WHAT IS THAT? Weird Ancient Carving Baffles Experts! Vittala Temple, Hampi | Praveen Mohan |

Hey guys, I want to show you a unique carving in the Vittala temple at Hampi. It is very small, but it is a mind-boggling carving, do you know what this carving shows? I have shown you several unique features about this temple. I have shown you the Musical pillars in this temple, which give a variety of sounds when tapped on, this temple also has the stone chariot and how its wheels rotate like real wheels, but this tiny little carving is not even looked at by most visitors.

What is this? Why does it look so strange? Indian temples are known for their spectacular carvings with crystal clear details, but this one is totally different. It does not have any clear features although we can see some of the details. And it is a very mysterious carving.

If you look from the top angle, you might be able to see a frog. This looks very much like a frog and you can see its head, body and limbs. Interestingly, mostly kids, who have not reached their teenage yet, will see the frog. Adolescents and adults rarely see the frog.

If you are a teenager, whether you are a boy or a girl, you will tend to see a snake. Here you can see the snake’s head, its curved body and its tail. So, in the same carving, you can see the frog, which is the prey and also the snake which is the predator. So why do kids see the frog, while teens observe the snake?

If you are an adult male, a man who is between the age of 20 and 50,  you would probably see that there is a monkey grabbing a baby monkey from the floor, as though the bigger monkey is protecting its baby. If you are a man watching this video, and you belong to this age group, this is probably the first thing you noticed. Oh a monkey lifting its baby. Am I Right?

And an adult woman will look at it completely differently. She will notice a mother monkey breastfeeding a baby monkey, of course this is a fantastic sight to see, how a little monkey is drinking milk from its mother.

But what about people who are above 50, what do they tend to see? They would notice this: This is a flying monkey God, You can see his 2 legs in the air and you can even observe his tail if you look carefully. He is none other than Lord Hanuman who is trying to serve others faithfully. And then, if you renounce all your worldly desires, if you are ready to face death without any fear, if you become a monk or a sanyasi who seeks enlightenment, you will see something very different. You will see this: A cylindrical lingam, protected by a giant snake on top. This is only observed by the very wise or the very old. It is very interesting how such a carving was done many centuries ago in India.

But why do people with different age groups, different sexes, see different images in the same carving? Is this Spirituality or Science? For Ancient Hindus Spirituality was Science. Ancient builders always blended Spirituality and Science in a beautiful way.

Today, there is a specific type of art called Ambiguous Images – these are used by psychologists to learn about your mind and body. Let’s take a look at this picture. What do you see? Believe it or not, the only thing a young kid will see, is a bunch of dolphins playing inside a giant bottle. The kid will not be able to see anything else and he will even point out that his observation is accurate, because even the tag on the bottle says Dolphins explicitly. On the other hand, adults will see something completely different and have to make a conscious effort to identify the dolphins. This image is used by psychiatrists to see if a child has hit puberty. Let me show you another classic one here: What about this one? What do you see? If you noticed the Skull first, you are reasonably aware of your surroundings and can spot dangers from a distance, but if you only saw the woman in the mirror, and did not see the skull at all, you are a hopeless romantic. But WHY is this happening? It is the same picture, but why do people see completely 2 different images? Because you are not really seeing with your eyes, you are seeing everything with your mind. And how your mind is conditioned, changes the information you see with your eyes. So you may think you are an objective person, but you are always processing all information with some filters, and these filters are based on your conditioning.

And if you noticed both images in these ambiguous pictures, you are a very intelligent person who has solid analytical skills. Optical illusions like these are shown to patients and psychiatrists can even identify mental illnesses like schizophrenia using these pictures.

But it is interesting to note that this ambiguity or optical illusion was used in many carvings of ancient India. I have shown you many optical illusions. This one is 1300 years old in Mahabalipuram. Do you see a cow? Or did you see some other animal? While most optical illusion carvings only show 2 different images, the one at Hampi is very advanced. It shows multiple images and you will typically see what you like to see, depending on your age or sex. If you are a father, you are more likely to see the image of a monkey lifting the baby monkey, a typical dad’s gesture of protecting a baby. If you are a mother, you are more likely to see the baby monkey getting breastfed, because this is the key for the baby’s life. So, you can see how ancient builders skillfully created this ambiguous carving many centuries ago in India, which  shows at least 7 different images. But wait, I only talked about 6 images. Yes, there is another image I did not tell you about. Did you see it? If you noticed it, you are a rare individual, so please do tell me what you saw in the comments section. If you did not see it, watch the video again, and see if you can find it. And then leave a comment.

Praveen Mohan

INDIA’S HIDDEN SECRETS REVEALED? Evidence of Ancient Engineering Technology | Praveen Mohan |

Hey guys, today we are going to look at an ancient Hindu architect called Vishwakarman, and how everything we know about him is wrong.  This 900 year old carving shows Vishwakarman with multiple heads and holding various weapons – this is the standard explanation we get. But that is pure nonsense. If he has multiple heads, then how come the center head looks older while the other 2 heads show younger faces. And look at the weapon on the left, it is not a weapon at all, this head is actually looking into this device. Now who is Vishwakarman? According to Ancient Indian texts, Vishwakarman was the architect who engineered great cities like Dwaraka and Ancient Temples with insane perfection. An architect does not need weapons, so what is this device he is looking through? He is using a theodolite.

Now what is a theodolite? Have you ever wondered why you always see civil engineers standing and looking through something? That is a theodolite, it is similar to a small telescope. And look at the similarity of the modern theodolite and how the engineer is looking through it and how the ancient theodolite is shown and how this face is clearly looking through it. It is a perfect match. But what is the purpose of a theodolite? It is used to make sure that an area is perfectly flat or horizontally leveled before construction starts. In real life, most areas have horizontal differences and how do you make it flat? On one end of the site, you have the theodolite and on the other end, you must place a leveling rod or a leveling staff, which has markings. This is exactly what we see in the other hand in this statue. This is the leveling rod, of course the marking are gone now because of erosion, but it is quite visible in other carvings of Vishwakarman. For example it is clearly visible in this statue – This is from the Sun Temple at Modhera, built around 1000 years ago. Other statues as well show clear markings, I had initially thought it was just a simple ruler or a line gauge, but now it is clear that Vishwakarman was using a leveling rod and a theodolite to survey construction sites. Here you see another carving where he is clearly holding a leveling rod in one hand and a theodolite in the other hand.

If you look at ancient temples, one of the things we marvel about is, how they were able to achieve such flatness of the ground before they started construction. Even on mountain tops, they were able to create perfectly flat plane and then build temples. Now, we can fully understand how they achieved this. The ancient builders carved the details quite clearly, this is not a multi-headed god. They are showing multiple people working the same site, one guy is looking through the theodolite, the other guy is in charge of the leveling rod, and the older guy with the beard is the supervisor. Another 1000 year old statue shows the same iconography with 2 younger guys on the side holding the same devices with the older guy in the middle, this is quite clear how they have carved Vishwakarman. Remember how civil engineers make 3d drawings, these three faces could be indicative of that as well.

This is very interesting because we have always thought that Vishwakarman was one person, but perhaps it denotes a team of ancient engineers, just like how a team of engineers works on a site today. And I have been researching Vishwakarman for many months now, and I have seen various combination of faces in ancient temples. Sometimes All young faces, sometimes all older faces and sometimes a combination of both young and old.

Ok, so I have shown you how Vishwakarman achieved perfect horizontal level, in the X axis, but how did they achieve vertical perfection, in the Y axis. Because when you examine ancient Indian structures it is amazing how you never see tilted monuments, temple walls do not have any tilt, unless the builders wanted a tilt or a slope. Every angle was built perfectly. Now, what do we use to measure vertical perfection today? This is called a plumb bob, It has the shape of an onion or a top, like a spinning top with one half looking like a bulb and the other half with a pointed end.  And that’s exactly what we find in Vishwakarman’s hand. I have seen many many carvings and it is unbelievable, but what he is holding looks exactly like a plumb bob. What is even more surprising, today we have mechanized plumb bobs, we can push a button with one finger, and the string comes out. But they must have used the same button system in ancient times as well. Look at his finger. Why is he shown with one finger on a specific spot? I am sure some will argue that it is device is just a pot of water or something basic. If so, why does he have to use one finger like this? This detail is not shown in this carving alone, I have seen carving after carving, it clearly appears that he is using one finger, like how we push a button today.

