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

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

MEGALITHIC SITE WITH ANTHROPOMORPHIC FIGURES FOUND IN PALEM. A.P.


The Hindu reports that Prof. V.Ramabrahmam has discovered a megalithic site in Palem near Kallur. Earlier in between 1997 and 2000 he had found six megalithic sites in Chittor district of Andhra Pradesh.
The site in Palem is interspersed with dolmens, cists burials, stone circles and mehirs and statues. 


The Hindu states that huge anthropomorphic statues which could be the depiction of head priests or king of the tribe, marks the site. Locally these are known as Pandavula Gudi, Pandava banda, Pandava gattu or Daddinala Banda.


Dr.Ramabrahmam and Sivakumar Challa of Indian Archaeology Research Group found a dolmen with a half anthropomorphic statue at Palem, near Kallur in Andhra Pradesh. Here two half anthropomorphs can be seen to have been were joined together. The villagers consider them as horns of a divine ox which they call as Devara Yadhu. 


Mr Challa told to The Hindu that a port hole is carved on the eastern side of the monument to let the spirit go out.BRW was collected in situ from the site which they believe to date back to 500 BC.
Credit: The Hindu.





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