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Konkan’s Petroglyphs – 1000 mysterious rock carvings in Ratnagiri

Konkan’s Petroglyphs – 1000 mysterious rock carvings in Ratnagiri

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November 9, 2020

The red laterite porous soil of the Konkan seems to harbour a lot of mysteries other than of
course the famed Alphonso Hapus mango. Over a 1000 mysterious rock carvings were
discovered etched into the hard rock across the Ratnagiri and Sindhdurg districts reaching as
far South as Goa. Our AAMRAI organic mango farms are located in Ratnagiri and Devgad
(Sindhdurg) and some of these sites like the one in Kasheli and Ganpatipule are very close to
our farms.

Archaeologists and Konkan lovers are working hard to unravel the secrets behind these
carvings as well as people and civilizations that created these. A wide range of images are
seen from basic depictions to large intricate carvings of people, animal and aquatic forms.
They are eerily reminiscent of scenes from the supernatural movie “Signs” or the series
“Lost”.

There are plans to deploy drones to explore more such sites particularly in inaccessible and
remote areas. Many of the villagers and locals in the area are keen on protecting and
developing these sites and promoting them for increasing tourism in the region.

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/the-petroglyphs-of-ratnagiri/article25265399.ece
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-45559300

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