And if you look at this device he is holding in the same hand, this is just a long cylinder and see how this is going into the ground. This is a soil probe, which detects the strength and nature of soil before we start construction. Today, we use a soil probe which is exactly like this, a long cylinder which goes into the ground, and then we can examine the soil sample. We have archeological evidence that soil tests were constructed 1000 years ago, we have inscriptions proving this. The Brihadeeswara temple in Tanjavur was constructed at its site after doing extensive soil tests in various areas. And this location was chosen because the soil was very good.

In his other hand, we can see a beaded mala or rosary which was used to calculate the sacred geometry using number 108. I have explained the importance of 108 and how it was used in Indian architecture in a different video.

Ok now, we saw everything about pre-construction tools, but what about the construction itself? How did they construct these impossible structures? The answer lies in what Vishwakarman is holding in his other hands. He is shown holding a strange tool which looks very advanced. It appears to have several twists and turns, it must be some sophisticated technology we still do not have. Think about our human mind, we are only able to recognize that this is an ancient theodolite because we have re-invented the theodolite in modern times. Otherwise, we will think this is just a knife or something like this. We can only understand what we have already seen. So if we have not invented an advanced instrument like this yet, we won’t be able to understand it, but may be in the future, someone will create such a device and then we will recognize what this really is.

While some carvings show this device with twists and turns, In other statues he is shown holding a dome like device. But strangely, almost all these devices have a split bottom, they don’t have one rod, but two split rods, resembling a tuning fork. Today we have just begun to understand the power of vibrations and sound, but is it possible that the ancient builders were far more advanced than us and were using resonance devices? Were they able to manipulate sound and construct these extraordinary temples?

I have just started to uncover the secrets of the ancient architects called Vishwakarman. It is very hard to differentiate Vishwakarman and the creation God Brahma because they are both depicted with similar features in many temples, and in ancient Hindu texts as well. The name Vishwakarman itself means ‘The One who created The World”. Is it possible that they were the original group of architects who engineered the entire human civilization? Is this why we were able build incredible structures like Kailasa Temple?

Our current understanding of ancient Indian history is very limited because we are looking down on the ancient builders, we are assuming they were less sophisticated than we are. So people automatically dismiss ancient devices as simpler meaningless objects, if they see a depression, they will say it is a spoon, and if it is blunt, they will say it is a weapon. So what do you think? Did ancient builders use advanced technology in India? Or was everything constructed with primitive tools?

Praveen Mohan

 

They found WHAT underground? Strange Ancient Artifacts Unearthed in India| Praveen Mohan |

Hey guys, today we are going to talk about some shocking ancient artifacts  found in India. Let’s watch this clip.  The person who sent me this clip claims that this was found in an archeological site called Keeladi, however I do not think that this was found in that site. Keeladi is a protected archeological site and only archeologists can dig in that site. Just by looking at how hundreds of people are pulling up this ancient statue, we can understand it was found somewhere else, accidentally while digging the ground for house construction or a water well. Most archeological finds are done accidentally by locals, you can see how excited people are. This is definitely an antique statue, probably around a thousand years old.   This statue shows Shiva, in a specific form called Nataraja, and bronze statues of this style mostly belong to the period of Imperial Chola dynasty who ruled about a 1000 years ago.

Ok so you just saw a mesmerizing statue of Shiva buried underground and is being revealed after centuries of burial. But in a city called Nellore, an entire  temple was buried and it has come out last week. You can see all of them wearing masks because of Covid19.  This was an accidental discovery, they were sandmining, they were trying to take the sand for commercial purposes from this area, and they accidentally found a huge temple completely buried. You can see these 2 guys, removing the sand, and you may think this was the ground level. No, these guys are standing almost on top of the temple tower. You can see how they are casually revealing a deity set up on the tower. Where is the temple entrance? It is buried in the sand.  Now they used the giant excavators and they uncovered this entrance. The machine is going in and removing the sand from the original entrance of the temple.

Finally, you can see the ground level of the temple. That’s the entrance to the temple. When we look at the close up of the ground level, you can see the temple is made of bricks and you can see the plastered walls. The walls are relatively untouched and have not undergone much damage. And you can see there are more chambers inside as well, there are more walls inside. Let us go near the entrance and take a peek at what’s inside. Brick walls and brick doorway.   Locals say this is a Shiva temple and they have found a lingam inside. When we look at the close-up of the tower, you can see that it is also built with bricks and has been plastered with lime mortar.

Important archeological finds have been made in Ayodhya, which is the Birthplace of Lord Rama, and also the location of King’s Baburs Mosque known as Babri Masjid. But before we look into this, we are going to look at some fascinating ancient artifacts revealed in a small village called Arasinakere. What they found here is very strange. Two giant monolithic bull statues, the bull, known as Nandhi is the mount of Lord Shiva. And usually, you should just find one Bull, but surprisingly you see a pair of bulls. The bigger one is about 15 ft in length and 12 ft in height, so this is gigantic and the other one is just a little bit smaller. This excavation was also not started by archeology department, the villagers found it, and then they informed the authorities. These bulls are unfinished.  How do I know this, right? Because, look at the eyes, you don’t see the eyeballs, the eyes are not finished. It is a custom in India, to open the eyes at the very last, you finish sculpting everything, and then you carve the eyeballs. This practice is still followed by Hindu sculptors. And look at the texture of the stone surface, plenty of tool marks and polishing has not begun.   It would be a good guess to think that there are giant lingams buried nearby. At least 2 of them. Perhaps this was a manufacturing site for the sculptors, and they could have abandoned it for some reason.

In India, everywhere you dig, you find ancient statues. Now that all of us have cell phones with cameras, more things are coming to light. You see what this is? This is a 5 headed snake, a monolithic stone statue of Naga being excavated from dirt. This was found recently , it happened just a few weeks ago. I have shown you large Naga statues, commonly guarding a lingam.

The next one is Ayodhya, Most Indians know about this, but if you are watching this from outside India, it is a very important site, because this is considered the birthplace of Lord Rama, and it once had a huge temple complex.  The Muslim king Babur captured this site, demolished it and built a mosque on top, roughly 500 years ago. This mosque was demolished by Hindu groups in 1992 because they wanted to rebuild Rama’s Temple. And this was a huge lawsuit which got recently resolved, and the court has given the site to build the Ram Temple.

Now,  recent excavations show a lot of buried ancient artifacts in this site. Many many pillars have been excavated, a 5 foot Lingam has been unearthed, many female dancing figures have been foundd. The main factor here is that many people do not believe that this site originally had an ancient Hindu temple. They believe that King Babur did not demolish any temple and built the mosque on a completely fresh ground,  and it is merely a folklore that it was the birthplace of Lord Rama. Many people still believe that Hindus destroyed the mosque by falsely claiming that there was once a temple here.  However, recent excavations clearly prove that a Hindu temple existed originally. But archeologists had already found hundreds of stone artifacts which clearly establish that there was a huge temple here. For example, they found a giant Amalka. What is an Amalka? If you look at Hindu temples, there is a huge disc right below the kalash, this is called the amalka. They found a giant amalka on site, which clearly proves a temple existed. They have found hundreds of artifacts ,all of them parts of temples, they found crocodile faced water spout, this is called Makara Pranaalay, and actual portions of the temple tower itself were excavated.  My problem is, the Government should release good quality videos and pictures of these excavated artifacts, this is just really bad quality.

