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Rock Cut Carvings in Tripura

Unakoti


It is Shaiba pilgrimage and dates back to 7 th – 9 th centuries if not earlier. 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 . As per Hindu mythology, when Lord Shiva was going to Kashi along with one crore gods and goddesses he made a night halt at this location. He asked all the gods and goddesses to wake up before sun rise and proceed for Kashi. It is said that in the morning, except Shiva himself, no one else could get up so set out for Kashi himself cursing the others to become stone images as a result we have one less than a crore stone images and carvings at Unakoti.These carvings are located at a beautifully landscaped forest area with green vegetation all around which add to the beauty of the carvings.

The images found at Unakoti are of two types namely rock-carved figures and stone images. Among the rock cut carvings, the central Shiva head and gigantic Ganesha figures deserve special mention. The central Shiva head known as ‘Unakotiswara Kal Bhairava' is about 30 feet high including an embroidered head-dress which itself is 10 feet high. On each side of the head-dress of the central Shiva, there are two full size female figures - one of Durga standing on a lion and another female figure on the other side. In addition three enormous images of Nandi Bull are found half buried in the ground. There are various other stone as well as rock cut images at Unakoti.

Every year a big fair popularly known as ‘Ashokastami Mela' is held in the month of April which is visited by thousands of pilgrims.

Location :  178 k.m. from Agartala.  8 k.m. from Kailashahar, district head quarter of North Tripura District.
Accommodation : Uttarmegh Tourist Lodge.
How to reach Agartala ?
From Agartala to Kailashahar by bus (fare Rs.60/-) and then by Jeep upto Unakoti ( Rs.10/-).
From Dharmanagar to Unakoti by bus ( Fare Rs.15/-) only.

Debatamura


Deotamura is famous for its panels of rock carvings on the steep mountain wall on the bank of Gomati. There are huge images carved of Shiva, Vishnu, Kartika, Mahisasur Mardini Durga and other gods and goddesses. This is also called Chabimura. These images date back to 15th-16th centuries.

Location : 
75 k.m. from Agartala.
Accommodation :
Raima Tourist Lodge at Jatanbari.

Pilak

Treasure house of Hindu and Buddhist Sculpture. It dates back to 8 th and 9 th centuries. Beautiful images scattered in an area of about 10 Sq.Km. have been found. The images, terracotta plaques and sealing found here reflect survival of heterodox creeds and sects representing both Hinduism and Buddhism. Colossal stone images of Avolokiteshwar and Narasimha have been found here.

Location : 
100 k.m. from Agartala.
Accommodation :
Pilak Pantha Niwas, Bagafa and Dakbanglow, Shantir Bazar.
How to reach Agartala ?
By bus from Agartala to Julaibari in Belonia Sub-Division ( fare Rs.27/- ) only. Then by auto rickshaw or rickshaw ( 5 km. ), fare negotiable.


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