MENHIRS...the foreground one is shaped unusually. Wonder why ?

MENHIRS...the foreground one is shaped unusually. Wonder why ?
THARPAKHNA

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…

DOLMEN of JHARKHAND

DOLMEN of JHARKHAND
LOHARDAGGA. JHARKHAND

Friday, 12 November 2010

IMAGES OF MEGALITHS

It is a sheer impossibility to document all the megaliths of India. But below is featured only a handful of the diverse and interesting megalithic architectures of the nation. The album is updated very often.





Menhir in Dhanaura. Chattisgarh


Anthropomorphic structures. Telegana


Menhirs in Erode. Credit : Sasi Dharan


Ziro. Arunachal Pradesh . NE India. Menhir stands 25' tall.  The menhir has two more megaliths beside it. Hindus worship this as Shiva linga.Photo Credit: Sudip Acharjee


Stone Circle in Erode. Tamil Nadu. Credit: Sasi Dharan


Inside a burial chamber with port-hole. Credit: Sasi Dharan.


The cupmarks of  Daraki Chattan, M.P.; the  largest Cupule ever discovered in India


Ruined dolmen of  Krishnagiri hills Tamil Nadu


Veejak ki Pahari, Rajasthan. Pic courtesy:http://www.flickr.com/photos/ratnasinghrathore/5737381869/in/photostream/



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Cairn in Noongaon


Nilaskal. Karnataka (Photo courtesy: Srikumar Menon)



Dolmen of Sindh, Pakistan (Photo: Zulfiqar Ali Kalhoro)


The remnants of the ruined Stone Circle of Asota, Pakistan. Courtesy:Mr.Nawaz Ud-Din. Peshawar Museum, Pakistan



I stand behind a large flat table-top capstoned dolmen in Chokahatu

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Megaliths of Hirebenekal. Photo courtesy circa71.wordpress.com



Monolith of Shillong. Photo courtesy. www.megalithicsites.co.uk


Dolmens in Nartiang, Shillong.Photo courtesy: www.megalithicsites.co.uk


Burjahom megaliths, Kashmir (India). Photo courtesy: family.webshots.com


 

The menhirs in Banadag


                                    

A tall menhir in Chaibasa

The Birbir megalithic complex comprises of an inclined obelisk (at whose front I stand), one triangle facing the due east,a human shaped burial cover with a North South orientation and a Recumbent Mother Goddess Form of the Zulzul Hill at the background. Note how the tip of the menhir in aligned to the "V" notch of the hill in the landscape.



The beautiful head of a lizard of a tortoise/lizard hybrid dolmen. The head faces the due east.














This menhir is in Gurua aligned to the Mother Goddess in the landscape. The site; a burial site of the erstwhile Munda tribals is relatively new.


    

This complex is in Napo. The menhir having small mica specks engrained in it , sparkles under the moon. One political party has shamefully used the menhir as it publicity board (sic).

A Double cap-stone dolmen in Jagannath pahari


Stone Circle of Thiruporur near Chennai. Source. www.megalithic.co.uk


Self portrait in Singhani

                              
 

          Uttam stands near menhirs of Baiatu in Jharkhand

Dolmen in Kesura

 Dolmen in Jagannath pahari

Prantik near an ancient Dolemn, now Hinduised with a  Hanuman ji placed inside it , in the process, saving the primitive monument from obliteration.

I stand in the Rola megalithic complex



Megaliths of Napo


An old picture of the stone alignments of the megaliths of Vivhuthihalli. Source : N.K.Rao


The fascinating megalithic complex of Punkree Burwadih

The stone circle in Banadag


The megalithic complex of  Jabra Road. Villagers worship this primitive shrine as the Pacahi Baba


This small menhir worshipped as the 'Ghoda baba has quite a large circular henge around it


Sujit next to a large menhir in a village in Bariath

A Topikallu megalith of Kerela. Photo courtesy: megalithictherockmagic.blogspot.com



Stone alignments of Vibhuthihalli, Karnataka.  Photo credit: N.Kameshara Rao and Priya Thakur

A very primitive megalithic burial of the Oraon tribe in Banjha. These dolmens are also known as 'Kursi' by the locals due to their close resemblance with chairs


Dolmen of Marayoor, kerela . 

Sourcehttp://www.flickr.com/photos/41867788@N07/3861071073/


This stunning stone structure is in Godda in the Santal Parganas of Jharkhand state.We have no idea whether this is man made or not but the architecture resembles the tale of a submerging whale. Note in the foreground there is another structure which does resemble a whale.

Ruined megalith but the megalithic complex has a peculiar lay out of menhirs.

This is a Stone Circle on which there is an indifferent layout of the two menhirs. The two stones actually frame the rising sun on Summer Solstice mornings.

This menhir is about 3.017 mtrs tall and has an East-West orientation


Note how these two menhirs in the foreground and the two stones in the background are positioned parallel to each other...sheer beauty!


Karnataka. Also known as Indian Stonehenge.



23 comments:

just what i wanted, it would have been better, if author would have pin pointed the addresses of these megaliths in India.
But accept my accolades for such splendid posts precisely on megaliths.
Harold

Glad to read about your activity and blog of Megalithic, I wish keep it on and share with us too. Sharing informations make the rich source of the information.
We also has Vast library regarding the subjects. Most Of Megalithics has similarity as human shaped in JANGANIA or The human shaped stone is actualy the burial cover of the megaliths of Birbir But some has stones carved as shape and some with multiple stones. JAGADIA has Human shapes and Also one with Animal shape.

