Oldest Carving of Bodhidharma discovered – Proves his Origin

Hey guys, I am at Mahabalipuram cave temples in India and here we can see the oldest depiction of Bodhidharma, carved at least 1300 years ago. Bodhidharma is a very mysterious figure and has statues all over China and Japan and is considered the founder of martial arts at the Shaolin temple. He is an iconic figure among Buddhist monks. All ancient Chinese texts agree that he came from a foreign country, but experts are not sure if he was from Iran or from India. This confusion exists because Bodhidharma came from a kingdom called the Pallava Kingdom. There are 2 kingdoms which existed under the same name, one in Iran and another in India. But this 1300 year old carving puts this confusion to rest, because it is the oldest carving of Bodhidharma that has ever been found and is found at the heart of the Pallava Kingdom in India which proves that he is in fact from India.

We can see that he is wearing a long head dress that extends to his legs and is shown with a beard and mustache, typical of Bodhidharma’s depiction in China and Japan. However, the most important feature is his extremely large eyes which are shown almost popping out. The reason for this is because Bodhidharma did not have any eyelids. This was his distinct feature. And we can see that Bodhidharma is shown holding a long stick, which was the only thing that he ever carried around.

If we look around in this temple, this figure is sharply in contrast with all other figures in this monument. All other saints are clean shaven and are shown with their palms together. However, Bodhidharma is shown with a beard and mustache. This is definitely not a carving of a layman, because he is shown standing on top of a temple tower, such a depiction is only given to people who are saints or kings.  And the beauty of this carving is that it shows Bodhidharma when he was young, because he left India in his early twenties.

So, who was this Bodhidharma, and why did he travel to China? A Chinese disciple of Bodhidharma, by the name of Tanlin, clearly describes his origin in a book written around 550 A.D. He has written that Bodhidharma was a South Indian of the western region, and was the third son of a great Indian king. Also, the author Tsutomu Kambe mentions that Bodhidharma came from a city called (香至) Kang-zhi, which is actually pronounced as Kanchi in India. The city of Kanchi was the capital of Pallava Kingdom, which is located less than 50 miles from this carving. Bodhidharma’s real name was Jayavarman, a prince of the Pallava dynasty, who renounced his luxuries to become a monk. He then traveled to China where he taught various specialties including meditation, martial arts and medicine. I am Praveen Mohan, thanks a lot for watching. Don’t forget to subscribe and I will talk to you soon. Bye.

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The Secret of India’s Ancient Rock Cutting Technology – Machines?

 

In this video, I am gonna show you the real technology behind India’s ancient rock cutting techniques. By the end of this video, I hope you will agree with me that these brilliant temples were not created with primitive tools. Archeologists insist that these massive rocks were cut with no more than chisels and hammers. First, Let’s take a look at their theory of how ancient builders cut huge rocks. After a rock is chosen, they would carve a series of holes that is about 1 inch wide and 2 inches deep. Then, they would place wooden wedges and hammer them all in. After this, they would pour hot water on the wedge and the wedge would expand inside the rock. If they keep pouring hot water on these wedges every day, the rock would eventually split into half. Now this, not only works for small rocks, but will also split huge rocks like the one I am standing next to. This rock is 25 feet wide and 15 tall, but if you look closely, you can see a series of chisel marks on top. And you can see how even a huge boulder like this can be cut using simple things like wedges and hot water.

This is pretty convincing evidence, so why am I roaming all over ancient Indian sites? Because, to cut a rock using this technique would take months! The ancient builders have to keep pouring water for many months to get this rock to split into two halves. However, we have documented evidence that many of the temples were built in a few years! If it takes several months to split one rock into two halves, how were these brilliant temples, made of thousands of huge rocks, built in just a few years? The numbers simply don’t add up. There must have been some other technology to cut these huge rocks out of these hills and mountains.

