Highlights of Ancient Ramappa Temple, Telangana

Hey guys, today I am going to show you the highlights of this brilliant ancient temple, known as Ramappa temple which is said to be at least 800 years old. This is located in a remote village and strangely, the temple is named after the craftsman who designed the temple, his name was Ramappa, according to folklore.

The first thing that you see is this tall tower. The tower is very special, it is made of floating bricks, yes if you take a brick out of this tower and put it in water, it will float, instead of sinking like regular bricks. This is one of such bricks from the temple. How did they create this kind of technology in ancient times and why? I have already explained this in a previous video. Because of this floating rock technology, it was recently nominated to the UNESCO world heritage site.

When you look at the ceiling, you see these  strange  patterns, these small hemispherical protrusions. There is a reason for this,  in ancient Hindu temples, every little thing was made with a reason. But I am not gonna tell you what it is, please leave your thoughts in the comment section. You can see how the different slabs are perfectly fit together, and the first time you see it, you realize that it is not perfect, you can see some gaps between the slabs. Why is it not perfectly fit? Well, let us  go in and see why these gaps exist.

Once you enter, you realize that this temple has been hit by a powerful earthquake. The floor shows several plinth beams popped out from under the ground. This is why the floor looks like this, believe it or not, the earthquake actually flattened everything nearby but the temple has only undergone minor damage. Now you realize why these gaps were formed in the ceilings of the temple. This is the effect of the earthquake. I will tell you more about the temple, but first let us go into the main chamber and see what’s inside.

Though main sanctum is elaborately designed on the outside, your eyes are naturally drifting to what’s inside. As we go towards the sanctum, there is a beautiful cylindrical lingam which appears to be made of shiny black basalt, polished to a mirror finish, but it could be made of geopolymer. What’s more interesting is the base: there are multiple striations and grooves cut on the base, looks like this whole thing was machined with high tech equipment. Remember, the main chamber is called the Sanctum Sanctorum, nobody is allowed to enter that chamber except the priest, so there is no way to examine this lingam. I am standing in the ante chamber. The lingam has a golden arch set up over it. It is quite dark here, but the main lingam looks illuminated.

Now, let us examine the carvings just outside the sanctum. Normally, the main deity will be protected by 2 male guardians called Dwarapalakas, but here we have 2 females guardians on either side of the entrance. Today, the Indian traffic system is based on the British model, we keep to the left side. But in ancient India, people always used the right side. You enter from the right and look how this female doorkeeper greets you with a Namaste. After you finish absorbing the energy from the lingam, when you go out, the other girl will give you a banana, a standard Hindu custom for anyone who leaves the place. This is the famous image of Krishna playing flute. Look how is touching a tree. Now,  If you tap on this tree, you will get different tones of music, proof of ancient technology.

The pillars of this temple are insanely decorated. The artistic appeal is just incredible. Here you can see some dancers. But notice how some of the dancers are sharing their legs, these 3 dancers should be having a total of 6 legs, but instead they have only 4 legs, and it creates an interesting optical illusion. Ancient Indian Temples have a unique way of blending art and science, to create a magical effect.

The carvings here are actually quite small, but they are all in 3D, not 2D. What this means is that you can see that the legs are carved like actual legs, there is space behind them, you can put your finger behind the legs. Carvings something like this is not easy, if these are carvings at all. I don’t know if they were molded, they look like these were made by melting rocks and casting them, like wax. There is more evidence of this, here you can see a rock, bent like a piece of rubber. This is very clear that it was bent. But rocks don’t bend, they are supposed to break, which makes me wonder, what kind of technology did ancient builders use? How did they accomplish this?

What’s crazier than these pillars? The ceiling blocks which appear to have cymatic designs. This is just mind boggling, because the details are just too much to grasp. I could spend hours explaining the ceiling features alone but I will just show you one block, so you can see what kind of details are implemented.

In the center, this is a protruding panel which is hanging in 3D. On it, you can see a dancing Shiva. There is a rhombus shape around it, where you have 4 main deities along with sub-deities, and there is another square around it, where you have 4 more deities, also with sub-deities. These are called Ashtadik Palakas, the guardians of 8 directions. There are also 4 rectangles outside, each one telling a different story of Shiva. You can see all the other characters from these stories as well. But it does not stop there, there are 4 more rectangles outside this too, which tell  more stories of Shiva. So, in just one panel, there are more than a 100 deities, all of them are still identifiable, after 800 years.  I am too tired even to explain the gods and what they do here , but imagine how hard it must have been to carve them. There is a lot more stuff I could show you inside the temple, but let us go outside, because there are some really crazy things we can see on the outside as well.

Look at these carvings… what we see are crazy scenes from ancient wrestling fights. Look at the various types of locks and positions these carvings are showing. This means that these kind of sports existed at least 800 years ago in India, even though I believe that this temple is much older. Look at this carving, see how the guy on top has completely dominated the guy on the bottom, making him impossible to move. But what’s more interesting? We can even see a referee standing nearby, giving a point, just like what we see in today’s wrestling games.

In the outside wall, there are plenty of carvings which show dancing women, various animals,  Hindu gods, etc but there are two carvings carved side by side, which stand out. The first one is a figure which holds a shield and a sword. The second one is the same figure but it is shown completely unclad with very long arms, his arms are going below his knees. What is the story behind this? He is Bahubali, the popular jain God who renounces war and becomes a monk. His long ears and arms confirm that he is Bahubali, but why is this carved in a Hindu Temple? Because in ancient India, all religions co-existed quite peacefully, this is why we see Hindu, Buddhist and Jain temples , all carved together in places like Ellora caves for example.

Another fascinating thing is the elephants carved on the walls. There are a total of 526 elephants carved, and locals claim that no 2 elephant carvings look alike. But I think, this is an exaggeration, the elephants, just like the female guardians are actually telling us how to go around the temple. If you do not know how to go around the temple, just follow the elephants. Walk where the elephants walk, and stand and pray to Gods, where the elephants pray to Gods. If you understand symbolism, you will understand ancient India.

Praveen Mohan

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India’s Most Haunted: Coonoor Cemetery. Extreme Ghost Hunting

Tonight, we try Ghost Hunting in the Haunted Coonoor Cemetery. Do not try this at Home or any cemetery.

Praveen Mohan

Secret Weapon of Indian Kings – Bagh Nakh aka Tiger Claws

Hey guys, today we are going to look at a very interesting Indian weapon called Bagh Nakh which means Tiger’s Claws. What you see here is an original antique piece, this Tiger Claws was in use more than 100 years ago. It has 5 claws and 2 rings, so you can basically slide the rings on your fingers and keep the claws within your palm.  Here is a demonstration of how it works, I am holding a cardboard, so it does not cut my body. It almost looks like he is slapping me with his bare hands, but he is in fact making a deep wound on my body. It does

not seem like an effective weapon, but when you look at the card board, you realize that it can cause serious damage. In fact, we can even see the tear marks come out on the other side of the card board. So, it is a deadly weapon, and like I said this is an antique piece with blunted tips, so imagine using a brand new Bagh Nakh, this could be fatal.

Like I told you, the name Bagh nakh means Tiger Claws. Why the name Tiger Claws? Because Tigers have retractable claws, they are capable of pulling in or pulling out their claws at will. If you look at the anatomy of a tiger paw, it is quite interesting, because the claws, which are about 3 to 4 inches long,  are actually invisible most of the time. Look, I mean this looks quite harmless, but the sharp claws only come out when the Tiger wants to attack you.. This is why this weapon is called Tiger Claws because you can wear this weapon in your hand, and no one will know about it, until you attack them.

This weapon would be perfect for a Ninja. A Ninja is typically a covert agent, who engages in surprise attacks and deception. The Bagh Nakh has actually become a modern day weapon of choice for Ninjas. We can find simplified Tiger Claws sold on Amazon.com and other websites for Ninjas. The Tiger Claws use and deception has captured the imagination of the western world, which is why it was featured on TV shows like Forged in Fire.

All this sounds pretty fancy, but can the Tiger Claws really be used as an efficient Stealth weapon?  Yes, and we have historical evidence of how this weapon changed Indian history.  In 1659, about 360 years ago, two great Kings were having a meeitng in order to settle things diplomatically. One was Shivaji and the other was Afzal Khan, but it was well known that Afzal Khan had the practice of calling other kings for diplomatic talks, and would then assassinate them during the meeting. King Shivaji, went to the meeting pretending to be completely unarmed, but had the Tiger Claws in his hand. Afzal Khan was a giant, he was 6 foot 7 inches tall and Shivaji was just 5 and a half feet tall. Afzal Khan embraced Shivaji and used a dagger to stab Shivaji, but to his surprise, he realized that Shivaji wore an armor underneath his clothes, which saved him. Shivaji immediately used the tiger claws and completely disemboweled Afzal Khan. Afzal Khan died due to heavy bleeding because of the Tiger claws. So yes, Tiger claws are very good stealth weapons and can be used effectively to attack and even kill an enemy.

One brilliant thing about Indian weapons is that many of them are designed based on nature, inspired by animals. Remember I showed you a weapon called Madu in a previous video, which is based on horns of black buck.

Tiger claws have several modifications as well. Some of them have knives attached to them, these knives are called Bichuwa, which means the Sting of a scorpion. Yes, they are modeled after the sting in the scorpion’s tail. Some of these Bichuwas are also foldable, so these type of weapons can be carried in complete stealth mode.  Of course, there are other designs of these tiger claws which are not for stealth mode at all. For example, this design is worn over the hands, and cannot be hidden at all.

Although Tiger Claws were used all over India, it was particularly used by Maratha kings, who wore them even during sleep. This weapon was perfect, because it is small, it can be concealed and it can give a fatal blow to the enemy.

When Europeans came to India, their social behavior made it impossible for Indians to use these Tiger Claws. British officers insisted on first having a hand shake with Indian Kings, making it impossible to have tiger claws hidden inside your palm. Before the arrival of Europeans, Indian kings would typically do a Namaste pose to each other, which was ideal for concealing the weapon and then do a surprise attack. But after Europeans came into the picture, Bagh Nakhs slowly started becoming obsolete and now, they are no longer used as weapons in India.

Praveen Mohan

India’s Secret Space Travel Mission – Based on Ancient Vimana Technology?

Hey guys, today I am going to explore India’s recent space travel missions, and how the country’s current space technology is somehow deeply related to its ancient technology. Let us take a look at this video, this is from the Indian Space Research Organization known as ISRO and it shows the latest video of the Mars Orbiter Assembly. And here, look at the shape of this : This is a lingam which acts as a base to the entire assembly. This is the Payload structure, a very important part and why is it designed like a lingam? Compare this with the lingam we see in Indian temples, this is the main structure worshipped in most Hindu temples. It is considered a representation of Shiva, but nobody knows why this shape has been worshipped for thousands of years in India.

So, what does a lingam actually represent?  Think about this, we are planning to put a man on Mars in 2025, just 6 years from now. ISRO will be putting an astronaut inside a structure like this Lingam, and send it over to Mars. And then, an astronaut would come out of a lingam on the surface of Mars, right? Here is the shocking part: such carvings are already portrayed in ancient Hindu temples. Look how this astronaut is clearly coming out of a lingam. Look at how he is wearing an elongated helmet, this is a repeating motif and it is definitely not for beauty, this is a protective helmet, and of course you can see several wires around his body, and his tools and weapons are quite advanced. Who is this astronaut? It is Lord Shiva.  In Hinduism, this motif is called Lingodhbhava, ancient texts confirm that yes Shiva indeed came to earth from a planet called Shivalokha, and he comes out of a Lingam, a pod, a space pod very similar to what India has built now.

Is this a coincidence? Or is India recreating ancient technology based on ancient Indian texts? India has thousands of texts locked away, and the information we find in these texts is just insane. Look at this passage written 1000 years ago  “Inside the circular air frame, place the mercury-engine with its solar mercury boiler at the aircraft center. By means of the power latent in the heated mercury which sets the driving whirlwind in motion, a man sitting inside may travel a great distance in the most marvelous manner.” This is an exact translation from an ancient text called ‘Samarangana Sutradhara’. Undoubtedly, it is talking about a mercury vortex engine. Even more interesting, NASA is using mercury vortex engines, and now ISRO is also said to be developing mercury vortex engines.

Is it possible, that the Indian Government is actually trying to re-create ancient technology mentioned in Hindu texts? In recent years, India is undergoing rapid development in space research. In other countries, science is considered an antithesis of religion, but in India, religion shows up all the time in science. This is Nasa’s Apollo, the rocket taking off from the earth to reach the Moon. Nothing strange, right? But here is India’s latest launch of chandrayaan-2, to reach the moon. Is this a coincidence or is the entire launch modeled after Shiva’s Cosmic Dance? If you look at the similarity, this is just weird, is it a coincidence that this is designed like that? The same figure of Shiva’s Cosmic Dance is also placed on the site where the “God Particle” was produced. This is in Switzerland, where there is a Large Hadron Collider, and the God Particle is considered a breakthrough in science, where an elementary particle is produced by Quantum excitation. Shortly after the God Particle was made, The idol of Shiva’s Cosmic Dance was placed there. Nobody knows why. What is an Indian God doing in Switzerland?  How is this even related to the God Particle?

Perhaps we could come to a conclusion if we see what is going on inside the Large Hadron Collider, this is from  the particle accelerator. Look at this picture which shows how the God Particle is produced because of collisions between protons. This is very similar to the Cosmic Dance of Shiva.

Of course, the Large Hadron Collider itself may have been designed from ancient technology. In the temple of Ranakpur, there is something mind-boggling. On the ceiling, there is an identical carving of this collider, done many centuries ago, even though the Collider itself was only created very recently. Look at the similarity, this is just insane. Was the Large Hadron Collider, designed based on ancient knowledge?

Are Governments secretly decoding ancient Indian texts? In 1938, Hitler sent an expedition to examine ancient texts of India and Tibet. It is clearly established that the team copied many ancient manuscripts, and took this information back to Germany. During this time, Germany saw an extraordinary growth in technology, especially flight technology, like the making of the Nazi Bell. This device was a very advanced, it had UFO like flying technology.  Many have openly claimed that this device was a result of Hitler’s recreation of ancient technology of the Vimanas. The Vimanas are flying aircraft and spacecraft and their designs and capabilities are mentioned multiple times in Vedic texts.

But the question is, after the defeat of Germany in World War II, did this practice stop?  Or, are governments continuously trying to re-create lost technology mentioned in ancient texts?  Is India’s space mission somehow related to Space and Vimana Technology mentioned in these texts? Or is this all a mere coincidence?

Praveen Mohan

URUMI – A Bizarre Ancient Weapon from India

Hey guys, today we are going to look at an ancient Indian weapon known as ‘Urumi’. This is how it looks, now, is it a sword? Or is it a whip? It is a combination of both, it is a flexible metal weapon with several blades. Urumi is quite popular in the Indian state of Kerala, where many people still practice and even carry it in their belt for self-defense. Yes, it can be neatly curled up and tied around your body, just like a belt.

Unlike most other weapons like knives or shields, the Urumi cannot be used effectively by a beginner. This is why it is known as a very bizarre and complicated weapon. It is not only dangerous for the enemy, it is equally dangerous for the user as well, because if you make one mistake while using it, you can get seriously hurt. So, this is not a user-friendly weapon. It takes many years of practice before you can master this weapon and use it effectively.

Here you are looking at an antique Urumi, at least a hundred years old. My friend Jayesh collects antique weapons and has been documenting these things for many years.While weapons like swords will make deep cuts in the skin and can cause instant death, the Urumi is different. It will make your skin and some flesh peel out with every blow, but a single blow is usually not lethal. In this antique piece, the blades have become blunt, so you can see that it is not cutting this banana stem, but imagine a brand new Urumi attacking a person, it can cause some serious damage.

