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Title: The astronomical significance of ‘Nilurallu’, the megalithic stone alignment at Murardoddi In Aandhra Pradesh, India
Authors: Kameswara Rao, N
Thakur, Priya
Mallinathpur, Y
Keywords: Observational astronomy;Megalithic astronomy;Stone alignments;Equinoxes;Solstices;Sunrises
Issue Date: Nov-2011
Publisher: Centre for Astronomy, James Cook University
Citation: Journal of Astronomical History and Heritage, Vol. 14, No. 3, pp. 211-220
Abstract: The stone alignment ‘Nilurallu' at Murardoddi is a megalithic monument containing standing stones of 12 to 16 feet high that are arranged somewhat in a squarish pattern. This is one of the stone alignments listed by Allchin (1956) as a non-sepulchal array that might have some astronomical connotations. This impressive stone alignment seems to be similar to that at Vibhuthihalli, that was studied earlier, but constructed with much larger stones. The observations conducted by us show that the rows of stones are aligned to the directions of sunrise (and sunset) on calendrically-important events, like equinoxes and solstices. In contrast to Vibhuthihalli, the shadows of stones provide a means of measuring shorter intervals of time.
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