Hey guys, today, let’s take a look at this ancient temple known as Kailasa Nathar temple, located in a city called Kanchipuram in South India and I am going to show you some solid evidence of how this was the model for the famous Kailasa Temple in Ellora Caves. The Kailasa Temple in Ellora Caves has baffled all experts, because the entire temple is made of one solid rock and the rock cutting technology of going from top to bottom is simply unbelievable. These 2 temples are 750 miles apart, but share some deep rooted connections.
When you look at the kailasanathar temple tower from the ground, it looks like a normal step pyramid. But when you look at it from the air, you realize that there is something strange about the design. It is not just a simple pyramid. There are 8 smaller pyramids attached from the outside to the large tower in the center. This is very different from most temples, most Hindu temples are just simple pyramids.
There is one other temple which also has smaller pyramids surrounding the larger stepped Pyramid in the center. And that is Kailasa Temple in Ellora caves. If you compare the 2 temples side by side, you can see that there is striking similarity: there is one central tower, but both these temples have smaller towers around them.
And not just a number of towers okay, both have 8 smaller towers surrounding the large central tower. This cannot be a mere coincidence. If you look at the layout of both the temples., there is One main tower, surrounded by 8 smaller towers, and then there is a chariot like structure in the front. The two temples are not identical, but the basic blueprint is the same. There is a rectangular area left around the towers for people to walk around. And in the front, at the very entrance, they both have a smaller tower with an elevated level.
There is another similarity. In my last video, I showed you that the Kailasanathar temple has 56 chambers inside the compound wall, which were used for meditation, and when I checked the plan of Kailasa temple in Ellora caves today, I am shocked because it also has 56 chambers inside the compound walls. This plan is taken directly from Wikipedia, and yes they both have 56 chambers, which were all used for meditation. We know for a fact that this cannot be a coincidence.
But this video is not just about similarities in architecture, okay? The original names of both these temples are Kailasanatha. Even though the temple in Ellora Caves is now popularly known as Kailasa temple, the original name of it, is Kailasanatha, meaning the lord of Mount Kailash. So, both temples actually have the exact same name. And the central deity is Shiva in the form of Lingam, in both temples. And what is the purpose of these 2 temples? Why were these 2 Kailasanatha temples built?
Nobody knows exactly why, but there seems to some deep rooted connection to Spirituality, to Human consciousness itself. Perhaps we could understand this by looking at the secret passages in these 2 temples. Both temples are designed with mysterious tunnels. In the Kailasa temple at Ellora Caves, there are some deep tunnels and at the end of them, there are rectangular holes cut at the very bottom. Some of them even go underground, but all these holes are impossible to crawl through, because they are too small for human beings.
In Kailasanathar temple in South India, there are 2 tunnels which also have rectangular holes at the bottom, and if you are fit, you can squeeze and crawl through these passages. One opening is called the Gate of Death and the other opening is called the Gate of Birth. Locals in Ellora Caves, believe there are similar gates in Kailasa temple as well and entering through a certain hole can take you to a different dimension. Some even claim that these portals are kept locked to prevent people from accessing them., because they contain the secret to rebirth and immortality.
Even though we are not able to fully understand the purpose of the passages, the fact that both these temples were designed with small rectangular tunnels, is quite intriguing.
Now, let’s take a look at the carvings in the walls of both temples. This is the Kailsanathar temple and you can see gigantic carvings of Shiva, adorning the walls. Each one tells a specific story of Shiva, here you can see him coming out of a Lingam. This is from the Kailasa Temple at Ellora Caves, telling the same story on its walls. This cannot be a mere coincidence. Here is a dancing Shiva in Kailasa Temple at Ellora caves, and here is a very similar carving of Dancing Shiva in Kailasanathar temple. So, it is crystal clear that one temple inspired the other temple, one temple was used a model for the other temple. So which one was built first?
And here is the real shocker. Mainstream archeologists claim that the Kailasanathar temple was built at least 50 years before the Kailasa Temple in Ellora Caves. Kailasanathar temple was built around 700 AD and Kailasa Temple was built around 755 AD. If this timeline is correct, the KailasaNathar temple in South India was the model, because it was built first, and it inspired the construction of the Kailasa Temple in Ellora Caves. In fact, locals believe that the Kailasanathar temple is the oldest Hindu temple in India, dating thousands of years earlier than these dates claimed by experts. Not to mention that the Kailasa Temple itself is shrouded in mystery and experts have not been able to explain the dates clearly. Archeologists and historians claim that these 2 temples were built by completely different rulers, who belong to completely different dynasties, and spoke completely different languages.
But even after the construction of both these temples, and even until the last few centuries, they have had an ongoing connection. The tower of Kailasanathar temple is still painted silvery white, to resemble the snow-clad Mount Kailash, which is said to be the home of lord Shiva. Do you know that originally , the Kailasa Temple at Ellora Caves was also painted with silvery white color? Even 2 centuries ago, it was repainted with the same silvery white paint, we can still see traces of this color in this temple. In ancient times, Both the temple towers gleamed with golden tone, on certain time of the day and had a mystical glow.
So what do you think? Was the Kailasa Temple in Ellora Caves modeled after Kailasanathar temple in South India? Or, are the timelines wrong? and Kailasa temple in North India was built first and Kailasanathar temple was inspired by it?