The Standing Stones of Nilaskal, Shimoga

After visiting the prehistoric site of Byse, while driving back on the highway connecting Nagara with Nittur, a PWD board that read Nilaskal caught our eye. Nilaskal, a pre-historic site was on our to- explore list from quite sometime and now was our chance to find out what was in store here. On inquiring at a local general store on the other side of the road, we were told to take the immediate right turn and drive until we reached a school,besides which was a field, the site of Nilaskal. Nilaskal in Kannada means a standing stone, and this village is rightfully named so due to the presence of these stones. In no time we were in front of the school and parked the vehicle by the side. As we got down, we immediately spotted a big stone fallen near the school compound while a bigger one stood erect inside the school premises. Our search for  more such stones began and without much difficulty we entered the field that housed Menhirs of various sizes, standing tall and proud, many had fallen. They were spread far and wide across the field. While the scientists believe that these stones are aligned in a way that the rays when the sun rises and sets during the solar solstice fall in between these stones, the alignment pattern still remains a mystery even today. Sad to know this site remains neglected.
Pre Historic Site Nilaskal
Menhir Inside School Premises 

Pre Historic Site Shimoga
Tallest Menhir Found Here

Comments

  1. What huge, amazing stones!! And so many!! Terrific captures for the day!! Good to see you online this morning!! Hope your week is going well!! Enjoy!!

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  2. Glad to know about these wonderful stones.

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  3. These mysterious stones ask for a beautiful legend about them.

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  4. Wonder what could be the story behind these!

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  5. Isn't there any local folklore or story behind this?

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  6. Wonderful and interesting discovery.

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  7. Beautiful and interesting. Great Pictures.

    Anamika
    http://sakhiyaavivarinchave.blogspot.in

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