The Mystery of Unakoti

At Unakoti, around a four hour drive North from Agartala, close to the border with Bangladesh, you will find hills, rock and hill cliffs carved with hundreds of exquisite stone images of Shiva and other Hindu divinities. No one has actually counted the number of images that are present there – but the name should give us a clue. Unakoti means one less than a crore. And legend has it that there are that many!
Based on the limited studies done on this site, historians date the sculptures here to the 8th-9th century CE. But even today, very little is known about its origins, who commissioned the work or even what purpose it served. Interestingly, members of tribes from the surrounding areas still throng to Unakoti.

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