Exploring the Enigmatic Petroglyphs of Pavagada

The Majestic Summit is adorned with a Black Strip of Dolerite Rocks, Pulikonda Hill -Pavagada
Petroglyph Depicting the Bull in Rock Bruising

Since my schooldays, Pulikonda Hill in Pavagada has held a unique allure in this region Its distinctive feature—a black strip of small rocks crowned its summit—captivated my attention. Later, as I ventured to the Sanganakallu hills, I couldn’t shake the resemblance between the dolerite rocks I saw in Pavagada and those here. This realization ignited my exploration of the Pulikonda hill in search of Petroglyph rock art.

The southern Deccan region is a hot spot for rock art chronologies from the Neolithic period to the Megalithic period. The dry and hot climate of this region is conducive to rock engravings, particularly against the backdrop of the durable dolerite rocks.

My exploration of this hill unearthed/revealed a gallery of rock art adorned with intricate symbols, portraying scenes of bulls, hunting, snakes, wild cats, and possibly even tigers.”. Among the captivating images, one stood out — a depiction of a man riding an animal, resembling a horse. Numerous other drawings offer a glimpse into the creative expressions of Neolithic communities.

The choice of Dolerite dykes as the canvas for these ancient artworks prompts reflection on the profound connection between geological formations and the cultural and spiritual practices of bygone eras.”

Additionally, I stumbled upon a melodic rock, suggesting that these resonant stones might have held significance in the customs of the Megalithic people similar I noticed at Sanganakallu. Notably, a depiction of a man riding on a horse hints at a possible primary occupation, perhaps centered around cattle rearing

Musical Rock

“I anticipate returning to this site with further updates for another article, delving deeper into its mysteries and discoveries.”

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