Thursday, November 17, 2016



(Compilation for a discourse by N.R. SRINIVASAN, Nashville, TN, USA, November 2016)

I would like draw your attention about some of the amazing Temples in India known for their magic spell on millions and  some  other Temples of architectural excellence of the "Sthapanis" whose skill was motivated  by  none other than Viswakarma, The Divine  Sculptor,  that surprises the technical excellence  of  Temple Architectural Engineers of today. The magnificent temples of Halebeedu, Somanthapura, and Beluru by Jakanacharya of Karnataka whose work was challenged by his own  son for which he cut of his hand and built another temple  with his left hand about which I talked about in the past stands as a living proof of   that  past skill.   I also bring to your knowledge the famous temples of Chidambaram with its Secrets and Brihat mystetry (big mystery) of Brihadeeswara Temple of Tanjavur.  I have described below the seven Siva Temples on the 70th l ongitudinal parallel  to 0 degree Greenwich Meridian,   the Time Line that precedes the Line of Light, that includes Tiruvannmalai where you will see the Universal Light on Kartik Poornima day, Kartigai Deepam.  These seven temples from Rameswaram  on the Indian Ocean   to Kedarnath on the Himalayas   include Tiruvannamalai  whose   Annamali Deepam    or Universal Light   you will see  on Karik Poornima and as Makara Vilaakku on Sabarimalai in January.  Malai in Tamil means Mountain. You will see this Eternal Light as a fire  column on Mahasivaratri Night  with no end or beginning. This is the Universal light Moses saw in the Wilderness and received Ten Commandments, that Buddha and Rishabha saw and are surrounded by it! Look at the Bermuda Triangle as attached. Convince yourself  about the mystery of Bermuda Triangle in Rigveda and Atharvaveda and the mystery puzzling the Western culture! 
I have talked about Sankara, the   founder of Advaita Philosophy and later Shanmata Sthapaka, standing before Lord Viswanatha in Kasi confessed his three mistakes and finally glorified the sustenance aspect of Parabrahman Vishnu as the only God in Bjhajagovindam and Aatmabodha in our daily life who is none other than Venkateshwara who is Skanada and Balaa Tripura Sundari!

Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh is the richest temple in India after   Vatican in Rome attracting crowds of all ages, faiths and nationalities. Lord Venkateswara, th the Time line that projects th e Lord of this temple has been casting hypnotic spell on millions of devotees over centuries. His ability to answer prayers and perform the most improbable miracles is well known. Sir Thomas Munroe and Lord Williams were staunch devotees of the temple, although as non-Hindus they were never permitted to enter.  Both were cured of their incurable diseases, their prayers being answered by Lord Venkateswara. To this I would like to add my own life story though I am neither rich nor famous like Munroe or Williams to be quoted in any book or   Government Records as early as British days by Britishers or raise worthy in your imagination!I cannot forget my life at the age of 12 while I was lying in a state of coma on 48th day ready to pursue my journey to cremation ground when firmly confirmed. My doctor left me in the morning with 10% chance of recovery and even with that I would be a permanent liability to the family   mentally retarded. At that time I was brought up  by my maternal aunt as I had left my parents at the age of 8. Previous night I was administered a paste prepared by grinding an Ayurvedic herbal root on some like Sandal paste as then there was no allopathy medicine available. My foster mother as well as my mother who arrived  for biding good bye just the previous night were praying to Venkateshwara and my fasting foster  mother took several vows  and my mother joined her at the sanctum in the puja room. My grandfather went to Parthasarathy Temple and brought sacred water   and poured to my mouth forcibly opening. Amazingly 
I opened my eyes though it took a year to recover and resume my studies. Though I had no faith I obeyed my foster mother for she was the only God I worshiped and I would not do anything that would cause  her pain.   I fasted on all Saturdays, went round begging for food materials on all Saturdays of month of Sravana (Bikhshatana), lighted the lamp on dough wick (Maavu vilakku), had Upanayanam on Tirumalai Hills and put all the gift  I got   in the Charity  in the Hundi of the Temple, donating my hair several times.   I climbed the hills several times as there were no road or bus in those days. Probably He spared me then and later also after my by-pass open heart surgery in 2002 to serve you and spread His message as the Lord of the universe of all religions and traditions on which I am currently giving lecture on Sunday at 11-15 am at Sri   Ganesha Temple.
I did not lose my mental balance, due to the listening to the prayer of my aunt  by the Lord. I did  not pray to him but she prayed for me!  I was invited by an American  company, my name picked up as UNIDO expert which made my immigration easy and settle in USA; it was an easy walk and enabled me to travel to several countries as US expert and train labor and executives and transfer technology. I did not have an ambition to build Srinivasa Tower but fought corruption in India. In fact I always had a dealing of one to one with the Supreme while my own family feels I am neither religious or knowledgeable.  I do not try to change anybody’s opinion. In fact I never meditate on him with any desire. I know He always takes care of me. I did not apply for a job in Tatas but they called me and had the confidence that I could plan and build an export oriented unit for them and train executives and labor. When I finished my job I walked out. I was requested by Government of India to take care of sick Public Sector Undertaking, picking up my name from CSIR roaster of panel of experts to revive that had 3500 labor force and 17 labor Unions.  I was scared! I left when I revived the unit. He never allured me to build a fortune but always serve the needy without any expectation. It is His will that I should leave the world unknown and unlamented.


