The petroglyphs at Kasheli were the last set we visited during our short weekend in the Konkan. It’s astonishing to think that a site of this magnitude and complexity was only discovered in May 2016.
In terms of size and number of carvings, Kasheli is the largest site so far discovered, and I’m afraid almost impossible to sufficiently record photographically without the use of a drone.
The centerpiece of the carvings is a massive elephant, larger than life-size, measuring 13m x 18m. Carved within the body of this massive elephant are 82 animal figures, with very few carvings created outside the elephant figure.
In total there are 126 figures carved on this plateaux. The variety of animals depicted is incredibly varied; tiger, rhino, boar, peacock, monkey, as well as aquatic animals such as sharks and stingrays. In addition there are a number of more abstract animal depictions that one can not easily identify.
Fortunately, having been discovered very recently, some analysis as been done on the area immediately around the petroglyphs. Here microliths have been found which certainly indicates ancient human activity in the vicinity, although they can’t be necessarily directly associated with the petroglyphs themselves.
There are a few more petroglyphs a little distance away from the elephant is isolated positions, it does make me wonder if this site has yet to reveal more secrets.
It’s an utterly incredible site, and the best way possible to conclude our weekend exploring some of the petroglyph sites in the Konkan.
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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