Underground Temple of Crystal Skull Found?

Hey guys, today we are going into the remote parts of a place called Warangal, to find the temple of the crystal skull. This is a small road , and there are no houses around, and suddenly in the middle of nowhere, a temple appears below the ground level. As you can see, this temple has been abandoned and has seen some serious damage, and the entire temple is actually built in the underground. I am gonna go inside and show you what the temple looks like. But as soon as I enter, I realized that there is no solid floor, you can see dirt that’s piling up everywhere on the ground. There should be a flooring that’s made of rocks underneath the ground, but there is something very interesting inside the main chamber.

There is a white light shining inside, looks like someone is holding a small lamp, but there is no body inside and this is not a lamp. You will see why you see this light when we reach there, but let me go outside and enter the temple through the proper entrance, so you can see all the pillars and everything. This temple is not on Google maps and the archeology department gives no information about it. But locals tell a very strange story about this temple. They believe that this temple had a crystal skull inside the main chamber, which had supernatural abilities. Around the world, people have found many crystal skulls in ancient sites, these crystal skulls were even featured in a movie called Indiana Jones. There are a lot of people who believe in the power of crystal skulls and several scientists have also debunked these crystal skulls as hoaxes. But it is strange that these villagers in this remote area, who have never watched Hollywood movies or documentaries, most of them don’t even have a TV, are telling a story similar to Crystal Skull believers. In fact, the story is better than what we have already heard. Okay, we are going inside the main chamber, but you can see a lot of wasp nests on the walls  here – Indian bees and wasps can be deadly, so I am not gonna touch the walls, and enter carefully.

Now we are inside the spot where the crystal skull would have once stood.  And what is this bright light? Someone has placed a small piece of glass in the middle, in place of a large crystal skull. There are a series of holes in the ceiling, and light shines through these holes throughout the day, which makes this small piece of glass shine like a light bulb. We can only imagine how fantastic this would have been, when it housed a crystal skull, many centuries ago.

The walls also have holes on them, so sunlight would come through in mornings and evenings.  There are several holes strategically created on all four sides, to make sure light comes in. This temple definitely had a crystal skull or something that illuminates in sunlight, otherwise there is absolutely no reason to create all these holes, these holes were created specifically to let sunlight through and shine on the main deity. The ceiling has a nice cymatic design, with conical rays radiating from the center, just like the sun. The light coming through these holes does something strange to my camera, this is original raw footage, I have not altered it in any way, except cutting some parts, this is weird.

Ancient civilizations around the world believe that Crystal Skulls emit strange radiation which can cure diseases and if handled in the wrong way, can cause harm and death. But researchers have limited themselves to ancient civilizations of North America, like the Mayas, Cherokee, Aztecs  and Navajos and have never looked at ancient India.

Hinduism might have the answer to the mystery of Crystal Skulls, because this temple, which is referred to as Kapala Murthy temple, literally means Temple of the Skull God. So, who is this Skull God? There is a specific deity in Hinduism called Kapala Bhairava, who is represented either as a skull or holding a skull, and sometimes even as a skeleton. This deity is known as Citipati in Buddhism, and Buddhists believe that wearing the skull mask or dancing in skeleton costumes can end the eternal cycle of life and death. The stone dedicated to this deity is Crystal Quartz, and both Hindus and Buddhists believe that Crystal Skulls capable of healing the sick existed in ancient times. Ancient Indian temples housed several structures made of crystals, which were destroyed and looted in the last few centuries.

There are at least 13 crystal skulls around the world. There is one in Smithsonian Institution in the US, there is another one in the British Museum, and more skulls are found in other European countries. Scientists claim that almost all of them are fabrications made in the last 2 centuries. Perhaps the real ancient crystal skulls can be found in India which could hold the key to this mystery.

So what do you think? Did this temple once house a crystal skull? Why else did ancient builders creates holes all around the ceiling and walls? Why is this temple named after the skull god?

– Praveen Mohan

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Floating Stones of Ramappa Temple – Advanced Ancient Technology

Hey guys, this is a rock taken from an 800 year old temple in India, and it has some strange properties. When dropped in water, it doesn’t sink like normal rocks, it floats. There are some rocks which naturally float in water, like Pumice but this rock  you see here, is not a natural formation. In fact this is not a rock, it is a brick, made by heating a mixture of mud and other materials to a 1000 degree Celsius, and was made into a lightweight block.

