Ever since I was a kid, out of all the seven wonders ‘The Great Wall Of China‘ was more fascinating to me as I always read that it is the only thing that is visible to naked eyes from space. I always thought that wouldn’t it be great to visit there one day and wave to the sky (As a kid I believed that extraterrestrial beings would love a warm greeting from earth). However, I never got a chance to visit there and since then whenever I heard someone saying ‘The Great Wall…’, China is what came to mind every time but a recent discovery just changed the meaning of these three magical words, ‘The Great Wall…’.
Apparently, some archaeologists in India discovered a marvel in the heart of Madhya Pradesh which is now being popular as ‘Great Wall of India’ and I am oozing with excitement. This wall is supposedly 80 km long and holds mysterious stories behind its existence.
This wall stands halfway between Bhopal and Jabalpur and if we believe historians, this wall is India’s largest fortification and second largest globally after ‘The Great Wall Of China’. This mysterious ‘diwaal’ as called by the locals is stretched from the tiny township of Gorakhpur-Deori to Chokigarh in Chainpur Bardi in the Raisen district. It cuts through Vindhya valleys, teak forests, langur domains and wheat fields. At one point, it even passes through a 20-year-old dam.
The discovery did not only bought this archeological marvel into the light but the historians discovered long-abandoned dwellings, debris from magnificent temples, fragments of statues, step wells, a pond with sandstone banks, compounds, stairs and strange snake insignias along with the wall. The mysterious ‘diwaal’ is believed to be from time when warrior clans ruled the world, 10th or 11th-century but there are no solid proofs to back it up yet.
Though, the seals or inscriptions don’t connect it to any king or a time period which makes it more difficult to reveal from what era this wall is from or how old it is. The infrastructure of the wall is made from large, evenly sized, local stones that interlock like Lego bricks, without mortar, indicating some kind of planning.
The mysterious rich infrastructure, encryptions, and distinctive style makes it an intriguing 1,000-year-old realm.
Different historians are still trying to find out ‘how old this wall is‘ and ‘to which era did it belong‘ but as the mystery continues my inner Kid is thriving on happiness that India got a ‘Great Wall‘ of its own.
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17th January 2017
Avni S. Singh