In the heart of India, Madhya Pradesh, a mystery is unfolding and being celebrated as the 'Great Wall Of India' and I’m going to tell you all about it.
A supposed 80-kilometre wall is being hailed as the great wall of India by historians. If excavations prove that it is actually this long, it could be the longest fortification of its kind, second only to the Great Wall of China.
Hindustan Times reports that the wall stands somewhere between Bhopal and Jabalpur, slicing through the valleys in the Vindhya ranges and teak forests. At one point, it is even interrupted by a dam built 20 years ago. As per the daily paper, local people have known about its existence, but had no idea about its historical background or age.
Rajeev Chaubey, a pharmacist in Raisen, has been obsessed with the wall since the 1980s. A recluse once strolled into his shop and told him that the same wall runs through the forest close to the towns of Gorakhpur and Deori. The recluse then helped Chaubey and others investigate the wall inside the forest.
"No seals or inscriptions have been found, so we can’t link the wall to a king or a period," said Narayan Vyas, who analysed the wall after he resigned from the Archeological Survey of India.
The structure consists of huge, uniformly measured, stones that interlock like Lego blocks, without mortar, hinting at some kind of planning.
The Madhya Pradesh tourism body also seems to have taken a keen interest in the mystery wall. The official website has put up an unclear description on its site which states:
"The great wall of India -120-km long wall in Raisen district is supposed to be the great wall of India. 120-km long wall found in Raisen district would be surveyed by experts. The wall, spreads from Badi to Udaipur in Raisen district and covered under thick forest, would be a centre of attraction very soon. (sic)"
The ASI as of now has no plans to survey the area, so it seems the wall's origin and purpose will remain a mystery.
Story source: Hindustan Times