Wednesday, May 9, 2012

No Touching Only Seeing

This is supposed to be a stone that was used to select soldiers into the king's army in old Travancore. I remember, during my childhood when the guide used to tell us that the raja along with his rani used to watch the recruits lift this stone weighing around 30-35 kilograms over a 100 times above their head if they intended to get into the army of the king and a couple of us kids used to try lifting it too. Now, with the increase in tourism and along with it-vandalism, the last time I went there, I saw the stone perched on top of a pillar for everyone to see and noone to touch and I clicked.

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