DNA testing will be master source to confirm all these facts including dating and identifications of specimens of the megalithic findings.

Doubt may rise from many part of it as are any of those, but all the BLACK and White can be cleared with GENETICS SCIENCE study of those tribes and those of Anthropological specimens of the Civilisations and Megalithic culture of that civilisation and period there after.
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about 10000 years ago English channel was frozen to ice so gypsis (original Indian origin as they believe themselves of INDIAN origin - SEE GENETIC DNA reports) crossed to British land, worshiped at STONEHENGE, worshiping SUN (suryavanshi), to cross an ATLANTIC ocean they go further north to SCANDINAVIA (so finis - Scandinavian has similar GENETIC DNA similarity with Indian origin and differs from rest of Scandinavian tribes and rest of Europeans too) to cross to CANADIAN part and then south to MEXICO and to PERU and ANDES regions.

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Dear Sir,

This is Ranjita Bilung. I am an archaeologist also hail from Jharkhand though never had much of a chance to explore my own cultural traits. I have had a chance to read your blogs and your love towards out national heritage is incredible. I hold avid interest in knowing about megaliths. So far I have only studied them in books, and I salute your endeavor to bring them closer to us. I would be obliged if I can share even a bit of your knowledge. I would like to hear from you soon.

Regards,

Ranjita

RECEIVED IN E MAIL:

Dear Sir,

This is Ranjita Bilung. I am an archaeologist also hail from Jharkhand though never had much of a chance to explore my own cultural traits. I have had a chance to read your blogs and your love towards out national heritage is incredible. I hold avid interest in knowing about megaliths. So far I have only studied them in books, and I salute your endeavor to bring them closer to us. I would be obliged if I can share even a bit of your knowledge. I would like to hear from you soon.

Regards,

Ranjita

mmesOEG - hallo guys :D

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Thanks, Subhashis. Your blog is really educative. Learnt a lot from browsing there.

Regards
Jose

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Its indeed my fortune to learn so much from this blog. Your work is praiseworthy.

Regards,

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Thank you Zeal, such inspirations certainly keep me going.

Sampa Dutta
As a child i ws awestruck 2 c the 2 huge rocks, one above d other at jagannath pahadi. no one cud explain me then .thanks 4 givng an explantn though nt v clearly.

Sampa Dutta
As a child i ws awestruck 2 c the 2 huge rocks, one above d other at jagannath pahadi. no one cud explain me then .thanks 4 givng an explantn though nt v clearly.

You seems to be an expert in this field, Great article and keep up the good work, my buddy recommended me your blog.
Rachat

You seems to be an expert in this field, Great article and keep up the good work, my buddy recommended me your blog.
Rachat

How true that megaliths must have been our country's real archaeological heritage. If it is true, our history must be rewritten.
Jay

Good site, thank you. I really love it.

Sri. Das,
congrats on this very nice compilation.
You website is also well laid out.
While this effort is commendable, pls do not stop with this.
Bring it out as a book and explain therein as to why they shld be maintained and should not be destroyed.

otherwise mindless people will destroy these megalith sites.

a book will come in handy for other to maintain them in their respective locations.

You may visit our website www.bharathgyan.com to know of the range of work we are doing and the books that we have published on the knowledge of India.

Once again congrats on your work.
regds
hari dk

Just saw the website. Its quite good, and I'm happy that you were able
to actually take the blog to another level. It shall surely guarantee
a wider reach and hence, a wider viewership. I have subscribed to the
website, and hence I shall be notified of new posts regularly.

I wish and sincerely hope that Hazaribagh should see a better life,
under a new light, in coming years.

Best regards

Mihir

Sri. Das,
congrats on this very nice compilation.
You website is also well laid out.
While this effort is commendable, pls do not stop with this.
Bring it out as a book and explain therein as to why they shld be maintained and should not be destroyed.

otherwise mindless people will destroy these megalith sites.

a book will come in handy for other to maintain them in their respective locations.

You may visit our website www.bharathgyan.com to know of the range of work we are doing and the books that we have published on the knowledge of India.

Once again congrats on your work.
regds

Sri. Das,
congrats on this very nice compilation.
You website is also well laid out.
While this effort is commendable, pls do not stop with this.
Bring it out as a book and explain therein as to why they shld be maintained and should not be destroyed.

otherwise mindless people will destroy these megalith sites.

a book will come in handy for other to maintain them in their respective locations.

You may visit our website www.bharathgyan.com to know of the range of work we are doing and the books that we have published on the knowledge of India.

Once again congrats on your work.
regds

Ye to Bahut achchha hai, Badhai Subhashis Das Ji.

Dr. D.P.Tewari)
Professor
Department of Ancient Indian History and Archaeology,
University of Lucknow
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simaria block me katiya-murbe large megalith complex hai.

Dear Sir,

What wonderful work you are doing.
I would like to correspond with you regarding possibly using an image of the megalith complex in Napo in a self-published book.

I could not find a contact address on your website.
In hopes that you may be interested in this proposal please contact me through the following email:
webandladder@gmail.com
With thanks and respect for your work,
Kelly Moss

Dear Sir,

What wonderful work you are doing.
I would like to correspond with you regarding possibly using an image of the megalith complex in Napo in a self-published book.

I could not find a contact address on your website.
In hopes that you may be interested in this proposal please contact me through the following email:
webandladder@gmail.com
With thanks and respect for your work,
Kelly Moss

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