Posted by Champaklal Dajibhai Mistry on May 14, 2010


33 Edakkal Caves

Edakkal Caves in Kerala is located at 4,000 feet above sea level on
 the top of Mount Ambukuthi 10 kilometers from Sultanbathery in  Wayanad district
has  world's Richest
Petroglyphs (Pictographic) Gallery of its kind
with petroglyphs done as early as 4000 years and as old as 8,000 years...
These petroglyphs are believed to have been created by highly civilized prehistoric people.....
The Edakkal cave site is on an ancient route connecting the high ranges of Mysore to the ports of Malabar.


Stone age
Petroglyphs including human and animal figures carvings
dating back to about 6000 BC in Edakkal Caves in Kerala, India

.......today's new story.....

......2000 bc Harappan culture `signatures'
found in  Edakkal caves IN Kerala, INDIA......

(From: a href="http://news.in.msn.com/national/article.aspx?cp-documentid=3251075"> MSN.NEWS: September 29, 2009: C S Narayanan Kutty, Press Trust Of IndiaKozhikode)

        A rock engraving, indicating clear remnants of Harappan culture, has been found in the Edakkal caves in neighbouring Wayanad district, linking the Indus Valley civilization with South India.

     "There had been indications of remnants akin to the Indus Valley civilization in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, but these new findings give credence to the fact that the Harappan civilization had its presence in the region too and could trace the history of Kerala even beyond the Iron Age," historian M R Raghava Varier said.

     The unique symbols integral to the Indus Valley culture traced in Harappa and Mohanjedaro region that stretched up to Pakistan, were found inside the caves during recent excavations by the State Archaeological Department.

     Of the identified 429 signs, "a man with jar cup", a symbol unique to the Indus civilization and other compound letters testified to remnants of the Harappan culture, spanning from 2300 BC to 1700 BC, in South India, Varier, who led the excavation at the caves told PTI.

     The "man-with-the-jar" symbol, an integral remnant commonly traced in parts where the Indus Valley civilization existed, has even more similarities than those traced in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, he said.

    The 'man-with-the-jar' has been a distinct motif of the Indus valley symbols. The Edakkal engraving has retained its unique style as the engraver tried to attain a two-dimensional human figure, Varier said.

     This could be attributed to the transformation from the distinct symbols of the Indus Valley civilization that could have taken place in due course of time, he said.

    The 'jar' is more or less same as those in Indus ligature. But the human figure is a little different.

    "These symbols form part of compound letters similar to scripts and no concerted efforts appear to have been made in the past to decipher them, with a lone exception by Iravatham Mahadevan (a scholar on the Indus valley civilization), who could gather valuable ideas from such letters," he said.

   "The discovery of the symbols are akin to that of the Harappan civilization having predominantly Dravidian culture and testimony to the fact that cultural diffusion could take place. It is wrong to presume that the Indus culture disappeared into thin air," Varier said.

    The symbols and pictographs found in the Edakkal cave were subjected to study for the first time in 1901 by Fawsette, a police official of the then Malabar district.

   Later, Varier, along with noted history scholar Rajan Gurukkal carried out further studies, which testified that the caves had remnants up to the Iron Age.

   The new findings could take the history of Edakkal and Kerala even beyond and throw more light into the culture of the region, Varier added.

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......the original tribal inhabitants
of the Waynard District still living their tribal culture....

Edakkal Caves , WayanadEdakkal Caves Wayanad
(from bharatonline.com)

The Edakkal Caves in Wayanad are magnificent formations of nature. The word 'Edakkal' itself means 'a stone in between'. The structure of these caves is truly extraordinary as a big boulder balances itself on two relatively smaller boulders, thus forming the truly fascinating Edakkal Caves of Kerala. These caves are a very popular tourist attraction of Wayanad. The cave has two levels inside that can be entered through an entrance that is merely 5 feet in height.

      The lower chamber is around 18 feet long and 10 feet high. A small passage from there leads to the upper chamber that is around 95 feet long and 18 feet high. This truly magnificent structure is a storehouse of pre-historic art forms. These etchings and carvings on the walls of the caves are truly fascinating as they date back to almost 5000 years. This attracts historians and archaeologists from all over the world. The Edakkal Caves have been the cradle of human civilization at different stages in history.

