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.

MENHIRS. CHATRA

MENHIRS. CHATRA


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.in/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…

HISTORY BOOKS OF JHARKHAND WILL NOW TEACH MY RESEARCH ON MEGALITHS FROM THIS YEAR...now this is some news !!!

UMBRELLA STONES OR KUDAKALLU

UMBRELLA STONES OR KUDAKALLU
KERALA

Wednesday, 2 January 2019

the astronomical megaliths of Rola/Chano completely destroyed

The demolished astronomical megaliths of Rola/Chano


Rola/Chano megalithic complex in her hey days.

It was about 20 years ago that I had first discovered this tiny megalithic site of Chano also known as Rola. Finding this to be a tiny megalith I held this to be an insignificant site while I contemplated on my other discovered megalithic sites.

Much later only when I took up Rola/Chano megaliths as my study site then I realized what a major site this was; something which the country had never seen earlier.
The site was indeed a very early form of a sasandiri burial of the erstwhile tribals. Apart from this I found the megalithic complex was exactly located at the intersection of the alignments of the hills in the landscape. The stones in the site were positioned perfectly aligned to the hills in the landscape.

The site I found was oriented towards the sunrises and sets of both the Summer and Winter Solstices. Black and Red Wares (BRW); a rarity in Jharkhand have found by the plough adjacent to the site. Stone tools as scrapers, point, blades an iron implements as tattoo maker, nail pairer and fragment of a bone flute has been found in situ from the site and these are all in my personal museum.
There were more basic mathematics and horizon astronomy in the site which I have mentioned in two of my books: SACRED STONES IN INDIAN CIVILIZATION and THE ARCHAEOASTRONOMY OF A FEW MEGALITHIOC SITE OF JHARKHAND.


People gather along with me to view the Winter Solstice sunrise in the site

The triangular pointer is positioned perfectly to point towards the sunrise of the Winter Solstice

Archaeologists, scholars, archaeoastronomers from all over the world as England, France, Germany and Russia apart from various megalith lovers from other parts of the nation thronged to the site. Several documentaries were made on the site.
Archaeologists of ASI, State Secretary, DCs, Commissioner all visited the site and suggested immediate protection of the site.
They all lied as these people had no interest in protecting a tribal megalithic site hence nothing was done and today the site has been completely vandalized by uprooting the astronomically planted stones. The triangular pointers towards the sunrises are grounded to dust and burial stones have been towed away.
In the process the a major source of India’s prehistory is lost along with the evidence that mathematics and astronomy was known to the ancient tribals thousands of years prior to the Brahmanical astronomers.

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Saturday, 28 July 2018

My latest book THE ARCHAEOASTRONOMY OF A FEW MEGALITHIC SITES IN JHARKHAND

The cover of my latest book THE ARCHAEOASTRONOMY OF A FEW MEGALITHIC SITES IN JHARKHAND.

My latest book THE ARCHAEOASTRONOMY OF A FEW MEGALITHIC SITES IN JHARKHAND published by Niyogi Books New Delhi has been released in the International Book Fair in New Delhi in the month of January of 2018. 


The book as such is not specifically on archaeology of the megalithic sites but on their archaeoastronomy. Although archaeology of the sites is indeed dealt in it, the book cites 6 amazing megalithic sites (of which four having discovered by me) constructed by the ancient adivasis with basic mathematics and observational astronomy. 

The book mentions the finds of various pottery, stone tools and other grave yields from the sites. But the book prominently deals with the stunning mathematics and astronomy which the ancients used to create these amazing megalithic sites some time in prehistory.
This being the first ever book on megalithic archaeoastronomy it is cogently written and comprises of stunning photographs and sketches of the positioning of the stones within the megalithic complexes.
       
Two of India's leading newspapers THE HINDU and the BUSINESS STANDARD has reviewed the book and have found it to be amazing. The links to the reviews are as under:


https://www.thehindu.com/books/books-reviews/the-archaeoastronomy-of-a-few-megalithic-sites-of-jharkhand-review-fragments-of-memory/article22918219.ece
                                                                   &
https://www.business-standard.com/article/news-ians/unspoken-wisdom-that-only-megaliths-can-impart-book-review-118050500196_1.html


The book is available in lot many bookstores and also on-line as in Amazon etc.


Monday, 16 July 2018

Cupules depicting acoustic properties in a menhir

Monday, 7 May 2018

SACRED BREAST SHAPED HILLS AROUND THE WORLD

Various sacred breast shaped hills across the world

The prehistoric world primarily being matriarchal and/or matrilinear was carpetted under the now defunct fertility cult. 
Traces of this ancient civilisation can be still seen in several tribal cultures across the world in places like in China, India, Africa etc. Several shapes of mountains resembling recumbent pregnant women were held to be sacred landscape figures even worshipped as Recumbent Mother Goddess forms.

Breast and vulvas were regarded sacred being representative of the ubiquitous Mother Goddesses: appendages of the fecundity cult.

The world comprises of several natural breast shaped hills which being appendages of the fertility cult of the Mother Goddesses were once very sacred for the the ancients. 
Many megaliths have been placed in alignment to such hills. 

The Punkri Burwadh megalithic site in Jharkhand state of east India is cradled between two breast shaped Amjhori hills oriented to the East-West (Fig 6).

Mams Tor is a Mother Hill in England. Maithan or the Breast of the Mother is a famous hill in Jharkhand on the Jharkhand-Bengal border of east India (Fig 10).

Below are a few photographs of such breast shaped hills of around the world including that of India which were the accessories of the prevalent fecundity cult of the Mother Goddesses. 
These hills therefore were held very sacred by the Mother Goddess worshippers during prehistoric times.


Fig1. Breast shaped hills with nipples. Guizhou Province.China. Source: Wikipedia.



Fig 2, One Breast Hill with nipple.Himalayas. Tibet. Source: Wikipedia.

Fig 3.Breast shaped Hill. Deganwy castle. Wales. Source: Wikipedia.



One Breast Hill. Western Sahara. Source: Wikipedia.

Fig 4.THE EMINENT "PAPS OF ANU" BREAST SHAPED MOTHER HILL. IRELAND


Fig 5. Twin Peak Breast Hill. San Francisco. USA. Source: Wikipedia.

Fig 6. The Amjhori Breast shaped Hills. India. The famous Punkri Burwadih megalithic site is cradled exactly between these two breast shaped hills. The monument is also positioned exactly on the East-West axis. Credit : Author.

Fig 7. Breasts of Aphrodite Hill. Mykonos. Greece. Source: Wikipedia.

Fig 8.Two breasts. Lohardagga. India. Credit: Author.

Fig 9. Virgin Breast Mountain. Somalia. Source: Wikipedia.

Fig 10. The two Breasts of the Maithon Hill. The term Maithan itself means the Breasts of the Mother.


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