A rare Megalithic cist burial (Gudu samadhi) belonging between 1000 BCE and 600 CE has been discovered at Dasaram village close to Musi river in Nereducherla mandal in Nalgonda district in Telengana District.
Although ancient tribal megaliths are found in abundance in most of the states of India from Kashmir to Kerala and from Mizoram to Gujarat yet they have been denied the pride of being the truest source of India's prehistory.
The people of the world and even of our country are ignorant that India indeed is also a country with a hefty repository of ancient megaliths. The government makes no effort to publicise these tribal monuments to the world.
If megaliths of India are ever recognized as venerated heritage of the tribals, many of their civilisations under wraps till now would surface which subsequently will persuade scholars to rewrite India’s unknown prehistory.
This website is therefore a humble attempt to showcase this unknown treasure of Indian tribals; their megaliths to the world.
Self portrait at the Punkri Burwadih Megaliths.
Marking with lime to show the alignment of the stones and the place to stand
The three menhirs M1, M2 and M3
The North-South aligned stone A
The anxious wait for the sun...
...and there is the solar orb visible right in the centre of the V, behind the hill...cameras flash.
Explaining the functioning of the Punkri Burwadih megalithic observatory to the crowd
The sun is cradled inside the V between the two male female menhirs
This megalithic site is Lati on the way to Itkhori
The very ancient Raja Gosaiwn menhir in Silwar. This menhir is still worshipped by the villagers as Raja Gosaiwn.
These depressions on the rock are called cupules or cupmarks and are appendages of megaliths. This cupuled rock is adjacent to the Raja Gosaiwn menhir in Silwar. These are supposed to have been made thousands years ago and are believed to be the symbol of the erstwhile Mother Goddess.
An Oraon dolmen in the large megalithic site of Banjha
Megalithic site of Gidhore
I stand in the ancient megalithic site of Basantpur near Ghatotand
This very beautiful Mundari site is Gurua near Seotagarha
MEGALITHS OF ROLA (CHANO)
MEGALITHS OF NAPO
DOLMEN IN KESURA
MEGALITHS OF BANADAG
The very ancient menhir at Kallu Chowk, Lohsinghna
This megalithic site in Jabra Road and is worshipped by the locals as the Pacahi Baba. This worship has protected this very ancient megalithic site.
The megaliths of Amnari
The beautiful Birbir megalithic site
The astronomical megaliths of Punkri Burwadih
THE EQUINOX SUNRISE THOUGH THE MENHIRS OF PUNKRI BURWADIH
This is a lizard shaped capstone of a dolmen in Banadag
Prantik, Abhishek and I stand at the marker stone and speak towards the menhir B to experience echo effect.
The natural depression on the menhir can be seen. That the megalith is inclined to the front in the photograph can also be perceived.
Working on the menhir which creates the echo.
Professors and PG students of Physics of Vinoba Bhabhe University tries to unravel the mystery of the echo by covering the menhir.
A curtain is placed at the left side of the menhir to block the draft whether that changes the quality of the echo.
Punkri Burwadih megaliths features in the programme EXPLORING JHARKHAND to be telecast on 31st May 6 P.M. on NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC