A man lighthouse in search of ships, boats and old trips

CHENNAI: A year ago, a civil engineer who became a heritage enthusiast turned his house into a maritime museum, with models of ships and old ships that he had collected during his travels across the country. Called affectionately ighthouse Lighthouse Man ’, this 80-year-old man is looking for ships, ships, trips and old lighthouses since his retirement from service in 2001.

From excavations in Alagankulam, and from caves and rock art to monuments and temples, our ancestors have given extensive evidence in their maritime prowess, according to Rao. When he became interested in maritime history, he set out to explore the ship and ship sculptures in excavated sites, cave art caves and monuments throughout India. He found two ships in Charmadi in Gujarat, and in Keelvalai of Tamil Nadu he found a cave art in ruins of a catamaran. However, the only sculpture inside a cave was found in the Kanheri caves near Mumbai.

“It was a small island called Salsheti, which is now connected to the mainland. The ship dates from the 2nd century AD. C. It represents a shipwreck, in which two men on board pray to God Padmapani for their rescue. This is the first time a trip is clearly depicted in a sculpture, Rao said while talking about Indian antiquity: ships and boats in sculptures as part of the monthly Tamil Heritage Trust conference held at the Arkay Convention Center on Saturday.

Maritime heritage refers to any water vehicle such as catamarans, boats and boats that cross rivers, lakes and seas. We find frescoes and sculptures that represent them from Mohenjodaro to Alagankulam in rock art, cave paintings, monuments and temples, he said.

Although many monuments were built to propagate the teachings of the Buddha, only two monuments between them show boats. “In Sanchi, two representations of boats are represented at the west gate. Another is in Amaravati, a ship in relief is carved on a pillar, ”he said.

Founder of the Madras Heritage Lovers Forum, Rao has turned his house in Chennai into a maritime heritage museum. The museum exhibits a large collection of boat replicas, such as brass boats, Kerala's popular boat houses and a 16-foot-long wooden boat, which is believed to be a replica of one of the boats that furrowed the Canal de Buckingham in the 1870s.