One afternoon while traveling, we reached a spot which looked quite mysterious. We stopped by to peep in and have a look around. The first thing that caught our attention was a single stone standing about three feet tall. Here on, walking a little further, we found a stone circle, made of irregular stones. On spotting these two, our excitement doubled, as we waited further to see what more was in store! By now, we were almost sure that this indeed is the place where we could look for Menhirs. We were sure about this as we had read before, their presence in that particular place and its surroundings. Inspecting the surroundings, we found a Dolmenoid Cist, after which it became a confirmed site for spotting the Menhirs. Knowing that we were close to spotting them, we began wandering with curiosity this vast expanse of scattered stones, small hillocks and boulders.
We sighted a few Stone Circles, Cairn Circles and a Dolmeniod Cist. A local shepherd revealed to us that there were more than a hundred such structures (Pandavara Gudi or Dolmenoid Cist), most of which were removed from place and the stones being used for various purposes. One of the striking features of the Dolmenoid Cist is the huge undressed cap stone slab placed horizontally on four comparatively thin vertically standing stone slabs, with one or more port holes. The cap stones we observed were really huge and its thickness varied from about one to two feet, and the vertical standing stones were only about three to four inches thick. We always wonder how people, 3000 plus years ago, played with stones so easily without any help from the so called technology. We found numerous Dolmens without the cap stone, which then resembled the crude swastika (a Hindu religious symbol and Nazi emblem), while some places were scattered with only cap stones.
|Displaced Cap Stone|
|Stone circle with Dolmen in the center|
|Inside a Dolmen|
|Dolmen and Shepherd|
|Look at the Port Hole|
This place is located about 60 km from Bangalore.
Other Prehistoric Sites visited :
1 Chandravalli Gardens, Chitradurga
2 Stone circles of Varlakonda
3 Cave Paintings of Anegundi
4 Rock Carvings of Usgalimal, Goa
5 Pandava Caves of Rivona .
1 "Kuvalahala" - A book about Places of Interest in Kolar
2 The Megalithic Culture in South India - By B.K.Gururaja Rao