Secret Temple of Toda Tribe – What is Inside?

Hey guys, today we are going to a very unique site. We are going to a tribal temple. I have shown you hundreds of temples but there are temples which are still used by tribes of India. And we are going to look at a specific tribe called the Todas.

As you can see this is a weird looking spire and this is one of the temples of the Todas. Let’s go take a look and see what’s up there but I have to take off my shoes because this is holy grounds. The Toda temples are shrouded in mystery. They come from pre-historic times and Thodas are still a very primitive tribe. There is only about 1500 of them, alive. They do not interact with the outside world. And their temples are very secretive.

What is inside these temples? Why are they maintained in such a secretive manner? As you can see this is the entrance and it is blocked with a rock and I am going to try and see what is inside. I am not able to open this. What could possibly be inside that is so secretive? So you can see this is not opening. I am trying to open this.. What could possibly be inside?

Let me see if I can find an opening where I can show you what’s inside. This has never been seen by anybody outside the Todas. I don’t see any openings I can use to show you what’s inside this temple. So what else is there? Is there anything?  This is .. There is a hole. And it looks like it is going in really deep. But there is no light. Let me see…  I have no idea what’s inside. … But it is really deep and I don’t have enough lights to show you what’s inside. What could possibly be inside?

Why have the tribes maintained these temples in complete secrecy? There must be something very important here. But we don’t know what it is? And I am not able to find it. Some claim that Thodas worship aliens. Some claim there are underground chambers beneath the Toda temples. The thoda temples have been very mysterious places for many centuries. Some claim there are no idols inside Toda temples. Others claim there are 2 idols inside Thoda temples and these 2 idols look like Grey Aliens. There are 2 Gods worshipped by Thodas. One of them is called Pithi and there is another god who is the son of Pithik, known as Aan. According to Thodas the God Pithik created all of Humanity.

Todas have strange customs. Thodas practice something called Polyandry. Now what is polyandry? It is almost the opposite of Polygamy. Now, in Polygamy a husband usually has multiple wives and modern-day sociologists and anthropologists think that this is somehow an oppressive male chauvinistic practice. But Todas practice something called polyandry where a single woman is allowed to have multiple husbands. In fact, a typical Toda woman is allowed to marry even her husband’s brothers.

Toda’s marriage practices are very strange indeed. A typical Toda couple should have a ‘live-in’ relationship for at least a year and make sure the girl gets pregnant for at least about .. she should be about 6 months pregnant before the priest can .. their marriage. So, the couple will not get married unless the girl gets pregnant.

Now, even though the marriage practices give a lot of preference to women, women are not allowed to go into the Toda temples.  In fact, I am standing inside the outer fence of a Thoda temple, but none of the Toda women are even allowed to come beyond this fence. It is said that women can be very emotional and they can get very curious and end up going inside the temple and see what is inside. To prevent them from getting curious, and actually looking at what’s inside the temple, Thoda community have prevented all women from going beyond this outer circumference.

Guys, as you can see this another temple of the Todas. But we are not at all allowed to go inside. Thodas claim that their houses, the rainbow shaped houses, are modelled after the home of their god Pithi. Now, some people claim that there is a cave in this area which is still considered the home of God Pithik. Is it possible that there is still a cave, where the god Pithi actually came from? Thodas live in rainbow shaped huts known as Munds. A typical mund would be 10 feet tall, 18 feet long and 9 feet wide.

Thodas have strange social customs also. A youngster would have to fall on his knees and bow in front of an elder. And an elder would typically take his right leg and put it on top of the youngster’s head. As you can see.. this monument, this thoda monument, has some inscriptions, and here we can see the letter aum in Tamil. The thodas speak a very different language. It is very similar to the ancient language of Tamil but it is not Tamil.  As you can see, they still have writings which are in Tamil.

So how do the Todas survive in modern days? Believe it or not, Thodas still do not use money. They only use barter system. Every Thodas family at least a dozen buffalos.. water buffalos. And they get dairy products and milk from these buffalos and exchange it with other communities where they can get rice and other vegetables. This is how they still survive. Most of them still do not use any form of money.

Praveen Mohan

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Ancient Underground Medicine – The Secret Key of Siddhars ?

Hey guys, today we are going to see a very strange ancient temple in South India. The temple houses something very unique. Some people think this is an underground well. Some people think there is something hidden underground inside the structure. From the air, on the eastern side of the temple complex, we can see a mysterious Keyhole shaped structure. There is a long rectangular structure and there is a circle on one end. This looks very similar to a modern day key hole. What is this structure? and why is the circle, covered with a metal fence?

When I walked towards the temple entrance, my initial thought is that, this structure does not look like a Hindu temple at all. It is a square structure made of granite without the typical pyramid shaped towers. There is something strange about this place which needs to be investigated. When I entered the temple complex, I saw several sick people praying inside, as they believe they could be healed by the energy from this temple.

