The megalith at Zarme village

The megalith at Zarme village

An ancient megalith stands in Zarme village in the Sattari taluka in Goa. Local legend tells that the stone stood on the same spot five centuries ago , when the ancestors of the current villagers migrated to the region. Those days it used to grow a little every year. That fact was noticed only after the wooden temple had been built around it, so the village carpenter had the thankless job of raising the height of the roof every year , a bit, to accomodate it’s growth. Atlast, one day the carpenter finally lost it, he struck the ‘head’ of the megalith with a sledge hammer  and it stopped growing ever after. Since then , no carpenter has been allowed to settle in the village of Zarme.

  Funnily enough, such legends of stones and megaliths ‘growing’ are reported from around the world. Some geologists hold that compressed sedimentary stones can expand  and ‘grow’ by a process known as Diagenesis. Flint stones are known to grow in nature and circles of flint stones are found to ‘grow’ in ‘families’.

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