23. Grey Langurs at Pathan, Gujarat, India

Sahasralinga Talav (lake of a thousand lingas) is a medieval artificial water tank in Patan, Gujarat, India. It was built in 1084 during Chalukya (Solanki) rule. It is a technological wonder with immense artistic appeal representing the integration of careful water management with the sanctity of water. Once filled with water, it now lies empty and lies in a silent ruined state. The site is peaceful with hardly another human in sight.

There were other inhabitants though, families of Grey Langur monkeys and green ringed neck parrots abounded. I watched the grey langurs going about their daily activities , grooming each other, chasing those parrots that got too close and climbing in and out of the aqueduct’s massive stones and three-ringed sluice gate portals.

Grey Langur monkeys, also known as Hanuman monkeys (Semnopithecus hector) are large furry primates that are mainly grey in colour, with black faces and ears. Langurs mostly walk on all four and spend half their time on the ground and the other half in the trees. Gray langurs are primarily herbivores.

Hanuman langurs are named after the Hindu god, Hanuman, the deity of healing, who is often depicted as part-man, part-monkey.

The other residents of the site were the beautiful   rose-ringed parakeets or Alexandrine parakeets (Psittacula krameri) known to mimic voices with astonishing clarity


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