Hey guys, I am gonna show you a sneak peek into the bathroom of Mumtaz Mahal. Historians say that this queen inspired the construction of Taj Mahal. If you stand on any corner of this structure, and light up candles, you can see these amazing patterns emerging on the ceiling. This is really brilliant and the reason for this is because the entire ceiling is covered with thousands of tiny mirrors. Queen Mumtaj would be lying in a bathtub at the middle of this bathroom and her maids would move the candles just like what we see today, on all the corners. And she would enjoy these visuals of sparkling lights.
In addition to this, there were musicians who were playing different musical instruments while she was taking a bath. Even the walls in this 400 year old structure, were designed to produce different sounds when tapped on. Now keep in mind, no men were allowed inside this building, but a group of Eunuch musicians were employed to play these instruments for the queen.
The walls are also full of many different carvings and paintings. Here you can see a painting of a coffee plant with bright red coffee cherries. It looks so bright because artists powdered Ruby, a semiprecious stone and used it to paint these cherries. They’ve also used other stones like Malachite in this building. Here you can see a carving of a grape vine with plenty of grapes. It is reported that she and the king loved drinking grape wine together.
This is the original bathtub she used. It is made of marble, built with a fountain jet in the center. This was a Jacuzzi, built 400 years ago. How did these fountains work without electricity? The water will fall from the tank on top, and the pressure would make the fountain work.
So, why did the King order that the bathroom’s ceiling be adorned with thousands of mirrors? Why were these mirrors imported from Syria, to ensure they were of the best quality? The King Shahjahan could never get enough of this woman, and he would watch the thousands of images of her, on these mirrors while she was in the bath tub. Even today, you can see a thousand images of a person standing in this room. Imagine the visual effect that would have created. This is why this building is called Sheesh Mahal, which means “Palace of Mirrors”.
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Hey guys, I am at Mahabalipuram cave temples in India and here we can see the oldest depiction of Bodhidharma, carved at least 1300 years ago. Bodhidharma is a very mysterious figure and has statues all over China and Japan and is considered the founder of martial arts at the Shaolin temple. He is an iconic figure among Buddhist monks. All ancient Chinese texts agree that he came from a foreign country, but experts are not sure if he was from Iran or from India. This confusion exists because Bodhidharma came from a kingdom called the Pallava Kingdom. There are 2 kingdoms which existed under the same name, one in Iran and another in India. But this 1300 year old carving puts this confusion to rest, because it is the oldest carving of Bodhidharma that has ever been found and is found at the heart of the Pallava Kingdom in India which proves that he is in fact from India.
We can see that he is wearing a long head dress that extends to his legs and is shown with a beard and mustache, typical of Bodhidharma’s depiction in China and Japan. However, the most important feature is his extremely large eyes which are shown almost popping out. The reason for this is because Bodhidharma did not have any eyelids. This was his distinct feature. And we can see that Bodhidharma is shown holding a long stick, which was the only thing that he ever carried around.
If we look around in this temple, this figure is sharply in contrast with all other figures in this monument. All other saints are clean shaven and are shown with their palms together. However, Bodhidharma is shown with a beard and mustache. This is definitely not a carving of a layman, because he is shown standing on top of a temple tower, such a depiction is only given to people who are saints or kings. And the beauty of this carving is that it shows Bodhidharma when he was young, because he left India in his early twenties.
So, who was this Bodhidharma, and why did he travel to China? A Chinese disciple of Bodhidharma, by the name of Tanlin, clearly describes his origin in a book written around 550 A.D. He has written that Bodhidharma was a South Indian of the western region, and was the third son of a great Indian king. Also, the author Tsutomu Kambe mentions that Bodhidharma came from a city called (香至) Kang-zhi, which is actually pronounced as Kanchi in India. The city of Kanchi was the capital of Pallava Kingdom, which is located less than 50 miles from this carving. Bodhidharma’s real name was Jayavarman, a prince of the Pallava dynasty, who renounced his luxuries to become a monk. He then traveled to China where he taught various specialties including meditation, martial arts and medicine. I am Praveen Mohan, thanks a lot for watching. Don’t forget to subscribe and I will talk to you soon. Bye.
