Lakhudiyar

By: Louk Vreeswijk

Oct 23 2016

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Category: Asia, India

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Already in prehistory humans must have been enchanted by the natural beauty of the Kumaon hills. They have left their traces, as we can see for example in the rock shelter the board on the photo speaks so nicely about. Lakhudiyar can be found between present day Almora and Jageshwar. It looks as if the board of the Archaeology Department is trying hard to become itself a remnant of the past. It doesn’t seem to bear the test of time as well as the signs painted by prehistoric man!

Rock shelter painting, Lakhudiyar, Kumaon, Uttarakhand, India 2013

Rock shelter painting, Lakhudiyar, Kumaon, Uttarakhand, India 2013

The nearby mountain stream must have made the sheltered spot an attractive one for settling down for a while.

Rock shelter painting, Lakhudiyar, Kumaon, Uttarakhand, India 2013

Rock shelter painting, Lakhudiyar, Kumaon, Uttarakhand, India 2013

The way this group of people is painted on the rock face takes me back to my early childhood days. I remember how I liked folding a sheet of paper as a harmonica and then cut out the figure of a person. After unfolding the paper I would have a whole row of the same figures holding hands (and feet).
A sense of affinity: an image painted by a human being many thousands of years ago evokes an image from my own distant past.

Photo of the week: Board at Lakhudiyar rock shelter of the Regional Archaeological Unit, Almora, Kumaon, Uttarakhand, India 2013 

One comment on “Lakhudiyar”

  1. Seems like the Archaeological board is going to be heritage piece in sometime soon..

    Thanks for sharing the experience of such a wonderful place.

    Cheers.


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