Barkagaon has huge possibilties in tourism development

In any state, tourism has a significant role in development of the state. In spite of that in Jharkhand, the tourism sector is never given priorities. Besides, there are huge possibilities of in Jharkhand due to its natural inheritance. Among the many other the possibilities Barkagaon also has many places which can be developed for triggering up the tourism.

Megatiths

(Source: Incredible Jharkhand)

At Pankuri Barwadih are the megaliths or huge stone observatory used for astronomical purposes. There is a group of megaliths found close to Barkagaon that is about 25 km from the headquarters of the district Hazaribagh. The megaliths are arranged in such a manner that two of the most distinguished megaliths create the alignment for the formation of an Equinox point. On every 21st March and 23rd September, many villagers, tourists and researchers visit this place to observe the Equinoxes. The observation takes place for 30 minutes. It is also known to offer great views of the sunrise and sunset throughout the annual Solstices. The scientists and researchers, who study the movements of the Sun, verify with these megaliths, as observatories from the prehistoric times. The observatory can be reached while on the way to Hazaribagh – Barkagaon Road, just in prior to Barkagaon, the megaliths can be seen on the left side of the road.At Pankuri Barwadih are the megaliths or huge stone observatory used for astronomical purposes. There is a group of megaliths found close to Barkagaon that is about 25 km from the headquarters of the district. The megaliths are arranged in such a manner that two of the most distinguished megaliths create the alignment for the formation of an Equinox point. On every 21st March and 23rd September, many villagers, tourists and researchers visit this place to observe the Equinoxes. The observation takes place for 30 minutes. It is also known to offer great views of the sunrise and sunset throughout the annual Solstices. The scientists and researchers, who study the movements of the Sun, verify with these megaliths, as observatories from the prehistoric times. The observatory can be reached while on the way to Hazaribagh – Barkagaon Road, just in prior to Barkagaon, the megaliths can be seen on the left side of the road.

Rockart Sites

The prehistoric rock art of Hazaribagh is painted in some fourteen sandstone rock shelters in the hills of Sati, Mahadeva (Mahudi) and Satpahar Ranges of the Upper Damodar Valley. Authorities have dated the rockart to the Meso-Chalcolithic period (10,000 B.C). There is evidence of an older layer of rock art touching the Palaeolithic. Several microliths and polished stone axe-heads were found in the painted shelters with evidence of Palaeolithic habitation sites and heavy hand axes and stone tools in the hilly region above and alongside the rock art, with Black and Red Ware pottery and remains of an iron industry below. The rock art of the Mesolithic period evidences drawings of wild and domestic animals and the Chalcolithic evidences mandala designs and geometric forms in keeping with the chronology of Wakankar and Brooks (1976) in Central India. The oldest level of rockart I have found to be in Saraiya in the Satpahar Range discovered in 1994 by Erwin Neumayer and Justin Imam. This rockart has a shamanstic series of drawings painted in red haematite which I believe is of the Palaeolithic period, and the most priceless rockart of Hazaribagh.

Sites: Isco, Thethangi, Saraiya, Satpahar I,II, & III, Khandar, Raham, Sidpa, Gonda, and Nautangwa.

Barso Pani

Barso Pani is located at a distance of around 47 km, at the Jhikjhor Basti located on the Barkagaon- Hindegir Road. The district headquarters is around 50 km and 17 km from Barkagaon block from Barso Pani that remains hidden inside the forest.

This place is popular for the semi-formed cave, with which a myth is associated that states, when one claps or shouts “Barso Pani”, the cave starts raining. However, in reality the ceiling of this structure sheds water drops giving an impression of rain and it does so without anyone calling for it. Interestingly, it is only the centre of the ceiling from where the rain drops fall, and both the sides remain dry.

Although there is a small river close to the cave structure, but it can’t be considered the source of these drops of rain. Trekking enthusiasts can trek for roughly a kilometre from Jhikjhor to reach the natural surroundings of Barso Pani. This place is well connected by roadways with few bumps and the 5 km road to Jhikjhor is exciting. There is a cave also which is approx 32 kilometre long according to local people. According to local people , its too dark and lighter or torch light or candle light won’t work inside the cave. Some myth also that its the place of Trival’s (Munda) Goddess and every wish gets fulfilled if you enter the cave and ask to Goddess.  Cave entrance is so narrow but inside, the cave is so wide . Located between the dense forest, its really an adventures place to visit.

 

 

Sati-Hiils

Cave Paintings in Sati Hills

Sati Hills are located at Barkagaon, in Hazaribagh district of the State. The place is known for abnormally large sized caves full of beautiful cave paintings. According to the reports of the archaeological study made here, the caves must have been large enough to accommodate more than 200 people in sitting position. There is a small stream of water that flows along the side of the cave throughout the year. Small hillocks near these caves have numerous engravings of animals like buffaloes, deers and tigers. There are also many images of male and female forms with their arms raised in these caves. Apart from that there are many intriguing carvings of human figures carrying dead animals on their backs or sitting together.

The hills are known for abnormally large sized caves which are full of cave paintings. Archaeologists claim that the caves must have been large enough to accommodate more than 200 people. There is a tiny stream of water that flows along the side of the cave throughout the year. Detailed studies and research have pointed out that the caves were inhabited by the ancient man. Small hillocks made up with scattered boulders near these caves have numerous engravings of animals like buffaloes, deers and tigers.

One can also find many images of male and female forms with their arms raised. Archaeologists believe that these images depicted the joy of men and women after the huntsmen returned with the catch of the day, which would sustain the group for a while. Another interesting carving found here is of a long necked animal, (longer than modern day giraffes) that is probably extinct today. Apart from that there are many intriguing carvings of human figures carrying dead animals on their backs or sitting together. Archaeologists are especially baffled by certain images which portrays various geometrical patterns drawn within a thick foliage.

Isko-Barkagaon

Isko – Marwadwar – Cave of forgotten Dreams!!

Kandaber temple 
Kandaber is a small Village/hamlet in Keredari Block in Hazaribagh District of Jharkhand State, India. It comes under Kandaber Panchayath. It is located 26 KM towards west from District head quarters Hazaribagh. 9 KM from Keredari. 79 KM from State capital Ranchi

 

Art on mud houses:

 

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