Hey guys, I am at the Vittala temple in Hampi, and I am gonna show you the mystery of the musical pillars. This structure, called the musical hall is now closed for renovation. However, I managed to get the actual sounds from these pillars. Here is a pillar which shows a man playing ancient drums, if you tap this, you will hear the sound of these drums. Now, here is the sound of a temple bell. And here is the sound of a school bell. Now, you can combine various sounds to create even modern sounds, for example, this is the combination of the temple bell and school bell to create the modern day door bell. How do these different pillars create various sounds? But this is nothing, when you take this pillar that is made of one stone and has small columns carved onto it. However, if you tap on them, they create the seven notes of the musical scale in Indian classical music which is similar to do, re, mi, fa, sol, la, ti in the western world. What kind of stone technology existed in ancient India that could mimic the sounds of musical instruments? We can see many, many different sounds of advanced ancient instruments like Jal tarang, which uses water waves, Ghatam which uses terracotta pots, and even sounds of string instruments are created on these pillars.
How do these pillars, made of the same material, which is granite create these various sounds? Is it possible, that the ancient builders, somehow created holes inside these pillars. Because the only way to make different sounds from the same material of the same size is to alter its density. So do these pillars have holes inside them, that creates various sounds? The British had the same question in mind, and they not only took a huge pillar like this one but also cut one of the small columns to see what was in it. Here you can see the column that is missing, this was cut by the British during pre-independence in 1930s. And they were surprised to find that all these pillars and columns are just made of solid rock.
So, if there are no holes inside these pillars, how do you make them create different sounds. If they altered the dimensions like height, width and diameter, you could at least make them sound a little bit different. This is why we tap on walls to find out if they are thin or thick, because it will sound different. But if you look closely, all the columns have the same height, width and diameter, yet they create the seven notes of the Indian musical scale.
If they are all of the same dimensions, same material, and don’t have holes inside, how do they create different musical sounds. The only way this could be achieved is by changing the intrinsic density of the pillars, by adding a new material to it in different proportions, like modern day alloys. Today, we melt various metals and add them in different ratios to create the desired effect. However, did ancient builders melt solid blocks of granite and mix it with other materials to create different sounds? Locals argue that the musical pillars were created by rock melting technology. As evidence, they say that chains made of rocks were hooked to these corners on the ceiling. Now, this would be impossible without melting the rocks. These rock chains were later destroyed during foreign invasion just like the temple tower. A chain made of solid rock – is something like that even possible? Why do these corners of Hampi temple have empty hooks? Based on a tip, I traveled to Kancheepuram, which is 300 miles from Hampi. And here, we can see the chains hanging from the hooks on the corners. Yes, these chains, with many links, are in fact made of stone! Archeologists have confirmed that these are made of stone and were created at least 700 years ago! How could anyone create these stone chains with primitive tools? Even today, such a technology is not possible with modern machines. What kind of machines were used in ancient times and how were they able to create these chains made of rock?
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In this video, I am gonna show you the real technology behind India’s ancient rock cutting techniques. By the end of this video, I hope you will agree with me that these brilliant temples were not created with primitive tools. Archeologists insist that these massive rocks were cut with no more than chisels and hammers. First, Let’s take a look at their theory of how ancient builders cut huge rocks. After a rock is chosen, they would carve a series of holes that is about 1 inch wide and 2 inches deep. Then, they would place wooden wedges and hammer them all in. After this, they would pour hot water on the wedge and the wedge would expand inside the rock. If they keep pouring hot water on these wedges every day, the rock would eventually split into half. Now this, not only works for small rocks, but will also split huge rocks like the one I am standing next to. This rock is 25 feet wide and 15 tall, but if you look closely, you can see a series of chisel marks on top. And you can see how even a huge boulder like this can be cut using simple things like wedges and hot water.
This is pretty convincing evidence, so why am I roaming all over ancient Indian sites? Because, to cut a rock using this technique would take months! The ancient builders have to keep pouring water for many months to get this rock to split into two halves. However, we have documented evidence that many of the temples were built in a few years! If it takes several months to split one rock into two halves, how were these brilliant temples, made of thousands of huge rocks, built in just a few years? The numbers simply don’t add up. There must have been some other technology to cut these huge rocks out of these hills and mountains.