I got the first glimpse of a totally different technique of rock cutting in the hills of Hampi, in South India. There is a drill mark which is about 1-2 feet long. There are no chisel marks on this rock whatsoever, and you can see that this rock has been sliced into half. If this is an ancient rock cutting technique, it changes everything we know. However, is this really ancient or was it done in recent years?

I must find more evidence of this technique because experts will dismiss it as something that has been done in the last 10 years, with modern machines. So, I decided to go to Mahabalipuram, which is a ancient site that is protected by the department of archeology. Mahabalipuram stretches for many miles, and rock cutting has been banned for the last 50 years to protect the ancient monuments in this area. Let’s go deep into the woods, and see if we can find the same rock cutting technique. Here, we can see the same type of rock cutting technique, where you see one single drill mark, and the rock has been split open. You can see how a series of this drilling was done on different rock faces, and the rocks have been cut open. This was not done in recent times, because there are trees and bushes growing in the place now, where the other half of the rocks once stood.  So, this is in fact, the ancient rock cutting technology – Drilling a hole into a huge rock and splitting it into half.

And I also found some unfinished rocks, very near to the ancient monuments of Mahabalipuram which proves that this technique was used at least 1300 years ago. You cannot see them on finished monuments because, these drill marks would have been polished and removed. We can see these same drill marks on the unfinished rocks. This huge rock standing nearly 20 feet tall has been split into half. And you don’t see any chisel marks on the sides, just one single drill mark. If you look closer, you can see that a drilling tool has been passed straight into the rock, around the height of 10 feet, which has split the rock open. This conclusively proves that this is how the ancient builders cut the rocks so fast. While wedges and water would take months to cut a rock, drilling through these rocks would split them open right away. This is why, ancient builders were able to build massive temples like the Kailasa Temple in just a few years.

So, this proves that this is how ancient rocks were really cut fast, but this raises many interesting questions. All the rocks you have seen cut using these technique, are made of granite, this is the hardest rock in the world. Today, we use diamond tipped drill bits to drill through granite. Ahat primitive tool could drill through these massive rocks for more than a feet? Were advanced machines used thousands of years ago, just like what we use today? If you look at these tool marks, it is very smooth and reminds us of modern day drilling. This kind of smooth drilling into granite is not possible, unless you have high powered machines. What kind of technology existed back then?

Were machines used in Ancient India? How else do we explain this rock cutting technology? Please let me know your thoughts in the comments section. I am Praveen Mohan, Thanks a lot for watching, don’t forget to subscribe and I will talk to you soon. Bye.

1300 Year Old Indian Structures – Evidence of Ancient Machining Technology?

Hey guys, I am at the Shore temple in Mahabalipuram and  this is the world’s oldest lingam, built more than 1300 years ago. We can see right away that something is very unusual about this lingam. It looks like it has been created with machines. This is because this structure is made of 16 equal sides. Now, on the top, you can see that it has been badly damaged, this is because Kings of other faith have tried to destroy this lingam a few hundred years ago. Today, it stands about 5 feet tall, but the original structure stood nearly 12 feet tall. Is this structure made with ancient machining technology or primitive tools like chisels and hammers?

The baffling feature of this structure is that it is made of 16 equal sides, this type of structure is called a hexadecagon. It is impossible to make a perfect monolithic hexadecagon of this magnitude with primitive tools. How could anyone have made this structure 1300 years ago? Today we can make different polygons using computer controlled machines, but cutting a 12 foot rock with 16 equal sides would be not be easy, even with machines.

The biggest problem with creating a perfect hexadecagon is not the length or width of the facets. These can be measured with simple tools, but the problem lies in creating the perfect angle between the sides. To make a structure with just 8 sides, we would have to calculate the exact angle between each side which would be 135 degrees. Now, this lingam has twice the number of sides which means that the angle between each side should be 157.5 degrees – Now there is a decimal point in degrees!

