Sallekhana – Secret ‘Enlightenment’ Caves found in Ancient Tirumalai Temple?

Hey guys, today I am going to show this ancient site called Tirumalai, there are several structures on top of the hill and we also have some structures at the bottom, let us look at the bottom structures first. There are several temples which look like Hindu temples, but they belong to the religion of Jainism.
This whole place is beaming with energy, it has more than 30 small chambers and caverns. Let us go into this doorway and see what’s inside. As we can see these doorways are remarkably small, it is not easy to enter through them. But what’s inside is just fantastic, there are carvings of several Jain Gods. These are at least 1000 years old. This type of carving is called Bas-relief where they leave the background, the rock face, as it is, and just carve 2 dimensional figures which seem to come out of the rock surface. Jains were the masters of carving Bas-relief. This is a female goddess standing under a tree. But the tree looks totally exotic, what kind of tree is this? And What are these rectangular slots doing here? I have already explained this in another Jain site called Kalugumalai which also has fascinating carvings. Ok, let us go to some of the sacred chambers used by Jain Monks, we are going to see some very strange things inside. Brick walls are constructed alongside natural caverns.
The chambers in almost all Jain temples are very small. These chambers were used for several reasons. One of the purposes is this: The monks needed to meditate in order to attain to achieve eternal bliss. Jain monks would perform long meditation known as Samayika and would be completely conscious of the present time, thereby eliminating the existence of the past and the future. These chambers were used for practicing this type of concentration, this form of meditation is considered a stepping stone to achieve enlightenment.
But there are even darker chambers. These chambers are very different. Inside, we don’t find statues of Gods, but rather a seat or a chair and some simple stone beds. How was it used? Some locals claim it was used for Sallekhana. What is Sallekhana? In jainism, some monks fasted to death, by slowly reducing the intake of foods and liquids. They would slowly become thin and eventually die a voluntary death. Even though some people have criticized this as ritualistic suicide, Jains maintain that this is a means of destroying rebirth and Karma. Now, you may think these are all practices which existed in the distant past, but no, Sallekhana is a practice still followed today. It is estimated that 240 Jains die of Sallekhana every year, even in our times. Today, even talking about suicide or death is considered taboo, but all ancient Indian religions maintain that every person had a right to voluntarily choose death. And this was a chamber where Sallekhana was practiced by Jains, they would predominantly stay in this chamber and slowly starve to death. Ok, now let us take a look at the ceiling. The ceilings are painted with natural vegetable colors, they have some really fascinating paintings here. However, certain paintings have been intentionally destroyed by the British, I have explained this in my previous video about Vimana technology.
I have always wondered why the darkest chambers always have the best paintings. Through the silky spider web, we can see this protrusion on the wall. It was used to fit a door. Imagine putting a solid door on this already dark chamber. It would become pitch black. Stucco structures are quite fascinating. There are Paintings which show monks. The flowerlike patterns on the ceilings are quite amazing. Imagine how bright it must have been when it had been freshly painted. Here we can see banana flowers, sometimes called banana blossoms.
One strange this is that the ceiling is less than 5 feet tall. I am unable to stand upright. Why was the ceiling designed so low? What is the secret behind this? This is a natural overhanging rock. You think it is an artificial ceiling because it is completely covered with paintings. But only the walls are made of bricks and mortar, the ceiling is a natural one. This is much more evident when you look at it from the outside. The cavern becomes shorter and shorter in height making it impossible to go any further. However, there may be more paintings in other areas.
In one of the walls, there is a fascinating painting which shows a monk sitting in the center surrounded by a variety of people and even animals are sitting around him. This is called Samavasarana a divine preaching hall of enlightened Jain monks. These are Jain nuns known as Aryikas. Here are the family women. Now, look how even their jewels are shown with the smallest details. They are painted white, indicating pearls and diamonds. We can even see different skin tones of monks, Black, White and brown people were all here. Remember, today less than 1% of Indians are jains, but once upon a time, it was a flourishing religion and it brought foreigners from various countries to learn about meditation and enlightenment.
Now, let us go down and look at what is at the ground level. We have several small chambers which house various Jain Gods. In my channel I have shown you thousands of Indian Gods and Goddesses, but you have probably never seen this one. This is the fabulous Goddess called Jwalamalini, also known as Jwalamukhi. She sits on a buffalo or a bull with 8 arms.
I have already shown you the temple’s main chamber in my last video, so I am going to skip that. Looking around, you see something strange: Why is the archeological department fencing these rocks? Because they have priceless ancient inscriptions. There are lots of rocks in this hill which are covered with writings about what happened here a thousand years ago. There is so much history here and it is said that inscriptions about ancient technology are found on top of the hill. So, let us go to the top of the hill and see what is up there. There are more than a 100 steps, and it is a steep climb. Once you are at the top, the very first structure, is this brick structure with metal doors.
But if you look Inside, there is a giant carving of a figure carved on the rock face of a hill. Who is he? His name is Neminatha, a very popular god. This is huge, about 52 feet tall, and is standing completely unclad on a lotus shaped pedestal. This is the largest ancient statue of Neminatha in the world. But this is not the top of the hill, this is situated halfway in the middle. Jains usually have something interesting on the very top of the hill. It is very typical of Jain sites to carve footprints of Gods at the very top. As you can see, this is exactly what we find at the hill top. There is not one pair of footprint, but several pairs of footprints carved on rocks. The entire hill needs to be explored, as the monks would have made carvings and inscriptions on many rocks. What made the monks turn an entire hill into a sacred site? Does this site have some kind of mysterious energy? This entire territory followed Jainism once upon a time. How did such a place lose its importance? Why did this whole area, once flourishing with Jainism, completely forget about such an amazing religion?

