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Unakoti

Kailashahar

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Unakoti Overview

Ranked 1 of 4 sightseeing in Kailashahar

Unakoti dates back to the 7th century. Unakoti is famous for waterfall and a few stone images, rock cut carvings and murals. Unakoti is a pilgrimage spot for the Shaivas. The word ‘Unakoti’ means ‘one less than a crore.’ According to Hindu mythology, on the way to Kashi, Lord Shiva and ‘Unakoti’ gods and goddesses stayed back at this place, for a night. When Lord Shiva tried to wake them before dawn, they failed to get up and were cursed to stones. Therefore, the place consists of one less than a crore stone carvings or images.

The most prominent of the rock cut carvings are the big Ganesha figures and the central Shiva head. The Shiva head also called the ‘Unakotiswara Kal Bhairava’ has a height of some 30 ft and is inclusive of a head-dress that is of a height of 10 ft. On one side of the head-dress, there is a full-size figure of Goddess Durga standing on a lion and on the other side; there is a female figure. Also, three images of Nandi Bull are found to be half buried in the ground.

The carvings can be foundat a landscaped forest area.n. Every year, in the month of April, a fair known as ‘Ashokastami Mela’ is held that is visited by thousands of pilgrims.
 

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S chakraborty

S chakraborty5.0/5

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Ancient Shaivite place of worship

Unakoti hill hosts an ancient Shaivite place of worship with countless huge rock reliefs celebrating Shiva. It is the prime tourist spot of Unakoti in the Kailashahar Subdivision in the North-eastern Indian state of Tripura. The government of India has approached to UNESCO to declare it as a world heritage site.Legend 1According to this version, Lord Shiva and his entourage were headed towards his heavenly abode, Kailash, when they decided to spend the night at Kailashahar, 10km downhill from Unakoti. He warned his fellow travellers that they would have to leave before dawn, but after a night of revelry, Shiva was the only one who woke up on time. Known for his short temper, Shiva cursed the late sleepers to an eternity on Earth and walked off to Kailash in a huff. The entourage now adorns the hills of Unakoti as reliefs.Legend 2According to another version, the images have been carved by a sculptor called Kallu Kumhar. He was a great devotee of Parvati, so when Shiva-Parvati and their entourage were passing through this region en route Kailash, there are some who say Kallu Kumhar asked to accompany them. Shiva was wary of this proposition, so Parvati came up with a solution. She suggested that the sculptor make 1, 00, 000 images of Shiva to appease him and his entourage overnight, and should he be able to do so, he would accompany them. As the sun rose the next day, he fell just one short of a crore and that gave Shiva, the reason he needed to leave Kallu Kumhar behind.These wonderful rock monuments are located at a marvelously landscaped forest area with green plants all around which adds to the loveliness of the monuments, frescos with their pre-historic attractiveness. Waterfalls at the site are not to be overlooked.

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Sushanta Kumar debn

Sushanta Kumar debn4.6/5

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Oldest rock paintings seen here

It is one of the oldest rock paintings and structure. Situated at the hilltop. Unakoti Means one less than a Crore, it is believed that once there were that much of rocks with painting and structure. But nowadays there are some and big rocks. It feels good to be there and see the structures of old people.