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WBRi On-Line Magazine Presents
Kolkata, Dec 30, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / Penning
Creations) The soft hum of hun-huna, the immortal song of the road still
echoes in the remotest of the Indian villages with palanquins or
palkis, as they are known in India, still being used for the purpose of
transportation in such parts. In fact the word “palanquin” has been
borrowed from the Sanskrit word “palyanka” meaning a couch. These quaint
vehicles have a really long history to relate since they have remained a
witness to eons of tradition, heritage and evolution. Though the
earliest mention of the palki can be traced back to the Ramayana (250
BC), the exact time of their origin is not known.
long been associated with the rich, the royal and the powerful,
especially so in India where these were the only means of travel for
rajas, maharajas and the feudal lords in the absence of modern transport
systems. From simple to ornate, the palkis came in many variants and
the richness in their décor, it is said, reflected the power and
richness of the one travelling in it. Mostly carried on the shoulders by
the slaves or dasas, these palkis tell a tale of social and economic
dichotomy prevalent in ancient India.