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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Praveen Mohan

 

They are UNEARTHING SOMETHING STRANGE all over ASIA! What is Going On? | Praveen Mohan |

Hey guys, in my previous video I showed you how plenty of lingams and other ancient statues were unearthed in India. But in this video, let’s go outside India and see if archeologists found anything related to Hinduism? This brilliant Pink colored giant lingam was found, not in India, but in the country of Vietnam. Vietnam is thousands of miles away from India, but there is no doubt that this is a Lingam, with a cylinder in the center and the base called Yoni. This was found just 2 months ago. Archeologists confirm that this is at least 1100 years old, it is made of one solid rock, it is a monolithic lingam. This looks so fantastic, it is so smooth and so beautiful that you want to go and touch it.  You can see that it was clearly buried under the ground, and you can also see how archeologists do the excavation, everything is done very methodically. And you may wonder, why does Vietnam, which is so far away from India, have this Hindu artifact buried underground? I will tell you why, but before that,

I wanna show you another strange lingam unearthed in Vietnam. This was excavated a few years ago, in a different site.  Look at this, look at the colors of this lingam, this is so strange. This lingam is even older than the pink lingam you saw before, and archeologists say it can even be from 4th century A.D. That means, it could be 1700 years old, and look at the lingam, the cylinder, I mean what kind of stone is this, and how did they achieve this level of polishing in ancient times? The cylinder is made of a different type of stone, the base is made of a reddish stone, and there are probably blocks of white sandstone beneath that, and then that is surrounded by bricks. So very very complicated and perfect engineering was used 1700 years ago.  But this is not the only statue found here, there are many statues, this is the elephant God Ganesha, you can see from the outline of its head and ears. There are many other lingams found in the same site. Archeologists say that they found a lingam made of crystal quartz weighing about 3.5 tons. 3.5 tons – that is more than 3000 kilograms or 7000 pounds. Vietnam has declared that it is the largest precious gemstone found in the entire country. And remember I told you that a giant crystal lingam also existed in the country of Cambodia, in a place called Koh Ker. The original name of Koh Ker was Lingapura, which actually means the city of lingams.

In this area, in Cambodia, there are ruined lingams found everywhere. We can find destroyed lingams on the ground. But there are hundreds of ruined lingams in very bad state. You see this lingam, it is inside a ruined temple. It’s bottom half has been cut off manually, somebody used a strong metal tool like a pick axe or a crow bar and just repeatedly kept hitting this, until it became like this. It is a miracle that this lingam is still standing today. This is a thousand year old lingam, such precious ancient artifacts are lying in complete ruins in Cambodia. No one can even approach this lingam because the entrance to the temple itself is ruined. Now, there are not only lingams on the ground in this area, but also many lingams lay buried underground.

I have shown you giant lingams in Cambodia, these lingams are massive, but the lingams they are recently discovering is just mindboggling. Look at this one, this was found recently in the woods, and it is  roughly one thousand years old. What is this structure? It is very likely that this is a yoni or the pedestal for a lingam. See how many people are standing on it, understand the size of this lingam. A giant cylinder would have been placed inside the square hole in the center originally. That lingam would easily stand about 20 feet tall from the ground level.  I have shown you repeatedly that the cylinders were always destroyed by later civilizations. This lingam was also specifically destroyed. Cambodia is unearthing at least one new lingam every month, this lingam was unearthed recently. Cambodians are also unearthing many many Hindu artifacts, this is a turtle, known as Kurma in Sanskrit, this was found just a few weeks ago, buried in dirt.

Going back to the question: why are these lingams and other Hindu artifacts found far away from India? I mean Cambodia and Vietnam, are thousands of miles away from India, these countries are not even sharing their borders with India. So why are these Hindu structures found here? The short answer is, Vietnam and Cambodia were part of the same Hindu civilization during ancient times. This entire area which is now split into many countries like Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand,  Indonesia and Malaysia, they all used to be a Hindu civilization. I found a map which is 150 years old, which shows the extent of Ancient Hindu culture. This was created by an American geographer called Samuel Mitchell. He called this entire area as the Farther India or Hindoostan.  If you look at this, he shows how the Hindu culture extended to almost all of South East Asia. So, this is the reason why  archeologists are unearthing so many Hindu artifacts in this region.

Now, the artifacts I showed you are only samples from this region, I have not even touched some countries, like Malaysia for example. Malaysia has unearthed hundreds of lingams, this was found in Bujang valley, and they also found lots of pedestals or Yoni, most of them are all kept in Museums now, but the cylinder parts are all gone. This is another Hindu pedestal found in Malaysia. There are statues and even portions of temples, like pillars, found underground. Believe it or not, Malaysian archeologists now say they have found the oldest manmade structures in South East Asia dating back to 110 A.D, that is more than 1900 years old. And there lots of  temples lying underground waiting to be uncovered in Malaysia. Malaysian archeologists now want the entire Bujang Valley which stretches for 86 square miles to be designated as a UNESCO world heritage site. Because this entire valley, is probably full of buried lingams and other artifacts.

