ROLA) MEGALITHS TODAY.
What a pitiable condition the site is in today; with buildings having mushroomed just adjacent it the site has become dump yard of garbage.
The megaliths of Chano (Rola) has the potential to rewrite the history of ancient India reveals stunning astronomy and geometry in the positioning of the ancient stones by the ancient megalithic astronomers.  Today Chano has become a garbage dumping ground of the local area and the land is bound to be usurped any day while the ancient stones taken away by the villagers for their domestic purposes.

The buildings that have come up around the megaliths  have completely thwarted the alignments of the site towards the sunrises and sets of the Solstices and also towards the cardinal directions.
Many ASI Officers and governmental officers have visited the site and assured protection, but all in vain.

TIMES OF INDIA CARRIED AN ARTICLE INFORMING ABOUT THE THREAT TO THIS ANCIENT MEGALITHIC SITE.



Saturday, 8 April 2017

MEGALITHS: THE NEW TOURIST DESTINATION ACROSS INDIA.

The sudden upsurge in the common man's interest in megaliths across the subcontinent is a healthy sign. Even a few years ago megaliths were indeed an unknown entity locked inside prosaic anthropological and archaeological journals and research books rendering no good both to the these ancient monuments and to the common man's interest in the real prehistory of India. Even foreign tourists who till now regarded India to be a country of temples completely unaware of the vast treasure of megaliths the country houses is at awe learning of the fact that India is indeed a megalithic country have begun visiting these sites.
HIRE BENEKAL. Credit: Wikipedia
Reports are pouring in that the younger generation flock to see the Hire Benekal megalithic site in Karnataka which is about to be declared as the first World Heritage Site among megaliths of India. Brahmagiri with its cist burials is also the destination of the common man apart from archaeological and anthropological students.
The Umbrella/Mushroom stones of Kerala are one of the most spectacular dolmens of the world and does instill surprise in the beholder's eyes observing these unusual megaliths. According to a Times of India report dated 3rd Jan 2017 tourists have begun flocking to the lesser heritage of Junapani stone circles of Vidharbha near Nagpur. As a result the Anthropological Survey of India have started thinking to promote the site as a heritage site.

ONE OF THE HUNDREDS OF STONE CIRCLES IN JUNAPANI. NAGPUR.

MEGALITHIC BURIAL SITE. NARTIANG. SHILLONG.


In the North-East, megaliths were indeed a tourist destination since many years now. Jharkhand is another treasure trove of ancient and modern megaliths. The Town Administration inspired by the author's discovery of the megaliths around Hazaribagh have put up boards at the megalithic sites. Now they have decided of putting up boards of megaliths in the town itself.  

ENCOURAGED BY THE AUTHOR'S WORK ON MEGALITHS THE TOWN ADMINISTRATION PUTS UP BOARD AT MEGALITHIC SITES. THIS ONE IS AT THE BIRBIR MEGALITHS






The large Chokahatu megalithic burial site in which the Munda tribes still continue to build megaliths over their dead for over 2500 years has the author attempt to have the site be declared a World Heritage Site. Today Chokahtu has become an international tourist destination and so has Punkri Burwadih in Hazaribagh.

THE MUNDARI BURIAL SITE. CHOKAHATU. JHARKHAND

THE SPECTACULAR EQUINOX SUNRISE AT PUNKRI BURWADIH MEGALITHS: THE ONLY MEGALITHIC SITE IN THE COUNTRY FOR SUCH A PHENOMENON.



A SECTION OF THE CROWD TO VIEW THE EQUINOX SUNRISE IN PUNKRI BURWADIH MEGALITHS

The equinox sunrise viewing in the Punkri Burwadih megaliths which the author had discovered some 20 odd years ago today draws visitors from many corners of the world and of the country.
The increase in curiosity on megaliths among the people have also prompted television companies like National Geographic, Doordarshan and Discovery to shoot documentaries on them. Researches by several Independent Scholars, websites like these too have aroused the interest for megaliths among the common people.

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SHOOTS THE AUTHOR FOR A DOCUMENTARY FILM ON THE PUNKRI BURWADIH MEGALITHS.



INSPIRED BY THE AUTHOR'S WORK ON MEGALITHS THE TOWN ADMINISTRATION CHRISTENS ONE OF THE GATES OF THE TOWN STADIUM AS "MEGALITH".

This renewed interest in megaliths among the present generation of Indians will not only boosts tourism, research activities among anthropological, archaeological, history scholars and independent researchers but also will give a new fillip to write India's antiquity. 
Megaliths therefore has the potential to rewrite India prehistory.

Sunday, 26 March 2017

One of the world's largest capstones of a megalith discovered in Telengana

The enormous sized capstone being lifted by crane. Credit: Indian Express


The Telengana Archaeology Dept has excavated one of the world's largest capstones of a megalithic burial at Narmeta village in Siddipet district in the state of Telengana.

The stone is 6.70 mtr in length and weighs to around 40 tons. 

The  area comprises of 50 ancient megalithic burials. The grave yields have been sent for DNA test. D.Ramulu Nail, the Asst Director Telengana Archaeology. S.S.Rangacharulu and Dr.K.Padnabha were responsible for the discovery of the large megalith and for the lifting of the capstone.

Source: The Indian Express.

Saturday, 25 March 2017

hundreds throng to see vernal equinox in the punkri burwadih megaliths


Monday, 20 March 2017

Video of Interesting Discussion on Megalithic Burials.

LEFT CLICK TWICE FOR A BLOW UP OF THE VIDEO:


MEGALITHIC ACTIVITIES IN INDIA

Megaliths of Mizoram:

Blog on Brahmagiri megaliths:


THE PIONEER features "CHOKAHATU MEGALITHS"
First ever song composed on a megalith in India. Rajat Chandra sings on the fascinating megaliths of Punkri Birwadih:

Megalithic burials of the dolmen kind of Andhra Pradesh:

Rare megalithic sites discovered in Chattisgarh:

More than 200 megalithic sites found in Dhamtari and Mahasamund districts of Chattisgarh. Visit:http://www.deccanchronicle.com/channels/nation/north/rare-megalithic-sites-discovered-chhattisgarh-778