Is this lingam really perfect or does it merely look perfect? If this entire structure was made with chisels and hammers, there would be some human error. So, I decided to calculate the angle between the facets. If this is a perfect hexadecagon, the angles between all the sides, should be exactly 157.5 degrees. Here you can see my measurement with an angle finder. You can see that there is no error, and it shows the perfect angle of 157.5 degrees. I’ve measured all sides, and it is perfect. This “modern instrument” that I use today, doesn’t show me decimal places, but you can see that this black line is always halfway between these 2 lines. So, you can imagine what kind of advanced instruments were used 1300 years ago, by ancient builders.  I have also measured the width of all sides and they are all perfect, down to the millimeter. This means there is absolutely no human error in this structure, which proves that this structure was made with advanced machinery.

But there is another structure which is more baffling than this 16 faceted lingam. There is a 16 faceted structure, called Kalasam sitting on top of the temple tower. Making a regular hexadecagon requires straight machining. But what we see on the very top of this temple tower needs much more complex machining because of the varying shapes and grooves. It looks like a metal structure but it is actually made of stone. This Kalasam looks tiny from here, but is in fact 6 feet tall. It just looks tiny because of the height of the tower which is 60 feet. And if you zoom in, you can see the 16 facets and the varying shapes, created to perfection. Such complex design with 16 facets would be impossible without the help of advanced machines and tools. What kind of technology was used back then and why do we have no mention of this lost technology in history books?

Now, the really fascinating feature is that, while the entire structure is made of granite which is locally available, the lingam and the Kalasam are not made of granite. They are made of a type of rock called black basalt which is not available anywhere within an 800 mile radius. Why did they take such pains to transport black basalt from a far away land and use it on specific structures? If you look carefully, we can see why. You can see that the sculptures made of granite, show lots of corrosion, because of the salty sea breeze. However, there is no sign of corrosion on the Kalasam or the lingam because black basalt does not corrode. This is why, the most critical pieces of the temple were made with black basalt.  The ancient builders not only used advanced machines, but also understood the chemical properties of various rocks.

But we are only scratching the surface of this lost technology. Why is the oldest lingam in the world, also the most complex, yet the most perfect lingam? Why is the sanctum facing perfectly to the east, so that the very first sunrays will fall on this lingam? Is it a mere coincidence that the Kalasam was built exactly to 6 feet, lingam to 12 feet and the tower to 60 feet? Why was this kind of accurate measurements necessary? Why did these 2 structures need to have exactly 16 equal sides? What is the importance of creating them?

So, what do you think? Were these structures made with machines? How else could the ancient builders create a 16 faceted structure with no errors in angles, 1300 years ago? What was the purpose of placing these perfect structures in temples? Please let me know your thoughts in the comments section

 

Help! Who is this ferocious Indian Gods?

 

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

The Secret of the Drinking Rock, Mahabalipuram, India – 2000 Year Old Secret

 

Hey guys, I am at Mahabalipuram in India and here is a large rock that is popularly called “the drinking rock” where locals gather and have some drinks at night. You can see that broken bottles have completely covered the rock. That’s a broken lighter & it looks like somebody threw up last night, must have been a wild party. Now, why would I bitch about people having a good time on an isolated rock? Well, here is the catch: This is the top of a very ancient monument. Underneath the ground, is a large temple with valuable history. Right here, you can see the writings in an ancient language which was last used by Pallava kingdom, which ended around 900 A.D. So obviously the inscription on it is at least 1100 years old,  although, I estimate it to be a much older structure and I’ll explain that towards the end of the video.

You can see these writings have already been partially damaged, and I am yet to decode what these words mean, but why would I say there is an ancient temple underneath?  Let me turn my camera and show you what’s there a few hundred feet away. You can see a large boulder there. Let’s take a closer look at what that big rock is all about.

In 2004,  when Tsunami hit this place, this place was completely submerged under water. But the real surprise came,  when the water receded, because it uncovered this temple. Look around,  they have found a massive structure with brick work, granite and a lot of other material.  Archeologists estimate this temple to be around 2000 years old. You see this line right here, before the Tsunami only what’s above that line was visible and everything below it was buried under ground. People imagined that this was just another rock too. Now, look closely near the top of the boulder. You will see similar writings on top of this rock as well, just like the drinking rock. So before the Tsunami in 2004, this temple would have looked very similar to the drinking rock.

