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Unakoti

A mountain, and on the sides of it carved out stone images, a spring descending in the rivulet, a place of archeological wonder Unakoti in Tripura of North East India is unparalleled. The images found at Unakoti are of two types namely rock-carved figures and stone images. The marvelous rock carvings, murals with their primitive beauty, waterfalls are not to be missed. Unakoti means one less than a crore and it is said that these many rock cut carvings are available here. According to the archeological department, the Shiva idols of Unakoti date back to the 8th or 9th century. Some also opine that this holy place was the Shaiva-Tirtha of the Pal-era. Others consider that these might have been worked out even before that period. Some others think that these idols were sculpted by master sculptors elsewhere and were brought in Unakoti with great care. There is no let up in research work on Unakoti idols. But all come to the same conclusion that the idols and images of Unakoti were not made in one particular spell of time. These were worked out in different periods of time and, therefore, these were influenced by different religious sects. Some archaeologists opine that these were of the period of Pal dynasty, as a Shaiva Tirtha, others have traced it as a Buddhist meditation centre. Hence, Unakoti is also seen as a symbol of religious unity.

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Ben Neptun , November 04, 2005; 08:59 P.M.

Interesting carving. Thank you for sharing the story behind this. Photographically, I'd like something in this picture that would show a sense of scale (to know how large/small this is). 5/6

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Swapan Chaudhuri , November 05, 2005; 03:20 P.M.

Very Good, Partha...

.... I am glad to see that someone can actually go there and take pictures, without risking life !

Agree with Ben. Something to show tthe scale, e.g. a human figure by the side in the foreground would have been nice.

IIRC, it is about 14 feet from one ear to the other.

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Parthasarathi Chakrabarti , November 06, 2005; 02:15 P.M.

Thank you all for your valuable comments.

The hight of this art work around 30 ft. I will take another chance in near future to go there, and then I will remember your advice, thank you again.

Mark Keefer , September 12, 2008; 12:22 A.M.

Good photo of this amazing carving. The circles that look like the sun first made me think this could have been from Central or South America. Thanks to your description I have learned a few things today. It looks like you took this photo at the right time of the day so the light and shadow really show the relief of the carving. Nicely done, and your description was very informative. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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Srikanth Kondeti , April 15, 2010; 04:53 P.M.

Great Explanation

Very nice..... More over very good explanation about that. Keep it up.

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