Now, I have shown how many ancient Hindu artifacts coming out of the land, but this is not limited to land, they are also mysteriously coming out of water. This lingam started showing itself just a few days ago. It is an amazing sight to see. See how it is covered in moss, but it has been beautifully carved. Locals started to come in large numbers and started worshiping it, because they know that this lingam is only visible very rarely. The water level usually does not get this low to reveal the lingam, and the water immediately started rising again and the lingam was submerged again in just a few hours. Now this is in the very south of India, far away from Ayodhya, but this is also connected to Lord Rama. This city is called Rameswaram, meaning the ‘Lord of Rama’, and locals say all these ancient lingams were actually built by Rama and his wife. It is said that they worshiped these lingams.

And Rameswaram is not the only place where ancient lingams are submerged. There are many places in India, where lingams lie submerged. They only reveal themselves very rarely, when the water level goes to the extreme low level. Only some people get lucky enough to see these lingams, and only very few videos exist, because they go underwater within a few hours.

I hope this was of some value to you, but there is a mystery involved. All these sites are linked somehow to Lord Shiva.  I have shown several artifacts underground and even underwater, but they are lingams, or statues or temples related to Shiva. Even the birthplace of Lord Rama has a 5 foot tall lingam. Why? Think about why Shiva lies buried everywhere?

Praveen Mohan

END OF THE WORLD – Part II | Buddhist Prediction about Maitreya | Praveen Mohan

Hey guys, today, let’s go and try to find a specific strange rock in the ancient city of Anuradhapura in Sri Lanka.  I call this the ‘End Of The World Rock’ and some people believe that if this Rock Falls Down, the World will End. Anuradhapura is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, archeologists say the city’s history goes back to 10th Century B.C, and Sri Lanka is well known for its ancient mysteries. In my previous video, I showed you the Hindu belief about the end of the world, but what do Buddhists believe about the end of the world?

Let us go into this fascinating Buddhist temple and see if we can find more.  Look at this huge reclining Buddha, he looks so divine. Look Behind him, there are many monks worshiping him as a God. His pillow is really fancy, it is a cylinder with a Chakra or lotus patterns, it looks like a technical design. Was it a pillow or some kind of a machine, like an arc reactor? What’s even more strange, look at that  strange thing coming out of his head. It is an elongated thing with 5 curved ends. What is that? Is this some advanced device or is there a simpler explanation for this? And then, look at the person standing right next to him. You don’t see it on his head, but look at the 2 Buddha statues on the left side, both these statues have that strange pointy device on their heads. And the normal guy at the end also does not have it. Look at the guys painted on the wall, none of them have that pointed device on their heads. Do you know that many ancient Buddha statues in Asia show him with this elongated thing on his head? What is the secret behind this?

I got blessed by this Buddhist Monk in the temple, he tied a sacred thread on my wrist. It is a common ritual in Buddhist sites. Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism are three great ancient religions which share the same cultural aspects. They have some minor differences, but they come from the same root. Like Hindus, Buddhists also believe that the world will End and a God called Maitreya will arrive on the earth to destroy all evil. Who is this Maitreya? He will be an avatar of Buddha himself.  This is a very similar story to Hinduism which says that Kalki, who is an avatar of Vishnu will arrive during the end of the world.

But Sri Lankan Buddhists give some interesting details about how Maitreya will arrive on earth. They say that, right now, Maitreya lives in a planet called Tushita and he will travel from that planet and reach the earth when the human beings become evil.  But how will he do this interstellar travel? Some believe that this carving in Anuradhapura is a stargate, and it is the portal through which Maitreya could arrive. Not only that, they also believe that many Buddhist monks from earth also traveled to Tushita, to his planet by doing Sadhana or meditation in front of this stargate.

But how can we find out when the end of the world is near?  There is a Rock in Anuradhapura which can foretell the end of the world. You can see stairs set up going between 2 giant rocks on either side, and on top, there is a Gigantic granite rock, it has a unique shape, which is standing with very little support on both sides. How is it even standing for so many centuries without falling down?  I feel strange walking under this rock, it feels like it could drop on me and crush me as I walk under it. From this side, you can see a Buddhist Stupa and some ancient structures, and this is actually one of the entrances to this Ancient Buddhist Site. It looks like the top of a mushroom head from this side. Some people will say this is a natural formation, but it appears to have some tool marks, you can see some it has been shaved off. And then you can see this line, carved on both the rock on the right side as well as the supporting structure on the left side as well. This means that this is not natural, the giant rock was lifted up and placed here.  Is it possible that someone lifted it and placed it on top? When you look on this side, you can also see lime mortar patched on the wall. This means that there was once an ancient gate protecting this entrance. All this indicates that this entrance was made by artificial means, not natural.  Think about how heavy this is, how can we lift it without using machines? Locals not only say that this was set up artificially, but they also say that this is an indicator, and if this rock falls down, the world will end.

So is the world going to end soon? I do have the sacred thread, so I hope it protects me. Recently someone analyzed the Mayan Calendar and claimed that the world will end soon. Will there be no more sunsets to see? Why are so many people making videos about the end of the world, like there is no tomorrow?

Praveen Mohan

If This Pillar Collapses, World Will End Tomorrow? Ancient Kedareshwar Cave Temple | Praveen Mohan

Hey guys, today we are going to look at a strange temple which can foretell the end of the world. Recently some people have claimed that the Mayan Calendar actually indicates that the world will end tomorrow, on June 21st. Will the world end tomorrow? What does Hinduism say about this?

There is an ancient place called HarishChandraGad, which has many ancient temples and some of the structures are permanently submerged in water. You can see steps going in but you cannot see what is underneath. But the highlight is ,there is a very old cave temple here called Kedareshwar temple. Inside this temple there is a huge lingam which is almost always surrounded by water. This lingam looks small, but it is about 5 feet tall, and the water is waist deep.

But there is something truly miraculous. There are 4 pillars originally built around the lingam, and you can see 3 pillars are broken and are hanging in mid air, these are clearly hanging without any support.  How can a pillar hang in mid-air without any support? How is this possible? If you look closely, it appears that the structure is made out of one solid rock, and all the pillars have been carved out of a single rock, perhaps this is why they are still able to hang even though the bottoms have been destroyed.

But how were the 3 pillars destroyed? According to Locals these were not destroyed by human beings, or even nature.  Only one pillar will collapse every many thousands of years, due to divine intervention. They claim that every time a pillar collapses a Yuga will end. Now what is a Yuga? A Yuga is an Era in Hinduism and there are 4 Yugas mentioned in ancient texts. And we are in the last Yuga now, very near to the end of the world. In the past, every time one of the pillars collapsed, it marked the end of a Yuga. So if this last pillar also collapses, this last Yuga will also end, and the entire world will be destroyed. Now, how will the world end? A God known as Kalki will arrive from the sky and will destroy our already corrupted world.

Of course, modern historians do not agree with this theory at all, and say this structure itself was built only in the 7th century, and claim this is just 1300 years old.  But archeologists have found something shocking, they have found Microlithic artifacts in this area. Now, what is a Microlith? A Microlith is a very small stone tool made by prehistoric people and archeologists now say this place was inhabited by human beings even as far as 35,000 years ago. Their findings prove that Harishchanragad is definitely a very ancient and even prehistoric site, but locals say that this temple is even older than all these dates. And more evidence of even older structures can be found in the nearby hilltop called Kaal Bhairav Pinnacle. Kaal Bhairav itself means The Eternal Time Keeper, I have shown you Kaala or Time, playing a very important part in Hinduism. Perhaps he can tell us when the our time will end.

Will the world really end tomorrow, so we can stop social distancing today? Even if you do believe in the end of the world concept, this pillar is still standing as of today, it has not fallen down. So, the world will go on, but there is a similar belief about a structure in Sri Lanka also, which I will show you tomorrow. That might give us a clue if the world will end soon.

Praveen Mohan

Ancient Carving Shows EARTH is NOT ROUND| Why Hinduism Supports FLAT EARTH Model? | Praveen Mohan

Hey guys, today we are going to find out what ancient Indians thought about the shape of the earth. Did they think the earth was flat? Or did they think the earth was round? First, Let us look at this visual, created according to an ancient Indian text.