If you ask any Hindu American  speaking Telugu  in USA as  to where he comes from he will invariably say he/she is from Hyderabad. At I one time I thought whole Hyderabad will be  empty soon. It is not so. They first migrate to Hyderabad, apply for a Visa, go to Chikkur Balaji Temple every week to circum-ambulate the deity till Visa is obtained. When  Visa is obtained, after buying  the air-ticket  the visit the temple for the last time and circum-ambulate the inner shrine and take off to USA. I had no desire to come to USA having lived in Germany for three years and returned after refusing a job offer as I felt I will always be treated as second rate citizen in Germany. But I had told you my foster mother had entrusted this vagabond to Lord Venkateswara to take care of me. I was invited by some company in Upstate New York who asked me to come for an interview? How to come to USA for an interview? Here again He Helped me. Private secretary  to MD of Tata Exports gave the Blankket Permit to me  and advised me to show to American Embassy and request for a visa on business trip without the knowledge of MD. I went to Paris on business trip and from there went to USA to attend the interview. That was my Balaji passport to USA. It all went smoothly and I had my citizenship within three years and now He has given me the opportunity to deliver a lecture on Him tomorrow. I will talk about this temple too tomorrow.

Chilkur Balaji Temple, popularly known as "Visa Balaji Temple'', is an ancient Hindu temple of Lord Balaji on the banks of Osman Sagar in Hyderabad. It is one of the oldest temples in Hyderabad built during the time of Madanna and Akkanna, the uncles of Bhakta Ramadas. This temple has no hundi and neither accepts any money from devotees.  VAK Books also known as the Voice of Temples with religious news is available here. This is one of the special Temples in India with no green channel or privileges for VIP's The only other such temple is the Jalabram temple in Virpur (Rajkot), Gujarat. This temple fought and won the right to stay out of government control. The only another such temple is "Ramanuj Kot", a temple in Jodhpur, Rajasthan.

Circumambulations: During a visit the devotee goes through the usual rituals of prayer, including 11 circum-ambulations of the inner shrine, and makes a vow. Once the wish is fulfilled devotees then walk 108 times around the sanctum sanctorum. The majority of wishes by devotees are visa related, thus Chilkur Balaji is also referred to as 'Visa' Balaji  The 11 circumambulations represent the secret of creation — 11 means "1 soul and 1 body" — uniting both with devotion and full determination to fulfill wish, dedicate on the lord; there is no second, everything is god. In the 108 circumambulations, 1 represents the Existence, Almighty, God (Paramathma, Balaji in the minds of the devotee), 0 represents Creation (Illusionary World, Jagath) and 8 represents the time Human Body takes to come to this universe-8 months (Jivatma).

