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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Praveen Mohan

Ancient Temple you have NEVER heard of: ‘Jalashayana’ Temple, Mahabalipuram – Highlights

Hey guys, today let us take a look at this brilliant ancient temple in Mahabalipuram, known today as the Shore temple. It is at least 1300 years old and has a lot of mysterious features. Who is the main God of this temple? Is it dedicated to Shiva or Vishnu? Let us go inside one of the main chambers and see what’s inside. Here you can see a spectacular carving in a sleeping position, this is Lord Vishnu and he is resting on a gigantic serpent, using the snake as a bed. This carving was done 13 centuries ago and you can see, one of his hands is completely gone. A part of his foot is also missing. Almost none of his facial features are even recognizable. Even in this condition, the statue looks quite beautiful, imagine how fantastic it would have looked 1300 years ago. Even better, locals remember that this Vishnu would get submerged underwater, because it is so close to the sea and they would come and visit him with water level up to their knees. This is why this temple was originally called Jalashayana Temple, because it means ‘Resting in Water’. So, is this temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu? Let us go into another chamber nearby. This east facing chamber, has a gigantic Lingam, which is a symbol of Shiva. It has been partially destroyed, but you can still see it has 16 facets and it is made of advanced technology. I have explained about this lingam in a different video, but if you go into another chamber which is facing west, we see there is just a circular hole on the ground. There used to be a lingam in this place, but it was destroyed. On the wall, you can see Shiva and his wife sitting with a baby. Now, this is strange, because Shiva has 2 kids. Who does this carving show? Tell me in the comments section.

Historians tell us that followers of Shiva and followers of Vishnu were always fighting against each other in ancient times, but this temple disproves all these theories, because we can see how both deities were carved and worshipped in the same temple.

The Shore temple complex has 2 towers, which look like stepped pyramids and the towers stand about 60 feet tall and rest on a 50 feet square platform. This is chosen as a UNESCO World Heritage site, because of its fantastic location and amazing architecture. The shore temple is made almost entirely out of Granite, although you can see brick and mortar in supporting monuments. Mahabalipuram is an ancient city and there are various types of constructions found here. This model you see is called ‘structural’ or ‘built-on’ architecture, where rocks are placed on top of one another, to build a structure. In Mahabalipuram, you can also see cave temples,  Bas relief structures which are 2 dimensional panels, and even monolithic temples, resembling models of Kailasa Temple.

The shore temple is one of the very few structural architectures in Mahabalipuram, and is made of thousands of granite blocks.  The entire complex is decorated with bulls known as Nandis. Originally the site had 108 Nandis,  but many of them have become damaged and have been removed now.

Here is a very strange carving, it is unique and I have never seen anything like this. It is an animal and its head has been cut off. Not really cut off, it has been carved specifically to indicate that the animal has been decapitated ,and  its head has fallen to the ground. Many people are shocked by this carving and a lot of visitors think this shows that ancient Indians performed animal sacrifices.

But does this carving really show animal sacrifice? no! it shows a scene from ancient texts. Right next to this, you can see this statue of a Lion, and inside this square, there is a deity called Mahishasuramardini. In ancient texts, this Goddess fights a demon who is in the form of a buffalo, and she eventually kills him. Depictions of this Goddess killing the demon is carved in many ancient sites, you can see the demon completely in form of a buffalo, and in some other sites of Mahabalipuram, you can see the demon with just the head of a buffalo, but the shore temple is the only place where you can see the demon with a completely severed head. The MahishasuraMardhini must have been a favorite deity in Mahabalipuram, because it is carved in a lot of different places, including places like the Tiger Caves.

Mainstream experts believe that this temple was built around 700 A.D, but other scholars have claimed that this temple goes back much much earlier in time, before a time where a great flood struck the earth and submerged the rest of the temples around this.

Perhaps this carving could explain the timeline of the construction, this is a strange animal carved in the temple tank. People think of it as a pig or boar but this animal does not have a protruding snout like pigs and boars have. If this is not a pig or a boar, what animal does it show? We do not have any animal which looks like this in our current times, but surprisingly there is an extinct animal  called Daeodon . The daeodon looks like a pig but does not have a snout and its physical features match the carving. But experts claim this animal became extinct millions of years ago, so how is it carved in this temple?