When I walked towards the underground structure, I was surprised to see that not only was the circular part of the structure fenced, even the rectangular structure has a metal gate, and it is also locked! When I peeked through, I could see there are steps going inside, probably about 100 feet below ground level. Where do the steps lead? What will I find? More importantly, I was told the keeper who has the key for this gate, has left for the day, so it is impossible to access this.

Inside the structure, there are solid granite steps which are many centuries old. The walls have been renovated with bricks and mortar recently.  There are dried leaves and trash on these steps, no one has used them in many months. What is on the other end? Will it lead me to an underground tunnel which has ancient secrets? There is also an arch on top, which probably housed some kind of an idol or even a device. As I went deeper, I could finally see something on the surface. It is water. My camera is messing up because of low light. When I finally reached the end, I could see a diamond shape cut inside a square. It is filled with water. There is a large cylindrical structure built around it which goes all the way to the top, to the ground level. Is this merely a water well? If so, why the complicated Key hole structure? Even more importantly, what is the need to put gates and locks on all sides, so no one can access it? There is some strange energy in the waters, it feels amazing to be here. There is definitely something which we do not understand.

To understand this better, I decided to learn more about the temple.  When I spoke to the locals, I realized that this complex was originally, not built as a temple at all. It was a secret place where the general public was not allowed to enter. This was a place where only Siddhars could enter and work in complete secrecy.  Siddhars are saints, who invented various medicines and practiced alchemy. This was the place where medicines and strange chemicals were prepared and people with serious diseases were cured. This is why it does not have the regular look of a Hindu temple. Only in the last few hundred years, the site has been opened to the general population, and has been turned into a regular temple.

It is known as Marundheeswarar temple which literally means ‘Temple of Divine Medicine’. But there is something much more interesting than this. The temple has a flag post which is said to emit some kind of mysterious radiation. At the base of the post, there is a small rectangular pit, which is filled with a type of dust. This soil or dust is considered medicine, a curative powder which can heal many diseases. People who visit the temple, take the dust home. Farmers take some of this before they start farming and put it in their farmland for bigger and better yields.

All this sounds amazing, but how can soil or dust in this site, magically acquire medicinal properties? I mean what did the Siddhars do here? Nearby, there is a small cemetery where various Siddhars are buried. This place is considered a spiritual site and many people come here and perform meditation. There are many Siddhars who lived here as we are able to see many of their tombs. The Siddhars have a tradition of apprenticeship and they were taught how to mix various herbs and chemicals to create different compounds.

Originally, the Siddhars placed a large cylinder called ‘Oushadha Lingam’ inside the underground structure, right in the middle of the water. This cylindrical lingam was not made of stone, but was made of 9 types of chemicals which are poisonous if consumed individually, but when fused together, have great healing properties. The chemicals which made up the lingam would very slowly dissolve in the water, making the water have healing properties. This is why this entire structure is known as ‘Oushadha Theertham’ which means ‘Healing Waters’. Siddhars would take this water every day, and pour it into the rectangular pit, and the wet soil would retain the medicinal properties. So, this is the actual science behind how the Siddhars magically turned soil into medicine. The Siddhars even took patients who were in serious condition, into the underground keyhole and even bathed them in this water. Of course the Lingam itself has vanished, either it collapsed due to centuries of dissolving in water, or people stole it for personal greed, no one knows.

And remember, I initially questioned about the strange shape of the underground structure. Why is it designed like a Keyhole? Now, we can understand why it was designed like this. If there was a large cylinder which acted as a lingam, this entire Key hole shape was designed as a Yoni. In Hinduism, the lingam, the cylinder, is always complemented with a groove around it. If you look at any lingam and Yoni from top, you will see the same shape, it will look like a Key hole.

Finally, why is this underground structure kept under lock and key? I mean, since the lingam is gone, why is everyone prohibited from accessing it? Locals claim that while this water acts as medicine to sick people, it is also dangerous for healthy people. It is reported that the water here is unusually heavy and normal people get really sick if they drink it. Locals say that goats or cows may enter this well and drink this water and end up with serious ailments because the water is too heavy. This is why it is locked on all sides. Water becoming heavy? This looks like mumbo jumbo, but when I researched this I found something unbelievable.

Normal water is H2O, but there is something called heavy water which is D2O also known as Deuterium oxide. Normal hydrogen atom is just made of one proton and one electron, but in heavy water, there is a neutron that gets added to it, making it twice as heavy. Today, we are able to produce heavy water in labs. But if you look at the effects of heavy water, you will be shocked because they are telling us the same effects as what the locals here are talking about.  If a person is healthy and consumes heavy water, he will become sick. However, the reverse is also true. Scientists have now discovered that, for people with serious illnesses such as cancers, consuming deuterium actually heals them. Perhaps we could find more if we dive into the water, perhaps the lingam is still in there?

Praveen Mohan