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One of the well-known Northeast states of India is Unakoti Located about 178 km from Agartala. Unakoti is deservedly reputed for its 7th century stone and rock cut images, found deep in the forested expanses of the Kailashahar Subdivision The worship of Shiv-Shakti (Shaivism) is an old tradition in Tripura and this is beautifully endorsed by the 30-foot high Shiva head (the Unakotiswara Kal Bhairava) with it on an embroidered headdress which forms part of one of the largest bas-reliefs in the country, at Unakoti On either side  of the headdress of the central Shiva are two life-size female figures. Three massive images of the Nandi bull lay half buried in the ground. Legend has it that Lord Shiva on his way to Kashi, present-day Varanasi, with a crore of gods and goddesses halted at Unakoti for the night. Before resting for the night he instructed them all to wake up before sunrise to continue on their journey. Finding he was the only one to wake up at the prescribed time,   Lord Shiva left in a rage, turning his companion into stone images with a curse thus, there is one stone image less than one crore at Unakoti. Unakoti The annual Ashokastami Mela is in the month of February.

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Unakoti rock faces

It is regarded the largest bas-relief, the figurines carved on the face of a hill in India. So much so that the Archaeological Survey of India compared the archaeological remains of Unakoti with the famous sculptures of Mahabalipuram. Among the rock-cut sculptures is a 33-ft-high bust of Lord Shiva. The bust is the central figure in the complex and is locally called Unakotiswara KalabhairavaThere are two figures seated on either side of the bust. One of the figures is believed to be that of the goddess Durga seated on a lion while the other one is believed to be that of Ganga astride a Capricorn. Another three-eyed figure some distance away is believed to be that of Surya or Lord Vishnu. A massive Ganesh figure is also carved in the complex while there is a chaturmukha Shivlinga nearby. Among other rock-cut and stone images are those of Vishnu, Nandi, Narasimha, Ravana, Hanuman, and several unidentified deities. The consensus among archaeologists is that although the predominant influence of the Shiva cult is obvious, the sculptures were also influenced by several other cults like Tantric, Shakti, and Hatha yogis. 

Read blog post: The Bas Reliefs of Unakoti 

Chaturdas Devata Mandir

According to an old story Maharaja Indramanikya built palace at Rangauti at Kailashahar. There is a large lake (Khaowra bil) dominating an area of 5 Sq km, which is identified as Rajar Dighi, one can see well planed pole surrounding the tank. An old big banyan tree and this large lake attract thousands of people from nearby regions.

Read blog post: Chaturdas Devata Mandir: The oldest temple of fourteen deities 

Udayan Buddha Bihar

Located at Pecharthal market place which is on the way to National Highway NH44. Established in the year 1933. The idol is prepared of “Osto Dhatu” 8 types of metals, 4.5 ft. height and weighs 300 Kg. Hundreds of devotees from nearby land gathers in the time Buddha Jayanti in Buddha Purnima in the month of April/May.

Read blog post: Visit the Buddhist temple Udayan Buddha Bihar for an enlightening experience 

Pecharthal Waterfall

Located near the Unakoti in the North Unakoti Reserve Forest is just half an hour’s walk from Unakoti. The walk is quite adventurous through lush green forest and crossing of a stream, a rustic makeshift bridge of logs and tree trunk. This waterfall is also known as Shilchhora Waterfall locally.

Read blog post: The unexplored Pecharthal waterfall: a combination of natural waterfall and cave

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