During my recent exploration I met 2 guys, Dinesh who is an architect and Arvind who researches ancient sites. They explained that we use the same technology today, these blocks are called ACC or AAC blocks. AAC stands for Autoclaved Aerated Concrete – and is made by injecting foam into concrete which makes the block lightweight. These blocks when dropped in water, also float just like the ancient brick we saw. If we look at the Wikipedia page, it shows that AAC was invented in mid-1920s, just 100 years ago. However, we can see that this technology was in use 800 years ago in India.

Now, we don’t know what the ancient builders used to make the bricks float, and I could not get a sample of this brick to examine the ingredients. Since we don’t know how it was created, let’s move on to Why these bricks were created. I mean, what could possibly be the use of creating such lightweight bricks in Ancient India. This brick was taken from a temple called Ramappa temple, so I decided to go to the temple and find out why these light weight bricks were used.

You can see that this is a fabulous temple, the bottom portion is made of sandstone, which stands to a height of more than 25 feet, but there is a huge tower on top which is completely made of these floating bricks. It has now been covered with plaster of Paris by the archeology department. Why did ancient builders decide to create and use lightweight bricks for the tower? Why do we use AAC blocks today?  Modern Engineers recommend the use of lightweight blocks in buildings to make them earthquake proof.

Structures built with heavy materials become rigid and are less flexible when earthquake occurs. When an earthquake happens, the building can sway horizontally or vertically and if the building is too rigid, it will start cracking and begin to collapse. On the other hand, light weight blocks like these floating Bricks, have these holes and are half the weight of regular bricks – these can make the structure more flexible to ground movement. If we make a building with these floating bricks, the building will swing and sway along with the ground, and will not collapse. This is exactly why, these floating bricks were used on the tower, to make it earthquake proof.

Now, all this sounds great in theory, but can this temple really withstand an earthquake? Let’s go inside and you will be surprised. As soon as you enter, you realize that this temple was affected by a massive earthquake. Look at these sandstone blocks, they have been twisted out of place and are not at the same level at all. This is the center of the temple, look at the floor. These rectangular rocks at the base, have popped up and are protruding on all sides. These blocks are called plinth beams and have been dislodged by an earthquake and the pillars have sunk to about 14 inches inside the ground. The original pillars would have stood 14 inches taller.

Remember, I showed you the exterior of the temple a few minutes ago, and at that time I guarantee you that you would have not guessed that this temple was  affected by a massive earthquake. This earthquake occurred on April 1st 1843 and destroyed all the houses around the temple, but the temple which was already 600 years old at that time, was able to withstand the earthquake.

Now we can understand, why the ancient builders created these floating bricks, their earthquake proofing technology was not just a theory, it is a fact.

Right next to the main temple, there is a miniature model of the temple and this tower is also made of floating bricks. In the last century, many people have stolen these floating rocks from the smaller tower, which is why it looks like this now.

You may wonder why the bottom portion of the temple, which is made of sandstone did not collapse. The bottom structure is designed with an extremely wide base. The plinth beams were not rigidly connected, but were given gaps, so they could pop out and save the structure, when earthquake occurs. But most importantly, ancient builders employed a technique called Sandbox Technology. What is Sandbox Technology? The ancient builders dug a trench which is more than 10 feet deep, and filled it with a strange mixture. Initial analysis shows that this mixture consists of powdered granite, Non-centrifugal cane sugar, sand and another unique compound which has still not been identified. The temple was erected on top of this mixture, and the mixture acts as a cushion, and absorbs the vibrations of earthquakes, minimizing damage to the temple.

Praveen Mohan

Lord Shiva Smokes Marijuana & Drinks Alcohol – Why?

Hey guys, today let’s take a look at why Lord Shiva is portrayed as smoking weed and drinking alcohol. In fact, we have a temple called Kaal Bhairav temple in which Lord Shiva is fed alcohol every day. There is a mouth carved in the lingam, and alcohol is poured through it as a ritual. Every year, on Shivarathri, which is the night dedicated to Shiva, his devotees smoke weed before praying to him. Why is Lord Shiva depicted as an alcohol drinker and a smoker of Marijuana? This is very confusing to the common man, who thinks that Gods should not indulge in these evil acts.

To understand this, let’s go back in time many thousand years ago and assume that human beings were primitive. We have about 400,000 species of plants. How did we find out which plants can be used as food, and which plants are poisonous? Which plants make you sick and which plants heal sickness? The ancient Indian system of medicine called Siddha documents more than 100,000 plants and their medical uses. How were these documented? In fact, their documentation is so accurate that even today, they are being absorbed into modern allopathic medicine. For example, in the year 2000, a medicine called Virohep was launched to treat Hepatitis B. The manufacturers of this medicine, have openly stated that they extracted the chemical from the herb mentioned in ancient Indian texts, and made them into pills. It is now available all around the world and is accepted by doctors as a very effective medicine.