In English we can call it as a flexible sword or even a metal whip and it usually has a simple wooden handle. Historians believe that the Urumi was invented around 300 BC, about 2300 years ago in India.  Remember, I have showed you some very interesting weapons like the man-catcher on my channel, but Urumi is a very effective defense weapon, especially if you are fighting against multiple enemies.. If you are surrounded my many opponents, Urumi can be used to create a defensive sphere around you, and no one will be able to even come close to you. This can be very useful and is considered as a part of ancient martial arts used for self-defense.

In the ancient Indian martial arts system known as KalariPayattu, this weapon is considered very important.  In this martial arts system, the Urumi is the last weapon to be taught, because it is so difficult to master this weapon.  A well-trained fighter is capable of handling 2 Urumis at the same time. Imagine fighting against a person wielding 2 Urumis at the same time, it can be twice as deadly. The only way you can fight him, is by using 2 Urumis yourself. Watching 2 guys use 4 Urumis is a very interesting sight.

In the state of Punjab, the Urumi is used with some variations. Here you can see how the Urumi is used with ease, it has almost become a demonstration weapon. Some Urumis only have one blade and sometimes there are up to 32 blades in a single weapon.

Praveen Mohan

 

10,000 year old Astronaut, ‘La Chaquira’ – Ancient Aliens in Colombia?

Hey guys, today I am going to a very remote part of Colombia known as El Tablon, which means a platform or a flat board in Spanish. There is a very strange ancient carving at this place which is supposed to be one of the oldest carvings, showing an alien, an extraterrestrial figure. Here, the roads are not paved and are very narrow. This is deep country side of Colombia and the road is flanked by plenty of trees and plants.
This place is nowhere near the road, which means we had to park the truck and then walk. I do have a Colombian guide with me, who helps me with my travels. Archeology department of Colombia has put up steps, leading to this area, but this is a site no one visits because of its remote location. I had to walk for about 30 minutes before I finally saw La Chaquira.
Right away, you will get a strange feeling when you look at this figure. This is one of the weirdest carvings I have ever seen. Its eyes are too large to be human and it has a strange smile, almost a mischievous grin on its face.
What’s the origin of this statue? Archeologists have no idea, but perhaps his finger pointing to the sky might have the answer to that. Did he come from the sky, thousands of years ago? Let us go take a closer look and see if we can get any other information. Normally people do not climb up the rocks to get closer to this. Chaquira appears to have a helmet with a small protrusion on top, if this is not a transmitter or antenna, it could be a topknot. At the bottom, look at its legs, its wearing boots and both the legs are pointing in different directions. Talking about directions, Chaquira appears to be aligned facing the east, and this may have something to do with the sunrise.
And this is a brilliant location, on the other side you can see a valley, there are waterfalls, a river and there is nobody around, this is a fantastic location to carve this figure. Going back to why it is pointing up like that, you can clearly see that it is using its index finger pointing to the sky, while having a mischievous smile on its face. And this is not the only ancient figure like this. About 1700 miles away, there is a figure drawn on the Nazca desert, it is actually called El Astronauta or The Astronaut which is doing the exact same thing. Round eyes, and pointing to the sky. It is in the neighboring country of Peru, and there are several mysterious figures like this, called Nazca lines and you can only see them while you are flying from the air.
Did ancient astronauts visit our planet thousands of years ago? Is this why we see carvings like La Chaquira? Archeologists do not want to answer this question, but they also accept they do not know anything about this carving. Nobody knows why it has been called the Chaquira, but some locals say it is the God of the sky, the god of thunder and lightning. This is quite interesting because there is a Mayan God known as Chaac who is also the god of thunder and lightning and there is a Hindu god known as Sakka, more popularly known as Indra who is also the god of thunder and lighting. Is this a mere coincidence, or are they all talking about the same God? There are no other features on this carving so I can’t give you more details on that. But remember what I have told you in my other videos, usually, you will not find just one isolated carving or cave painting or any type of archeological find. You will find them in clusters. So I began looking at other rocks to see if I could find more carvings. I was disappointed I could not find a lot of them, but then, I noticed something quite intriguing. There is a strange carving directly behind La Chaquira. This is probably the first time this carving has been revealed online, because when I googled it, I could find absolutely nothing other than the la Chaquira carving. Here we can see a face wearing a helmet which has protruding antennas. Its other features are not clear, although it appears that it is also pointing up, to the sky. There is something very unique about this place, this is the only ancient site in Colombia where we have 2d carved figures on rocks, as opposed to full 3d statues. I have shown you plenty of full statues in Colombia in different videos, but here, we can just see carvings on the rock face.
At a distance, I could also find another carving which looks like some kind of an animal. This is probably a monkey or a bear. It is not perfect, and it has seen thousands of years of corrosion. This entire area must have hundreds of carvings hidden in the bushes and tall grass. In fact, this entire valley must have thousands of carvings and statues, waiting to be found.
Why did ancient builders make these strange carvings and figures thousands of years ago? More importantly, why did they leave them in places where it is nearly impossible to access them?
What do you think? Was la Chaquira an ancient astronaut who came down from the sky thousands of years ago? If not, what else could it be? Please let me know your thoughts in the comments section, I am Praveen Mohan, thanks a lot for watching, don’t forget to subscribe and also click on the bell button to get all the updates. Please give this video a thumbs up and do share it with your friends and I will talk to you soon. Bye!

