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.



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.

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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.


That's very unfortunate that those megaliths have been destroyed. It's very good that you got some documentary evidence of the site, but no amount of photographs or descriptions can replace the real thing.


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