by the northern fringe of the Vindhyan ranges, Bhimbetka lies 46 km
South of Bhopal. In this rocky terrain of dense forest and craggy
cliffs, over 600 rock shelters belonging to the Neolithic age were
recently discovered. Here, in vivid panoramic detail, paintings in over
500 caves depict the life of the pre-historic cave-dwellers making the
Bhimbetka group an archaeological treasure, an invaluable chronicle in
the history of man.
Executed mainly in red and white with the
occasional use of green and yellow, with themes taken from everyday
events of eons ago, the scenes usually depict hunting, dancing, music,
horse and elephant riders, animals fighting, honey collection,
decoration of bodies, disguises, masking and household scenes.
Animals such as bisons, tigers, lions,
wild boar, elephants, antelopes, dogs, lizards, crocodiles, etc. have
been depicted in some caves. Popular religious and ritual symbols also