Heritage India


India being a very ancient civilization has many treasures that are still not discovered. Here is one such heritage news story.
Madhya Pradesh is poised to claim yet another (Bhimbetka was already known) world record in rock art for the longest chain of rock art. The 12-km-long site, with most of its petroglyphs or pre-historic rock carvings intact, has been discovered in Mandsaur district of Malwa region, which is also home to Bhimbetka, the UNESCO world heritage site, 45 km south of Bhopal.

The Rock Arts Society of India (RASI) knew about the existence of the site for sometime. It has now gone official saying the site in the Vindhyan tableland, a plateau lying north of the central part of the Vindhya range, is indeed the “longest chain of rock arts in the world”. “Nowhere in the world has anybody come across such an extensive chain of rock arts with little interruption. What’s exciting is most petroglyphs are intact,” as claimed by internationally acclaimed paleontologist and former RASI secretary G L Badam.

The site is situated inside dense forests, 35 km from Bhanpura town, about 350 km from Bhopal. Earliest carvings in the chain are mostly of animals like rhino, nilgai , bear, panther, elephant, monkey, turtle and crocodile. But there are also pictures of cow, bull, buffalo, pig and horse. Experts have called the discovery of the Bhanpura rock arts as “an important milestone in the history of anthropology”. “The presence of a variety of rituals, processions and fighting scenes goes to prove the continuity of the art and early man’s culmination into community living.”

Most of the discoveries in pre-independent India were the works of western experts. After independence, every one thought that there would be many new discoveries. But it didn’t happen. Perhpas, the area doesn’t attract many students.

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