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

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

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.

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Come let’s celebrate megaliths…



Friday, 14 March 2014

The enigmatic petrtoglyphs of Sopore in Kashmir.

by Abhishek Mishra

The petroglyphs

In a visit to a village called Bomai in Sopore tentatively 60 kms from Srinagar in Kashmir I suddenly came across this mysterious panel of petroglyphs. The panel made of volcanic rock measured about 1 x 1 meter. The engraved rock art comprises of a few human and animal figures but what fascinated me most were the five concentric circles of varied sizes.

Three circles of which the middle one is of a larger size can be seen to have been sculpted in a linear fashion in an alignment. The two circles on it either side are of different sizes and so are their distances. Two other concentric circles of varied sizes are placed a little further left and are in an alignment too with the largest circle of the middle.

Various interpretations of the concentric circles have originated from different scholars. One opinion is that these art form are probably depicting meteorites crashing on to the earth at some prehistoric times of which the prehistoric humanity were witness to which they had later sculpted on the stone. The three lakes of Kashmir such as the Dal, Manasbal and Wular believed to have been created by meteorite collision too are in a straight line. According to them the petroglyphs of the circles probable evince the same meteorite crash that created these lakes.

However one can also see that the three linear concentric circles may represent the Orion also.

Whatever be it the meaning of such circles are yet to be deciphered. Whether the human and the animal art forms were create at the same time as that of the concentric circles or were they done at some different period by different people one really does not know.


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