Unakoti means one less than one crore (10 million). The site does not have that plenty of rock out sculptures, but these hundreds of big rock out statuettes and those built of sandstone, apart from scattered remains the old temples make this a unique and beautiful place to visit in North-East India.
It is also a perfect place for the trekking, hiking, and other activities. Unakoti is also for the people who love going on a family trip or solo trip.
The Unakoti Tirtha is situated nearly 180 kilometers from the capital of Tripura ‘Agartala’ and just approximately 8 kilometers from the sub-divisional headquarters of the Kailashwar town.
It is a fantastic site which has no similarity to any other place in the country regarding the superb artistry and perfect grandeur. This heritage site is the must-visit places that offer sufficient information for the heritage and history lovers.
Many myths and legends are related to the place and people who live there believe it to be a holy and divine place. One of the sites is that a famous sculptor named Kalukumar had a dream of Lord Shiva and he asked him to mold out one crore pictures in a single night to make the location as spiritual as Varanasi.
Then, the sculptor with this group worked hard the entire night and had completed the offer of one crore statuettes. Additionally, when the Kalukumar was briefing one sculpture, the perspective motivated him to carve out his effigy to accomplish immortality, but before doing this, day broke out, and the work remained incomplete.
The other story is that one crore Goddesses and Gods along with their followers led by the Shiva were going to Varanasi and they expressed that they want to take rest for the night time. In the morning, no one except Lord Shiva rise in the morning and others has converted into stone. Hence, the site has got its name ‘Unakoti.’
Best Time To Visit:
October to April
There is also a 33 feet high figure of Shiva besides the rock-cut statuettes. It also includes 11 feet headpiece is now broken. The front is the central sculpture it the complex and is called Unakotiswara Kalabhairava. The effigy of Shiva is identified from the third eye and a trident. There are two effigies on either side of the sculpture.
One figure is of Goddess Durga seated on a lion while another one is of Ganga on the back of a Capricorn. There is also a three-eyed sculpture of Lord Vishnu and Surya. A large Ganesha statuette is also set in the complex while there is a Chaturmukha Shivlinga in the surrounding area. Among other stone, pictures are that of Vishnu, Narasimha, Nandi, Ravana, Hanuman and other deities.
The agreement among the archeologists is that the figures were also by many another group like as Tantric, Hatha yogis and Shakti. It is the reason that the place date back to the era between 12 and 16 centuries and the effigies belongs to the two different periods of arts.
Restaurants and Local Food:
The food menu of this district has cuisine from Bengal, India, and China. A local and traditional meal would include vegetable preparation (Saumbai), rice boiled with salt, fish prepared typically dried and fermented favored with the mild spices and local herbs. You can also try a famous local beverage, i.e. ‘Rice beer.’
Festivals and Fairs:
During Shivaratri, Ashokashtami, and Makar Sankranti thousands of worshippers come and take a dip in the ‘Kunda.’
How To Get There?
a) By Road:
To reach Unakoti, one can recruit a taxi for Agartala. Buses are also available from the nearby towns and cities of Unakoti.
b) By Train:
The Kumarghat is the nearest railway station linked to the major cities of the state.
c) By Air:
There is also the facility of bi-weekly Indian Airlines flights from the state capital to the Kailasahwar town.
The nearest airport to Unakoti is Kamalapur and the major airport s Agartala that is nearly three and a half hours from there. It is linked to the cities such as Guwahati, Mumbai, Kolkata, Imphal, Hyderabad, Bangalore, New Delhi, and Silchar via GoAir, SpiceJet, Air India, etc.
Nearest Airport: AIZAWL( 93 kilometers).