Is Konark Sun Temple a Hindu Temple? No!

 

Hey guys, in this video, we are gonna look at why the Konark Sun Temple was really built and by the end of this video, you can decide if it is a Hindu temple at all.

Imagine that you are child who is only 5 years old and your parents have taken you to the Konark Sun Temple. This is what you would see in this temple. At the lowest level of the temple, you will see what children are naturally interested in: Animals. There are exquisite carvings of various animals and their behaviors. For example, you see how baby elephants hang around their mothers. How monkeys behave. Some are even funny, like today’s cartoon network. Here you can see how human beings use tamed elephants to capture a wild elephant. This is a cage, and you can see how the sculptor had brilliantly carved the elephant inside the cage. This was ancient India’s animal planet. But this temple doesn’t stop there, I am gonna show you how Konark temple was built as an encyclopedia, as a University which teaches various subjects for all age groups. I have realized that you can divide this temple into many different subjects according to its height.

The first 2 feet are carved for small children below 5 years, and when you reach the ages between 6 to 10, you are going to see things like dancing, singing and playing musical instruments. The temple holds an enormous amount of carvings about music and dancing. This is odyssey, the traditional dance of the region. There are 128 postures of traditional Indian dance, carved in this temple. If you are tough kid, you can also see martial arts like boxing and wrestling. Of course, life would be no fun without games. So you can learn games like the tug of war as well.

The third level, fit for ages between 11 and 15 has enormous scientific information, specifically astronomy. This wheel is a sundial that can tell the accurate time, precisely down to a minute! The temple, dedicated to the Sun God Surya is a giant symbolic representation of how the Sun works. The temple is shaped as a chariot with 24 wheels representing 24 hours of the day, featuring 3 sun gods – the morning sun with a happy face, the somber noon sun and the evening sun with a sad face. But all experts and commoners have missed something very important. What are these weird animals carved on either side of the chariot? They are horses in an extremely disintegrated state, they were disfigured by foreign invaders. There are a total of 7 horses which pull the chariot of the sun.

Now, Why is the chariot being pulled by 7 horses? Some say, just like the 24 wheels represent 24 hours of the day, the 7 horses represent 7 days of the week. But this is not true. Astronomers agree that the 7 days of the week are not connected to the Sun at all, and some civilizations even had 8 day weeks, because it is not relevant to the movement of the sun and the earth. So, why is the chariot of the Sun god being pulled by 7 horses?

If you talk to the elderly people in this area, they reveal some intriguing information. They say that each of the 7 horses was painted with a different color of the rainbow. So, this horse was probably painted with violet, this one with indigo, and so on. Now, we know that Isaac Newton discovered that sun light is not white, but made of 7 different colors. This was a startling discovery back then, and even now it is hard to accept that sunlight is actually made of 7 different colors. Newton discovered this in 1600s, but this temple was built nearly 400 years before Newton, so how did the ancient builders know that the Sun light was actually made of different colors? More importantly, why aren’t historians recording this in their books? Anyway, now you know why the Sun God’s chariot is being pulled by 7 different horses.

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Help! Who is this ferocious Indian Gods?

 

Hey guys, I am in the Darasuram temple in India which is at least 850 years old, and we are going to look at a rare carving of an Indian God. As you can see, this god is half lion and half human, but before you try to figure out who he is, let’s see what he is doing. He is trying to destroy another smaller figure who is also half lion and half human.  Who is this god? And why is he trying to destroy another god who looks similar to him? As far as I know, this is the oldest carving of this God, and I have never seen him in North India at all. They have covered his mid section with a cloth, so we can’t see his whole body, but if you observe carefully, you can see something here. It looks like a tip of a wing. Did this God have wings and was he capable of flying? This God does have a few dedicated temples in South India. Here, we can see the whole body and you do see the wings and he is doing exactly the same thing, which is trying to destroy another god who looks just like him. But this carving shows a lot more details than just the wings. There is this amazing long tail, but did you notice the legs? He is shown with four legs in the front, but only 2 legs in the back. This looks unrealistic but if you look carefully, you can find 2 more legs on his back. I have never seen anything like this before. If you know the story behind this God, please leave a comment and give a detailed explanation of what happened. Why are these gods fighting, and who won? I am Praveen Mohan, thanks a lot for watching, don’t forget to subscribe and I will talk to you soon.

8 Legs & 800 Years Old – Incredible Indian Sculpture

 

Hey guys, I am at the Darasuram Temple in India and let’s take a look at this sculpture of a woman with 8 legs. This is a flexible acrobat with one head, two hands and four bodies. Now if I cover the rest of the legs except the top two legs, she is balancing her body weight on the floor with 2 hands. And both her legs are above the head. This is the first position. Now if I cover the other parts, except these 2 legs, this is a different position. Now, both these legs are also up in the air, but while her head is facing us, the body is twisted to the side.  If you cover the parts except the 2 legs on this side, you can see the other position. Now, look carefully and you’ll see 2 outstretched legs on the floor. If you cover everything else, you can see the woman doing a split. Notice the cute, naughty smile on her face, showing how proud she must have been of her body. This is not all, because you can see many other positions, if you cover legs in various combinations. For example, like this. Or like this. In modern day talent shows, you can see people performing these types of flexible acrobatics and getting enormous attention. This sculpture is at least 850 years old which proves that these types of performances existed in India a long time ago. If you look at the background, you can see women dancing on one side and a man on the other. This was probably some kind of a stage performance where the woman is showing her acrobatic skills. The sculptor has masterfully carved all these positions to match just one face.

There are other sculptures in this temple with much more complexity. Here, a woman is sitting on top of the acrobat, apparently juggling and creating more complex positions. On my website phenomenalplace.com, I’ve posted more sculptures of these flexible acrobats. It is a shame that corrosion has taken over and you can’t see the details on many of these valuable sculptures.

Here is my question to you: Isn’t is obvious that she does not actually have 8 legs and the sculptor carved them to show different positions? I ask this, because, this answers the question to why Indian Gods have so many hands. Take a look at any Indian God and you’ll see more than 2 hands. The sculptors in ancient times must have tried to show different positions and they carved multiple arms to show all the weapons and things they used. This is the only way to give a lot of information in a sculpture which cannot show moving images as opposed to a modern day video.

However as time went on, this logical way of thinking somehow disappeared. Nowadays, they use it to show power and create shock appeal. The more number of hands, the better it gets.  And I have seen sculptures where you can’t even count the number of arms. And these arms are just arms, most of them are empty. This is Avalokitesvara by the way, a very popular god in many Asian countries. So, if you’ve ever wondered why Indian Gods have so many hands, I hope this sculpture answered the question.