This temple is one of the oldest in Hyderabad, having been built during the time of Akkanna and Madanna, the uncles of Bhakta Ramdas. According to tradition, a devotee who used to visit Tirupati every year could not do so on one occasion owing to serious ill health. Lord Venkateshwara appeared in his dream and said, "I am right here in the nearby forest. You don't have to worry." The devotee at once moved to the place indicated by the Lord in the dream and saw a molehill there, which he dug up. Accidentally, the axe struck Lord Balaji's idol (covered by the molehill) below the chin and on the chest. Surprisingly blood started flowing profusely from the "wounds", flooding the ground and turning it scarlet. The devotee could not believe his eyes. He could not believe his ears when he heard a voice from the air saying, "Flood the molehill with cow's milk." When the devotee did so, a Swayambhu idol of Lord Balaji accompanied by Sridevi and Bhoodevi (a rare combination) was found, and this idol was installed with the due rites and a temple built for it.
Sri Balaji Venkateshwara, the Pratyaksha Daiva in Kaliyuga, is thus available at Chilkur to shower blessings on His devotees who for any reason are unable to go to Tirupati. Many devout worshippers flock to the temple to receive the blessings of the Lord and his consorts throughout the year particularly during Poolangi, Annakota and Brahmothsavams.
With the earnest desire to revive the former glory and importance of the temple, the idol of Ammavaru was installed in 1963, the year after the Sino-Indian War. After the unilateral withdrawal of Chinese troops, Ammavaru was given the name of Rajya Lakshmi, signifying this welcome event. The unique feature of this idol is that lotus flowers are held in three hands and the fourth hand is in a position towards the lotus feet which signifies the doctrine of Saranagathi.
The temple has been visited by great Acharyas from time to time. A visit to the temple is a must for the Jeer of Sri Ahobila Mutt every time he visits the twin cities, and in the temple is installed the idol of the first Jeer. The Tilakayaths of Sri Vallabhacharya Sampradaya have been regularly visiting the shrine. Jagadguru Sri Sankaracharya of Sringeri Mutt and his disciple graced the efforts of the trustees in improving the temple.

In Thanjavur District, Papanasam Taluk, 8 km from Papanasam town there is a place called RAYAN PETTAI where Sri Murukan Temple with conch and chakra is located.  That is the only place we can worship both Perumal and Murukan together. Students from various places come here to worship both Perumal and Murukan for passing their examinations. and most of them passed.  RAYAN PETTAI is a small village where the local people give tender coconuts to all the students and encourage them to pass their examinations.  During the examination times, the students from other places invade this temple and worship in order to pass their examinations.This shows the close relationship of Murukan and Balaji about which we will talk later.

My mother and grandmother were mental patients perhaps it was their genes.  My mother was evil-possessed as the religious believe and my grand-mother divine possessed. I was beaten when my mother suffered every months during her periods for six days as I would innocently  cling to her and on the other hand pampered with prasadams by my grand-mother when she was possessed. I enjoyed both. At the age of 15 I accompanied my grandfather during my vacation to a famous Anjaneya Temple near Chennai called Sholangipuram. I took bath and sat with them before the deity on the hill climbing 1000 and odd steps. I saw them shaking and agitated   and the good and evil trying  to leave them,  along with dozens of them. It was like a lunatic asylum and enjoyed the drama taking care of them while my grand-father was praying.  To my surprise they were completely cured and back to normal life. I started believing in the power of God but yet I don’t go to him with any specific wish for he knows what I need and what I deserve. This I have learnt  from my life that against all machinations and    impossibility I was in Germany for my training for three years all planned in 10 days including passport in those days which was impossible even by best recommendations and political influence.
Viswaani deva savitarduritaani paraasuva | yadbhadram tanma aasuva || O Resplendent Lord savitar, the cause of the universe: “Do destroy all our sins. Grant us that which is ultimately good!

[This discourse is based on personal collections, personal recollections, information received from participants from time to time by way of E-mails and information available on the Internet  and contributions from autjhors forwarded  by  IndiaDivine.Org to me.]