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Is San Agustin Megalithic Site, a Hindu Temple? Ancient Aliens in Colombia

Hey guys, in the previous video I showed you how several ancient statues found in San Agustin archeological park, in Colombia, belonging to Hinduism. In this video, I am going to show you other statues.. like this one, and explain what they really are.

Let us take a good look at this statue. It is gigantic more than 10 feet tall, made of one solid block of stone and is rectangular in shape. The face is portrayed with fangs in its mouth and you can see it holding a small baby. What is the standard explanation for this statue?  Mainstream experts tell us they have no idea what this is, and some have even guessed that this represents a child-eating monster like deity. There are several statues found in this area, which look about the same. According to several experts , Pre-Colombian people who lived here thousands of years ago,

were primitive people who sacrificed children in order to please these monsters. These kind of demeaning explanations were given right from the start when the Spanish Conquistadors arrived in Colombia and the native culture seemed quite unexplainable them. Think about it, would human beings worship Child-eating monsters?

Let me tell you what is going on here. There is not only a face on the top of this statue, there is one on the bottom as well. Let us invert the statue and look at the face at the bottom. The face clearly depicts extreme pain. This woman is giving birth to a baby, this is why she is gritting her teeth and clenching her fist as tightly as possible, because of labor pain. This figure on top, the “Monster” is actually a doctor, who is helping the woman to deliver the baby. And sure enough, just like a modern day obstetrician, he is holding the baby upside down, this is standard medical practice, even today. How was I able to figure all this out?

Because this story is clearly recorded in ancient Indian texts. This God is known as Thayumanavar in Hinduism who helped women deliver healthy babies.  There are temples dedicated to him in India. For example there is a 6th century temple in a city called Tiruchy, where pregnant women still come from all over India to get this God’s blessings for smooth and easy delivery. In India, this God is typically shown holding a baby in his hands. This is an avatar of Lord Shiva, and in South India, ancient Shiva statues are portrayed with fangs, to show his ferocity. If you look at Kailasanathar temple which is 1300 years old, all Shiva statues are portrayed with fangs.

And this god, Thayumanavar is found carved with the same fangs, in many places around San Agustin in Colombia. This ancient site is called El Purutal and it has a statue where the original painting is still intact. The God looks quite fierce because of his fangs and is shown holding a baby. The Europeans who conquered the land and later unearthed these statues had no idea about these stories, and merely imagined that this was a monster who ate children. There is yet another detail on this statue which is quite fascinating. It has a crown made of several skulls, this is fantastic because we have seen the same details in many many Hindu carvings. I even showed you how some of the skulls had tiny hollows in them,  in a different video.