(from hinduonnet.com): By Manu Remakanth

       The sun casts its shadow as the path gradually climbs up. To hike up 4,000 feet above sea level is no easy task. But to reach the Edakkal caves, one of the most important historical sites in India, one has to be unrelenting. The dry crunchy leaves under your feet, the twitter of birds, the early morning rays and chill, make the trudge to the top of Mount Ambukuthi, an exhilarating one.

The last pull to the top is tiring though as you have to squeeze through gaps in rocks to reach a small dark mouth of a cavern. Upon reaching the entrance to the cave, the small gap gives you the queasy feeling that you will have to be on all fours throughout the time spent in the cave. However, your fears come to a rest upon entering the cave. The air is crisp and the cave is spacious enough for you to stand and look around.

The dampness around is the first thing that strikes you. A trickling sound shows a perennial stream. At our guide, Wilson's insistence, we taste the water. Refreshing. Revitalized, we continue our long haul up to the second cave, our destination. Even with the flight of stairs cut into the rocks, we found it tough. Wilson continued to inspire us with stories of how octogenarians' made it to the top. We finally make it to the top and to the opening of a cave. The unassuming entrance leads us to an enthralling sight.

An enormous cave, it is surprisingly bright in here. I soon learn how Edakkal (its literal meaning is `the stone in the middle'). A huge boulder acts as the roof of the cave. "The rocks might have been split asunder in pre historic times during an earthquake or landslip and the boulder might have fallen then," reasons Wilson.  For the tribals who lived in the Neolithic age, the cave was their abode. They drew their dreams and visions on the rocky walls using sharp stone tools. The cave was discovered in 1890 when Fred-Fawcett, the then superintendent of police of the Malabar District, stumbled upon it. He identified the site as the abode of Neolithic people.

The carvings on the walls show how a chief clad in arms led the people and how they hunted for animals. Our ancestors apparently travelled in carts as depicted in a drawing of a woman in a cart. To prevent visitors from doing damage to the carvings, an iron rod separates them from the wall. Outside the cave, one can see the rolling mountains under the deep blue sky. Down below, a stream gurgles down the rocks. I absorb the scenic beauty and imagine myself as the chief shown on the walls, surveying his small empire and on the lookout for enemies. A trip to the past.

 (From: Kerala Holiday )

Once you enter the place, you are likely to be overwhelmed by the cave drawings, ancient scripts on stone, pictorial figures of humans and animals as well as profusion of the symbols within. These pictures are very rare and point towards the existence of the stone age man.
There are other legends associated with the place as well which say that the arrows fired by Lava and Kusha, the two sons of Sri Ram, were the cause of the formation of the cave.


PaniyasKnow the Tribal inhabitants in waynard district, the location of edakkal caves::
      It is quite possible that the tribal habitants of Wayland district could have genetic and cultural lifestyle connection with the creators of Edakkal caves who seem to have been highly civilized pre-historical peoples. Wayanad offers its visitors a unique opportunity to view this tribal life.

The Paniyas, Kurichias, Kurumas and the Kattunaykas are some of the oldest inhabitants of these jungles. Visit one of their villages, taste their food and drinks, watch their art forms, rituals and festivals, and you'll see life - as it was many generations ago.

Vattakkali and Kooliyattam of the Paniyar tribe, Gadhika of Adiyar tribe, Kolkali of the Kurumars and Nellukuthupattu of the Kurichiyas are the major tribal arts in Wayanad.
           PVAF is publishing this news as part of its continual search for and sharing with humanity the True Knowledge (bRH`m-GNaan) of True Reality (Creator bRH`m)......This news story should be read with the recent news story on this web page titled "PEOPLES OF INDIA ARE ORIGINAL PEOPLES OF THE LAND.....Aryan ancestry of Indian people is a myth....say Harvard Medical School Study....." (click here to read this false Aryan ancestry story)
          By reading as noted above...one would realize that there is finally mounting evidence against the misinformation spread by 19th and 20th century historians about the invading Aryan origin of peoples of  Indian subcontinent....

