Friday, March 27, 2009

Bhimbetka Caves – A Journey Into The Past

No graffiti. No love affair on the wall. This is the best feature of the caves in Madhya Pradesh. The biggest repository of pre historic art in India and are one of the earliest dwellings of human beings. Bhimbetka Caves are located 46 km S-E of Bhopal, the capital city of Madhya Pradesh.

The caves are the treasure house of prehistoric art in the country. Dr. V.S Wakankar, a renowned archaeologist discovered the caves while on his way to Nagpur in 1958. After that it took 16 years to excavate the area. The entire region has more than 600 caves. Some of these caves preserve paintings that traverse various eras. There are enchanting rock paintings that date back to Palaeolithic, Mesolithic and Neolithic period. Some of the paintings are huge linear figures, which have then evolved to become smaller, shapely and more precise.

Bhimbetka Caves – The Covetous Place in Madhya Pradesh

Every year tourist flocks to the caves and in a short span of time, the caves have become the most visited place in Madhya Pradesh. These caves have been used as shelter by the people from the earliest periods. The paintings are a mirror showing the evolution of humanity through time. The style of paintings from separate periods is so different that you can easily differentiate between them.

Paintings of Bhimbetka Caves

The paintings show striking similarity to the aboriginal rock paintings of the Savanna region of Australia done by the pygmies of the Kalahari Desert and the Palaeolithic Lascaux Cave paintings of France. Paintings are of different illustrations. Various activities like birth, burials, dancing, hunting and animal hunting are depicted in these paintings. Pictures of animals like rhinoceros, tiger, buffalo, bears, antelopes, lions etc. find depicition. The colours of the paintings have avoided the vagaries of time. Natural red and white pigments are common colours used in the paintings, green and yellow are also used.

When To Visit Bhimbetka Caves

It is open throughout the year. You can visit the caves anytime of the year. 12 caves are open to the public and Bhimbetka is very easily accessible from Bhopal.

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  • says:
    September 27, 2014 at 5:36 AM

    Visited the evening caves today, ..beautiful

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