A visit to Bhimbetka Caves
Last Sunday I along with my college friends & colleagues visited Bhimbetka caves, a place of great historical importance. One of our teachers also accompanied us.
Bhimbetka caves are located in Ratapani wildlife sanctuary in the central state of Madhya Pradesh in India. These are 46 Km south of Bhopal in the Raisen district and are valuable store house of prehistoric art and architecture in India. Bhimbetka is derived from “Bhim-Baitka” having a mythological connotation. These caves are named after ‘Bhima’, one of the five ‘Pandavas’ of Mahabharata. These were discovered in 1958 by Dr. V.S. Wakankar. These caves have stone age rock paintings which are found to be around 30,000 years old. Also the caves deliver early evidence of local dance & were declared a World Heritage Site in 2003.
We reached there early in the morning. The weather was pleasant. A huge crowd was there including the foreigners. From the ruins, it appeared the Bhimbetka caves were well planned. There were around 600 total caves in the region which comprised mainly of teak & sal trees. These rock shelter caves have a large number of paintings. The colours used were vegetable colours which have endured through time as these paintings were generally made inside nooks & niches. In most paintings red & white pigments were used. These paintings mainly comprised of animals like antelopes, elephants, buffaloes, lizards etc. Other paintings showed various community activities like dance, religious ceremonies & hunting scenes including animal fighting scenes. Apart from the paintings there are various rocks in the region which are in shape of various animals like turtle, bird etc.
We also visited an ancient temple of Devi Maa in the region which was itself made inside a rock cave and is considered to be of utmost importance to the local devotees. Hundreds of pilgrims visit the Bhimbetka caves for visiting this divine temple. I was also fascinated by the view of landscapes from the rocks around the temple which was filled with greenery & vegetation all over.
There were many guides posted there for the visitors. They were extremely generous to us and took keen interest in explaining various historical aspects of Bhimbetka caves.
We spent the whole day looking at the ruins of this historical place. Indeed it was a memorable visit which we enjoyed the most. It will pilfer through the windows of memory for a long time.https://www.gounesco.com/heritage/proof/visit-bhimbetka-caves/https://s3-ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/gounesco.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/09150344/my-friends-behind-the-rock-1024x576.jpghttps://s3-ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/gounesco.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/09150344/my-friends-behind-the-rock-150x150.jpgUncategorizedaman,Bhimbetka,cave,painting,rock,travel,world heritage travel