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Bhimbetka rock shelters description and photos - India. Detailed information about the attraction. Description, photographs and a map showing the nearest significant objects. Title in English - Bhimbetka rock shelters.
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The Bhimbetka Rock Caves are a truly unique place located in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, in the Raisen region. Bhimbetka is one of the earliest sources for judging the "culture" and way of life of prehistoric man. According to research by scientists, some of these caves were used as shelter and shelter by the humanoid homo erectus a hundred thousand years ago. For example, some of the rock paintings found there are more than 30 thousand years old.
The name of the caves is associated with the name of the divine hero Bhim from the famous folk epic Mahabharata, who was known for his incredible power. The word "Bhimbetka" comes from "Bhimbaithka", which means "the place where Bhima sits."
The Bhimbetka Caves are located 45 kilometers from the city of Bhopal, on the southern side of the Vindhya mountain range. The whole area is covered with lush vegetation and has a rich fauna.
Archaeologists first became interested in this place in 1888, thanks to the stories of local tribes. Later, starting from the middle of the 20th century, it was studied in more detail by the famous Indian archaeologist Vishnu Sridhar Vakankar. Since then, more than 700 caves-shelters have been discovered in this area, of which 243 belong to the Bhimbetka group, and are amazing caves of various sizes, the smooth walls and rounded shapes of which led scientists to believe that this area was once under water.
The caves gained immense popularity due to the large number of rock paintings, depicting various scenes from life inhabiting them at that time. For example, scenes of the birth of a child, ritual dances, honey gathering, hunting, "funerals", as well as images of plants and animals can be seen there.
The Bhimbetka Rock Caves are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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