The 2,500-year-old megalithic site of Khairwada will be transformed into a tourist site | Nagpur News

Nagpur: The 2,500-year-old megalithic Khairwada stone circles in the Arvi Forest Range, home to two cemeteries and a cremation shed, are considered a tourist spot by the wildlife wing.
“I asked Wardha Forestry Division officials to develop the little-known stone circles as a tourist site. Both cemeteries are located on the banks of the Dham River and belong to the Gond and Mahar communities, and the tradition continues in a way,” said PCCF (wildlife) Sunil Limaye.
Speaking to TOI after visiting the site on Saturday, Limaye said: “People who visit ancient temples and megalithic sites often describe them as a sensation. The standard explanation is that such feelings are nothing more than a “wow” factor and generate an overwhelming impression.
“So when I learned about the existence of the mass burial places of Khairwada, I decided to visit the place. Large stones and basalt cairns were used to mark these burial places in this forest of carbon dating analysis shows that these structures were created around 510 BC,” Limaye added.
“We decided to use this area to attract tourists and archaeological researchers to generate sustainable livelihoods through tourism for the locals,” the PCCF said.
Limaye embarked on a heritage walk and was accompanied by Assistant Curator of Wardha (DyCF) Rakesh Sepat, Arvi RFO Nitin Jadhav, sarpanch and villagers who wanted the Forest Department to popularize Khairwada as a tourist spot.
DyCF Sepat said: “Our top priority will be to develop road accessibility and put up billboards. Khairwada lies between the national road Wardha-Arvi and is 7 km from Chandni Phata. It can also be approached from Karanja Ghedge on the Nagpur-Amravati road.
Sepat said: “As the village is within the buffer zone of Bor Tiger Reserve, we have included Khairwada under Dr Shayma Prasad Mukherjee Jan Van Scheme. Funds to develop a tourist site will be sought from the DPDC or the Maharashtra Ecotourism Development Board (MEDB). We are also planning to start a jungle safari in the buffer.
Khairwada has around 1,600 burial sites. The sites were first discovered in 1871 by British engineer JJ Carey. Many artifacts, including silver coins, have been found here during excavations. Later, during excavations in 1980-81 by the Department of Archaeology, Deccan College, Pune, bones of cattle, buffaloes, sheep, goats, horses and other domestic animals were found. It was noticed that wild animals were also hunted.
Even today, the forests of the reserve are home to a large number of wild animals, including tigers. The stone circles are found near the village of Khairwada, especially in the forest areas around the farms.
RFO Jadhav said the stone circles are located in forest compartment reserve number 172 and zudpi jungle survey numbers 162, 163 and 164. Of the four basic categories of megalithic site settlements, Khairwada is the one with arable land and pasture with a large number of burials.
“The megalithic site of Khairwada, one of the largest megalithic burial complexes, is also one of the few sites present in the original landscape context. The site holds promise for archaeological, tourism, research and other interests. If developed properly with a museum, an interpretation centre, a tourist guest house, maps and basic information panels, the dialogue of the present can very well be established with the past through these remains. of a once flourishing Early Iron Age megalithic site,” Oshin said. Bamb, researcher at Deccan College Post Graduate and Research Institute, Pune.

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