11 Amazing  Facts about Tirupati  Balaji Temple That Are Hard To Believe
By Administration -
April 4, 2016
Sri Venkateswara Swamy Temple or Tirupati Balaji temple situated in the hill town of Tirumala in Andhra Pradesh is an ancient and one of the richest shrines of India. The Tirumala hill shrine consists of seven hills namely Seshadri, Neeladri, Garudadri, Anjanadri, Vrishabhadri, Narayanadri, and Venkatadri. The main temple of Tirumala lies on the seventh hill called Venkatadri, hence the Temple is also known as “The Temple of Seven Hills”. Lord Sri Venkateswara, also known as Balaji and Govinda, is the presiding deity of this holy Tirumala Temple.
There are many beliefs associated with this temple, which are too hard to believe. Let’s take a look at what these beliefs are!

1. The Arch at the entrance of Tirumala Hills, which resembles the hood of a serpent is considered unique in the world. It is said that main deity in Tirumala temple is of the same height as the height of the Arch. Lord Vishnu is said to have put his first foot down at a place called Padalu, which is the highest point of Tirumala hills, Second step at the location of the arch and the next step is stated to have been placed where his idol is now worshipped in the temple at Tirumala.
2. At the entrance of the main door (Mahadwaram of the temple), to the right side, a stick which was used by Ananthaalvar to hit Venkateshwara Swamy is present. Ananthatalvar hit Lord Venkateshwara Swamy on the chin when Swamy was in his childhood, which oozed blood. Since then, the practice and tradition of applying sandalwood paste on Swamy’s chin came into existence.

3. It is said that there is real hair on the main idol of Lord Venkateshwara Swamy and they say that this hair is always silky smooth and never tangles.
When Balaji lost a small portion of hair after hit by a shepherd, Neela Devi a Gandharva princess cut a portion of her hair and implant it on his scalp. Lord Balaji promises her that all his devotees who come to his abode should render their hair to him, and she would be the recipient of all the hair received.

4. A Chemical kaccha Karpooram (Green Camphor), a soft white chemical is applied on the idol of Balaji every day. The fact is that, if this chemical is applied on a granite stone, cracks will appear on it. But surprisingly, even this is applied on Balaji every day; there is no damage to the stone.
5. There is a secret village, approximately 23 Kms from the temple in Tirumala, where no one is allowed except the residents of the village. The people are said to be living with strict practices and tradition. It is from this village, that all the flowers, milk, ghee, butter are sourced for the God.
6. When someone dies how one does not see behind and lights the fire, similarly, the flowers removed from Swamy are thrown in the water fall at the back of Swamy. It is said that the pujaris do not look at the back of the Swamy that entire day. All these flowers can be seen floating at a place called Verpedu (located on the way to kalahasti) which is 20 km from Tirupati.
7. Lord Venkateshwara statue appears to be standing at the center of the Garba Gudi. But, actually, Swamy stands at the right side corner of the Garba Gudi. This can be noticed from standing outside.
8. No matter how many times, the back of Swamy is dried, it always remains wet. If you carefully keep your ear and listen against Swamy’s back, sound of an ocean is heard.
9. The oil lamps lighted in front of the Swamy idol are said to be lit since thousands of years. It is also said that they never ever put off and no one exactly knows since when these lights are lit.
10. During 1800’s, the temple was said to be closed for 12 years. One King of that time is said to have punished 12 people by killing them and hanging them on the walls of the temple for doing the unsacred thing at the temple. They say that it was at this time that Vimana Venkateshwara Swamy has come to existence.
11. It is said that the idol of Balaji always maintains a temperature of 110 degrees F. But the temple is at a height of about 3000 feet so the climate is normally cold.
It is also said that every morning at 4: 30 am after the Abhishekam is done with water, milk as well as other dravayam, sweat appears in the form of fine water particles on the body of the idol, which is wiped off with a silk cloth. On every Thursday when ornaments are removed before sacred bath it is noticed that they are warm.
There is also a traditional belief in vogue that Balaji has a third eye which he opens at the time of Abhishekam.

