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sun rays light up unakoti rock carvings from centuries ago

Unakuti, Tripura, India

Unakoti Rock Carvings

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Angkor Wat of the North-East

Hidden amidst the lush green forests of the Jampui Hills in the northeastern state of Tripura, India, lies a mesmerizing treasure. Unakoti, famously referred to as the 'Angkor Wat of the North-East', is a sculptural marvel that boasts ancient rock carvings that harmoniously blend history, travel, iconography, and folklore, making it a unique destination for explorers and history enthusiasts alike.

The Unakoti rock carvings are believed to date back to the 7th to 9th centuries CE during the reign of the early kings of the Tripura region. These carvings provide valuable insights into the religious and cultural practices of the time and showcase the rich artistic heritage of the region.

sun rays light up unakoti rock carvings from centuries ago

Unakoti is a popular tourist destination and pilgrimage site, drawing both art enthusiasts and devotees. The site is located amidst lush green forests, adding to its natural beauty and serenity.

This site is famous for its intricate rock-cut sculptures, carvings, and bas-reliefs that are believed to date back to the 7th to 9th centuries CE. The name "Unakoti" is derived from the Bengali and Sanskrit words "Una" (meaning one) and "Koti" (meaning crore or ten million), which collectively signify the legend associated with the site.

Legends and Mystique

According to local folklore, the site's origin is associated with the legend of a sculptor named Kallu Kumhar. It is said that Kallu Kumhar was tasked with creating one crore images of deities overnight, but he failed to complete the task and turned into stone along with the other unfinished sculptures. This legend adds a sense of mystique to the site.

water falls and cascades through unakoti rock carvings

The best time to visit Unakoti is during the winter and early spring months, from October to March. During this period, the weather is relatively cool and pleasant, with daytime temperatures ranging from 15°C to 25°C (59°F to 77°F). This time of year is ideal for exploring the site comfortably. The monsoon season, from June to September, should be avoided due to heavy rainfall that can make the terrain slippery and potentially unsafe for visitors.

Getting There

location_cityState & Capital - Agartala, Tripura

flightMaharaja Bir Bikram Airport, Agartala - 148 Kilometers

directions_carAgartala - 143 Kilometers, via Kamalpur - Khowai Rd

trainDharmanagar Station - 19 Kilometers

unakoti rock carvings from centuries ago depicting a face

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