The petroglyphs at Devache Gothane were the second set we visited during the weekend, a short hike up a trackway from the village took us once again to a laterite plateau.
The site is marked by wide ring of stones, the laterite exposed by the clearing of scrub. Unlike Barsu Sada, there has thus far only been one main petroglyph found here.
The image is of a human, slightly longer than life-size (approx 8 ft) and with a enlarged head. Interestingly with the setting sun we found that standing at the foot of the human casts an exact shadow over the carving, here’s Vishnu demonstrating just that.
The laterite here seems to have weathered quite significantly, I suspect at one time there was possibly more detail to the head, certainly it would have been more clearly defined.
Discovered only four years ago in April 2015, this is one of the new petroglyph sites in the Konkan and one that also has a bit of a mystery attached to it.
If you place compasses on various points around the torso of the human, polarity goes completely haywire. You can click on the above images to view them full screen to appreciate just how offset they are, sometimes they are completely reversed !
There is no obvious explanation for this, I’m not aware of any other instance where laterite rock exhibits this magnetic anomaly, although I’m no expert.
Aside from the human figure but still within the rock enclosure are a handful of other petroglyphs, just simple circular shapes with no obvious depiction of specific animals.
It’s a very atmospheric location, with the sun setting and this lone figure lying there etched into the rock.
This was one of seven petroglyph sites I visited in the Konkan during the course of a weekend. Here’s some quick links to the other sites :
- Introduction to the Konkan Petroglyphs
- Barsu Sada
- Devache Gothane
- Rundhe Tali
- Chave Dewood
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