Tuesday, 20 April 2021

The mystery of 8 ancient Shiva temples built in a straight line?

8 ancient Shiva temples built in a straight line

Hinduism is not only a religion it’s a way of life which gives you the freedom to pray and worship your Isht Dev (favourite god).  It could be Lord Ganesh, Shiva, Rama, Krishna, Laxmi or any other. And India was already a leader and excelled in the fields of geography, science, astronomy, political science, warfare, architecture and medicine. One must have come across the names of Bhaskara, Shushruta, Aryabata, Chankaya and many others from ancient India who excelled in different fields ranging from astronomy, mathematics, surgery and governance.

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Similarly construction of temples in ancient India was an art, science and much more. These temples were built thousands of years ago when there were no modern instruments or technology. The temples were built according to the yogic sciences, and some are placed in a certain geographic alignment with each other, and here almost on the same longitude as the other temples.

In ancient India, temples were basically recharging centers where devotees could go, sit and relax alone in peace or meditate. Today temples have become a place where one goes to worship or pray to the lord. As one of the three main gods in the Hindu pantheon, there are temples dedicated to his worship. The most prominent of these are the Jyotirlinga temples. What is common between all these eight prominent temples? Your answer is they all are Shiva temples. You are only partially correct. It is actually the longitude in which these temples are located. They all are located in 79° longitudes. What is surprising and a mystery is that how the architects of these temples many hundreds of kilometers apart come up with these precise locations without GPS or any such modern device.

Kedarnath 79.0669°

Kalahashti 79.7037°

Ekambaranatha- Kanchi 79.7036°

Thiruvanamalai 79.0747°

Thiruvanaikaval 78.7108

Chidambaram Nataraja 79.6954°

Rameshwaram 79.3129°

Kaleshwaram N-India 79.9067°

You will be surprised to know that the Shiva temples in India were built in a straight line from Kedarnath in the far north to Rameswaram in the south. Wonder what science and technology our ancestors developed to do this, which we are unable to understand till today? The Kedarnath of Uttarakhand, the Kaleshwaram of Telangana, Kalahasti of Andhra Pradesh, Akhaseshwar of Tamil Nadu, Chidambaram and finally the Rameswaram temples have been built in the geographical straight line of or nearer to that of 79° E 41 ‘54 “Longitude.

All these temples represent the five elements of nature, which we call the Panch Tatwa (Five elements) in colloquial language. Panch Tatwa that is - earth, water, fire, air and space. These are represented by these five Shiva Lingas on the basis of the five elements. Water is represented at Thiruvnanakwal Temple. The representation of the fire is in Thiruvannamalai. The air is represented in Kalahasti. The earth is represented in Kanchipuram. The space or the sky is represented at Chidambaram Temple. These five temples represent the wonderful combination of Vastu-Vigyan-Veda.

These five temples were built according to Yogic Science, and have been placed in a certain geographical alignment with each other. There is certainly some science that affects the human body. These temples were constructed about four thousand years ago when there was no satellite technology available to measure the latitude and longitude of those places. How were these five temples, so accurately placed and built?

How people have constructed temples separated by thousands of miles (2383 km between Kedarnath and Rameswaram) on almost same longitude remains a mystery. There is nothing in Hinduism without any reason or purpose.  Ujjain is considered to be the centre of the Earth. As a centre for thousands of years in Sanatan Dharma, a man-made instrument for calculating the sun and astrology in Ujjain has also been created about two thousand and fifty years ago.  And when the imaginary line on Earth, Imaginary was created by the British scientist about 100 years ago, the central part of it was Ujjain. Even today, scientists come to Ujjain to know about the sun and space.

Here we reproduce an article by Gajanan Astrology which tells us about the eight ancient temples that fall in a straight line. It can’t be a coincidence. It was designed and constructed that way with a purpose without the help of any modern technology. How did the ancient builders manage to do it? Why did they build it that way? Did they want to indicate something important? It’s a mystery.

Shiva is the eternal truth……Shiva is life…. Shiva is death……Har Har Mahadev.

We hear every day that science is progressing a lot day by day in the twenty first century. But do you know that India was already a world leader and excelled in the fields of geography and science.

You might be surprised to know that the Shiva temples in India are built on the same latitude i.e. they will fall on same line if we use a ruler to locate them.

These eight temples are:

Kedarnath           – Kedarnath Temple (30.7352° N, 79.0669)

Kaleshwaram      – Kaleshwara Mukteeshwara swamy Temple (18.8110, 79.9067)

Srikalahati           – Srikalahasti Temple (13.749802, 79.698410)

Kanchipuram      – Ekambareswarar Temple (12.847604, 79.699798)

Thiruvanaikaval – Jambukeswara Temple (10.853383, 78.705455)

Tiruvannamalai  – Annamalaiyar Temple (12.231942, 79.067694)

Chidambaram     – Nataraja Temple (11.399596, 79.693559)

Rameswaram      – Ramanathaswamy Temple (9.2881, 79.3174)

These temples were built at a time (thousands of years ago) when there was there no satellite technology available in world.

The architecture and location of these temples on one line symbolise the engineering and geographical knowledge possessed by ancient Indians.

Out of these eight temples, five temples have Shiva linga, represented as manifestation of five basic elements of nature (earth, water, fire, air and space).

These Panch Bhoota Sthalas are important places of worship in South India (Pancha means five, Bhoota represents elements, Sthala represents place)

Flickering lamps in the Srikalahasti temple shows the play of wind (respiration of Vayu Linga).

