Saturday, February 4, 2017

Ancient rock carvings on granite rocks near Ranchi city.

Carvings are of Lord Ganesh, Lord Hanuman and Shivling.
Dr. Nitish Priyadarshi

This site is in (Navratangarh) Doisagarh and is located in Gumla district of Jharkhand and is not much far from the capital city of Ranchi. Carvings are of Lord Ganesh, Lord Hanuman and Shivling. These carvings are estimated to be more than 400 years old.

Stone has been used for carving since ancient times for many reasons. Most types of stone are easier to find than metal ores, which have to be mined and smelted. Stone can be dug from the surface and carved with hand tools. Stone is more durable than wood, and carvings in stone last much longer than wooden artifacts. Stone comes in many varieties and artists have abundant choices in color, quality and relative hardness. Carving stone into sculpture is an activity older than civilization itself.