Bundi is a remarkable town, much acclaimed for its beautiful rock paintings and murals.To witness its history and perspective is just like stepping back into the ancient time.
Red colored rock paintings in Bundi belongs to Mesolithic period , Chalcolithic period, Neolithic and historic periods that dates back to nearly ten thousand years in Stone Age describing the life style of the primitive people. The discoveries of Mr. Om Prakash Sharma, a barely literate grocer have prompted the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) to give him the status of 'honorary archaeologist' as well as set up a one man museum housing of his collection. 78 rock paintings site has been discovered by him including world's longest rock painting site (that is 35 km.).
Rock paintings are a particular form of paintings done on the walls and ceilings of the cave shelter of ancient man. These paintings were the reflections of their social, cultural, religious and economic life. As the process of evolution continued primitive men devised the techniques of drawing paintings to express his feelings of daily life through pictures. His main object of drawing were human beings, animals such as tigers, panthers, antelopes and various antique tools. Besides he used to draw several activities of everyday life like hunting, running, dancing and walking.
Coins are reflections of history! One of oldest coin dating back to 4th century that is of Mauryan period has been found in Bundi. The findings are set to throw new light on the hoary past of the Hadoti region which is believed to have sustained an ancient civilization in it.
Kukki, who began his hunt for ancient and antique articles as an archaeologist in the late 70s, discovered coins in early stages. Since, then he felt that Bundi was a Center of civilization of pre historic past.
Bundi offers tranquility with a pinch of pre-history. Fragments of pre-historic ostrich eggshells estimated to be 25,000 years old and earthen dice, used on the chessboard for the indoor games of chance belonging to the Kushan period are the latest additions to the treasure trove of archaeological objects discovered in Bundi district of Rajasthan.
Kukki stumbled upon the ostrich eggshells in the ravines of Nangli river, 35 km from Bundi. These eggshells most probably belong to a single egg as they were collected from a small area and are similar in colour, thickness and morphology. This proves that ostrich inhabited this part of the country in the prehistoric times.
In what could be a major find, a large number of copper tools and weapons said dating back to more than 80,000 years ago were unearthed by Kukki from an old habilitation near a river of Namangaon, around 16km away from Bundi.
There were copper Axe, Copper Cheesel, Terakota, bead, pottery etc. He also came across tools like cleaver, chopper, unpainted black and red pottery, beads, and toys belonging to various periods. Most could have been used for hunting , he said.