I got the first glimpse of a totally different technique of rock cutting in the hills of Hampi, in South India. There is a drill mark which is about 1-2 feet long. There are no chisel marks on this rock whatsoever, and you can see that this rock has been sliced into half. If this is an ancient rock cutting technique, it changes everything we know. However, is this really ancient or was it done in recent years?
I must find more evidence of this technique because experts will dismiss it as something that has been done in the last 10 years, with modern machines. So, I decided to go to Mahabalipuram, which is a ancient site that is protected by the department of archeology. Mahabalipuram stretches for many miles, and rock cutting has been banned for the last 50 years to protect the ancient monuments in this area. Let’s go deep into the woods, and see if we can find the same rock cutting technique. Here, we can see the same type of rock cutting technique, where you see one single drill mark, and the rock has been split open. You can see how a series of this drilling was done on different rock faces, and the rocks have been cut open. This was not done in recent times, because there are trees and bushes growing in the place now, where the other half of the rocks once stood. So, this is in fact, the ancient rock cutting technology – Drilling a hole into a huge rock and splitting it into half.
And I also found some unfinished rocks, very near to the ancient monuments of Mahabalipuram which proves that this technique was used at least 1300 years ago. You cannot see them on finished monuments because, these drill marks would have been polished and removed. We can see these same drill marks on the unfinished rocks. This huge rock standing nearly 20 feet tall has been split into half. And you don’t see any chisel marks on the sides, just one single drill mark. If you look closer, you can see that a drilling tool has been passed straight into the rock, around the height of 10 feet, which has split the rock open. This conclusively proves that this is how the ancient builders cut the rocks so fast. While wedges and water would take months to cut a rock, drilling through these rocks would split them open right away. This is why, ancient builders were able to build massive temples like the Kailasa Temple in just a few years.
So, this proves that this is how ancient rocks were really cut fast, but this raises many interesting questions. All the rocks you have seen cut using these technique, are made of granite, this is the hardest rock in the world. Today, we use diamond tipped drill bits to drill through granite. Ahat primitive tool could drill through these massive rocks for more than a feet? Were advanced machines used thousands of years ago, just like what we use today? If you look at these tool marks, it is very smooth and reminds us of modern day drilling. This kind of smooth drilling into granite is not possible, unless you have high powered machines. What kind of technology existed back then?
Were machines used in Ancient India? How else do we explain this rock cutting technology? Please let me know your thoughts in the comments section. I am Praveen Mohan, Thanks a lot for watching, don’t forget to subscribe and I will talk to you soon. Bye.
Hey guys, I am at the Shore temple in Mahabalipuram and this is the world’s oldest lingam, built more than 1300 years ago. We can see right away that something is very unusual about this lingam. It looks like it has been created with machines. This is because this structure is made of 16 equal sides. Now, on the top, you can see that it has been badly damaged, this is because Kings of other faith have tried to destroy this lingam a few hundred years ago. Today, it stands about 5 feet tall, but the original structure stood nearly 12 feet tall. Is this structure made with ancient machining technology or primitive tools like chisels and hammers?
The baffling feature of this structure is that it is made of 16 equal sides, this type of structure is called a hexadecagon. It is impossible to make a perfect monolithic hexadecagon of this magnitude with primitive tools. How could anyone have made this structure 1300 years ago? Today we can make different polygons using computer controlled machines, but cutting a 12 foot rock with 16 equal sides would be not be easy, even with machines.
The biggest problem with creating a perfect hexadecagon is not the length or width of the facets. These can be measured with simple tools, but the problem lies in creating the perfect angle between the sides. To make a structure with just 8 sides, we would have to calculate the exact angle between each side which would be 135 degrees. Now, this lingam has twice the number of sides which means that the angle between each side should be 157.5 degrees – Now there is a decimal point in degrees!
Is this lingam really perfect or does it merely look perfect? If this entire structure was made with chisels and hammers, there would be some human error. So, I decided to calculate the angle between the facets. If this is a perfect hexadecagon, the angles between all the sides, should be exactly 157.5 degrees. Here you can see my measurement with an angle finder. You can see that there is no error, and it shows the perfect angle of 157.5 degrees. I’ve measured all sides, and it is perfect. This “modern instrument” that I use today, doesn’t show me decimal places, but you can see that this black line is always halfway between these 2 lines. So, you can imagine what kind of advanced instruments were used 1300 years ago, by ancient builders. I have also measured the width of all sides and they are all perfect, down to the millimeter. This means there is absolutely no human error in this structure, which proves that this structure was made with advanced machinery.
