The final leg of about 5 kilometres on this 180-km stretch from Hyderabad to this 3,500-year-old Megalithic web site right here checks your persistence. As you method this web site on the banks of the River Krishna in Narayanpet district, the street will get narrower and bumpy.
Dotted with about 80 tall stones ( niluvu raallu as they’re referred to by the locals), or menhirs, the five-acre web site that dates again to 1500 BC, additionally has ‘alignment stones’. As there aren’t any inscriptions left behind, there are two faculties of thought that try to grasp why these menhirs are erected.
Sundeep Mukhta, Founding father of Jai Makthala Belief, who has been constructing a marketing campaign to get a UNESCO Heritage tag for the positioning, felt the aim of those stones are to seize the motion of the solar to estimate the time.
About 500 meters away, there may be one other web site comprising mounds of boulders and stones. Believed to be a burial floor, the positioning additionally includes a three-foot rectangular stone, which has a ‘sky chart’ chiselled on it. “Maybe, they recognized and positioned constellations and astronomical objects utilizing the chart,” he stated.
The sky chart chiselled on a three-foot rectangular stone on the megalithic web site
‘Lovely web site’
“The menhirs have been organized in a number of rows, type alignments and avenues. Research discovered that individual rows of menhirs are aligned to the place of the rising and setting solar on the summer season solstice and equinox,” stated Mukhta. To advertise the positioning, the Belief has been organising excursions, bringing college students and lecturers from close by faculties. A workforce from the Sejong College (South Korea), too, visited the positioning lately.
Panduranga Rao, a retired professor of the Nationwide Institute of Expertise (Warangal) and heritage conservation knowledgeable for 4 many years, described it a ‘lovely web site’. “You don’t actually know the the explanation why these menhirs have been erected within the absence of any inscription. They may have erected it in reminiscence of individuals or sure events. It is advisable examine it,” he stated.
Rao, who helped the Ramappa temple obtain the UNESCO World Heritage Web site tag final 12 months by getting ready a voluminous documentation, felt one wanted to establish the distinctiveness of the positioning and construct a stable file to assist it get the tag. He stated he would chip in too, and assist the folks concerned in getting ready a file to show its uniqueness.
The menhirs, which was once current in an extent of 80 acres till a couple of many years in the past, exist now solely in a couple of acres as the majority of them have been ravaged to make means for farming. The Telangana authorities has stated work in the direction of preservation of the positioning is on. “We have now sanctioned ₹25 lakh and purchased 4.29 acres of land the place the final of the menhirs are concentrated,” V Srinivas Goud, the State Minister for Tourism, Tradition and Archaeology, stated.
Although the menhir aspect of the positioning is acquired by the federal government, the mounds of boulders and the pillar with ‘sky chart’ continues to be in an unprotected space and uncovered to vandalism or unintended injury because of land clearing. Goud stated the method was on to get the stated land transferred from the Income division.
“We are going to do all the things to guard the positioning. We can even type a committee properly earlier than the following assembly of the UNESCO that vets purposes for heritage websites,” he stated.
June 19, 2022