If you really think about it, this is very confusing, why are we finding so many lingams underground? Even in an ancient Hindu civilizations, it is reasonable only to find a few religious artifacts, but it appears as though everywhere you dig, you find a lingam. Experts also confirm that many times, when locals dig their land and find a lingam, they will quietly destroy it because they don’t want their land taken over by archeology department.

In the country of Indonesia, they were digging for foundation in the middle of a big city, and they found this lingam, it is estimated to be 1000 years old.   Archeologists think that there are possibly more lingams buried underneath this entire region, but they cannot excavate this area, this place has a University and other new structures built here.

The sheer number of lingams excavated from the ground is very odd and I have only shown you only a small fraction of these excavated lingams. If lingams were just religious structures, you should not find it everywhere you dig, you should not find it in these numbers. So why are lingams found everywhere underground? Is it possible that there is some scientific reason why ancient people were using these lingams everywhere?

Praveen Mohan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Praveen Mohan

RAVANA’S GIANT THRONE FOUND? Ancient Aliens in Sigiriya, Sri Lanka

Hey guys, I wanted to show you the throne of Ravana, yes this is the throne of King Ravana in Sri Lanka. And you may think this is just a giant rock, but look on top. This is just mind boggling. The entire top portion has been cut off and made completely flat to make it convenient for Ravana to sit on it. This is incredible stonework and it was done in ancient times.

From a distance, it looks a giant ball of butter with its top portion sliced in half. May be,  you think this flat top was made naturally, by nature.  Well, we have steps going to the top of the boulder, so let us go up and see what is there on top of King Ravana’s Throne. Is it a natural formation, or was it cut artificially? What do you think?

There should be no doubt that it was cut by artificial means, using tools. This is definitely not natural. The floor is incredibly smooth, it looks polished as though people were using some kind of a floor polishing machine. Think about it, cutting the rock in half, and removing the debris is one thing, but polishing the top to create this type of a finish, this is breath taking.  And this is a giant boulder, okay? You can understand the size of this rock, by looking at my size. Compare the two, to understand big this rock must be.

Look at this perfect rectangle cut on the floor, it is surrounded with these holes drilled all around it. What is the purpose of these holes? On the far end, you see something strange, yes, that is where Raavan sat thousands of years ago.

This is a close-up of his seat, you see how big this is. The seat is about 10 feet long, this is much bigger than my bed, I could sleep very comfortably on this. This is fascinating, why does Ravana need such a big seat? Because ancient texts mention that Raavana was a Giant. He was not 5 or 6 feet tall, he is said to be between 10 and 15 feet tall, okay? May be he needs a giant chair like this, I look so tiny around his Giant Seat.  According to locals, this one of Ravana’s chairs, and this is located in Sigiriya, also known as the Lion Rock and this entire place is considered as Ravana’s Palace. I have shown you several unique features about Sigiriya, and I have even shown you the mysterious Ravana Rocks which have strange features.

You can see as strange ancient technique in Sri Lanka. The ancient builders could mix nature and their own creations in a beautiful way. This is a natural giant rock, and they have cut this in half. But the seat is not made of the rock. In fact this is not rock at all, this is made of brick, ancient lime mortar, clay and other things like that.

Now, what do experts say? Even though there are ancient Sri Lankan texts like ‘Ravana Watha’ which clearly state that Sigiriya was used by Ravan,  Archeologists and Historians strictly deny that Ravana ever existed. In fact, they do not agree that these are Hindu structures at all, and consider that these were built by a Buddhist king called Kashyapa, and they say that this rock was his Audience Hall. They say it was built 1500 years ago, but locals say it was built was built much much earlier in time.

No matter what you believe in, you have to agree that this is a fantastic work of ancient rock cutting technology. I mean this is just incredible. Turning one giant rock, into a throne, some seating area, possibly it was a private dancing hall, as well. So king Ravana would sit here, and watch some dance performances. You can also feel this a floor plan, you can see the differences between each room or area, see how the floor depth changes, each level indicates a designated area, okay?

Walking around, we can see many interesting things, this is a damaged block of stone. You see these holes, several holes drilled on the floor. When archeologists find this, their typical explanation is that people planted long wooden poles into these holes, and then put a giant cloth or coconut leaves and made a roof on top. In this case, I think that is a good point.

So what do you think? Was this Ravana’s Throne? Or was it built by King Kashyapa?

Praveen Mohan

3 EYES of SHIVA – Mystery of Olakkannesvara Temple, Mahabalipuram

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Praveen Mohan

 

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

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