So, how were such advanced medicines documented at least 2000 years ago in India? According to traditional Siddha medicine, Shiva comes from a planet called Shivalokha, and begins experimenting and documenting the properties of plants on earth. These experimental techniques and results were then passed on to 18 saints who documented the rest of the plants. Of course, historians and other experts will tell us that this is nonsense, and ancient Indians found out these properties of plants by trial and error or by accident. But we have solid evidence that ancient Indians tested these plants just like modern day scientists. In the ancient Hoysaleswara temple, we can see this strange carving. What does it show? It shows an alcoholic drink called toddy being extracted from palm trees, and collected into a container on the ground. But you can something extraordinary – the saint is watching two animals – a bird and a snake drinking from the container. It actually shows they were testing the effect of alcohol on animals first, before beginning to use it on human beings. This is exactly what scientists do today, they test it on animals first before giving it to humans. Right next to the carving of animal testing, watch how a man gives a similar container full of toddy to a woman, and the woman is clearly refusing it, look at the hand gesture.

But why make alcohol at all, isn’t it evil to drink alcohol? Why are these things even carved on a temple? Indian traditional medicine explains alcohol and other intoxicants as absolutely necessary for performing surgeries. Take the simple case of tooth extraction. How can we do this without sedating someone? After all, ancient Indian texts explain complex surgeries such as eye operations, amputations and even plastic surgeries. The ancient text called Sushruta Samhita clearly explains how alcohol must be given to patients before surgery.

 

But what about Weed? Why is Lord Shiva shown smoking pot? Today Marijuana is thought of as a drug,  but it was considered a sacred medicinal plant in India. Lord Shiva, who is the father of traditional Siddha medicine was the first to test Marijuana on animals, and on himself, before giving it out to human beings. Popularly known in India as Ganja or Bhang, it is was used to relieve anxiety and pain since 2000 BC, which is 4000 years ago. Ancient Indian traditions recommends using marijuana once a year to maintain good mental and physical health. This is why weed is smoked in India and Nepal by devotees on the night dedicated to Shiva. The medical properties of Marijuana are well documented in ancient texts – it stops Nausea and increases appetite, it can relieve muscle spasms and treat many other diseases.

There is also a cult called Aghoris – these people have dedicated their lives to Shiva, they smoke weed on a weekly basis and claim it keeps their brain sharp. A recent study in the United States shows that THC, an active ingredient in Marijuana can prevent and treat Alzheimer’s disease and can keep the brain sharp.

We see a very interesting pattern emerging in the western world. People who have denounced and ridiculed the use of Marijuana by Hindus calling it a barbaric or evil act are slowly turning in favor of medical marijuana. We now have medical marijuana legalized in more than 30 states in the US and in 15 countries.

So, now you know why Shiva is shown smoking pot or drinking alcohol – nothing is evil about it as long as you know how to use it, just like any other tool you have. If you use a screwdriver to poke your eyes, don’t blame the screwdriver.

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Weird Psychological Tricks used in Taj Mahal’s architecture?

Hey guys, today let’s take a look at why Taj Mahal is loved so much by everyone. In this video, I am going to show you a series of tricks and illusions used by the architects to make you fall in love with this amazing structure.

The very first time you look at Taj Mahal, it will simply blow your mind. This is because the builders use an optical illusion to trick your mind. When you first enter through the main entrance, you see the Taj Mahal through an arch and everything else is dark around it. This makes your eyes focus fully on Taj Mahal, and the beauty of Taj Mahal completely engulfs you. But the illusion gets even better, if you walk towards the Taj Mahal, it will become smaller and smaller. And if you step back and walk away from the Taj Mahal, it will appear to get bigger and bigger. This is a fascinating illusion, but this is just the beginning.

Let’s take a closer look at the Taj Mahal and you begin to see columns which are made of many sides. Let’s examine this column – you can see that it has a total of 6 sides with zigzag lines painted all over it. But does it really consist of 6 sides? If you examine this closely you will figure out that these are not 2 sides, but one, this is a flat piece. The entire column consists of just 4 sides, but the lines are painted in such a way that it appears to have more sides. An actual optical illusion, to trick your brain into thinking that the structure is more complex that it actually is. Even if you zoom in completely, and look at it for several minutes, you don’t understand this unless you feel the sides, this is not easy to understand.