There is yet another form of Shiva which is also carved in San Agustin. Look at this statue: it is shown holding a severed head in one hand and a knife in the other hand.  These are specific avatars of Shiva called Bhairava, which are often shown with a severed head or a skull. Here is a typical ancient Bhairava statue from South India. Look at the severed head in one hand and a sword in the other hand. Now if you look carefully, you will notice a skull necklace worn by Shiva. Here is another statue of Bhairava also from South India, his sword has been broken,  but you can clearly see how he is holding a severed head and wearing a skull necklace and his face also shows fangs in his mouth. Now when the Bhairava cult moved to Nepal, look at how his iconography evolves. Bhairava looks much more fierce, again with a sword, multiple heads in one hand and a skull garland. When Hindus moved to Indonesia, watch what happens to Bhairava. It will be hard even for Indians to identify this as Bhairava, because it almost looks completely different, but it is Bhairava. Again, fangs in the mouth, sword has shortened into a knife and yes this is a half skull and he is wearing skull garland. Now, when Hindus move to Colombia, this is what happens. Same features, fangs in the mouth, severed head in one hand and a knife in the other.

The mainstream explanation of the ancient Colombian civilization again, is that this a God which demanded human sacrifices, and experts claim that the people who lived here sacrificed human beings, as a ritual for this evil god. But this is not what it is, humans never worship something evil. The important detail is that the head he is holding belongs to an evil person and the deity is basically the destroyer of evil. This is what Shiva does, he destroys evil doers. This is why these statues were worshipped, because humans believed the god would destroy evil doers.

Here is yet another statue of Bhairava in San Agustin, shown with fangs and is wearing a skull medallion in his neck. Again quite a common representation in India, I have worked with many Bhairava followers, in the past 5 years. So, this is the statue of Bhairava in San Agustin Archeological Park but there are some very interesting features here. He is flanked by 2 guardians or doorkeepers on either side and they are both holding weapons.

This is classic Hinduism where a central deity is guarded by 2 guardians called Dwarapalakas. Very common in Hindu temples, and yes they are always shown holding weapons to protect the main deity. Even more interesting, these guardians are protected by Nagas or reptilians on top. Remember I showed you in my previous video, how 2 headed reptilian figures were carved in San Agustin.

Let’s take a look at another statue at San Agustin. It shows Thayumanavar holding a baby, but his guardians are not human at all. They are both Nagas, snakes, you can clearly see the scales, the ribs of the snakes. What is really fascinating is that, in temples in India and Sri Lanka, the naga guardians are shown as partial humanoids. They are shown with hoods of the snake but they have human features as well. When the Hindus traveled to South East Asia, we can see a distinct change in style. Now, the Naga guardians began looking almost completely like snakes, sometimes even like dragons. However, when Hinduism reached Colombia, the style has changed even more. The Nagas don’t even look like snakes. We can only identify them by certain features like their ribs and hoods at the top. This change in style is the main reason, no one has identified these Gods as Hindu Gods. They look remarkably different from the Hindu Gods of India. Because India and Colombia are very distant countries, so the style in motifs has undergone an enormous change.

But we are overlooking an important detail. All the Naga gatekeepers I showed you in India and Asia were not placed side by side with the main deity. The Nagas were usually placed as gate keepers, before you entered the temple and saw the main deity. But in San Agustin, this is not the case. You can see the Nagas are placed side by side with the statue. But when I went into the Museum of San Agustin, I saw something quite interesting.  They have a display of all the old photos and they show how these structures originally looked. And sure enough, look at how this looked before the archeologists started to  “arrange” the statues at San Agustin. The Nagas were originally placed as gatekeepers, before you entered the chamber and saw the main deity. And it appears the temple would have had multiple chambers, just like regular Hindu temples and the Nagas were placed well before entering the temple.

So, think about everything I have shown you. Is this an evil monster or an ancient doctor delivering a baby? Is this a deity which needs human sacrifice or is he a destroyer of evil doers? And these guardian doorkeepers, especially the Naga doorkeepers – a mere coincidence between Colombian and Indian civilizations? Or was San Agustin Archeological Park, an ancient Hindu temple, built thousands of years ago?

Praveen Mohan