This website is an attempt to showcase to the world the vast cache of prehistoric tribal megaliths that exists in the sub-continent of India; something which the world in general is unaware of.

The presence of such a large treasure of tribal megaliths authenticates the dominance of non-Aryan tribes in prehistoric India.

Hills were a pre-requisite for the location of a megalithic site. To both the tribals and the Hindus, hills since ancient times were held as the breasts or the vulva/womb of the ubiquitous Mother Goddess. Therefore alignment of the tribal megaliths to such hills elevated them to the status of a Mother Goddess burial-temple.

“Who goes to the hills goes to his mother. “ Rudyard Kipling.

“Living in the hills is like living in a strong, sometimes proud but always a comforting Mother.” Ruskin Bond.

BURIAL STONES

BURIAL STONES
KHASI MEGALITHS. MEGHALAYA.

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

WARNING BELLS FOR PUNKRI BURWADIH MEGALITHS

You can see how houses have cropped up in the horizon and gradually they have begun to come close to the prehistoric megalithic observatory posing a great to it .



The boundary wall in the distance is that of a sub-station of NTPC. The  wall will obstruct the prehistoric astronomical alignments of many a stones to the peaks and notches of the encircling hill range.


Monday, 18 April 2016

Archaeotechnology, Music and Dance | Sharada Srinivasan





Sharada Srinivasan dances to the tune of music produced from millena old megaliths and other other rocks used as percussion instruments by Neolithic and Megalithic societies.

Monday, 4 April 2016

THE LOST CITY OF MEGALITHS OF VANGCHHIA. MIZORAM. NORTH-EAST INDIA.

Alignments of stones. Vangchhia. Credit: mizomegaliths.blogspot.in


Decorative menhir of Vangchhia. Credit:by H.Lalnunmawia


Near the border of Mynamar in Mizoram in North East India is a sleepy hamlet of Vangchhia. The place houses a large megalithic site that once comprises of hundreds of tall menhirs. Runneihthanga remembers it as a place of shadows. “When we were children, there were hundreds of menhirs. They cast long shadows and we often played among them,” said the 69-year-old villager.

There were so numerous that no one seemed to have kept count of how many were lost over the years. “Every time someone died in the village, us children and teenagers would come here with the blacksmith. He would pound off a piece with his big hammer, large enough for us to carry, and all of us would carry one or two each and give it to the young men making the grave,” he says.

Petroglyphs of concentric cirlces on menhirs. Credit:by H.Lalnunmawia


At the cemetery, older villagers would use these rocks to build a particular kind of grave, verily a casket of stone. Called tianhrang, they are no longer as common throughout Mizoram. But for many generations, there was nothing but these graves.
Whenever there was a death in the village, explains F Laldawla, a villager in his sixties, the young men would dig the ground at the cemetery, slightly bigger than would fit an average person.

Then they would line the bottom and the sides with flat pieces of rock and then — with great care and in a particular way that often ended in a cave-in if it was done otherwise — stack the rocks atop each other while leaving just a couple of feet, or even less, open. When the body arrived at the cemetery after the funeral, they would inter it by sliding it in through the mouth of this small, man-made cave, stack more rocks on top so it became a coffin of stone, and then shovel earth on it.


A water pavilion like structure excavated by ASI. Credit: Indian Express.

At Vangchhia, Champhai district, perhaps because so many flat rocks were available at the field of menhirs just outside the village, the practice was in vogue for a long time. Laldawla or his wife did not immediately remember when the practice stopped.

The best rocks were, of course, pieces hammered off from the menhirs that stood at what is now famous across Mizoram as Kawtchhuah Ropui — the first and only archaeological site to have so far been protected (and led to a full-fledged excavation project) by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) in Mizoram. The current interest in the area, and sites around it, many hope, will help lift the fog over the history of how the Mizo community came to occupy the lands they do and perhaps reveal some hidden histories. 


Strange wall in Lungropui about 5 kilometres from Vangchhia. Credit: Facebook Page of Vangchhia.

Menhirs bearing enigmatic engravings were by no means unique to Vangchhia. Entire clusters of menhirs in smaller densities were spread across the eastern hill range of Mizoram at sites near the villages of Farkawn, Lianpui, Khankawn, Khawbung, Vaphai and Dungtlang, while apparently ancient iron artefacts and old pots, both broken and whole, have been recently unearthed at Zawlsei and Khawbung. Dungtlang, in addition, has a vast hilltop site across which is spread across what appears to be the remains of an ancient settlement — stone blocks arranged as if they were once dwellings, and small man-made caves topped with menhirs taller than the average full-grown man. 
At Lungphunlian, further to the north, are menhirs that bear no engravings but are many times the size of their counterparts elsewhere, the tallest among them rising almost 15 feet tall, with an estimated 5 feet buried in the ground and, at its widest point, measuring 12 feet across and 2 feet thick.
ASI has also found the habitation site. According to them, "...a city belonging to a greater lost civilization might have once existed there." 