Some people will blame the sculptor and claim that he attempted to carve a boar but it accidentally ended up looking like this, but while exploring Mahabalipuram, I saw another carving which looks identical to the carving in Shore temple. So this is not an accident or coincidence, but these carvings do show this extinct animal. But how is this possible? Was this temple built millions of years ago? Or were the sculptors capable of Time Travel, just like Panchavarnaswamy Temple, which also shows extinct animals like the saber toothed cat?

The shore temple is considered a very mysterious site, thousands of devotees come from all over India as it is said to emit strange energy. The very first rays of sunlight will fall on this 16 faceted lingam, as it is perfectly positioned to the east. Even though most of the structure is made of granite, the lingam , and the top most stone on the tower are made of a different type stone. This, which looks almost like a machined metal piece is actually made of black basalt stone. Even more interesting, black basalt is not a locally available stone, so they had to transport it from a very long distance.

Why did they design the temple in this way? Why did they go through so much pain to place Black Basalt structures on the top and bottom of the chamber? Does this set up, really emit some kind of energy, which needs to be analyzed?

The entire site of Mahabalipuram is known for many strange monuments, it has evidences of ancient machining technology, it has unexplained carvings and is known for its extraordinary stone monuments. Were these structures built 1300 years ago? Or were they built much earlier in time?

Praveen Mohan

UNDERWATER Temples Found in Mahabalipuram?? The Seven pagodas of India

Hey guys, today I am at the sea shore of an ancient site called Mahabalipuram in India . I have posted several videos about this place, but today I am going to show you some solid evidence of underwater temples, submerged in the sea. On the shore, you see a majestic temple known as Jalashayana temple. I bet you have never heard of this name, today people just know of it as the “Shore temple”, but an inscription inside the temple reveals that its original name was Jalashayana. What does it mean? It means “Resting in Water”. Very appropriate for a temple situated touching the sea. This temple was built at least 1300 years ago.

But my focus today is on the temples which are submerged in the sea.  Are there really structures underwater in this ocean? Just outside the shore temple, there is a rock standing in water. Today, The shore temple is fenced , so I cannot walk to this place from the temple, but this was part of another temple structure. If you take a good look at this, you begin to see chisel marks, but if you go into the water, and then look at the other side, this is what you will see. Clearly, there is a small rectangular chamber carved and several deities are carved in this rock. All this was done at least 1300 years ago, and look, there is another rock peeping out in the middle of the water. That is also another ancient monument lying completely under water. This proves that there are ancient temples submerged in this ocean, waiting to be discovered.

But the most important evidence of these submerged temples is from the Archeology Department itself. Government Archeologists have explored underwater in 2002 and have confirmed that yes, there are  quite a few broken pillars, damaged walls and other structures inside the water, belonging to ancient times. So, it is a fact that there are submerged temples in Mahabalipuram.

So, how many temples are there underwater? The answer was given by Marco Polo, a venetian traveler who traveled by sea, about 700 years ago. Marco Polo says there were 7 very large temples in the shore, and calls them ‘The 7 Pagodas’ . The temples must have been so large that they were visible from a long distance. In the last 700 years, this coastline has seen many tsunamis and the water level has consistently risen, leaving only the last of the 7 pagodas to be seen today. This is why this temple is sometimes known as the Last Pagoda. Even this temple was consistently harassed by the sea water. Water used to frequently come into the temple, which is why the archeology department has placed a massive number of rocks as barriers to prevent this from happening.

I will explain this temple in a different video, but there is a strange little tank inside the complex. It is roughly a rectangular structure and today you can see there is a little bit of water, but I have visited this site many times.

During dry seasons, you can see a key hole shaped hole in the center. This hole goes deep inside and is connected to the ground water level. Water comes out of this hole. And nearby there is a small cylindrical structure with various levels marked on it. Locals claim that this is an ancient flood indicator, and it can even foretell Tsunamis. See there is a deity carved inside the cylinder, locals say that if the water rises up to the neck of the deity, then the priest would make an announcement that everybody should evacuate the area, because there would be a flood in the next 48 hours.  So, this was like a weather forecast device that could warn about the rising water level.

So, it is a fact there are 7 Pagodas in Mahabalipuram, but 6 of them are under the sea. I hope some day, I can lay eyes on them and reveal  them to you.

Praveen Mohan