But there is another structure which is more baffling than this 16 faceted lingam. There is a 16 faceted structure, called Kalasam sitting on top of the temple tower. Making a regular hexadecagon requires straight machining. But what we see on the very top of this temple tower needs much more complex machining because of the varying shapes and grooves. It looks like a metal structure but it is actually made of stone. This Kalasam looks tiny from here, but is in fact 6 feet tall. It just looks tiny because of the height of the tower which is 60 feet. And if you zoom in, you can see the 16 facets and the varying shapes, created to perfection. Such complex design with 16 facets would be impossible without the help of advanced machines and tools. What kind of technology was used back then and why do we have no mention of this lost technology in history books?
Now, the really fascinating feature is that, while the entire structure is made of granite which is locally available, the lingam and the Kalasam are not made of granite. They are made of a type of rock called black basalt which is not available anywhere within an 800 mile radius. Why did they take such pains to transport black basalt from a far away land and use it on specific structures? If you look carefully, we can see why. You can see that the sculptures made of granite, show lots of corrosion, because of the salty sea breeze. However, there is no sign of corrosion on the Kalasam or the lingam because black basalt does not corrode. This is why, the most critical pieces of the temple were made with black basalt. The ancient builders not only used advanced machines, but also understood the chemical properties of various rocks.
But we are only scratching the surface of this lost technology. Why is the oldest lingam in the world, also the most complex, yet the most perfect lingam? Why is the sanctum facing perfectly to the east, so that the very first sunrays will fall on this lingam? Is it a mere coincidence that the Kalasam was built exactly to 6 feet, lingam to 12 feet and the tower to 60 feet? Why was this kind of accurate measurements necessary? Why did these 2 structures need to have exactly 16 equal sides? What is the importance of creating them?
So, what do you think? Were these structures made with machines? How else could the ancient builders create a 16 faceted structure with no errors in angles, 1300 years ago? What was the purpose of placing these perfect structures in temples? Please let me know your thoughts in the comments section
Hey guys, I appeared on ancient aliens TV show on History channel again. This is my second appearance on the show and the beauty of this season is that I work with Giorgio Tsoukalos. I am big fan of Giorgio, he is an icon in ancient astronaut theory and I don’t have to tell you how popular he is. I did spend several days working him, very nice guy and he talks about extraterrestrials all the time. It was a great learning opportunity for me because he has traveled around the world looking for evidence of ancient astronaut theory.
We spoke about several ancient Indian texts like Samarangana Sutradhara which talks about mercury ion engine, Bhagavat Gita which inspired the atom bomb and Sushruta Samhita which talks about medicine and surgery. They have shown some of it, and I hope the other information will appear on future episodes in this season. Of course, they can only show so much, because each is episode is just 45 minutes, but I think I will appear at least on a couple of more episodes in this season. So keep an eye out, and let me know if I appear on an episode because I am usually exploring an ancient site in a remote area.
I am currently in a small town called Shravanabelagola, on top of the mountain is a 57 foot monolithic statue of a Jain God called Bahubali. This is one of the largest free standing statues in the world and is considered one of the wonders of India. The inscriptions are really interesting and we can see them carved on the temple pillars, but you can also see many inscriptions all over the rocks on the mountain as well. So, I am trying to explore the mountain to see if I can find the real story behind the construction of this Jain statue. Jainism is a very ancient religion and very similar to Hinduism in many ways. In this episode which is called Voices of the Gods – Season 12 Episode 11, we also touch on the subject of Jainism. We had a team of people who came from the United States, these guys tirelessly went around several ancient sites in India. One thing I learnt from Giorgio and this team is that they think about their work, round the clock. So working with them was a big motivation for me to keep going on.
Now, India has thousands and thousands of ancient texts full of amazing information about advanced technology. But most of them have not been translated or even read. I hope we can do something to get all these books translated, for the greater good of humanity. Please let me know what can be done to fix this issue in the comments section. Thanks a lot for watching, and I truly appreciate your support, because without my subscribers, I wouldn’t have gotten this far. So, if you haven’t subscribed, please do and I will talk to you soon. Bye.