Credit: Adam Sapsringsanga and Indian Express.
         : NorthEast Today.
         : mizomegaliths.blogspot.in


Wednesday, 13 January 2016

PYRAMIDS OF NALANDA, INDIA

It is difficult to believe that India too possesses Pyramids. But as they are not known as Pyramids here hence no one is aware of their presence in the country.

NALANDA:

In the Bihar state of East India the country has one of her first Universities. Founded by the King Kumaragupta (CE 413-455) of the great Gupta Dynasty, this ancient Buddhist institution of Nalanda is believed to have housed once 10000 students and 2000 Professors. The study course included scriptures of Buddhism, Vedas, Logic, Grammar, Medicine, Astronomy, Pottery making and Metal Casting etc.

This monastic University attracted students from China, Tibet, Indonesia, Ceylon etc.The University housed classrooms, hostels for both the professors and the students, open air auditorium, monasteries, temples, tombs of deceased professors, stupas (burial tomb-shrines) and chaityas (Buddhist prayer halls). The emblematic structure of the University is the Saruputta stupa .

The University which continued to function till the 13th cent was burnt down and its students, monks and the professors were killed by the barbaric Muslim invader called Bakhtiyar Khalji.

Among these various Buddhist Temples there are a few which actually are step-pyramids built in bricks, they are Temples 13 and 14.

Temple 14 is a huge pyramid which once housed a colossal stucco image of the Buddha.Take a look at this magnanimous step-pyramid:

The Pyramid from one of the sides


The view of the Pyramid from a different angle showing the entrance.



The inner chamber.
 It once housed a colossal Buddha. The tinned shed is a new addition.

The monastic Buddhist University of Nalanda is usually publicised by the below given photograph which is the stupa of Sariputta. Sariputta lived during the Buddha and was his most devout follower. 

The stupa inside the University was built much later perhaps during 5th cent CE. What however is most astounding is the structure behind it; it is that of a pyramid. See for yourself in the below given photographs:


The iconic stupa of Sariputta, the most devout follower of the Buddha. In the foreground is the open air theater and its stepped seats are also visible.


Behind, the Sariputta stupa transforms into a Pyramid with a flat top.

Temple 13, much similar to temple 14 also housed a large stucco image of the Buddha.Take a look at this amazing pyaramidical structure of the Buddhist temple, this indeed changes the concept of temples in India:


The Temple 13.
This is another unique Buddhist temple that somewhat resembles a pyramid.

The mere look at this amazing structure of this pyramidal Buddhist temple with its grand steps in the foreground is indeed overpowering.


The Pyramids of India are different from their counterparts of the world. They are comparativley of the more recent period, rather belonging of the historical times. It is difficult to conclude firmly how Pyramid making came to India.

China has her own share of Pyramids. The concept of Pyramids was probably carried over to Nalanda by the Chinese Buddhist monks, travellers or the students.

The Buddhist Tripatakas or the accounts of Fa-Hien, Huen Tsang may come handy in unravelling this mystery.

Sunday, 13 December 2015

THE AMAZING SIMILAR MEGALITHS IN INDIA AND LAOS


Both the above megaliths have an unusual architecture. These are columned structures with sharp vertical sides and holes at their top. These two megaliths are placed hundreds of miles apart. Archaeology has no name for such a megalith in India.



This is Laos. Strangely there is a similarity between the above shown megaliths with holes at their top in India and the one ones of Laos known as Jar Megaliths. However there are differences; the Laos ones comprise both the columned and the circular type but that of India houses only the columned types. The Laos megaliths as in the above photograph not only have holes at their top as that of India but unlike that of India these are hollow in the middle.


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

Megaliths of Jharkhand go to
megalithsofjharkhand.blogspot.com

Copper beads found during excavations in megaliths of Kerala. Read on:http://www.thehindu.com/news/states/kerala/article2935549.ece

A huge mysterious Peru type feature of the letter VI has been discovered on a hillock in Gujarat by Geology scholars. Chances are that the feature could be man made. Read on...

The 'kodakkal' or the 'Umbrella Stones', a type of unique dolmens typical only to Kerala lie in utter neglect. As-Prof Devdas now heads a study on the megaliths of Kerala. Visit:http://varnam.nationalinterest.in/2010/12/saving-megalithic-sites/

125 megaliths have been discovered in the region of Junapani in Vidharba.

About 3000 year old megaliths have been discovered in Nagpur Amravati road.

3000 year old megaliths have been discovered in a college campus of Khammam of A.P. College authorities have planned to protect them. Great Job. Hope there were more like them.


The legendary Burjhaom megaliths of Kashmir: http://www.jstor.org/pss/985068