Praveen Mohan

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The Key to Ancient Astrology Map discovered in Indian Temple?

Hey guys, today I am going to show you something special, some special carvings on the ceilings of Ancient Indian temples. This is the Panchavarnaswamy temple which has several carvings related to Time Travel. As you can see it is very dark and it is very hard to see what is really there on top, but I did zoom in with a different camera and took pictures. Once I looked at the pictures, I was surprised to see these motifs carved on them. What is this weird creature which looks like a twisted shark with protruding teeth? Is this some kind of a prehistoric animal? Who is this guy holding a pot? If we look carefully at the entire picture, we can see the 12 signs of the zodiac, just like what we use in today’s astrology.

Going in a circle, we can see Aries or Ram, Taurus the Bull, Gemini or the twins, Cancer or Crab, Leo the lion and Virgo the virgin. Remember in India, a different type of astrology is used called the Vedic Astrology, it is somewhat similar to Western Astrology but there are some big differences between the two. The rest of the zodiac signs are the Libra or scales, Scorpio or Scorpion, Sagittarius, the archer who has half the body of an animal, Capricorn or Sea Goat, in India the Capricorn is called Makara which is a feathered crocodile like sea creature. The last ones are the Aquarius the water bearer and the Pisces or Fish.

Now, why does this temple have these 12 signs carved on the ceiling? Remember, many ancient temples have these strange carvings in inaccessible locations. For example, you won’t be able to see these carvings with your naked eye. So, why carve them at all, especially at this height and where there is no light?

This temple is at least 2000 years old, but let us go to a temple called Gangai Konda Cholapuram, which is about a thousand years old. Again, inside the temple, as you can see, this is a very dark area, and nobody really observes these carvings on the ceiling, but again, we have the 12 signs of the zodiac. Why would anybody make these carvings and also deliberately make sure that nobody can see them? Unless you are like me walking into the darkest areas with a flashlight, you are not going to see them.

Is it possible to really understand why these were carved? To decode this secret, we need to go to a temple called Kalugasalamoorthy temple. This is a 1300 year old temple and in the ceiling of this temple, you are going to see something that will blow your mind. This is the map, this is the key that explains everything about astrology and even ancient astronomy. Look at the complexity of this, what kind of patterns are these? are you able to make any sense of this? This can cause information overload, so focus on this particular square, here you can see the 12 signs of the zodiac. You can see all the signs like Sagittarius with bow and arrow, Scorpio and scales or Libra. When I showed this to mainstream archeologists and historians, they agree that yes, this particular square in the entire panel shows the signs of the zodiac, but they think that everything else is just a bunch of random carvings, I mean you see animals, you see these circles, and in the center, there are also a variety of symbols which make no sense. They make no sense to experts, because today’s experts don’t know much about Vedic Astrology. These 9 symbols in the center denote the 9 factors or Navagraha in Vedic astrology, sometimes mistranslated as 9 planets, these are 9 factors which are said to affect us. These 9 symbols have the Sun in the center, the moon, and planets Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and the ascending and descending nodes of Moon’s orbit known as Rahu and Kethu. You can compare them side by side with the ancient symbols, these symbols are only rarely used today even by Indian astrologers.