There are other similarities as well. You can see this line here that goes all the way from the top to the sides. Lines like these were cut in ancient times to get the rock marked for carvings.  Now, let’s get back to the drinking rock and you’ll see a similar line here as well. It is a mystery, how they cut these fine lines without any wedges or chisel marks.  Right next to the drinking rock, you can also see other rocks cut with wedge marks. The same wedge marks and rock cuttings are also found in the temple that was recently uncovered. I’ve shown you how the ancient people used water and wedges to cut rocks in a different video called ancient rock cutting technology.

Now what must have happened 1100 years ago? A massive tsunami would have hit this area and basically buried all these temples. Those who survived must have carved these writings to mark them as temples buried underneath. This theory makes a lot of sense because when the temples were in use, there is no reason to make these carvings on top of the temple. Because at that time, the ground level was there, not up here. And nobody would have been able see those carvings. So, if the writings were done after the temples went underground and if they were written in this ancient language, that pushes the age of the temples much farther than 1100 years. It is very likely that this temple is also 2000 years old, just like the one nearby.

So, it should be obvious that these writings, cuttings and wedge marks are not random coincidences and the drinking rock is an ancient temple, patiently waiting to be uncovered. I hope there is no need for another tsunami and if this video gets shared enough, archeologists might excavate it. At least they can put a fence around it, to prevent future damage.

I hope you enjoyed the secret of the drinking rock. I am Praveen Mohan, Please do share this video, leave your thoughts in the comments section. Thank you for watching and I’ll talk to you soon.

India’s oldest secret is hiding in plain sight?

 

Let’s take a look at how to decode ancient Indian carvings, and by the end of this video you will realize that understanding these gods leads us to completely new discoveries, which are hiding in plain sight. This is the Airavateswara temple at Darasuram in India. Historians think it was built about 850 years ago.

Let’s take a look at this deity, and try to understand what it stands for: It just looks like a male god with 2 flowers in his hands. If you read Indian scriptures, you will realize that this represents the Sun God, Surya. Now, within a distance of 10 feet, on another side of the temple, we can see the same Sun God carved again. This is a rare sight, to see the same deity carved twice, close to each other. Why did the ancient builders carve the same god twice, within a distance of 10 feet? Of course, the standard answer is quite simple: It is a Hindu temple, and thousands of gods are carved for religious worship. This is not a satisfactory answer for me, because I’ve always argued that every carving was done for a specific reason. So, I take a closer look at each of them. Here are these 2 carvings side by side, you can click the pause button if you want and try to figure out the difference between them. What did you find? The carving on the left shows that the flowers are just beginning to bloom – look at the petals. The carving on the right, shows the flowers in full bloom, the petals are wide open. In ancient Vedic texts, the Sun God is shown holding 2 lotus flowers. The lotus will begin to bloom in the morning sun and will remain wide open until the sun sets in the evening. So, this carving represents the Morning Sun, and this carving represents the Evening Sun.

So, we have now understood the meanings of these 2 carvings, but we are only scratching the surface of the mystery. You can see that the Sun God is carved above the horse. Is anything carved below the horse as well? Hidden from the eyes of casual visitors, this deity is carved underneath. Who is he? From his hair, and the weapons he is holding, he can be identified as a god by the name of “Kaala Bhairava”.

If you look at the standard explanations of this God, it is somewhat simple and it is known as a fierce or frightful form of Lord Shiva. But a deeper look into this deity, shows that the word Kaala means time and the word Bhairava is split into three words, Creation, Sustenance and Destruction. So, the real meaning of Kaala Bhairava is something similar to the eternal timekeeper. Now, we know the meaning of these 3 carvings, but we still don’t know why they have been carved.

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