Devtamura

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Devtamura (or Debtamura) is a hill range in South Tripura district of Tripura, India. It is known for an archaeological site of rock sculptures, a panel of carved images, on the bank of Gumti River.[1] The stone images are reported to mark the revival of Brahminism during the 15/16th century when influence Buddhism waned in India.[2]

Geography[edit]

Devtamura is 85 kilometres (53 mi) in length and is situated at an altitude of 229 metres (751 ft) above sea level.[3] It is situated in between Udaipur and Amarpur.[4] Damburu Falls commences at the top of Devtamura, continuing through a series of terraces.[3]

The approach to the site is only by boat a three-hour journey from Amarpur to Udaipur to the forest area of the site; the total distance of travel from Agartala is 75 km[5]

Archaeological site[edit]

Chabimura, the archaeological site at Devtamura, dates to the fifteenth or sixteenth centuries.[3] The site includes colossal carvings of the images of Shiva and Parvati.[6] The purpose of the carvings, and the artists who carved them are unknown.[7] The statues are carved on the steep sloping rock exposures of the Kalajhari Hills which drains into the Gomti River. There are in all 37 rock cut images which also include images of Ganesha, Kartikeya, Mahishasuramardini, Durga and many others.[5]

Each year in mid-January, a fair occurs at the third terrace from the top of the falls, at a time when local tribal members take a holy bath in Gomati River.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tourists make beeline to emerging Tripura hot spot". The Hindu. 8 June 2009. Retrieved 26 April 2013. 
  2. ^ "Tripura : A Paradise For Tourists In The North-East". National Informatics center of Government of India. Retrieved 27 April 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d Bera, Gautam Kumar (2010). The Land of Fourteen Gods: Ethno-cultural Profile of Tripura. Mittal Publications. pp. 1, 11, 54–. ISBN 978-81-8324-333-9. Retrieved 27 April 2013. 
  4. ^ Sharma, Suresh Kant; Sharma, Usha (2005). Discovery of North-East India: Geography, History, Culture, Religion, Politics, Sociology, Science, Education and Economy. Tripura. Volume eleven. Mittal Publications. pp. 213–. ISBN 978-81-8324-045-1. Retrieved 27 April 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "Tourism industry revives in Tripura as militancy declines". The Freelibrary.com, Asian News International. Retrieved 27 April 2013. 
  6. ^ Dutta, Sristidhar; Tripathy, Byomakesh (2006). Buddhism In North-East India. Indus Publishing Company. p. 146. ISBN 978-81-7387-190-0. Retrieved 27 April 2013. 
  7. ^ Chaudhuri, Saroj; Chaudhuri, Bikach (1983). Glimpses of Tripura. Tripura Darpan Prakashani. p. 5. Retrieved 27 April 2013.