Water spring in the innermost sanctum of the Tiruvanaikaval temple shows the temple’s relationship to the element water.

Annual Kartikai Deepam (giant lamp is lighted atop the Annamalai hill) highlights the Annamalaiyar’s manifestation as fire.

Swayambhu lingam of sand at Ekambareshwar temple signifies the Siva’s association with the earth element.

The formless space (Akasa) at Natraja Temple depicts the association of lord with nothingness and formlessness.

Even today research is undertaken by many historians and archaeologists to find out the mystery behind such accurate positioning of temples and choice of the latitude. Well it is still a mystery!

Also read: Kateel Durga Parmeshwari Temple  *  Dharmashtala   


 


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Saturday, 3 April 2021

Birth of a Nation


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On 26 March, Bangladesh celebrated its Independence Day. Fifty years ago, in 1971 the Pakistan army launched an operation in East Pakistan and massacred its own people and this led to the birth of Bangladesh. The 1971 Bangladesh Liberation war was an utter humiliation for the Pakistan army. The Pakistan forces surrendered to the Indian army and East Pakistan became an independent nation. And today Bangladesh is ahead of Pakistan in many fields. Recently on 26 March Bangladesh celebrated the 50th anniversary of its independence. Dignitaries from all over the world and neighboring countries, except Pakistan were invited to be present at the celebrations. The Indian PM was the guest of honor at the function.

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On 26 March Bangladesh celebrated 50 years of its existence. The 1971, the 13-day India-Pakistan war led to the birth of a new country. The conflict broke out due to the tensions between Pakistan (West Pakistan) and the Bengali majority East Pakistan after failed political negotiation between Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the elected leader from the elections in East Pakistan and PPP (Pakistan People Party). In reality Mujibur should have been the Prime Minister, but this was not acceptable to the then rulers and people of West Pakistan. Pakistan was ruled by a dictator General Yayha Khan and Bhutto was part of this set up.

Mujibur was arrested and there were protests in East Pakistan. West Pakistan looked down upon the Bengalis. The protests soon turned violent. Pakistan army launched action to suppress the Bengalis. Pakistan army executed a massacre and human rights violations took place with impunity. The world was mute witness to this dastardly act. On 25 March 1971 Lieutenant General Tikka Khan launched Operation Searchlight to end the revolt in East Pakistan by attacking civilians, students, intellectuals and Bengali armed forces.

Thousands of people were killed at random, women raped, homes destroyed, with destruction all round the country. As the violence escalated, a large number of refugees escaped to Indian territory and poured into the bordering Indian states to escape the large scale massacre. Almost about 10 million refugees took shelter in India. It was a burden on the Indian states to provide relief, shelter, food, medicines to such a large number of refugees. The West turned a blind eye though some international media reported the violence and massacre going on here.

After months of continuous conflict between West and East Pakistan, there was every chance it would spill over India and involve India in the conflict. To preempt any Indian support to East Pakistan and keep India occupied on the Western front, Pakistan launched air strikes on 11 Western India airbases. This was a grave mistake by Pakistan. The Indian Air Force retaliated with effective strikes on the same night, crippling the Pakistan forces. This Pakistan action instigated the then Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi to declare a full scale invasion of Pakistan. Thus officially the Indo-Pak war of 1971 commenced. And General Manekshaw was in charge of the Indian army. Backed by a strong political decision by PM Indira Gandhi, General Manekshaw and his other competent Generals with the able support of the Indian Air Force and Indian Navy were able to launch an assault and defeat Pakistan army on both the fronts.

The war came to an end when the Instrument of Surrender was signed by Lt General AAK Niazi in the presence of Lt General JS Aurora on December 16, 1971. As a result, around 93,000 Pakistani troops were taken POWs (prisoners of war) by the Indian army. This was a humiliating defeat which the Pakistan army will never forget. And later during Atal Behari Vajpayee’s tenure as PM, General Pervez Musharaff tried to take revenge in Kargil. And here too they were badly defeated, destroying the morale of the Pakistan army where they had to disown their own men who had died fighting.

Knowing too well USA and Britain was an ally of Pakistan and sensing international ramifications and pressure on India from the West, the thenPrime Minister Indira Gandhi with a great foresight and political acumen signed a defence treaty with USSR. The pact in brief meant any attack on India would be treated as an attack on Russia and vice versa. This took care of any Western intervention in the conflict. Americans sent their Seventh Fleet in to the Indian Ocean and so did Britain send a warship. But realizing the strong Russian fleet was already in the Bay of Bengal, both USA and UK ships backed off avoiding escalating a localized conflict into an international dispute of major powers with a international ramifications.

Pakistan had great hopes, as they were sure of foreign intervention or an UN resolution would bring about a ceasefire and could still hold on to East Pakistan. But the events unfolded very fast. East Pakistan was declared a new nation, Bangladesh, with the Awami League leader, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman becoming the Prime Minister in January 1972. This was a big blow to the Pakistan rulers. Through the conflict, the Indian forces were assisted by the Mukti Bahini, a Bengali guerrilla resistance movement, which was fighting the Pakistan forces.

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The new nation faced challenges and turmoil in the following years. Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina was sheltered in Delhi from 1975-1981 after her father Sheikh Mujibur Rehman was brutally assassinated.

India shares the largest land boundary, 4,096.7 km with Bangladesh. Both nations share 54 common rivers. Rabindranath Tagore composed the national anthem of both the countries – Jana Gana Mana, the Indian national anthem and Amar Sonar Bangla, the Bangladesh anthem.

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