But look at these lines carefully and you can see something very interesting. These are not painted, they are stones embedded on top of white marble. In fact, there is not even a trace of paint on Taj Mahal, all these designs, these flowers and even the writings all over the walls are made of made of precious and semi-precious stones which are carefully glued on top of white marble.

And these stones have a weird property. They gleam when light shines on it. If you take a flash light, and shine it on these stones, they will glow like light bulbs. I have shown you the secret view into the bathroom of Queen Mumtaj, which uses mirrors instead of stones and the visual effect is amazing. The Taj Mahal employs stones of various colors and  this creates a gleaming effect on these designs, during sunlight and even moonlight. This makes visitors wonder why certain paintings are glowing on Taj Mahal which is made completely out of white marble.

But is the Taj Mahal made completely out of white marble? Actually it is not, if you look at the aerial view, it shows that red sandstone has been used on the top. But this is not visible for anyone who is on the ground. The Taj Mahal doesn’t look that impressive when you see it from the air, because of the red sandstone which is native to the land, but the architects knew that people who view the taj mahal from the ground level cannot see this. A clever architectural trick, which makes you think that the Taj Mahal is made completely out of white marble.

The white marble structure has some peculiar properties. Like a Chameleon, it changes color  according to the time of the day. It looks slightly pinkish in the morning, and takes on a weird transparent shade on foggy days, appears white throughout the day, and looks golden in moon light. This is one of the reasons why Taj Mahal is revisited by many tourists, it gets more than 7 million visitors every year.

Now, let’s take a look at the stone inlays here – Here you can see this yellow branch going under the dark green one and coming out on top. These are individual yellow stones placed around the dark green stone. Everything is set at the same level on white marble, nothing goes underneath or over anything. Not just the flowers, leaves and fruits, but even these curvy stems are semi-precious stones, cut and placed, with such precision that you don’t see any joints at all. This is the Brilliance behind this artwork to makes it look realistic.

Let me zoom in here, and if you observe carefully, you can see something depressing. There are 2 flowers missing here. These were originally made of diamonds, and were plucked out by British soldiers in 1857. The rest of the stones are semi-precious, this is why they haven’t touched them. Even today, people attempt to steal what’s left over from Taj Mahal and other such monuments. Here you can see that people have recently taken these red stones out. But there are designs made completely out of white marble, which are also mind boggling. This is just one piece of stone  showing a floral design. But if you start looking at these designs carefully and you begin to see many hidden figures. Intertwined snakes, an ancient symbol. A Scorpion, A butterfly and  many other animals start to come out.

And here is a giant block of white marble and see how they have made so many hexagonal designs out of it. Inside the Taj Mahal these designs get even more complicated, and make you wonder how they were created.

So, you can see how a series of optical illusions and design techniques can make you fall in love with the Taj Mahal. These are the reasons why it was declared as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007, it got more than 100 million votes.

– Praveen Mohan

 

World’s Smallest Carvings found in Ancient Indian Temple – Evidence of Machining Technology?

Hey guys, I am at the Darasuram temple in India which is 850 years old and here we can see the smallest carvings in the world. Let’s take a look at this bull carved on one of the pillars. This is about 2 inches wide, but it also shows all the features of a bull. You can see the hump, the horns, ears and eyes, there is even an extended tail,  but look carefully, and you can see the Hoofs, and even the nostril, which is just 1 millimeter wide, carved on it. Now, compare this with the carving of the largest bull in the world, this is also situated in India, in a place called Lepakshi, which is about 300 miles away. This bull is nearly 15 feet tall and 27 feet long. The smallest carving of the bull is so small, that you can place 10 of them inside the toenail, or the dewclaw of the largest bull.

But this 2 inch bull is not really the smallest carving in the temple, some of the carvings are even smaller. This carving is less than 2 inches tall and shows Lord Shiva and we can even identify the weapons and objects he is holding in his multiple hands. Here is a lion which is just one and a half inch long, it is a shame that the temple has gone through many centuries of corrosion, many of these carvings have deteriorated. Here is the dancing elephant god, which is even smaller, he is just one inch long. You can see his crown, pot belly and his arms and legs in a dancing posture. Of course, we have to wonder how ancient builders were able to create 1 inch carvings, 850 years ago. Remember I showed you the skulls in Hoysaleswara temple, these are also one inch wide. They are completely hollow and you can pass a twig through one of the ears and can pull it out through the eyes.  Were these amazing carvings created using advanced machines or with primitive tools?

