Tribal family turns stone into iron, will now show its skill in Science Festival 2023

Make Iron From Stone: A tribal family of Dindori district of Madhya Pradesh can convert pieces of stone into iron. This is not a miracle nor does this family have any supernatural powers to do this. They use the art taught by their forefathers and make this unique work. 

They completely convert the pieces of stone into iron by a scientific process. No machine of any kind is used in this. For this process they only depend on nature and collect the raw material from forests. Now the whole world will see the workmanship of this family.

This family has decided to participate in the India International Science Festival 2023 to be held in the premises of Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology. The family will showcase their skills in this festival. To reach here, 7 members of the family have covered a distance of 460 km. The four-day science festival began on Saturday (January 21).

Claims to make rust free iron

Moti Singh Maravi, a member of the Agaria tribe found in the state’s Mandla, Dindori, Balaghat and Sidhi districts, said, "The iron we make is rust free." Regarding the process of turning stones into iron, he said, "They prepare an earthen furnace in which they put stones along with coal." These people call this stone as liver stone.

Iron is forged with hard work

he said "After this we fire the furnace and pump air into the furnace through a bellows. We run this bellows with our feet. This process lasts for four hours. About 200 grams of iron is obtained from 7 kg of stone." He told that about 21 kg of coal is used in this process. They said, "We get raw material from forests."

The aim is to keep the tradition alive

makes tools for farmers

He said that the iron that comes out through this process depends on the quality of the stones. Maravi said, "This iron is used to make various traditional tools like axe, sickle, plough, chisel, hammer and tongs." Indravati Maravi, a woman in the family told ANI news agency, "Our forefathers used to go to the jungles in search of liver stone. We have learned the art of making iron from stone from our forefathers."

We supply iron

Another family member Santu Maravi said, "We manufacture implements for farmers as well as supply iron to Vigyan Bhawan, Tribal Museum and other places. We also make iron on demand."

He said, "We bring raw material from the forests. Coal is also prepared by burning wood and it is used in the manufacture of iron. We use 21 kg of charcoal to make about 200 grams of iron from about seven kg of stone."

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