If you are given one night’s time to sculpt images, how much can you do? Ten sculptures? One hundred? One crore? Or will it be one less than one crore?
Unakoti, meaning “One less than a crore”, is situated at around 140 kms away from Agartala, capital of Tripura. Countless collection of stone idols and rock-cut images of Hindu Gods and Goddesses welcome you at this place. Considered as a center of religious activities during 9th century AD, Unakoti is a pilgrimage spot for Hindus in addition to being a major tourist attraction in Tripura. According to the local legends Kallu Kumhar, an expert sculptor and a devotee of Lord Shiva got an offer from Parvathy, consort of Lord Shiva that Kallu could join them at Kailas, their adobe, if he makes 1 crore sculptures within 1 night. But unfortunately he could manage only 99,99,999. And hence the name Unakoti – one less than a crore.
Travel Info: 1 day trip to Unakoti is possible if you start early from Agartala. Journey takes around 4 hours. A crore is an unit widely used in Indian subcontinent which equals 10 million. Insurgency have been curbed in Tripura and it is a safe place to visit. Public transport is limited and hence it is advisable to hire a cab from government approved tour agencies. Rail connectivity of the state with the mainland India have significantly improved with the announcement of Tripura Sundari Express
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