Ok, so I have shown you these 9 symbols and you have seen the 12 signs of the zodiac, but the rest of the numerous carvings around them, these dozens of random animals in this square are just for filling up the empty space, just for decoration or artistic purposes. This is how mainstream archeologists will talk about this, but that’s not true. Remember, nothing is random in Ancient Indian temples. Yes there are dozens of different animals, but if you count, there are exactly 28 squares. Look carefully, each animal is a little bit different from the other, each animal represents one of the 28 Lunar Mansions, also known as Nakshatras in Indian astrology. A lot of Indians think there are 27 Nakshatras, but they don’t know there is a 28th one, a hidden lunar mansion called Abhijit. People whose astrology has this lunar mansion will have a very abnormal life, they would have deep interest in occult science, spirituality and meditation. The Abhijit is shown here specifically with a big difference, this is the only square which does not show an animal. This is literally, the odd man who does not fit in with the rest of the lunar mansions, in English we call this as Vega, the brightest star in the constellation of Lyra.

The outermost square consists of 36 small squares, inside each square is a circular or cymatic pattern. Each pattern represents something called a Drekkana or Dreshkaan, in English these are known as decans, each decan represents 10 degrees of the entire 360 degrees of the Zodiac circle. Now, remember the entire map you see should have all been circular, this is the basis of astrology. Astrologers use squares for convenience, but we know in reality, this entire panel should have been a large circle. So the entire system is based on splitting this 360 degree circle progressively from smaller divisions to larger divisions. From the center, if I start making exactly 45 degree angles, between any two angles I would have a symbol from the Navagraha. Now, if I make 30 degree angles, I would get one sign of the zodiac between any 2 angles. I have intentionally not explained this particular square which has a ton of interesting information, but I challenge you to find out what it is, and do leave a comment about what this square really means. If I make 18 degree angles, I would get one of these patterns between any 2 lines. If I use about 12.85 degrees, I would get one lunar mansion or Nakshatra. And finally, if I make 10 degree angles from the center, I would get a decan between any two 2 lines. So, now mainstream archeologists and historians can really explain to us how primitive ancient builders were, after looking at this.

And there is something much more extraordinary about this, it is as though the ancient builders had psychic powers or abilities of Time Travel. They knew someone in the future would come here and split this panel into various degree angles and try to decode them. Why do I say this? Because look at these really small circles, what are they? Ancient builders carved them in these specific spots for us to make these angular divisions, I did not measure 30 degree angles to see the signs of the zodiac, I just jointed these circular marks on this particular square. I joined these circular marks on the largest square, and I automatically got the decans between each 10 degree angle.
But what is the reason for carving these symbols of stars and different planets on the ceilings of ancient temples? Today, the ceilings of new Hindu temples no longer have this feature, but ancient Indian temples were built for a completely different reason, they were built to spread knowledge. But, even in ancient temples, why did they not carve these constellations on pillars or walls? Why only in dark areas and Why only on ceilings which are unreachable and completely inaccessible? Were these carvings specifically designed as a key to unlock the mystery of the stars and planets?

When I talk about unlocking the secret, it sounds like some fancy theory, but I literally mean that. Did you notice this strange protrusion in the very center? Yes, this is in fact a door knob, which will open this stone door. And you may think, well, it may not really be a door, but if you look carefully, you can even see the gap between the door and the doorway and you can even see other protrusions which indicate there may be a complex mechanism to open this ancient door. Is it possible that what lies on the other side of this door, may finally reveal the real secret of the stars?

Praveen Mohan

Secret of AUM found in Ancient Indian Temple? Musical Steps of Darasuram

Hey guys, today we are going to look at a very strange ancient structure built at least 800 years ago. This is the famous Shiva temple in Darasuram, and at the entrance we can see something beyond our understanding. Why is there a metal fence around this structure? What is inside this? If you peep through the holes in the mesh, we see stairs, a set of steps made of stone. Why do these stone steps need to be locked?

It is locked because these are not regular stones, these are musical steps. If you walk on them, these steps will create seven notes of the musical scale in Indian classical music. In the last few years, countries like Chile and Belgium have created stairs which produce musical notes when people walk on them. To us, this seems like the height of modern technology, however we already have such a musical stair created at least 800 years ago. But people here do not respect such a priceless structure, they throw stones on them to see how it sounds, and some have even tried to destroy them. You can see so many stones on these stairs and you can also see it has undergone some serious damage. Remember, I have already shown you the musical pillars of Hampi in another video, so what is so special about this structure and how is it different from Hampi? If you observed these steps carefully, a question should have already popped into your head.

Remember I said, if you walk on them, you will hear 7 different notes. But there is a total of 10 steps. What do these 3 extra steps do? This is the specialty of this temple – the three extra steps produce the sound AUM. If you roll a pebble on the stairs, the sounds Aah.. Ooh and MM will be produced from the extra 3 steps. So, when you hear the sound together, it will sound like AUM. Why this sound AUM? Why do Hindus believe that AUM is a very sacred sound? Why do they keep chanting AUM while meditating?

Because these 3 sounds are the most basic sounds, and these sounds are the ones you can create without using your tongue, and you can create the rest of all other sounds using a combination of these 3 sounds. This may be hard to visualize, so think of how we use 3 colors known as RGB or Red, Green and Blue to create any color we want. This is why these 3 colors are called Primary colors and you can create millions of different color shades by mixing them in various combinations. Similarly the 3 sounds Aah..Ooh and MM are considered the primary sounds which can be mixed up to create any sound we want. It is even said that AUM is the sound of the Universe itself, and recordings in deep space reveal sounds very similar to AUM. Here is a recording of the Solar AUM noise of the sun. We could talk about how each of the 3 major Gods of Hinduism represent one primary sound and also one primary color, but we are not going to.

Because we have something much more exciting, much more fascinating evidence of sound technology in the same temple. This temple has thousands of carvings, and nobody has analyzed this carving until now, but what we have here is the visual representation of the sound AUM. Look at this, these are sound bursts representing AUM. And this is the oldest carving in the world which visually shows sound, today you may see visuals of sound on your computer, but this was created at least 800 years ago. Is this just a theory, am I making this story up? No! According to ancient Tamil texts, Lord Shiva learns the secret of AUM from his son Murugan. And in the same carving, we can see Shiva in a respectful posture, learning the sound AUM from his son who is shown here as a little boy. As the boy chants AUM, you can see how all beings start coming alive, as the cosmic sound vibrates around them.

And this carving proves something very important: Ancient builders were capable of some kind of advanced sound technology, which we do not understand. They were capable of visualizing sound, and all these circular patterns in Hindu temples, are visual representations of various sounds. Even today, we cannot create such musical steps from stones. But ancient builders have created so many strange stone artifacts which create various types of sounds. What kind of technology was used in ancient times?

Praveen Mohan

Ancient Temple of Time Travel Found in India?

Hey guys, today we are going to look at this temple called Panchavarnaswamy temple and from the outside it looks just like an ordinary temple built in the last century, but it is actually at least 2000 years old. What is really fascinating to me is the design of this temple. It is designed in a way that normal visitors see normal carvings and if you are a serious researcher, there are carvings which are baffling, and they are all carved in the dark corners of the temple. Today, even though the temple has electric lights, the strangest carvings still lurk in deep, dark areas and these carvings have no explanation until now.

Let us take a look at this carving. It has a figure which has the head of an elephant standing upright. You may think this is the popular Hindu God Ganesha but it is not, because this is a female figure and Ganesha is a male god. And what is even more interesting is that it has wings like an eagle, you can even see the feathers. Now, look at the legs, these are long, slender cylindrical feet which defy any explanation. What could this possibly be? Even Today, scientists have not been able to create such a species through genetic engineering, we do not have enough technology to do this as of today. But 100 years from now, we could easily create a species like an elephant with wings. Believe it or not, scientists are said to be secretly working even to create human beings with wings. It is estimated that this will be achieved in less than 200 years from now. And this is exactly what we see here in this carving. At first look I thought it was just a regular mother playing with a baby, but upon looking carefully. I realized that she has wings, ready to fly.

While these carvings seem to show developments in the future, here is a carving which shows something from a distant past.  This animal you see here is a type of Saber-toothed Cat, sometimes even known as Saber toothed Tiger. This particular species is called Thylacosmilus. The Thylacosmilus looks like a modern day lion or tiger, but the main difference is its exceptionally long upper canine teeth. This carving undoubtedly shows this particular species with protruding fang like teeth and a long  tail. If you compare this carving with the modern day recreation of this animal using fossil evidence, we can see that they are almost identical. However, here is the problem: all experts agree that this species become extinct 2.5 million years ago. And historians and archeologists tell us that his temple was built about 2000 years ago. In order for sculptors to carve such an animal, they must have seen the Thylacosmilus. So how did sculptors accurately carve this animal 2000 years ago, even though the species became extinct 2.5 million years ago?

Think about this: How can a temple contain both futuristic carvings and carvings from a distant past? The only way someone could record something from both future and past accurately, is by doing time travel. Were ancient builders in India capable of Time Travel? Is there more evidence of Time Travel in Hinduism?

What is remarkable is that the ancient text called Bhagavata Purana not only describes Time Travel, but also the concept of Time Dilation accurately, even though we think that Albert Einstein was the first person to clearly understand this. According to the text, a king and his daughter make an interstellar journey to see Lord Brahma who lives in a different planet. They had to wait for a short while before meeting Lord Brahma, and when the King talks about the issues he is currently facing on earth, Lord Brahma begins to laugh loudly and explains that that time runs differently on different planes of existence. Lord Brahma explained that during the seemingly short time the King and his daughter experienced through the interstellar visit, more than one hundred and sixteen million years had passed on earth. So, he tells them when you go back, all your friends on earth, enemies and their sons and all their descendants would have died long time ago, no one even knows about their names anymore.  Of course, until 1900s people regarded this story as a baseless fantasy with no logic and then Einstein comes along and explains Time Travel and Time Dilation and now even scientists agree that yes, this is a pretty accurate description of Time Travel and Dilation.

But what really amazes me is that this temple even has a carving of Brahma in his planet. And it looks completely exotic, it doesn’t resemble the earth. Brahma looks humanoid but he has this strange, long beard and his dreadlock like hairdo is coming down to his waist. The Tree shown in this planet does n’t look like a regular tree, this actually looks more like a brain, and the trunk resembles the brain stem – this somehow seems to signify the consciousness or spirituality and what is this tree connected to? A mysterious lingam, often explained as a source of unlimited power.  Perhaps Brahma is tapping into this bigger power source and taking some power in his own portable device. He holds a mysterious hand bag and note that this ancient hand bag does not touch the ground. We see this depiction again and again not only in ancient Indian temples, but in civilizations around the world. The Gods and saints of all ancient civilizations carry a mysterious bag which never touches the ground – a standard procedure we use for all batteries today. Was this bag some kind of a power source?

Now, why did ancient builders design this temple in such a way that all these strange carvings are located in dark areas where normal visitors do not see them? The more I look, the stranger the carvings get. Remember I showed you the carving of a bicycle? This carving is also from the same temple. To normal visitors, these carvings are not visible at all, but were they left as clues to be seen by researchers like me? Were ancient builders capable of time travel, is this why we see carvings of the distant past and future? How else could they carve genetically engineered hybrids as well as extinct animals?

Perhaps the key to all these questions can be found on the ceiling of this temple.  Usually the ceilings of temples contain complex cymatic patterns, but when I look at the ceiling of this temple, there is something out of the ordinary, there is not much light in this area.. but do you see what it is? Does it have the answer to this important question:  Were ancient builders capable of Time Travel and Interstellar Travel?

Praveen Mohan

Aiyanar – The Guardian God of All Villages

Hey guys, today we are going to look at a very unique deity from the villages of South India. This figure sitting on the horse is known as Aiyanar and is considered as the protector of village people. As you can see, he looks quite fierce with a fascinating head dress, holding a shield in one hand and a knife in the other. Look at where his leg is, it is resting on the head of one of his body guards – showing the complete submission of this bodyguard to the deity Aiyanar.

These type of depictions are common in villages where the Gods are symbols of absolute power. What is interesting is that he also has 2 dogs in the front. Look at how ferocious they look and even their skin looks almost like they have seen a lot of action. This deity is usually portrayed as a very manly figure reeking of masculinity. The main deity is male, sporting a large moustache, both his body guards are male. His dogs are also male and so is his horse. This is a typical symbol of total dedication to fighting and war, like a team of spartans.

What is interesting is that Aiyanar is also known as Aiyapan in other parts and generally women are not allowed to touch this statue or enter his temple premises. In ancient statues, Ayyanar is depicted with a band known as Yogapatta on his knee. There is usually a trident placed in front of this deity. Ayyanar shrines are usually located at the peripheries or boundaries of villages. This statue is probably about 15 feet tall, but there are much larger statues of Aiyanar placed in other villages. Aiyanar figures are also seen outside India and Sri Lanka, recent excavations have revealed that Aiyanar was also worshiped in other Asian countries – many terracotta Aiyanar figures were excavated.
In some temples, he is shown holding a crooked stick instead of a knife. This weapon is called Chendu in ancient Tamil language – this is a whip like weapon. Also, in remote areas, there are depictions of many other Hindu gods and saints underneath him, to show that he is superior to all gods. In other temples, he is shown as a guardian to other Gods. So, what is the origin of this deity?

He is supposed to have been a real figure who came from Mount Kailash, the sacred mountain which is considered the home of Lord Shiva. He traveled to South India and protected the villages of South India. Even today, there are many villagers who worship him as the main deity. These village groups are sometimes referred to as the Aiyanar Cult. Their rituals are quite different from other Hindu rituals. Sometimes, they choose a person and push him or her into a trance like state. Then this person would become a vessel of this deity and would be able to answer the questions about future or even talk to human beings who passed away.

Praveen Mohan

1200 Year old Forgotten Jain Temple at Mountain Top – Kalugumalai, India

Hey guys, today let’s take a look at this hill called Kalugumalai in India. On top of this hill, there are some of the most beautiful carvings, stone beds and a unique cave. Most people do not visit this part of the hill because it is bushy and these plants have thorns. But if you manage to walk through them, you can find about a hundred and fifty carvings and these are actually very ancient carvings, at least 1200 years old. You can see that these carvings are brilliant and have remained almost completely intact, even after 1200 years. These carvings belong to Jainism. Jainism is a very old religion and it has some of the most advanced spiritual principles and it once was a flourishing religion in India.

Today, Jains make up just 0.4% of India. Jainism believes in the attainment of spiritual enlightenment and all these saints you see here are enlightened beings. I have shown you various types of rock cutting architecture in my videos, this is called a relief type architecture. This is a carving technique where the sculpted elements remain attached to a solid background of the same material – in this case the material is granite which is very hard, which is probably why you don’t see much corrosion or degradation. But there is another reason why these figures are so well preserved – you see these rectangular slots above these carvings? Once upon a time wooden doors may have been placed using these slots, to cover these figures. This was a great way to preserve these carvings from rain and shine.

Some of the figures you see are quite fascinating, here you can see this Jain god called Parshvanath who is totally unclad and standing erect. Look at the reptilian Snake God Naga standing above him and completely protecting him. This is a female goddess known as Ambika. The reptilian God and this female deity also occur in Hinduism as well, so both religions do share some common ground. In fact, look at this brilliant Hindu temple known as Vettuvan Koil, it is located in the same hill and is very close to this Jain temple. This temple was created by scooping out the rocks from the hill, starting from top to bottom. This is the same technology used to build Kailasa Temple in Ellora Caves. Now, what is fascinating is that, Ellora caves also has Jain temples close to Kailasa temple just like what we see here. Is this a coincidence or is there a relationship between Jains and this type of architecture? Perhaps researching the history of Jainism could give us better insight into understanding these structures.

The Jain carvings in Kalugumalai have a specialty in them. Under many of the carvings, we can see writings. This is great because we don’t have to do guess work and these writings will give us details about the carvings and even about the lifestyle of people who lived here. This is written in ancient Tamil language which is still the spoken language in this region. The inscriptions tell us that about 8000 Jains lived in this area and women enjoyed an equal, if not superior status to men. Here is another popular Jain figure called Bahubali, he stood in meditation for so long, that creepers and climber plants have completely taken over his body. Jainism preaches deep meditation to attain enlightenment.

Walking around the hill top, I could find several other areas, which have more carvings of Jain Gods, this entire place is very isolated and very peaceful to the mind. It must have been chosen for its location by Jain monks for meditation. So where did the monks sleep? Let us go into this area which is commonly referred to as the area of Jain beds. Jain monks had simple stone beds carved out of rocks and slept in these beds. Initially there was no roof or walls around these beds, but people vandalize this area all the time, so they have built this structure around it now and have kept it locked. This has prevented people from coming in, but has become a safe haven for bats.

So now, we have seen stone beds of the monks and their temple but there is something much more fascinating than these two. Here is a cave which was used by Mahavira himself – Mahavira is the last enlightened teacher of Jainism. Some Jains believe that Mahavira meditated in this cave, which is why this hill top was chosen to build a Jain temple later in time. Today, the cave is completely abandoned – it is just me, and a monkey absorbing the strange vibrations of this holy site.

Praveen Mohan

 

Srirangam Temple – Evidence of Advanced Ancient Civilization

Hey guys, today we are going to take a look at this ancient temple at Srirangam. This is the largest functioning Hindu temple in the world, it actually takes up an entire island, occupying about 156 acres of land. When you drive through these towers, you are entering the temple premises, but Inside the temple campus, there is an entire city with streets, shops and houses. But don’t let the bustling modern crowd fool you, because this temple is at least 2000 years old and contains many ancient secrets inside.

The most intriguing feature of this temple, is the large number of mysterious carvings. The carvings in this temple literally debunk many of the stuff we read in history books. For example, these carvings show Chinese soldiers. This Chinese man is stabbing the back of an Indian, and this man is also being stabbed by another Chinese man behind him. The droopy mustache and the long, traditional Chinese dress with buttons called Changshan clearly prove that these are Chinese people, but according to Historians,  Faxian was the first Chinese traveler to visit India around 400 A.D. But this temple was built at least 300 years before that. So, you can see how these ancient carvings show that History books need to be updated and Chinese were visiting India and were even fighting with Indians 2000 years ago. Similarly, you can see a camel carved here, you can see the long neck, the hump and notice the typical flat feet of camels. But camels are not native to India. According to experts, camels were brought into India only about a 1000 years ago, from Middle East. So, how were sculptors able to carve the camel 2000 years ago in this temple? While historians argue that 2000 years ago, people around the world were not connected,  we can see that this ancient temple shows an advanced civilization which was connected to both east and west for many thousands of miles. We have seen evidence of even African connection in other Ancient temples.

The carvings in this temple not only give information like this, but are also extremely artistic. Here you can see this complicated animal with many, many bodies. What this actually shows is a monkey with 4 bodies, but just one head. If I cover the rest of the sides and show you the top, you can see a monkey hanging upside down. If I cover everything except the bottom, you can see the monkey in a sitting position.  Of course you can expose just the left side or right side, and you can see the other positions, of this monkey having fun.

So, you can see how sculptors carved just one face, but put 4 bodies attached to the same face. And of course if you look at it long enough, you begin to see what it actually shows. Lifecycle of monkeys and even human beings. The first stage is when you are young, and you spend it by playing. The second stage, you spend on sex. The third stage is when you spend it on raising your children. Notice the difference between the left and right position, they look similar but they are not the same. Look at the tail here, and how this young monkey is actually sitting on the back of its mother. The last stage, is of course you are old and you just wait for death to come. Is the lifecycle of monkeys very different from that of human beings? Tell me your opinion in the comments section.

And here you can see this weird animal. I have shown you a similar carving in a different temple before. If you cover one side, you see a bull. If you cover the other side, you can see an elephant. But this carving is more interesting. Apparently this guy has a weird body, look at the bottom part.  But if I cover this part, You can see two people fighting with swords. Just imagine looking at a slideshow. This is the first scene. Now, if I cover the top part, this person has actually been killed and his upper body is falling on the ground, even though the legs are still standing. So, you can see how sculptors are able to use one  panel like a motion picture.

And these carvings are not just limited to pillars, this temple has a total of 21 towers and most of the towers are completely filled with carvings and statues. Ancient Hinduism is an extremely liberal religion, you can see Lord Krishna’s life portrayed in many of these towers in great detail. Beautiful, and richly painted statues adorn these towers. But we are not allowed to climb these towers and take a closer look at them, which is why I am showing you these carvings on the pillars in detail. Here you can see 3 guys balancing themselves while bending backwards. And If you look closely, you can even see their ribs. This is a crocodile and you can see that there is a monkey inside its stomach. This actually shows a scene from an ancient Indian text.  And here is a very strange stone artifact. It has 5 holes, and there are two foot prints carved nearby. What is the purpose of this and how was it used?

Please let me know your thoughts in the comments section.

– Praveen Mohan