Forgotten Kalajhari sculpture drawing tourists again

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Devtamura (Tripura), Feb 6: Pushed to obscurity by decades-old insurgency and government apathy in providing transport, the 15th century rock sculpture on the Kalajhari hills by the Gomati river here is again drawing tourists.

Images of Shiva, Ganesha, Kartika, Mahisasur Mardini, Durga and others adorn the jagged walls of the Kalajhari hills at Debatamura, which is at a distance of 75 km from Agartala. It is not known who carved the figures of gods and goddesses on the steep surface of the hills in this remote place inhabited by Jamatiya and Reang tribes.

Historian Jahar Acharjee, who studied the carvings, said that available evidences suggested that some soldiers, who were hiding in the area during a Muslim attack in the 15th century, had made them.

Writer Panna Lal Roy, who also studied the sculptures, however, contradicted Acharjee's contention, saying "there is no historical evidence to support it and that it needs more research find the creators". In 'Rajmala', a historical chronicle of Tripura, it was mentioned that the local Reang tribes, who rebelled against the Manikya kings, named the place as Devtamura.

The tribes later became loyal to the Mankiya kings, Roy said. If not for the sculptures, the area anyway deserves to find a place in the tourists' diary for its lush green vegetation dotted with beautiful little bamboo-straw huts of the tribals.


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