This is the flat earth model, it is made of up of 7 concentric oceans and land masses distributed on a flat plane. At the very center, you can see a beautiful  island called Jambudweep, and you can see a golden mountain rising up like a cylinder, resembling the axis pole. So the flat disk is made of land and water, and at the end of this disk, there are large mountains surrounding this flat earth. This is a very interesting model, to see this giant wall surrounding the edge of the flat earth, because this is how the new flat earth model looks. According to Flat earth supporters, the earth looks like a flat disc, and its edges are protected by a giant arctic wall made of ice. There are photos of these ice walls on the internet. The resemblance between the new model and the ancient Indian model is uncanny, even though the ancient text which talks about this is at least 1000 years old. I could not find the original source for this animation, because this was sent via email, and I would gladly give credit for the original creator, so email me if this is your video.

There is another fascinating detail in this model, it shows the Sun and Moon moving around in the sky, in chariots, this is also very interesting, because this is the same detail in the modern flat earth model as well. Of course, without the chariots and horses. According to modern flat earth theory, the earth is stationary and the Sun and Moon are moving around it. In ancient India, several texts and stories talk about the flat earth model.

Now, why does Hinduism have to talk about the shape of the earth? Because there is a particular story where Lord Vishnu takes the form of a giant wild boar and he lifts up the earth. This is a very popular story, and it is carved in many ancient temples. We are actually quite lucky to have this Hindu Story, because it helps us understand what the ancient builders thought about the shape of the earth. Because of this story, the sculptors carved the earth, in many many ancient temples, and I always try to see how the earth looks, in the point of view of ancient sculptors. And I have also been disappointed many times because, the earth is mostly shown as a woman. So you cannot tell if the sculptor thought of the earth as flat or round. The Boar here is Lord Vishnu and he is lifting up the earth, the earth is called Bhu in Sanskrit. In Mahabalipuram, which is a very ancient site, Vishnu is shown holding the earth in his arms, the earth is shown as a young girl. This type of holding the earth in his hands is also a very popular depiction. Again, this does not tell us if the ancient sculptor thought of the earth as flat or round

So does Hinduism subscribe to the Flat Earth Theory? Before going into this, we have to look at another fancy theory that existed in Ancient India: Concave Earth theory. In this theory, some ancient Hindus thought that the earth looked like a hollow bowl. It is a very interesting view, that the earth is visualized as a concave structure. This is an ancient statue and you can see this figure holding a concave bowl like thing in his hands. Experts are not sure if this represents Vishnu, some say this is the Ape God Hanuman, but there are also other depictions which show the concave earth model.

I have shown you 2 theories from Ancient India, one is the flat earth and the other is the concave earth model. Why do we see these 2 models in ancient India? Because it is very hard to come to terms with  the globe earth model. Let’s face it, the first time someone told you the earth was like a ball, your first question was, Why are we not falling down? How do you walk on the curved surface of a ball, why don’t we see the curve at all?

Let me ask you this: When you were a kid did you intuitively understand and accept when someone told you the earth was round?  For me, personally, I remember it was impossible to understand the round earth theory for many years. When you hear that the earth is not only round, but is also spinning at an insane speed, we don’t feel like we are moving at all.

So what did the ancient Hindus really believe? The most important point to remember is that, there was more freedom of speech in ancient India than what we have now. There were several schools of thought and you could believe in whatever you wanted. Today if somebody says the earth is flat then everybody wants to ridicule him or try to convince him with various evidences. But ancient India had much more freedom of speech, you could come up with any theory, and even if your theory flies in the face of the established theory, you were free to hold your ideas. The second most important thing was that Hinduism did not have one central authority at any given time. So, there was no real head of the religion, in fact Hinduism was just a way of life, it was just a civilization, which had multiple heads and tails, and of course this is one of the reasons why no one could completely destroy the religion.. Because it was like a thousand headed Naga.

Now, let us look at the round earth model in Ancient Hinduism.  Here you can see Vishnu as a boar, and you can see the earth right here, depicted as a sphere, standing on an axis, pretty much like a modern day globe. Here is another one, this is also an ancient carving, and you can see the spherical earth floating right next to the boar. In fact, there are many carvings which do show the earth as round. So it is clear that Hindus did have a round earth model as well. This is why the earth was commonly called ‘Bhugola’ which means Round Earth in Sanskrit.

But is the earth really round? Like a ball? No it is not, the earth is not round, it is not like a ball at all. About 300 years ago, Isaac Newton first proposed that the Earth was not perfectly round. Instead, he suggested it was an oblate spheroid. What is an oblate spheroid? It is like a ball that is squashed at its poles and swollen at the equator. So the earth is actually like an oval shaped structure, like an egg, but here is the twist, Newton was not the first person to understand this.

Look at this carving in India, this is a 750 year old carving found in Somnathpur temple and it shows the accurate oblate spheroid shape. The statue is unmistakable, this is Lord Vishnu in the form of a boar, and he is holding the earth, and the earth is not even shown as a sphere, it is shown as an oval. Now, remember, in modern science, North is shown pointing up, but in Hinduism, North is usually shown in the right side, which means the North-South axis is shown horizontally. So this carving, accurately shows how the earth is a little bit flattened at the poles and swollen at the Equator. And yes, archeologists do confirm that this statue was carved 750 years ago. How is this possible? Think about this, how did a sculptor, understand the level of astronomy and physics of a genius like Isaac Newton, 400 years before Newton?

The sculptor probably read an ancient text called Markandeya Purana. And this text, which is about 1500 years old, tells us that the earth is not a perfect sphere and it is flattened at the poles and bulging at the equator. Which means someone figured this out 1200 years before Isaac Newton discovered this. This is mind boggling!

Now why did ancient Indians have so many theories side by side, even though these theories completely contradict one another? Because in order for a society to advance rapidly, all theories must be examined and re-examined. I mean this video by itself, shows you some alternate view, it shows alternate history, that the oval shape of the earth was not first discovered by Isaac Newton, it was known before him, and we even have archeological evidence to prove this as a fact. But because this carving is found in India, nobody is talking about this, and I think I am the first person to show you that this carving shows the oblate spheroid theory before Newton proposed it. But this is alternate history, okay? And of course some people will call it fake, even though I am showing you this evidence right in front of you.

And 100 miles from this temple, there is another temple called Hoysaleswara temple, it shows a figure holding a telescope, looking into the sky, with one eye closed and the other eye looking through the device. I mean it is obviously a telescope. Archeologists confirm that this was carved about 900 years ago, but in history books, and even science books, we read that Galileo and Lippershey invented the telescope just 400 years ago. So right now, this carving is a part of alternate history, because it goes against the mainstream history which claims that the telescope was invented 400 years ago. But someday, this evidence will be taken into account, and then it will become mainstream theory. So a free society, must allow all alternate theories freely, in order to reach the ultimate truth.

Now, is Praveen Mohan the greatest alternate theorist? Absolutely not. I know YouTube deletes my videos, it demonetizes my videos. It will probably not show you this video on your feed, because it thinks this video is also a conspiracy theory. But my work is nothing when compared to the work of a great alternate theorist. You know who I am talking about? It was Galileo.  Let us go back 400 years and look at the life of Galileo in Europe. Galileo publishes a crazy alternate theory at that time. He claims that the earth is round, it moves around the sun, and the sun is the center of the Solar system. I mean this is mainstream science now, but at that time it was a huge alternate theory. You know what happened to him when he published this theory? The authorities, put him in house arrest for the rest of his life, he basically could not go out of his house for 10 years and he died in his house. And then, the authorities did something even more vicious, they tried their best to suppress all his findings, and his books were banned, and no one was allowed to talk about his alternate theory. This is really scary, but history is repeating itself.

400 years later, the tables have turned, literally the exact opposite is happening. Galileo’s alternate theory has become mainstream now, and the flat earth has become the alternate theory, but Round Earth Theorists, are not only ridiculing the Flat Earth Theorists, but they are actually trying to suppress information about Flat Earth Theory.

For example, YouTube has put in an algorithm to suppress Flat Earth videos. This is a screenshot from the official YouTube blog. Try searching for Flat Earth videos, YouTube will not show you, the people who actually talk about Flat Earth, it will show you videos which oppose the flat earth theory. And this is very interesting to watch, how Social Media like YouTube and even the scientific community suppresses Flat Earth Theorists with an iron fist.

And we can understand something from this, we have not changed much in the last 400 years. In a truly free society, people must be allowed to examine and re-examine anything they want. You can disagree with them, but if you are going to suppress the alternate point of view, that is not only wrong, that is barbaric. And I think this is the big difference between us and Ancient Indians, they were just more civilized than us, and anybody was free to believe anything.

Why is Flat Earth theory so popular, right? Because you cannot demonstrate this easily to make me understand that the earth is round. The shape of the earth is a unique issue, let’s take some other problem that we don’t understand intuitively. Let’s say someone claims that white light is not made of different colors, you can literally do a  demonstration and prove it to them, right in front of their eyes.

But you cannot easily demonstrate and prove the shape of the earth, you can infer this indirectly from some experiments, or you have to choose to believe the scientists. So, that is exactly what we do today, most of us, just choose to believe scientists. I have not physically traveled to space and seen the earth’s surface from the space, I have only seen videos given by the scientists. So I believe that the earth is round, even though I have never seen it with my own eyes. So you too have a choice of believing the scientists or not believing them, but a free society must allow free thinking. It can teach us how to think,  but it cannot limit information and it cannot tell us what to think.

Praveen Mohan

Ravana’s Giant Feet Found in Sri Lanka? Sigiriya’s Reptilian Secret | Praveen Mohan

Hey guys, today we are going to look at a very strange structure known as Lion’s Paws in Sigiriya. Sigiriya is a giant rock with a flat top which is also known as Ravana’s Palace, located in Sri Lanka.
When you start climbing Sigiriya, it is usually a series of stairs with almost no place to rest. But there is one flat area in between where people rest half way before going to the top. This is a very interesting place because it shows something bizarre. Two giant paws of a strange animal. These are giant feet, I have not seen anything like this before, I mean this is huge, you can see how small I look when compared to it. Each paw is at least 10 feet tall and 10 feet wide. I mean it is impossible not to think of the giant legs of the Sphinx at the great pyramid of Giza. What’s even more strange, Sri Lankan’s do refer to this as Lion’s Paws or Lion Gate which is similar to the modern Egyptians’ claim that Sphinx is also part lion.
But are these really lion’s paws? Look at the large nails, it is quite clear that this is not human, it looks like the claws of a fierce animal, the details are fantastic. There are 2 curves made where the nails meet the flesh at the end. If you look carefully, there is a little toe as well. So there are three bigger toes and one small toe in each leg.
In Sri Lanka, they are popularly known as lion’s paws or lion entrance because many experts claim that these toes belong to a lion. But this is absolutely wrong, these are not lions paws. Lions do not have 4 toes, they have 5 toes, other similar mammals like tigers also have 5 toes, not 4 toes. The ancient builders clearly showed 3 large toes, and a small, rudimentary toe or a pinky toe. So what animal do these toes belong to?
Ancient reptiles had 4 toes, they mostly had 3 large toes and one small toe. Let’s take dinosaurs for example, you are looking at the toes of T Rex. He has 4 toes, 3 large ones and one tiny one, look at the similarity. Pay attention to the rough scales on his ankle. The ancient builders have even tried to show the scales in Sigiriya, look at the wavy lines made on the structures as well, these represent scales. This definitely represents an ancient reptile. What is that powerful reptile? None other than Ravana himself.
Now Ravana is said to be the greatest King of Sri Lanka, so great that Sri Lanka’s first satellite was named Ravana. Sigiriya is also known as Ravana’s palace. But, how can Ravana be a reptilian? How can he have legs like this? But when we look at ancient texts, strange details start to appear.
First, Ravana was not fully human, only his father was human. His mother was a completely different species, perhaps a reptilian. When Ravana was born he had the qualities of a hybrid species, in the western world, these hybrids are called Nephilim, in some ways he was human, in other ways he was not. For example, it is well known that he was a giant, he was about 10 feet tall. But Ravana showed other reptilian characteristics, he was capable of Shape shifting, he could modify his appearance and deceive others, he could also become invisible by blending with the environment, like a modern day chameleon. The Thai text Ramakien mentions that Ravana’s skin was Green, like a chameleon. Human skin cannot be green, he definitely had reptilian blood in him. In Sri Lanka, several reptiles are named after Ravana. For example, this snake is called Ravanage Medilla and even has the scientific name Aspidura Ravanai, after King Ravana because of his reptilian descent.
During my travels in Sri Lanka, I saw many snake charmers who consider themselves as descendants of Ravana, and they say Ravana was born with Naga ancestry. Today, we think the word Naga only means snake, but these charmers say that their original ancestors were humanoid with 2 feet and 2 arms, but also had strange powers like shape shifting and can even become invisible. The Nagas simply used Cobra as their symbol, because the Cobra was an easily recognizable reptile due to its inflating or flaring hood. They believe that their reptilian ancestors disappeared underground and promised to return some day. Initially I thought this was just folklore, but it is recorded both in Tamil texts and Sinhala texts that Nagas were the original inhabitants of Sri Lanka. This is why, during ancient times, Sri Lanka was sometimes referred to as Nagadeepa and ancient Greeks also called it Nagadibois.
In Sigiriya, there is more evidence related to reptilians, there is an unbelievable structure known as Cobra Hood Cave. This is fantastic, because it is a giant rock which is shaped like a cobra with its inflated hood. It is impossible to have this kind of a curve naturally. But this is not the only curve, it also has yet another curve at the bottom. In fact, no one knows how it is still standing, if you look at the center of gravity this rock, it should have fallen down but amazingly it is still standing, as though by using some anti-gravity technique. Of course, you may think this is all completely natural, and locals just gave a name for this. But that’s not true, because if you look carefully you can see the remains of some ancient paintings on this cobra cave. This is very tall guys, so I have tried my best with my zoom camera, I can tell these are amazing paintings but I cannot understand what they are showing, because most of them are destroyed. While locals maintain that this was a giant Naga idol worshiped by Ravana, archeologists completely deny that Ravana ever existed, and they maintain that this place was used by a king called Kashyapa around 500 A.D. But they also found an inscription dated much before his time, around 2nd century B.C, which says that the cobra hood rock originally belonged to a king called ‘Naguliya’. So we do have strong evidence of Naga or reptilian connection in the Sigiriya Complex itself.
Now, even if you doubt that Ravana ever existed, if he had reptilian features and you classify all ancient texts as mere mythology, you still have to agree that may be human sculptors imagined Ravana’s feet and depicted them here, because these are definitely not Lion’s paws or Tiger’s paws or something like that. See the thing is, Sigiriya is the most underrated ancient site in the world, when you explore this place, you realize that reality can surpass your imagination. And as extraordinary as this place is, it has never been studied properly by experts.
For example, some claim these paws are made of granite. But it cannot be, it is made of simpler materials like brick and clay and then coated with lime mortar, this is why it looks white. If you observe carefully, you can see the bricks at the base, revealing themselves. Similarly archeologists are of the opinion that this was built in 5th century A.D, roughly about 1600 years ago. That is quite ancient, but in reality, these structures could be much much older, taking us back to the time of Ravana’s rule in Sri Lanka. Like this, there are many many mysteries hidden in Sigiriya.
So what do you think? Are these Ravana’s feet? Or are these Lion’s Paws? Was Sigiriya really Ravana’s Palace?

Praveen Mohan

Ancient Temples are MACHINES with MOVING parts?

Hey guys, ancient temples in India have moving parts. You may not believe me, watch this. Yes, this is a column made of stone in a temple in India. Normally, you will not even think of trying to touch or rotate this stone block, but someone accidentally discovered or re-discovered that it could be rotated.  What could possibly be the reason to have something like this installed in a temple? To set up something like this there has to be a rotating mechanism and it is not easy to set this up in stone because you cannot open it afterwards and put lubricant inside. To have a rotating mechanism made of stone, you need to have advanced knowledge in engineering.

No, this is not the only temple with moving parts, look at this one. Here is a column which has small holes through which, you can insert your finger. Inside, there is a ball, a stone ball and you can move it up and down. Of course, you cannot pull the ball out through these tiny holes, you can only move it inside the hollow column. How was the ball put inside in the first place? If you claim this is carved, how did they manage to scoop out the rock which was inside through these small holes?

There is another ancient temple in a place called Uthirakosamangai, this is at least 1200 years old. There is a ball inside a lion’s mouth. You can roll the ball, you can rotate it, but you cannot pull it out of the lions’ mouth. What’s more bizarre? the lion is made of solid granite, but the ball inside is made of a type of rock called Onyx. So how was this ball put inside the lion’s mouth, and why are we not able to pull this ball out?

More and More young people are becoming interested in Indian temples and they are sending some incredible videos to my email. Here is a snake’s mouth wide open, and the mouth is held open because Lord Vishnu’s Conch shell is placed between its upper and lower jaw. But you can rotate this Conch. It spins very well, much better than some modern rotating devices.

But the real question is: why were these moving parts set up in temples? Some say that if you move these parts in a certain rhythm, in a certain order or a certain speed, secret chambers can be opened which are hiding in plain sight. Now what do I mean by this?

Let us look at this one, this is a safe box to keep money and boxes like these were used in India for many centuries. There is a type of safe used by a group called Chettiyars, they have mastered the art of safe making. It is so complex, it is uncrackable even today, unless you know which knobs to turn, in which order, to open the safe. In fact, when a normal person looks at this for the first time, he will not even realize that this as a safe that can be opened, he will just think that this is a decorative piece made of solid metal.

But now, look at this ceiling in an ancient temple in a place called Vettuvan Kovil. This is made of stone, and of course it has these fabulous and complex pattern of the 9 Influencers called Navagraha, and 12 Zodiac signs and other features of astrology. But look at this area in the center, this is a door knob, which means you can open this. This is also a very ancient temple, and because of time, you can now see the gaps between the door and the rest of the chamber. And look at these protruding circular knobs. I believe that if you rotate them in a particular pattern, just like the metal safe u saw, you can open this secret chamber in the ceiling of this temple. I mean clearly this is a door which leads to something. In ancient Indian temples, there are many many mysteries hidden in plain sight. We have not even started to understand them.

Now, let us look at one of the most iconic megalithic structures in the world Heritage site of Hampi. This is a gigantic stone Chariot standing about 15 feet tall and 10 feet wide and weighs more than 120 tons. It is so awe-inspiring, it is even printed on Indian money. Even by conservative archeological accounts, it was built at least 500 years ago. But, In spite of being very popular among tourists, this Chariot remains shrouded in mystery. Google and Wikipedia give blatantly false information, for example Google calls this a monolithic chariot. If you examine this structure, you realize it is not Monolithic at all, it is not made of one stone. Look at how each wheel is made of a separate stone block and they are setup on the axles, like a real working chariot. The chariot appears to be not built as a decorative or religious structure. Rather, it is built like a real vehicle, made of several parts which are assembled together. I know this is a weird question to ask, but is it possible that this chariot has moving parts?

When I examined the wheels and axles, I found exactly what I am looking for. You see these marks? These are caused by friction. When something moves, 2 pieces rub against each other, these marks are created because of wear and tear. This is clear proof that these wheels rotated, the wheels rubbed against the “mudguards”, just like what you would find in a modern day vehicle. But today, I am not able to rotate the wheels. Why? A quick internet search showed me that visitors kept moving the wheels and damaged them in 2011, so the authorities now put concrete at the base of the wheels and made them immovable.

But why were the wheels originally designed for rotation? To move the entire 120 ton chariot? No, these wheels cannot handle such a weight. Locals say that every year, on a certain date, the main idol of this temple,  would be placed inside this chariot, and when people rotated the wheels in a certain speed, the dark chamber inside the chariot would brighten up and illuminate the idol.  Of course this sounds like Magic, but magic is just another name for advanced technology, are we talking about a glowing light source here?

More specifically, are we talking about an ancient dynamo mechanism? Today, we can spin a wheel, and can light up a light bulb, we can generate electricity by spinning a wheel.  This is a simple electric generator we use even when pedaling a bicycle. Were ancient Indian builders using electricity the same way? Why else would they painstakingly create these rotatable wheels on this giant chariot? The simple answer is they knew how to convert one form of energy into another form. They were converting kinetic energy into electrical power.

Could this be why there are so many movable parts found in ancient Indian temples? Were the meant to be moved, so they could create electricity or some other type of power which was then used for constructive purposes?

But is it possible that ancient builders were not only using human energy, but also wind energy in temples? Of course this is a crazy idea. All these moving parts I showed you are made of stone, and stones are too heavy to be moved by wind, right? But ancient builders were much more advanced than us, they could make stones movable even by wind.

In some Indian temples you can see these chains moving even with the slightest breeze. But these chains are made of stone, they are not made of metal. Ancient builders have cleverly designed them to be hanging from the ceilings of temples, these chains you are looking at were created more than 700 years ago. But what is the purpose of them? As usual, Experts think these are merely for decorative purposes, however others say that once upon a time, small transparent crystals were placed at the end, look at the holder like design at the bottom. And if the wind reached a certain speed, these chains would oscillate faster and the crystals would light up like a light bulb. Does this remind you of any technology we use today?

So what do you think? Why were these moving parts installed in ancient Indian temples? Were they meaningless creations just for decoration, or were ancient builders harnessing and converting energy?

Praveen Mohan

MINI Monuments of Mahabalipuram – NO ONE will show you these Ancient Temples

Hey guys, today I am gonna show you some ancient rock temples in Mahabalipuram, you have never ever seen them before, Even if you visited Mahabalipuram before, nobody has shown them to you. They are never seen by tourists, the tour guides – don’t even know these exist. Even on YouTube, all travel channels want to show you only large beautiful monuments like this I am also guilty of doing this, but today it is going to be different, ok?

You see those rocks on the beach, we are going to go and see if that could be an ancient temple. This was not shot today guys, it was shot many months before the lock down, so you see nobody visits these places at all. You do not read about them even in archeological papers, why? Because they are just considered as rocks, not carvings. But they are hiding a big secret, okay?

Look at this one, this is very close to the water, is this natural or is it carved, do you see any tool marks? How about now, from a different angle? Do you see anything strange? Do you see any type of carving at all? What is this? It is just weird, is that a hand or something? Is it a buffalo’s head? The water has smoothened all the carvings, making it look very strange.

This is the Giant Buffalo headed demon called Mahishasura with his right hand near his mouth and his left hand raised a little above his head. Now you realize, this is not a natural rock, and these are artificial carvings. The buffalo is shown with his tongue sticking out, You can even see his bracelet, if you observe carefully.

There is a Square chamber at the center of this rock. Inside, quite possibly a female deity called Mahishasura Mardini, meaning the Goddess who killed the Buffalo like Demon. The square chamber is flanked by 2 lions guarding the doorway. Lions are always carved next to this deity. And inside the square chamber, You can see traces of turmeric and bright red vermilion.  This means that there are some locals who still come here and worship this deity on a regular basis. They do rituals with turmeric and vermilion and pray to this deity. This is very very interesting, because half the time of the year, this temple, is inaccessible because of the ocean. I know, today, you just think I am exaggerating this, because the temple is easy to access and the water is a little bit far away. But I have visited this place many times, and half the time, the ocean comes in and it is very difficult to access this temple.  So, I am lucky that I was able to film this, and it is only because nature allowed me to film this. And in this situation, you know the lockdown situation because of COVID19 pandemic, we perfectly understand how powerful nature is.

In fact, I want to show you 2 more temples like this, which are only a few hundred feet away from here. Where are they? Yes those two rocks, in the water. Locals say that, yes, those two rocks in the water are also temples, just like the one we just saw. Except water never recedes to that point. I hope someday I get to show you those 2 temples as well. I want to see it, and I am sure that you would also want to see these ancient temples. But for the time being, it is just taken over by nature, this is the real power of nature. I mean think about, even if archeology department wants to protect these temples, what can you do? And they try to save the bigger monuments. The shore temple was originally taken over by tides all the time. And they had to put an enormous amount of rocks around the temple, to save the shore temple from the ocean. So we know there are sunken temples, but sadly, we cannot protect them.

Now, what is the purpose of this nice little temple? When I ask a question like this, you may just be puzzled. What is the purpose of any temple right? Or a church or a mosque? They were all just created so people could worship and pray to these Gods,  right? Not this one, this was built for a different purpose.  I know I told you the name of the Goddess inside, and I even pointed out locals worship her. But see, this is hiding a nice little secret – nobody knows about it. I also did not understand this, until I explored the beach more.

Mahabalipuram is full of mysteries, but many of them go unseen, even though they are right in front of you. See those rocks on the beach? What are they doing in the middle of the beach there? More ancient temples, these are the temples that reveal the actual purpose of these structures. Let’s go closer and see what we can find. Remember we saw a buffalo back there ? Here we can see more animals. an elephant carved at the bottom, you can see its trunk and the tusks. There is a circle carved on top, and there is a square chamber cut inside the circle.

How old are these carvings? They are about 1300 years old. These are very ancient and I am giving the mainstream archeological account, this number is 1300 years old, and these carvings could even be much much older than that.

Near the elephant, you can also see a horse. A running horse. There is something carved inside that chamber, but this figure is beyond recognition. Standard archeology may explain that inside there was a carving of Lord Indra. Because the elephant is considered the mount of Indra. But it could also be other deities like Gajalakshmi as well. And then there is a human or a humanoid figure carved as well. Look at his legs, this is possibly a dancing posture. 1300 years ago, this would have been a brilliant carving, but the water keeps coming in and then there is the salty sea breeze – they both destroy everything. .

Let us look at the other side of this shrine. Initially you tend to think these are natural ridges, just lumps caused by erosion and water. No, all these are carvings. If you look closely, there are multiple figures carved all over the rock. It must have meant something. We see a square chamber with a deity carved inside, and on the top, there is a lion like figure.

Inside, you can see a deity, holding a weapon or a tool. The lion signifies Goddess Durga, so possibly inside this chamber Durga was carved, okay? And this is strange, a free standing rock has been turned into a lion.  A giant face and a long body.  Everything is beaten by weather.

Nearby, another very outlandish monument. It is shaped into a very weird thing. What are these things, can you recognize what these are? These are strange animal heads, carved on the top and the sides, and in the middle there is a square chamber. How am I able to immediately recognize that these are animal heads carved all around the chamber ?

Because I have seen a large temple called Tiger Caves. The tiger caves is just half a mile away from this small scale model. You see the similarity? yes there should be no doubt that this little rock was a small scale model and Tiger caves was the finished temple.

Again, look. The horse, the Elephant, sculpted in small scale here, but carved much bigger in the finished large scale temple. Now, look at the similarity, I am just showing you the small scale models and the bigger temples. All of them are in Mahabalipuram.

I have shown you many times, that ancient Indian builders worked methodically. They created small scale models before carving giant megalithic structures. This is exactly why we see these small temples all over the beach. They are all models. I have just shown you a few, but this is Mahabalipuram, one of the greatest ancient cities in India. You will find incredible structures everywhere.

Praveen Mohan

 

3 EYES of SHIVA – Mystery of Olakkannesvara Temple, Mahabalipuram

Hey guys, today we are going to look at a very strange structure in Mahabalipuram, this is an incredibly mysterious building built on top of a huge rock and is commonly known as the Olakkannesvara Temple. Let us climb up and see what is inside this structure. Archeologists confirm that this is at least 1300 years old, and it could even be much much older. Why was this structure built on top of a slippery boulder? Perhaps we can understand it, once we see the main idol inside the temple.

There is a metal door and it is locked, let us look at the idol inside, there is a huge pillar in the middle, and there is no idol inside. This is just extremely unusual for a temple. Just a pillar in the middle? But wait.. there is something on the left. What is it? There are steps going up, you can clearly see stone steps leading up and on top there is a square opening. The hole opens up to the sky, the top is open, because you can see sunlight coming through this hole.  One thing is crystal clear, this is not a temple at all. There is no main idol and there are stairs going up with a hole on the ceiling, and what is on the right side? A wooden door, which is closed. There must be another chamber inside. What is inside that chamber? Why is this doorway locked with a metal gate? Why are there no carvings or idols inside? The entire design of this structure is very odd, almost all Hindu temples have a pointed top, an aerodynamic structure called Vimana. But this structure does not have it, instead of a pointy tower, it is designed with a flat top, as though people must go and stand on top of it. Then, there are steps leading up and there is a hole to facilitate, this hole is deliberately made big enough so people could climb up on the roof. But what were they doing on top of this structure? What is the mystery behind it?

The name of this structure is even more mysterious. It is named as ‘Olakkannesvara’ and this word is completely unheard of. Nobody knows anything about this term. The word Ulaikanneswara comes from Ancient Tamil language which means ‘The One with Three Flaming Eyes’. And, I think it means Lord Shiva, because he has Three eyes, but there is no idol of a Three-eyed Shiva inside and there is no Vimana. So why is this building called ‘Three flaming Eyes’?

Perhaps we could understand the purpose of the structure by looking at these carvings. The most bizarre carvings are the guardians on both sides of the doorway. They are very unique because they are facing sideways. These guardians are called Dwarapalakas and I have shown you so many of these statues in various Hindu temples. They are supposed to look directly at us, facing away from the doorway. However, they are facing sideways, and they are shown folding their hands and intently looking inside the chamber. Something exciting must be happening inside because this is a very strange depiction.

 

And on the walls, there are even stranger carvings. Who are these little guys? What are they holding in their hands?  Each one is holding a Conch Shell, these guys are ready to blow the Conch and make a sound, to signal someone’s arrival. The expression on these little guys is awesome, they are keenly watching something in a distance. What are they observing? Who is arriving? Are they looking for Aliens from distant space?

Walking around, I can see more Little guys holding Conch Shells. And on top of them, There is a guy pointing with his fore finger, he is pointing to a distant object. His expression is rigid, as though he is a strict officer. Underneath him, these 2 guys are ready, both wide eyed and firmly looking ahead, ready to blow the conch shell and make a siren like sound at the officer’s command. What are they looking for?

Here is another one with the same motif. Why are the walls carved with these officers and little guys? We simply do not understand what the ancient builders are tell us, and carvings are the clues which can help us understand what this structure actually is.

Here, this is a very interesting carving. This is a form of Lord Shiva sitting in a meditative posture. The ancient builders could have carved any of the hundreds of avatars of Shiva. And this is not the most popular form of Shiva. So why did they put this carving on this wall? Of course, experts will tell you this is what the temples are all about. Various gods are carved to make you worship them. But ancient structures were built for scientific reasons. This deity was carved here to show you the direction, this carving always points exactly to the South. This is why he is called Dhakshinamoorthy, which means the ‘One who faces South’ – The word Dhakshina means South in Ancient Sanskrit.

Let us go on the opposite side, and look at what is carved there. This is just spectacular! Here King Ravana at the bottom, is shaking Mount Kailash. And on top of Mount Kailash, you can see Shiva. What is so spectacular about this, right? This is the carving that shows the Direction of North, because Mount Kailash is exactly to the North from here If you take a map and mark Olakaneswara structure in Mahabalipuram and draw a line to Mount Kailash, it is almost perfectly aligned to the North. What we are looking an incredible mix of science and spirituality, these are carvings of Shiva, but they are intended to show the exact directions. We have forgotten this science , but a layman who lived here a thousand years ago would instantly understand the directions, when he looks at these carvings. But WHY does this structure need to show the exact directions ?

Let us take a few steps back and observe this structure from an architect’s perspective. This is built on a huge boulder which is already 30 feet tall. And look at the shape of the rock, it is shaped like an egg, it slopes down in all directions, this is not where you should try to build anything. This is like placing an object on top of an egg, it will definitely  fall down.

Let’s go to the ground level and observe this from the bottom.  Look at how they have constructed the base here. They have put stone blocks on the curved natural rock, and made a flat base first, before constructing the structure on top of it. Why go through all this hardship, why did they not just build it at the ground level? The architect chose to build this structure here, because its location and its height must have been crucial, this location and this height was needed for a specific reason. And look around,  this is the tallest ancient structure found in this entire area.

So what is the secret of Olakkannesvara? As I dig deeper into this mystery, I started to look at old Government archives and historic photographs. This picture is about 50 years old. No difference right? But then I found something crazy. This photograph was taken one hundred and thirty years ago, it was taken by a British officer in 1890.

And this is mind boggling, because it shows that originally there was a dome on top, today it is not there. And not only that, there is an arrow on top of that dome which shows directions. Yes, this was an ancient light house. Now we understand why this structure was specifically built on top of a rock directly overlooking the Coast, you can see the beach clearly, standing from the Olakaneswara building. This is an ideal spot to watch the entire coastline, and guide all the ships and boats arriving. Of Course, Mahabalipuram was an ancient sea port dominated by Tamils, the Tamil people have an extremely long history, and India is surrounded by water on all three sides and ancient Indians have always been experts in Navigation for thousands of years.

This is an original photograph I found from Government Archives and it is interesting how things have changed. This dome on top is now gone, but If you look below, there is a temple at the bottom, and you can see the temple priest standing there and posing for the photograph. Most people think Mahabalipuram rock cut temples were abandoned for many centuries and they were taken up by the archeology department in the last 100 years.

No, just like most structures in Mahabalipuram, this temple  was also a working temple with all the rituals at that time, a practice that continued for more than 1200 years.  It became an archeological site only in the last few decades.

And the structure on top was an ancient lighthouse which also operated continuously for more than 1200 years. Now, we can understand why this structure was built specifically on top of a huge boulder on the highest altitude in this area. Now we understand why the Gods have to show us directions of North and South.  Now we realize why there is no idol inside the building, and now we know what the officers were looking for in a distance, and why the little guys were ready to blow the Conch. Every time a new ship came to the port, the officer would give a hand signal , and the people would be alerted by the sound of the Conch shell.

A huge Fire, was set up on top of this structure which would visible from miles away. It could be some advanced technology, but it could even be a simple giant burning torch. We know ancient Indians used giant metal containers with Oil and sometimes wicks to have a continuous burning flame. Even today, sometimes they still burn a huge fire all night with this technique, this flame lights up the entire town and is visible from miles away. And this is the reason for the steps going up to the ceiling, they had to go up to light and maintain this fire.

When Europeans started to come to India regularly, in fifteen hundreds, they were pleasantly surprised to see this ancient light house. The British were almost the last of the Europeans to reach India and when they brought this area under their control, they modified the ancient light house, they replaced the old Fire model and built a new dome and put arrows on top. British officers have clearly recorded that they used this as their light house for some time while they began constructing a new light house.  And this is the new light house they constructed in 1900, and look at the location, it is only a few hundred feet away from the old light house, the British were surprised that the ancient engineers had already found the perfect location with the highest altitude.

And, some of you may think that the Olakaneswara structure was originally just a temple and the British converted it into a light house. But I found an old map which shows the Indian Coast Line… this is not a British map, it is in Portuguese..Dutch. This map was drawn in 1602, and the British had not even come to India yet.  And here you  can see the words Das Lampadas meaning ‘The Lamps’ right next to Mahabalipuram. This confirms that the light house was operational to guide ships and boats even before the British arrived. And the British actually took control of this area only in 1774, more than 150 years after this map was drawn.

But there are more interesting details about this ancient lighthouse and harbor. I found this in a nearby Museum,  You see what this is? Things like these were found in the ocean near the beach in Mahabalipuram. I don’t know if you can guess what this is. This is an anchor, made out of solid rock. This may be a replica but several ancient stone anchors were found in Mahabalipuram, Each one weighing tons.. And these anchors were used to bring the ships to a halt, because Mahabalipuram was an ancient sea port and a harbor.

Look at the base of this, this looks a little bit different from modern anchors, and they have also found metal anchors in the beach as well, they are in poor shape because metals disintegrate, unlike the rocks which have a much longer life.

And Marco Polo, the famous Venetian Traveler wrote about Mahabalipuram when he came on a ship, 700 years ago. He called Mahabalipuram, as the land of 7 Pagodas, because of the temple towers near the coast. So this clearly confirms that Mahabalipuram was an ancient  sea port and Olakaneswara was the ancient light house.

But I still don’t understand why they call it Olakaneswara .Where are the 3 flaming Eyes of Shiva? Even if you think it is the fire on top of the light house, There is only one flame. Where are the other 2 flaming eyes?

Perhaps the secret lies inside this closed door, which could give us a clue. So I started to go back several times, and one day I found the door open, because I guess there is some maintenance work going on. But there is nothing inside, it is empty and I still do not understand the where the 3 eyes are.

While re-examining  the temple, something caught my eye. What is that strange pattern in a distance? It is carved just about  a 100 feet away from the light house, This looks very interesting, it is a square like design which extends on all four corners resembling a layout of something. Of course mainstream experts will easily dismiss it as an unfinished carving. They will claim that sculptors began carving this , and they only carved the outline of the panel, and before they could finish carving the figures, suddenly there was a war and the sculptors stopped working. After all, this was ancient times, and people were living a barbaric life which was full of war and chaos. Sounds convincing right? Usually we may have to agree to this story, but here, we have more evidence that this is something else. Did you notice these small little things in the corner? Guess what they are? They are iron pieces driven into the bedrock, yes they are ancient nails or rivets. What are they doing in these corners? In fact, if you look carefully, Larger holes have been drilled first and then these iron rivets have been driven in. But not just in one corner, look here too. Rivets, nails are all fasteners, which means there was something else fastened to this bed rock. What was here, 1300 years ago?

There must been a small tower set up here, made of metal and they would have had another smaller fire. These nails were holding the metal structure firmly to the rock. Guessing from the size of the base, This tower would be no taller than 5 feet and must have held a burning torch, a flame on top of it. It would be very wise to have a backup light if the main fire goes off in Olakaneswara for any number of reasons. This would have been a backup light house.

But there is something more that we need to see. What is really on top of the ancient Lighthouse ? What does it have now? Of course, this is the old light house, so this is the tallest structure in this area, so how do you see what is on top of it? But this is the tallest ancient structure, and we have a newer structure right, the new light house which is taller. So, Let us climb the light house and then look at Olakaneswara from there. From the top of the new light house, the view is just amazing, but see what is on top of Olakaneswara,, Two maintenance guys are working… but, It is just a flat roof, with a square hole in the center, there is nothing else. I am disappointed, but what else can you expect from an old light house?

But there.. can you see something there? There is another square pattern carved on the bed rock, about a 100 feet from Olakanesvara. It looks identical to the previous  one we saw before and I am confused. But this one is on the opposite side. Let me show you the other carving again, there was a lot of steps there and I had to walk a little bit to examine that carving.  In this side, there are only 3 or 4 steps, and you see the same square carving on the bed rock. This was another smaller tower, with a burning flame on top. I think I just figured out why this was called Olakaneswara. Two eyes on 2 sides, both at a lower level, and in the middle, a giant third eye, the bigger source of energy and guidance, coming from the higher level. The third eye of Shiva, is going to illuminate your world, and it is going to guide you, I mean literally guide you, if you are sailing on a ship. It will save you from hitting the rocks, and reach this Shiva, the land, safely.

This is just incredible, there is no doubt that ancient builders were God like figures, they could blend science and spirituality in a way that we can no longer do. Forget about creating something like this , In fact we are not even able to understand their creations. I have actually re-discovered why this is called Olakaneswara, and what was the purpose of this site. For the last few centuries, Nobody knew why this was called Olakaneswara, until now.

Praveen Mohan