The word megalith has stemmed from the merger of two Greek terms of "mega" meaning large and "lithic" signifying stone.

Presently the megalithic tribes of India use various structures of stone as burials or memorials of the dead. However in the past megaliths were not only sepulchral/funerary structures but were also used both as memorials of the dead and to commemorate various events of the family and that of the community. Megaliths were found even to be used as boundary markers and also as astronomical structures.

Each passing day numerous ancient megaliths get destroyed in India and we have no record of this disaster. It is sad that no government agencies like the ASI, the State Archaeological Depts and the District Administrations demonstrate any interest in their protection perhaps for their tribal origin and also possibly because megaliths to them do not appear to be significant relics of our land.

In actuality prehistoric megaliths are a significant source of our ancient history and their preservation is imperative as these monuments are evidences that India was indeed a land of the tribals in hoary times. A few of them however suggests that astronomy and geometry was known to the megalithic tribals millennias prior to the emergence of the Brahmanical astronomer/mathematicians. Obliteration of prehistoric megaliths is bound to erase this verity.

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Sunday, 26 March 2017

One of the world's largest capstones of a megalith discovered in Telengana

The enormous sized capstone being lifted by crane. Credit: Indian Express

The Telengana Archaeology Dept has excavated one of the world's largest capstones of a megalithic burial at Narmeta village in Siddipet district in the state of Telengana.

The stone is 6.70 mtr in length and weighs to around 40 tons. 

The  area comprises of 50 ancient megalithic burials. The grave yields have been sent for DNA test. D.Ramulu Nail, the Asst Director Telengana Archaeology. S.S.Rangacharulu and Dr.K.Padnabha were responsible for the discovery of the large megalith and for the lifting of the capstone.

Source: The Indian Express.

Saturday, 25 March 2017

hundreds throng to see vernal equinox in the punkri burwadih megaliths

Monday, 20 March 2017

Video of Interesting Discussion on Megalithic Burials.


Tuesday, 7 March 2017

My new interview on Punkri Burwadih's Equinoctial Sunrise in a newly launched Hindi magazine

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

The megalithic site of Hire Benekal

Credit: Vikhar Ahmed Sayeed. Frontline.

A ruined megalithic tomb in Hirebenekal.

  50 kilometres from the monuments of Hampi, is a large and diverse Megalithic site. Called Hirebenakal after a village at the foot of the hill on top of which it sits in splendid solitude, it is close to the left bank of the Tungabhadra river.   Hirebenakal is an important site for archaeologists and anthropologists trying to uncover the mysteries of the lives of our ancestors as they made the transition from the Neolithic Age (New Stone Age) to the Iron Age. Megaliths, structures built with large stones, are present all over the world. 

      Stonehenge in the United Kingdom is perhaps the most famous Megalithic site of the wrold. Megaliths have existed from the Mesolithic (Middle Stone Age) period and through the Neolithic period. Indian megaliths, on the other hand, “...generally belong to the Iron Age and are largely sepulchral in nature”, according to a paper, “The Archaeology of the Megaliths in India: 1947-1997”, by R.K. Mohanty (of Deccan College, Pune) and V. Selvakumar (of Tamil University, Thanjavur).  Hirebenakal is also a large burial site. 

       Philip Meadows Taylor, the early British expert on Indian megaliths, in 1835 wrote about “Hire Benakal” in Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society  when he was in the service of the Nizam of Hyderabad State. Further work on the megaliths of the site was done by Captain Leonard Munn, who published his findings in The Journal Hyderabad Geological Survey in 1934. But it was only in the post-Independence period that systematic work on megaliths in India was undertaken, after Sir Mortimer Wheeler, famously associated with the excavations at the Indus Valley site, gave a definite impetus to the work of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) as its Director between 1944 and 1948.


Megaliths of Mizoram:

Blog on Brahmagiri megaliths:

First ever song composed on a megalith in India. Rajat Chandra sings on the fascinating megaliths of Punkri Birwadih:

Megalithic burials of the dolmen kind of Andhra Pradesh:

Rare megalithic sites discovered in Chattisgarh:

More than 200 megalithic sites found in Dhamtari and Mahasamund districts of Chattisgarh. Visit: