Ancient Temple with Unique Architecture – Tiru Parameswara Vinnagaram (Vaikunta Perumal Temple)

Hey guys, today we are going to look at a temple called Tiru Parameswara Vinnagaram also known as Vaikundha Perumal Temple located in the city of Kanchipuram. This is a very old temple, by archeological accounts this was built about 1300 years ago, around 700 A.D, but many locals claim it was built much earlier in time.

Looking at the temple from the ground, it looks nothing different, but when we examine the temple from the air, we can understand a strange feature in architecture. There are several T shaped structures placed one inside the other, there are at least three such T shaped buildings. They are not only placed horizontally one inside the other, but also vertically placed in that fashion. The outermost T shape is at the ground level, the next one has one level up and in the very center, there is the top level. So, there are three levels in this temple.

Each level has a sanctum, a central chamber and each chamber hosts a statue of Lord Vishnu. So there are three Vishnu statues. At the ground level, he is shown in the seated posture. If you go to the next level, you can see him in a lying position. In this position, he is refered to as Vaikundha Perumal, this is why this temple is also known as Vaikundha Perumal temple. At the top most level he is in standing position. Think about the philosophy behind these three postures – why do we see them in different postures and why do we have three Vishnu statues? Please let me know your valuable thoughts in the comments section.

Now, if you plan on visiting this temple, try to go on the 11th Lunar day known as Ekadashi in Hinduism. Why do I say this? Because on that day, between 8 AM and 12 noon, visitors are allowed to climb up to the next level. On all other days, visitors are allowed only to see the ground level, but if you go on that day, you can go and climb to the next level and also see the Vishnu in resting position. You can also enjoy the various carvings on this level.

When you look at the design from the air, it is quite unique. The surrounding compound wall is elevated many feet high to match the level of next floor on top of it. So you can basically walk around the temple on this level and enjoy the beauty of this level as well. Such a design is almost never seen in other temples in this area.

The temple has a fantastic step-pyramid like structure in the center which is painted white, and there is a large dome like structure, a capstone on top of it. On the very top is a vessel like structure with a pointed tip. This vessel is called Kalash and has some fascinating elements inside it. If you look at the entire temple layout, it reminds us very much of the Kailasanathar temple, which is located about  a mile from here. This temple also has a temple tank set up right next to it, just like that temple. The big difference is that, while Kailasanathar temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, this temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu.

In fact, this temple is considered one of the divine temples of Vishnu. There are 108 such Vishnu temples known as Divya Desam and this temple is one of them.  Some claim that many of these divine temples of Vishnu are connected by underground tunnels. It is believed that this temple has an underground tunnel which connects to the Shore temple at Mahabalipuram. Mind you, the Shore temple is about 50 miles away, which means that the underground tunnel would have to be 50 miles long to connect these 2 temples . This seems like an impossible task but locals firmly believe that such a tunnel exists and they even say that the British tried to uncover  this secret tunnel during their rule, and its entrance was sealed by locals.

Walking around the temple, you can find some extraordinary carvings on the walls. Some show Gods, some show humans interacting with Gods. Here is a carving which shows 2 figures. On the left is a human in a Namaste pose, and on the right is a horse faced God, who has humanoid features in the rest of his body. Perhaps this is God Kalki, whose arrival is awaited by Hindus. Vishnu is shown in the form of several avatars, what animal face is this?

Some carvings are very strange and have no explanation. What could this possibly be? Is this due to corrosion or were they carved like this? There are Carvings that show a variety of activities. Some are giants or gods and they are shown alongside human beings. Humans are often shown helping or giving offerings to Gods.  There are also war scenes vividly carved on the walls.

Almost all walls are adorned with carvings which have a treasure trove of information. Remember I showed you the carvings of Chinese travelers who visited India during ancient times? Some of those carvings are from this temple. There are many such carvings found here showing ancient connections between India and China.

Here is another carving which shows something interesting. What is going on here? A giant figure on the left is shown tying a piece of cloth on the head of a smaller figure on the right. Who is this giant figure? It is lord Vishnu. You can see the conch, which is one of the instruments of Lords Vishnu. Lord Vishnu is crowning or doing the Coronation ceremony for the King Parameswara Varman. This temple was named after this King. We can also see another intriguing figure in the same carving showing a hand signal. Here, he is telling us to look at the coronation of the King, who was probably the builder of this temple. This hand signal is very characteristic of temples in this area. The hands always point to something important, and if we follow these hand signals we can understand many things.

And these hands signals are not even limited to humans, remember I showed you in a previous video,  how the lion statues told us to go sideways and when we followed their hand signals we ended up in secret meditation chambers. There are a lot of brilliant hidden details like this in ancient Indian temples.

In this temple too, we have Yalis, which are lion like animals with horns, carved on walls and on pillars. They are shown with large manes and protruding teeth. The most important feature however, is that they are wearing some type of armor to protect their legs. This is very similar to shin guards, used by modern day soccer players. I am not sure if this detail comes from human imagination or if such a practice, of putting armor on animals existed in ancient times. Many of these pillars have seen a lot of corrosion, and many of the carvings have also been destroyed due to time.  Some carvings are completely destroyed by corrosion and the figures are totally unidentifiable. The outer walls of the temple are a classic example of how we have lost hundreds of priceless carvings which could have given us valuable information.

Within the temple premises, in one corner, there is a small shrine dedicated to Nagas, the snake gods of India. The Nagas are shown half human and half reptilian, and are considered divine beings with supernatural powers. For thousands of years, ancient people have worshiped Nagas and this practice is still followed rigorously, especially by women.

We can also see various inscriptions in the temple. These inscriptions reveal how gold was used as currency in ancient times and also tell us about Social, Political and Economic aspects during that time. So if you ever plan on visiting the city of Kanchipuram, please go to this fantastic temple and make sure you visit on Ekadashi day between 8 AM and 12 Noon.

Praveen Mohan

The Incredible Sculptures of Kachabeswarar Temple – Thirukachur

Hey guys, today let us take a look at this ancient temple called Katchabeswarar temple in a small town called Tirukachur.  This temple is said to be built around 8th century A.D and was rebuilt again in 16th century. This temple is known for its very weird carvings. For example here is  A very strange carving showing someone with a massive hunchback, this person’s back is almost bent at 90 degrees to the legs.  The person is walking using a stick, because it would be impossible to walk like this without a stick. Here is a figure standing on top of another figure. And look at this guy’s hairstyle. It looks like a native American headdress. If that’s his real hair, may be he is getting an electric shock? There are no fingers in his hand, He appears to have only half of this arm and is standing in a weird position. What does this mean? Here is another figure with a very large head dress. It is shown touching the ground.  In another pillar we can see Conjoined twin girls. They look very scary, with very glaring eyes and interesting facial features. Why do we see these carvings in a Hindu temple?

This temple basically  sits on a square piece of land of about 2 acres with a compound wall on all sides. Inside the walls, there is kind of an L shaped structure which houses the sanctum and other structures. You can see some towers sticking out of the flat roof.  The temple tank is situated outside the compound wall, it also belongs to the temple property. It is a gigantic tank, always full of water for Public use.

Gigantic wooden doors protect the main entrance.  The main entrance is made of a cube like structure  made of granite blocks. It is considered an original ancient structure from many centuries ago. This temple has been continuously renovated so you will see the a mixture of some new structures here and there.

As soon as we enter inside the temple, again we are drawn to the strange carvings. Here is a carving which shows a figure – half tortoise and half human – putting a flower on a lingam. Who is this figure? It is Lord Vishnu because you can  identify his tools and weapons. This carving tells us the story of how this temple was founded. The name of this type of Vishnu is called Karkada and this is why the lingam got the name Karchabeswarar.

In the same pillar, you can see another carving. Here is a man holding a ball like thing  on top of a lingam. What is going on here? Please let me know the answer in the comments section. Let us go into the chambers which house the deities. These are dark chambers where there is very little light. All these structures are made of granite and the walls are very thick. Look through these diamond shaped windows and you realize how thick the granite wall must be. On the ceiling in the main structure, I found a very strange carving. What is this? Why are they carved on the ceiling of the most important chamber? Are these merely fictional animals, or do these species exist in real life?Inside the sanctum, there is a small lingam which is known as Kachabeswarar. Locals consider it as a powerful lingam which emits divine radiation.  Outside the temple, there is a small building with several pillars. It has many interesting carvings on the the ceiling and pillars. Here is a horse man ready to throw  a spear and this horse, a male horse is shown stomping on the enemy, who is on the ground.

Look at this curious carving. Here we can see a lingam which is on a gigantic pedestal. There are 2 birds shown on either side of the lingam, and the bird on the left is shown touching the lingam while the bird on the right is shown looking at the lingam. What is the story behind this?

This is a scene from an ancient Indian story . On the left is a saint called Bhusunda who is in the form of a crow. In Tamil, he is known as Kaagabhujandar a saint who is said to be immortal. On the right of the lingam, is Lord Brahma, who is in the form of a Swan. According to Tamil Stories,  Lord Brahma transformed into a swan and tried to see the tip of the lingam and had failed. So he approaches Bhusanda, and asks him if he had seen the tip. This is that scene where they both meet.

Like this, there are many many strange carvings in this temple. They tell a lot of rare stories which you cannot see in other temples. So if you get a chance, do visit this small town called Tirukachur and explore this temple, it will be a visual treat for you.

Praveen Mohan

Shiva’s Cosmic Dance = Law of Nature? 1300 Year Old Secret Revealed!

Hey guys, I am at the ancient KailasaNathar temple in Kanchipuram, and today we are going to look at a strange feature, related to geometry and sacred number system hidden here. Let’s take a  look at this carving of Dancing Shiva. This is a brilliant carving done at least 1300 years ago, and you can see much of this carving has lost its paint. I have retouched this using photoshop, and now you can see it much better. Here, Shiva is shown with one foot placed firmly on the ground, and the other leg is bent with his knee resting on the ground, and the foot facing the sky. Shiva has put one arm on this foot, while his other arm is lifted above his head. Let us forget his other arms for now. But here is another carving on the other side of the temple, which is even more eroded. When I saw this I was shocked, because it shows the exact same dancing Shiva, but Here is the strangest part, this carving is flipped horizontally, like a mirror image of the 1st carving. In photoshop, I am flipping this original image now, and you can begin to see the accuracy of how they both match.

In the first carving, it is his left foot on the ground, and in the second carving, it is the right foot on the ground. All the legs and arms are flipped like this, like looking at yourself in the mirror, not the same, but laterally inverted. But Shiva has so many hands, one of them is holding a ring, another  is holding a weapon, all these details have to be mirrored.  First of all, this is not easy to carve, this is a sculpting marvel which would need machine like precision. Even to show it to you online, I am using software like photoshop, imagine I had to do it by drawing with my hands, I would have to be a good artist. Today, to carve something like this, we would need software and hardware, meaning machine high-tech machines and tools.

Second question, and the most important question is: Why? Why did they have to create this kind of laterally inverted, mirror image of a carving? What could possibly the purpose for going through such pains to create it? And the position of these 2 carvings are quite intriguing as well. They are not randomly placed, one is on the left side of the temple and the other is on the right side, as though they are trying to create a symmetry, especially something called “bilateral symmetry”

But let’s go to the level of cells  and see how this was created, right? Biologists will tell us, well there is one cell and then it multiplies into 2, we are going to see something very similar to this. But this is not mere multiplication right? It is mirrored for natural symmetry. This is very hard to explain. So, this is my right hand, and if I multiply it, and put  another hand right next to it, does it look like natural symmetry? No! It is multiplied by 2, it is even identical,  but it is not symmetrical, it actually looks weird, because it is not natural.

In order to make it symmetrical, I have to laterally invert this hand, l have to make a mirror image, which is what my left hand is, my left hand is a natural mirror image of my right hand. What you are looking at on screen, is actually a laterally inverted image placed next to my right hand, this is not my left hand, but you cannot tell the difference, unless you look at my “alien blood line” showing on my ring finger. Because this is what Nature is doing to all of us, it is creating a mirror image along a symmetrical point. This is extraordinary, and scientists are still debating over why this nature is doing this.

But this carving shows that ancient builders of India, were following the same laws that nature is using. They did not create 2 carvings which look identical. They created 2 carvings in mirrored fashion for natural symmetry. And ancient builders seem to have understood something much more fascinating. If you take a cell, that cell multiplies in mirrored fashion. So one cell multiplies into 2, 2 into 4, 4 into 8, 8 into 16 and so on.

If we study the geometry and symmetry of the Kailasanathar temple,  It has been designed using the same system.  Of course this is 1 temple, but it has 2 secret passages known as the gate of death and the gate of birth, on either side of the center point.  It has 4 towers on the outer walls in the 4 sided rectangle.  Has 8 pyramids around the main tower specifically designed to show 8 avatars Shiva. But it does not stop there, 8 times 2 is 16.  Inside the main chamber is a 16 faceted lingam with perfect angles of 22.5 degrees between each sides. Another classic example of “primitive” technology. 16 multiplied by 2, you get 32. There are 32 bulls or Nandhis placed all around the temple. Some are on the ground, some are on top of the wall, and some are just completely gone. 32 times 2 is the number 64, and there are 64 avatars of Shiva carved on these walls.

And it is very interesting to see something here,  even though we do have every avatar of Shiva carved at least twice in this temple, this carving, the one that shows the cosmic dance of Shiva, is the only carving that is laterally inverted. All other carvings are not mirror images. Why is this? How is this cosmic dance related to nature, and laws of nature?  Was the cosmic dance of Shiva laterally inverted, to make us understand about  bilateral symmetry? And also, how did ancient builders come up with such remarkable symmetry and geometry?

Praveen Mohan

Ancient Indian – Chinese Connection Revealed at Mahabalipuram!

Hey guys, many of you have messaged me about why the Indian Prime Minister Modi has chosen Mahabalipuram to  meet the Chinese President Xi Jinping. This meeting is happening today.  Mahabalipuram is a very ancient site, and these 2 big powers meeting in this area has sparked a great interest. Why are they meeting here? Because of the history between India and China which spans for more than 2000 years. This area around Mahabalipuram was ruled by a dynasty called the Pallava, and let us take a look at this ancient temple built by Pallavas called Tiruparameswara Vinnagaram.

And here, the walls are adorned with thousands of Hindu Gods and human beings, but here you can find something very strange. A chinese figure. He must be a very important figure, because this is a big size carving and it is flanked by plenty of helpers. He is in a seated position and his moustache is pointing down along with a slim, narrow beard – these are classic features showing  that he is chinese. Who is he? And why is he carved in this ancient temple? This is a Chinese traveler by the name of Faxian also known as Fa-Hien in India. He visited India around 400 A.D, yes that is 1600 years ago. And we are looking at this historical carving in this same area –  Mahabalipuram, and this temple belongs to same Pallava dynasty . The place where the Indian leader and Chinese leader are meeting now is less than 40 miles from this temple. And Faxian did not come  alone, because we can see more carvings of Chinese people carved in the same temple. Here is a thinner chinese figure. You can see that he has a long beard and a pointy moustache. You can see his sharp nose, and he carries a typical chinese umbrella. This is a clear trademark of Chinese travelers. He is shown pointing his finger to a Giant Hindu God. Of course that is a mystery which needs to be solved.

But, there must be a reason why both leaders are specifically meeting in Mahabalipuram. The reason is this. Mahabalipuram area is considered the birthplace of Bodhidharma, which even has a carving of him.  Bodhidharma was Pallava prince who renounced his Royal life, and went to China, also around 400 or 500 A.D, about the same time as Faxian. He is considered the founder of Shaolin Kung Fu, and respected as a great philosopher who is widely worshiped in China.

So, who traveled first? Did Indians go to China first? Or did Chinese come to India before them? It appears that Indians went to China first, specifically for spreading Buddhism. Remember, Buddhism was born in India and then gradually spread to a lot of a Asian countries. In fact Buddhism is now much more popular in China than India. Buddhist missionaries from India went to China even 2000 years ago, to spread the teachings of Lord Buddha.

The very first recorded Chinese travelers like Faxian and Xuanzang came to India to learn about the origin of Buddhism, which means Buddhism had already spread far and wide in China before them. But in the last 1500 years, there must have been plenty of trade and commerce going back and forth between China and India. Ancient Hindu temples show a lot of Chinese figures in their carvings. The Indian word ‘Cheeni’ meaning white sugar, clearly shows that it originally came from China. Not only do temples like Brihadeeswara temples show Chinese figures,  plenty of Chinese artifacts were found even in palaces of Indian kings from 10th century. And most of these historical and archeological evidences are found in the southernmost state of Tamil Nadu, around the Mahabalipuram area.

So now you know why Mahabalipuram was selected for the meeting between the Indian and Chinese leaders. History just repeats itself and we can expect more trade and commerce to flow between the 2 countries, just like the last 2000 years.  China is currently India’s largest trading partner and this will probably continue in the future, just like the past.

Praveen Mohan

Ancient Hindu Goddess of LAZINESS? The Curious Case of Jyestha Devi

Hey guys, today I want to show you a very strange Hindu Goddess carved in the ancient Kailsanathar Temple. As you can see there are three goddesses here, the one in the center is standing majestically on top of a Lion. Her name is Durga and let’s not focus on that Flying Saucer or UFO like craft on top of her. I am here to focus on this Goddess, on the left. This is a very strange and interesting carving.

It looks like the complete opposite of Hindu deities we have seen.  I have shown you thousands of ancient Indian carvings, and the carvings of goddesses are almost always very lean and fit. But here is somebody who is overweight, who does not look very healthy. Look very carefully, her eyes are closed, she looks like she is sleeping. Who is this Goddess? And why is she portrayed like this and what is the story behind this?

This is a deity called Jyestha, she is the Goddess of Laziness, she is the Goddess of misfortune, poverty , sickness and sorrow. This is unique right? Hinduism has thousands of deities, but they are mostly associated with good things, but this one represents all the bad things.

What does Jyestha mean? The word Jyestha actually means elder or older in Sanskrit. Older to who? She is the elder sister of this deity called Lakshmi, who is shown directly on the opposite side of the wall. Lakshmi is the goddess prosperity, good fortune and beauty. And it is carved intentionally with a sharp contrast. Remember, we are looking at carvings that are at least 1300 years old. And the carvings have gone through significant erosion, corrosion and even human destruction, but we can still see the amazing contrast between them and understand them.

Look at how Lakshmi is carved. She is incredibly fit, sits with a straight back with only leg on the ground, and the other leg folded up. Now look at Jyestha. Look at how she is shown over weight and Look at the comfortable posture, sitting in sort of a very cushy, lazy way with both her feet on the ground.  There is a Buffalo headed man, standing next to her. The buffalo is a very slow, lazy animal and in South India this figure is called Maanthan,  sometimes thought of as a son of Jyestha. On the other side a girl, known as Maanthini has a mischievous smile, probably out of guilt from wrong doing. If you look at Lakshmi, she has a cow, a symbol of fertility and abundance on one side,  and lion, a symbol of Bravery on to her other side.

Two more weird features of Jyestha, she is shown with a broom stick,  which symbolizes that she is not very clean. You wouldn’t normally sit next to a broom stick or a trash can. And then she is also shown with a crow, crow is the ultimate scavenger bird which eats anything, dead or alive. It is fantastic to observe all these details of this very strange goddess. It is easy to understand the symbolism, if you are lazy and dirty, you will end up being poor and unhealthy.

Remember what I told you, This temple, the Kailasanathar temple is full of amazing symbolism, a few videos back, I showed you how these animals are telling us to go and find these secret chambers. This temple is full of such information.

 In ancient Hindu tradition, all goddesses are supposed to fall under 2 categories. One is called Sowmya which means charming or pleasing, and the other is called Ugra which means fierce or scary. I have mostly shown you  Sowmya type carvings, but sometimes I show you UGRA type also, these are really scary and fearsome. But Jyestha is an exception to this rule. Because it is neither charming, nor scary. It is merely unimpressive, 99% of the visitors will easily overlook this carving, unless you are like me, examining each and every carving in the temple.

But history is a very strange subject. Not only are we looking at a piece of history here, even this deity has her own history, she was not always carved fat. This temple is 1300 years old, but even older statues of Jyestha exist in South India, and surprisingly, she was shown as a thin, lean girl. Known more commonly as Tavvai or Moodevi in this region, she is carved with beautiful features.

In villages, even today, looking at this deity is considered a sin. In some places, the statue’s eyes are sealed with turmeric, so she cannot lay eyes on you. Another very interesting routine, it is said that if you have looked at her statue, you should show it to at least 3 friends. If you fail to do it, you may get sick or face trouble. Wait, you have seen her in this video, so you have to share this video to at least 3 friends, otherwise you may get problems.

Praveen Mohan

Prototype of Kailasa Temple at Ellora Caves Discovered! 100% Proof – Kanchi Kailasanathar Temple

Hey guys, today, let’s take a look at this ancient temple known as Kailasa Nathar temple, located in a city called Kanchipuram in South India and I am going to show you some solid evidence of how this was the model for the famous Kailasa Temple in Ellora Caves. The Kailasa Temple in Ellora Caves has baffled all experts, because the entire temple is made of one solid rock and the rock cutting technology of going from top to bottom is simply unbelievable.  These 2 temples are 750 miles apart, but share some deep rooted connections.

When you look at the kailasanathar temple tower from the ground, it looks like a normal step pyramid. But when you look at it from the air, you realize that there is something strange about the design. It is not just a simple pyramid. There are 8 smaller pyramids attached from the outside to the large tower in the center. This is very different from most temples, most Hindu temples are just simple pyramids.

There is one other temple which also has smaller pyramids surrounding the larger stepped Pyramid in the center. And that is Kailasa Temple in Ellora caves. If you compare the 2 temples side by side,  you can see that there is striking similarity: there is one central tower, but both these temples have smaller towers around them.

And not just a number of towers okay, both have 8 smaller towers surrounding the large central tower. This cannot be a mere coincidence. If you look at the layout of both the temples., there is One main tower, surrounded by 8 smaller towers, and then there is a chariot like structure in the front. The two temples are not identical, but the basic blueprint is the same. There is a rectangular area left around the towers for people to walk around. And in the front, at the very entrance, they both have a smaller tower with an elevated level.

There is another similarity. In my last video, I showed you that the Kailasanathar temple has 56 chambers inside the compound wall, which were used for meditation, and when I checked the plan of Kailasa temple in Ellora caves today, I am shocked because it also has 56 chambers inside the compound walls. This plan is taken directly from Wikipedia, and yes they both have 56 chambers, which were all used for meditation. We know for a fact that this cannot be a coincidence.

But this video is not just about similarities in architecture, okay? The original names of both these temples are Kailasanatha. Even though the temple in Ellora Caves is now popularly known as Kailasa temple, the original name of it, is Kailasanatha, meaning the lord of Mount Kailash. So, both temples actually have the exact same name. And the central deity is Shiva in the form of Lingam, in both temples.  And what is the purpose of these 2 temples? Why were these 2 Kailasanatha temples built?

Nobody knows exactly why, but there seems to some deep rooted connection to Spirituality, to Human consciousness itself. Perhaps we could understand this by looking at the secret passages in these 2 temples. Both temples are designed with mysterious tunnels. In the Kailasa temple at Ellora Caves, there are some deep tunnels and at the end of them, there are rectangular holes cut at the very bottom. Some of them even go underground, but all these holes are impossible to crawl through, because they are too small for human beings.

In Kailasanathar temple in South India, there are 2 tunnels which also have rectangular holes at the bottom, and if you are fit, you can squeeze and crawl through these passages. One opening is called the Gate of Death and the other opening is called the Gate of Birth. Locals in Ellora Caves, believe there are similar gates in Kailasa temple as well and entering through a certain hole can take you to a different dimension. Some even claim that these portals are kept locked to prevent people from accessing them., because they contain the secret to rebirth and immortality.

Even though we are not able to fully understand the purpose of the passages, the fact that both these temples were designed with small rectangular tunnels, is quite intriguing.

Now, let’s take a look at the carvings in the walls of both temples. This is the Kailsanathar temple and you can see gigantic carvings of Shiva, adorning the walls. Each one tells a specific story of Shiva, here you can see him coming out of a Lingam. This is from the Kailasa Temple at Ellora Caves, telling the same story on its walls. This cannot be a mere coincidence. Here is a dancing Shiva in Kailasa Temple at Ellora caves, and here is a very similar carving of Dancing Shiva in Kailasanathar temple. So, it is crystal clear that one temple inspired the other temple, one temple was used a model for the other temple. So which one was built first?

And here is the real shocker. Mainstream archeologists claim that the Kailasanathar temple was built at least 50 years before the Kailasa Temple in Ellora Caves. Kailasanathar temple was built around 700 AD and Kailasa Temple was built around 755 AD. If this timeline is correct, the KailasaNathar temple in South India was the model, because it was built first, and it inspired the construction of the Kailasa Temple in Ellora Caves. In fact, locals believe that the Kailasanathar temple is the oldest Hindu temple in India, dating thousands of years earlier than these dates claimed by experts. Not to mention that the Kailasa Temple itself is shrouded in mystery and experts have not been able to explain the dates clearly. Archeologists and historians claim that these 2 temples were built by completely different rulers, who belong to completely different dynasties, and spoke completely different languages.

But even after the construction of both these temples, and even until the last few centuries, they have had an ongoing connection. The tower of Kailasanathar temple is still painted silvery white, to resemble the snow-clad Mount Kailash, which is said to be the home of lord Shiva. Do you know that originally , the Kailasa Temple at Ellora Caves was also painted with silvery white color? Even 2 centuries ago, it was repainted with the same silvery white paint, we can still see traces of this color in this temple. In ancient times, Both the temple towers gleamed with golden tone, on certain time of the day and had a mystical glow.

So what do you think? Was the Kailasa Temple in Ellora Caves modeled after Kailasanathar temple in South India? Or, are the timelines wrong? and  Kailasa temple in North India was built first and Kailasanathar temple was inspired by it?

Praveen Mohan

Kailasa Nathar Temple – SECRET of REBIRTH & ENLIGHTENMENT

Hey guys, today we are going to look at the Kailasa Nathar temple in South India, some consider this as a model of the world-famous Kailasa Temple in Ellora Caves. Some even consider this as the origin of all temples and even the origin of spirituality.  I will show you this entire temple in my next video, but in this video I want to show you the secrets of Spirituality hidden in this temple.

So we have a lot of these relief carvings here, and I am going to show you this one, right? Your eyes are automatically going to these central figures, this is a fantastic story. It is a story between Shiva and Arjuna. And I hope you know the story, and you have enjoyed the story, but what are you going to do next? Your eyes are naturally going to go to these animals known as Yalis. Now, look at their hands. Look at what their hands are doing. One Yali’s hand is pointing this side, and the other Yali’s hand is pointing this side. Of course, this is very interesting to me. So you have enjoyed this carving, you have enjoyed this temple, what are you going to do now? This is not just about devotion, the lions are telling you to go either this way.. inside.. Let us see what is inside. Here. So you can see there is a place for one person to sit. and this is an isolate place so.. nobody can be looking at you from outside. So it is a perfect site for meditation. Now, let’s go and see what’s there on the other side. Because this Yali is showing this way. Here.. you have another perfect place to meditate like this. Now this is what the Yalis are telling us. It is not just about devotion, it is about finding enlightenment. But there is another interesting thing here. Just pay attention to the sound. Aum.. Aum… Aum… Aum.. There is clear resonance echoing when you chant from these chambers. This is how monks used this temple.

If you sit inside these chambers and chant, you can experience a strange resonance not only in sound, but also the vibrations of your mind and body. There is not just one or 2 chambers like this, there are a total of 56 chambers like this, in this temple. Ancient monks used to come in groups and meditate in these chambers.  I have visited this temple many many times, and believe it or not, this meditation practice still goes on today. If you come very early in the morning, or if you stay at odd hours, you can see some monks coming and meditating here. Some even have specific chambers which they use repeatedly.

So you can see how, by following the signs of this animal, known as Yali ,we can get a lot of information. Remember, I showed you the Yalis from another temple In Darasuram. I showed you how the tails and trunks of Yalis made us understand something spectacular. So, if you go to ancient Indian temples, please pay attention to Yalis.

But in this temple, there is something else these Yalis are revealing. Archeologists tell us that the entire structure of Kailasa Nathar temple is made of Sandstone and Granite. But if you observe carefully, the Yalis are revealing that they are not made of rocks at all. Look, we can see particles of red brick placed inside these Yalis. Not just one or two, we can see this in many, many carvings. Some show other materials like lime mortar also placed inside these statues. And this is not just limited to Yalis, look: this panel looks like it is made of sandstone, but it is not. Inside, you can see brick particles peeping out. This temple is not made of Sandstone or ordinary rocks, it is made of artificial material which contain a mixture of different components. We use the same technology today and call it geopolymer technology and make it look like artificial rocks. This is not just a theory, look at what the priest of this temple is telling us:

And why did they use geopolymers, instead of building the temple with regular rocks? The priest and some locals believe that artificial materials were added to emit some kind of radiation which can calm your mind and make it ideal for meditation.  Think about this, why would people come to this temple all the way from their house and meditate in these chambers? Why can’t they just meditate in their own homes?

This temple, which is considered the origin of all temples, was built using a strange material to enhance your meditative experience. You can get resonance echoing back to you, when you chant here. There are even carvings on the walls which show us how to meditate, and what kind of benefits it can give you. Many of these carvings have become permanently damaged now. In ancient times, there were also richly colored paintings which gave step by step procedure of how to meditate and reach eternal peace. All these priceless bits of information have been lost due to lack of preservation.

Let us go back in ancient times and imagine that you are entering this temple for meditation. First, You would typically go into the main chamber. Inside the main chamber there is a giant lingam made of 16 sides with perfect angles, it is amazing to look at, and is made of shiny black basalt. You would stand in front of this lingam to absorb a different kind of energy emitted by the lingam. But then, you will be asked to do something very strange. To the right and left of the main chamber, there are two, very narrow holes. The hole on the left is the entry point – the entry point is called the Gate of Death. You would have to squeeze through this hole and then you have to walk around the main chamber, you are essentially walking around the giant lingam, and then again you would have to wiggle through the exit point which is even smaller. This is called the Gate of Birth or Birth Canal. When you are crawling out of this hole, you are literally being born again, free of all the worries and burdens of your past. You are starting afresh, like wiping the slate clean and are ready to go into meditation mode. This is why the main chamber is called Garbagriha in Sanskrit and Karuvarai in Tamil, which means, the mother’s womb chamber.

Remember, this is the only Hindu temple which has these kinds of passages, such passages are not found anywhere else. Why? Because when you come out of this whole ritual, your mind is fresh and you are ready to begin meditation.

Now, We saw how the Yalis are telling us, not to stop with just enjoying these divine carvings, and  to go to the sides and sit in these chambers made of geopolymers, to calm your mind and achieve spiritual enlightenment.

But there is one more secret, the Yalis are hiding. Let us examine the Yalis’s mouths. Their mouths are open, and there are holes between their teeth. But there is something remarkable, all these holes are aligned in a perfect straight line. If you look through the teeth of one Yali, you can literally see me through the other side of the hole, and then even on the other side of the Yali. But what’s even more fantastic is, you see there are twin Yalis, you can see through on the left most side of one Yali, and you can see me though the right most side of the other Yali, because it is all perfectly aligned.

But is this alignment and perfect sculpting merely done for artistic purpose? No, there is an ancient secret, hidden within this alignment. Remember I told you there are a total of 56 chambers built for meditation.

In ancient times, 7 great saints, known as saptarishis would sit in specific chambers. Each of these saints, had seven disciples, who would sit in the other chambers. So a total of 56 people would be chanting mantras because  56 is a sacred number which equals 7 plus 7 times 7.

It is said that the monks followed twin system. Two monks would sit on either side of these Yalis, one inside each chamber. A long silver string or silver cord would run through the mouth of these 2 Yalis and connect the 2 monks. Both monks had to be perfectly still, because if one person moves, the string would vibrate, and disturb the other one. It is said that in complete harmony, the string would stop vibrating, and the souls would start vibrating, with the cosmic mountain of Kailasa.

Praveen Mohan