But there are carvings even smaller than this at the Darasuram Temple, here is a  carving less than 1 inch wide and actually consists of two figures, Lord Shiva and his wife in a sitting posture. This means that each figure is less than half an inch in size. Even today, you can see that people smear saffron powder on this carving as a ritual, this ritual has corroded this carving to a considerable extent, but even after eight centuries, we are able to identify these half inch gods because of their features.

But all this is nothing, because we are only looking at the full carvings, we have to examine the details on the carvings to really appreciate ancient technology. Here is Lord Shiva in the form of a beggar, and look carefully and you will see a begging bowl in his hand. This bowl is carved to the size of black pepper or pepper corn, which is just 4 millimeters wide. Here is the wife of Shiva and you can see the religious dot on her forehead, this less than 2 millimeters. You can even see the smile on her face, Some of the details are so small even to capture with my camera, but if you visit this temple, please do examine these pillars. But be very careful, because – see these designs, which look like Egyptian pyramids, the tips of these pyramids are less than 1 millimeter wide and they will prick you like needles. And this is after eight hundred and fifty  years of corrosion, so imagine how sharp they must have been, when they were first created.

But the question is, how can anyone create needle sharp carvings on solid rocks with primitive tools like chisels and hammers?  I mean, less than 1 millimeter wide? How did ancient builders accomplish this? Showing emotions if the figures are smiling or frowning on one inch carvings? Half inch deities, recognizable after 850 years of corrosion? A bowl the size of black pepper, just 4 millimeters wide? Sharp points with less than 1 millimeter that can still prick like needles? Were these created with primitive tools or were ancient builders using advanced technology?

Please let me know your thoughts in the comments section.

– Praveen Mohan

Ancient Underground Structures at Hampi Revealed!

 

Hey guys, today we are going to look at the Underground Shiva Temple at Hampi. This is considered one of the oldest temples in Hampi and you can see that it is constructed under the ground level. If we go inside the temple, it just keeps getting deeper and deeper and the deepest part contains the main chamber which holds the lingam. This temple was completely buried under the ground for many centuries before it was discovered in 1980s and it was then excavated. There is a reason why this temple is not visited by most tourists, it has water inside almost throughout the year, and locals say there are snakes in the water – this is why no one comes. But let’s go inside and see what we can find in the main chamber. It is also pitch black inside, so I am using my headlamp. This is the main chamber and you can see right away that the original lingam is gone, and a new lingam has been placed. The newer cylindrical structure is merely placed on top of the ancient square base, this is not how ancient lingams look.  There are insects crawling on the floor near the lingam, but there is something much more interesting on the ceiling. On the ceiling, we can see a lot of bats hanging upside down. This is a very common sight with many of these ancient temples in India. But this video is not about bats, and we can see a very interesting geometric pattern carved exactly above where the ancient lingam would have once stood. Two concentric circles placed inside a rhombus, which is placed inside a square- Which in turn is again, placed inside a rhombus. These dark stain marks are because of the bats. What must have once been a spectacular temple is now completely in ruins.

Now of course the question is, WHY? Why did ancient builders create this structure under the ground level? Imagine this for a minute, if historians are right, building such a temple would be a monstrous task in ancient times. They would have to dig for a great depth and put these humongous granite base and pillars which would have taken years, and during these years of construction, they would have realized that there would always be water. This is summer time, so there is just a foot of water, but in rainy seasons, you would have a lot more of stagnant water. So in spite of all this, why did they create such a structure underground?

Local historians tell a very interesting story, even some archeologists accept this theory: This temple was created for secret rituals, reserved only for the members of the royal family. The temple is just one end of the underground structure. So where is the other end? The other end is actually situated about half a mile from the Underground Shiva temple, this place is called the “Secret Council Chamber” and here you can see the entrance to this structure, which is again, located underground. This is a very strange underground area made of solid black slabs of stone, you can walk inside and even today, it could serve as an underground bunker. There are several passages, and archeologists have removed the top part of this structure, at a few places. Many intriguing statues of ancient gods have also been unearthed. This is the beauty of India, they had these massive secret underground facilities all over ancient sites.

It seems just like regular ground, all these people are walking, but there are huge underground structures built right below their feet, waiting to be excavated. So, if you were a royal member in ancient times, you could just walk from the underground Shiva temple to here or the other way round, without anyone noticing you.

What we are missing is the actual tunnel which connects the secret council chamber and the Underground Shiva Temple. I hope to find the actual tunnel some day, but until then, this remains just an unconfirmed theory.

– Praveen Mohan