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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.