From our correspondent
Itagar, Jan 22: The Tarh Welfare Society (TWS) claimed to have discovered one of the biggest ture-crafted sculptures in the Langa Tata and Rayung Dumchuk mountain range near Yangte, circle headquarters of Kra Daadi district in Aruchal Pradesh.
Local people of the circle assisted a team led by TWS general secretary Tarh Tarak in discovering the “unique sculpture”. Tarak said the mountains of Langa Tata near Yangte hide history and mythology besides several fountains, caves and huge stone carvings created by ture. “There is a big Shivaling at the entrance of spot housing eight big carved stones that give the impression of caves. The scenic area covers 1,000 sqm,” he said.
The local Nyishi people call the Shivaling Pelang Sangri, which they believe to be a living stone that showers blessings on the people of the area, he said. TWS members said they would be forming few sub-committees to preserve and protect the site.
Palin-Chambang MLA Takam Pario, who is the leader of Opposition, said Aruchal is a virgin land and it is good that the local people have discovered such a beautiful and a unique site and intend to develop into a tourist spot.
“The government needs to do its bit in developing the site into a tourist place so that people of the area are benefited,” he said.
Yangte ZPM Tarh Monika said she would take up the matter with the district administration and State government for making the unique sculptures a tourist attraction.
Kra Daadi Deputy Commissioner Pege Ligu said he will soon send his officers to ascertain and study the sculptures found in Yangte Circle.
Geological Survey of India Director PK Singh said some people of Yangte Circle had approached the department a few weeks ago and informed him about the existence of some sculptures there.
“The sculptures were created turally due to weathering process. The administration may develop the area as a tourist spot,” he said, adding that he will send a team of geologists before March to study the ture of the rocks.
Geologist Sanjay Singh, who did lab testing of samples from the site, said the rocks are meta-sedimentary with dolomite content.
Nyoing Ringte HGB Tarh Taji, who went to the site with a team of GBs of the area, said stories associated with the site would be interpreted for tourists. He said Tarh Tugung, a society elder, had in the 1960s spotted the site but died before he could let the world know.
Expedition team leader Tarh Tumbu said a 57-member team trekked to the mountains on December 14 last year and cleared the jungle and tried to make a footpath leading to the site. “The administration and government now have the responsibility of taking care of the place,” he said.
The site in Pagiahappa area on Yangte-Tali road is at 5,586 m above sea level and about 10 km from Yangte Circle headquarters and 5 km from Sangri Dolo village. It takes almost an hour on foot to reach the spot, locals said.