bhimbetka

BHIMBETKA ROCK CAVES

Bhimbetka Rock Caves hold treasures of the world gone by centuries ago. The paintings inside these caves date back to approximately 30,000 years. According to a popular legend, the name Bhimbetka is derived from ‘Bhimbhaithka’ meaning ‘the sitting place of Bhima’, from Mahabharata, an Indian mythological epic. A UNSECO World Heritage Site since 2003, it is the oldest-known rock art in India, as well as is one of the largest prehistoric complexes in the world. The paintings found in Bhimbetka rock caves have striking resemblance to the cave paintings discovered in Kakuda National Park in Australia and paintings of Bushmen in Kalahari Desert and Upper Paleolithic Lascaux cave paintings in France. Out of the 760 caves, 500 have painting in them. The oldest paintings have larger figures, with just outline of an animal or person, and attention on scenes of everyday life. While the newer ones have smaller but elaborate figures, with religious motives, and the outline is filled with color and detailing. Thus, indicating the treasures of Bhimbetka as being part of a larger universal picture. It was discovered by Dr. Vishnu Wakankar only in 1957.