         It appears now the human race called
"Aryan" does not even exist....and thus the entire corpus of vED = SCIENCES OF LIFE AND CREATION that is extant in India in sNskRUt language was always in the Indian subcontinent and not imported to Indian sub-continent by so called "Aryans"....

.....which is the oldest known civilization in our world today....
......a civilization of a lifestyle with
highly evolved life sciences, building sciences and
socio-economic cultural sophistication...
          Please click on the next line to go to the next page of this news story with another news report dated April 3, 2008 about the resumption of excavating the Edakkal Caves/strong> after 114 years of its discovery .....and information on Edakkal Caves location and contents with photos of the caves and the 8000 year old petroglyphs on the cave walls....

......And learn more the currently available knowledge on the Indus Valley Civilization  which is over 10,000 year old/span> & in Indian sub-continent....
     Indus Valley Civilization is the oldest known civilization founded on life sciences of vED...with an amazing new facts that the Indus Valley Civilization has not disappeared as believed by 19th and 20th century western archeologists ....but evolved a natural evolution for the vEDik time era called kli-yug which started about 5111 years ago...The lifestyle of humans in kli-yug is described in all of the 18 puraaAN sNskRUt texts of vED sciences and is self-evidently true as kli-yug evolves to its 432,000 year span....


..........please HAVE A  PHOTO TOUR
Edakkal caves.....
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Above and below Photos: Entrance to Edakkal Caves:  This is a crevice for about 96 ft in length and 22 ft width. A fissure was created due to a rock splitting due to natural weathering. The depth of the crevice and the fissure is nearly 30 ft which gives an appearance of a cave to any observer.
Edakkal caves Wayanad

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Edakkal caves, Kalpetta, Wayanad, Kerala, India

AND now read APRIL 2008 REPORT ONbr /> re-excavatION OF EDAKKAL CAVES
after 114 years

(From: TOP NEWS: Submitted by Mohit Joshi on Thursday, April 3, 2000)

A re-excavation, conducted after 114 years, by the Kerala State Archeology Department has unearthed 40 odd engravings, artifacts of Neolithic period and some tools used for chiseling these huge engravings at the renowned Edakkal Caves.br />   
The Edakkal Caves are situated at Ambukuthi mountain ranges near Ambalavayal, about 12 km from Sulthan Bathery in Wayanad district of Kerala.

The size of each engraving in the lower part ranges from two feet and the upper part contains engravings of more than six feet in size.

The stone carvings inside the caves shed light on the life and culture of the ancient cavemen who lived in the Neolithic era or New Stone Age, from 4000 BC to 1700 BC.

After conducting trail digs in December last year the department decided to go for a full fledged digging on March 14 to clean and re-excavate the caves due to sediment-metal and dust deposits up to 90 centimeters deep.

The entire operation was led by Hemachandran, Superintending Archaeologist and D. Mohanan, Excavation officer of the state’s Archaeology Department.

Hemachandran said: "During the re-excavation we have got many important artifacts used by these people including a round stone tool used for chiseling and this is a major finding as in earlier trials we did not get artifacts and this will definitely help us in studying more about the engravings and its creators".

A detailed report on the analysis would be available in a few months, Hemachandran said.

Archeologists believe that this is a major finding after 1894, which will help to assess their antiquity and significance to the drawings that already exist in the cave.br />
FFred Fawcett, Superintendent of Police of the then Malabar District, discovered the Edakkal Caves in 1890. (ANI)

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.strong>...Look closely at the top of ravine and see light shining through Edakkal caves....

