- a tiny modern state, one of the many similar ones of the Indian
union lying to the east of East Bengal is treasuring up many ancient
Hindu relics in the form of old temples and architectural remains.
From the inscriptions and the ancient monuments in ruins, the
archeologists have unearthed the hidden glory of Hinduism, as a
matter of fact. The state and its environs then went by the name of
Tippera, and when it was under the domination of Mauryan kings,
Hinduism raised its head and displayed its multidimensional
splendor. But, the ruthless inroads made by Muslim bigots did
incalculable destruction and effaced its glory. Yet, here and there,
there are certain monuments
standing proof of their former splendor.
Among the surviving relics, one can see a rich spiritual treasure on
the Unakoti hills. There is an abundant proof of magnificent temples
built for both Vaishnavate and Saivate gods, but it is a pity that
they were destroyed beyond recognition and identification. The
Jagannatha temple with its huge dimensions and massive structures
beckons the attention of the theists of not only Tripura but
outsiders also. In its vicinity there lies a colossus rock cut head
of Lord Siva, demanding indispensable visitation. It is bereft of
supreme craftsmanship, or dazzling polish, yet one can discern
sensitive modeling and neat execution of facial features, resembling
the Elephanta cave carvings in the state of Maharastra. It is a
standing testimony of the extant Saivism prevalent then. Just as
theists offer soulful prayers to the Trimurti or Siva images at
Elephant caves, devout theists offer their prayers to this holy
image and feel elated. Though not installed in a magnificent
edifice, it is receiving adoration regularly by the ardent Saivates.
Despite standing exposed to the fiery of elements, this huge image
is conferring boons to the adorers. Moreover, the entire hill front
is covered with images of several Hindu gods. A worth seeing sight !
lies at Unakoti - Koilasahar and can be reached by four wheelers
from Tripura, the capital.