Edakkal Caves In Kerala, India
from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Edakkal Caves are two natural caves located 1000 metres high on Ambukutty Mala 25 km from Kalpetta in the Wayanad district of Kerala in India's Western Ghats. They lie on an ancient trade route connecting the high mountains of Mysore to the Malabar coast ports. Inside the caves are pictorical writings believed to be from neolithic man, evidence of the presence of a prehistoric civilisation existing in this region. Such stone age carvings are very rare and these are the only known examples in southern India.[1]


These are not technically caves but rather a cleft or rift approximately 96 feet by 22 feet, a 30 foot deep fissure caused by a piece of rock splitting away from the main body. On one side of the cleft a rock weighing several tons has fallen over the fissure forming a roof. The carvings are of human and animal figures, as well as of tools used by humans and symbols, suggesting they were created by a highly civilised prehistoric people.[2]


Symbols akin to Indus Valley Culture as shown above in an artist rendering are being found in Edakkal Caves in Kerala. (FROM INDOPIA)



[edit] Petroglyphs


Following are photos of some of the petroglyphs on the wall of Edakkal caves which portrays human, animal and cultural life of the peoples who created Edakkal caves some 8,000 years ago....The petroglyphs are in the language of communication of the peoples who created them....and needs to be deciphered now... to really understand what the petroglyphs are saying what the creators of petroglyphs wanted to say to its progeny.......










Prehistoric carvings at Edakkal Caves





Edakkal Caves, Wayanad


Edakkal Caves, Wayanad




Edakkal Caves, Kerala


Description of place




Stone-age rock carvings at Edakkal caves, dating from 3000 - 1000 BC




Edakkal Caves by arncreddy296.






A rock engraving, indicating clear remnants of Harappan culture


The petroglyphs inside the cave are of at least three distinct types. The oldest may date back over 8000 years ago. Evidence indicates that the Edakkal caves had been inhabited at several different times in history.[3]


The caves were accidentally discovered by Fred Fawcett in 1890 who immediately understood their anthropological and historical importance. He subsequently wrote an article about them, attracting the attention of scholars.[4]


[edit] Tourism information

Approximate time required to climb till top of the hill and down: 3-4 hours.

Entry to the hill closes by 4 PM.

Departmental jeeps can be hired to travel the initial few km till the foot of the hill. A jeep can carry up to six passengers and there are separate rates for one way and return journeys.

OOther nearby places - Soojippara water falls, Sultan Bathery, Mutanga Wildlife Sanctuary.

[edit] See also


[edit] External links

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Indus Valley Civilization

From Wikipedia, the free on-line Encyclopedia





Please note that the extent of Indus Valley Civilization shown in the above map is based on currently available archeological information....and as this information increases as is proved by archeological discovery in Kerala (today's news story) ultimately it is likely to be proved that Indus Valley Civilization also called Harappan Civilization was alive in the entire Indian subcontinent and its influence extended to many lands around it and possibly up to Turkey, Africa, China and southeast Asia as archeological discoveries and deciphering of the writings of that era and relation to vEDik sNskRUt and vED texts  in all these lands point to socio-economic-cultural ties.....
(Note from Champaklal Dajibhai Mistry of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada who requested PVAF to publish today's news story...)


The Indus Valley Civilization (IVC) was a Bronze Age civilization (mature period 2600–1900 BCE) which centred mostly in the western part of the Indian Subcontinent and flourished around the Indus river basin. Primarily centered along the Indus and the Punjab region, the civilization extended into the Ghaggar-Hakra River valley and the Ganges-Yamuna Doab, encompassing most of what is now Pakistan, as well as extending into the westernmost states of India, southeastern Afghanistan and the easternmost part of Balochistan, Iran.

The mature phase of this civilization is known as the Harappan Civilization/b> as the first of its cities to be unearthed was the one at Harappa, excavated in the 1920s in what was at the time the Punjab province of British India (now in Pakistan). Excavation of IVC sites have been ongoing since 1920, with important breakthroughs occurring as recently as 1999.

The civilization is sometimes referred to as the Indus Ghaggar-Hakra civilization or the Indus-Sarasvati civilization. The appellation Indus-Sarasvati is based on the possible identification of the Ghaggar-Hakra River with the Sarasvati River of the Nadistuti sukta in the Rig Veda, but this usage is disputed on linguistic and geographical grounds. The Harappan language is not directly attested and its affiliation is unknown, a plausible relation would be to Proto-Dravidian or Elamo-Dravidian......

(While reading this please keep the note at the start of this page in your mind that this knowledge could not only become redundant through coming discoveries in the same as as what has happened to the "Aryan" misinformation....)

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