 Bermuda Triangle Mystery Revealed in Rig Veda & AtharvaVeda
Posted by The Editor | Jan 20, 2016  | IndiaDivine.Org
Bermuda Triangle or the Devil’s Triangle, is a region in the western part of the North Atlantic Ocean, where a number of aircraft and ships are said to have disappeared under mysterious circumstances.
Even though the US Navy says that Bermuda Triangle does not exist, many have attributed various disappearances to the paranormal or activity by extraterrestrial beings. But till date, nobody could find out actual reason behind this mystery.
Many believe that there is a hidden pyramid inside the Atlantic Ocean, which pulls everything towards it like a magnet. It was named as “danger region” for about 500 years after disappearance of ships & planes. In 1492 during journey to America, Columbus saw some glittering  in this region and his magnetic compass got disturbed.
 Bermuda Triangle Mystery Revealed in Rig Veda
Although there is a similar demon described in first ever poem, Ramayana, it does not match with the geographical location.  Simhika, the gigantic demon had the power to attract anything’s shadow flying over ocean and pull it into the waters.
However, that was on the way to Lanka.  Brahmanda Purana (composed more than 5000 years ago) and Rig Veda (written more than 23000 years ago) clearly state that the planet Mars was born out of Earth. That is why he is called as Bhauma (‘son of Bhumi’) or Kuja (Ku = Earth + Ja = Born out of) in Sanskrit.
Asya Vamasya Sukta in Rig Veda states :”When Earth gave birth to Mars, and Mars separated from his mother, her thigh got injured and she became imbalanced (Earth rotated in its axis) and to stop it Godly doctors, Aswini Kumars poured iron into the triangular shaped injury and Earth got fixed in her current position.
That is why Earth’s axis is bent at a particular angle.  That triangular shaped injury on our planet which was filled with iron went onto become Bermuda Triangle. Iron stored inside earth for years becomes natural magnet and Bermuda disappearances, fog, high and low temperature water streams colliding are a result of this.
Moon was also born out of churning of milky ocean and when it rocketed out from Earth at latitude of about 23½ a huge bump created by its ejection came in line with Sun. So, Earth has tilted axis at 23½. Modern science could not explain this phenomenon and also the strange coincidence that Earth is titled at 23½ degrees and Bermuda Triangle is also at 23½!
In 1909, a fishing boat got disappeared. On 5th Dec 1945, a flight started from Florida (USA), when went about 120 miles east, its contact was broken from base station and plane disappeared.
In 1948, a ship carrying 27 travelers disappeared in Bermuda region. In 1951 another ship carrying 53 travelers disappeared in this region. Due to safety and precautionary reasons, all routes for ships & planes have been made out of this triangle.
Bermuda Triangle Mystery Revealed in Atharva Veda
Atharva Veda has description of several gems. One of them is Darbha gem, which is described in Sukta 28, 29 & 30, by Darbha gem. So, electro-magnetic waves going from wireless system or coming to system are disturbed and wireless system fails.
Darbha gem is like a very short form of neutron star, which has high density. Similarly, Darbha gem also has high density so there is high gravitation due to Darbha gem. There is emission of high energetic electro-magnetic waves due to Darbha gem, probably due to nuclear reactions happening in it. Intensities of electric & magnetic field associated with electro-magnetic waves are very high.
This gem could be a powerful and dangerous weapon. Khanda 19 of Atharva Veda, Mantra 4 of Sukta 28, states: “As the Sun brings down clouds on earth in the same way oh! Darbha gem you fall down the rising enemies.” It means that there is gravitational force due to Darbha gem inside water. Mantra 5 of Sukta 29, says, “As the curd is stirred in the same way oh! Darbha gem you stir enemies.” It means to stir the bodies is a property of Darbha gem. In Mantra 7 of Sukta 29, says, “to burn the bodies”;
It means there is emission of high energetic rays like laser rays by Darbha gem, which destroy bodies. So properties of Darbha gem are:
1) High gravitational field.
2) Stir bodies coming near to it.
3) Emission of high energetic rays.
All these properties of Darbha gem, explain the phenomena of Bermuda Triangle. Mars (Mangala / Kuja) has Triangle shaped Yantra in Vedic Astrology. In Vedic Astrology, Mars (Mangala or Kuja) is red in color (similar to what modern scientists discovered), had water bodies on it (dried river beds found by NASA).
Coral, the gemstone related to Mars is also red in color and found only under sea waters.
What is even more astonishing is that, Yantra in Mars is triangle (tilted) shaped. In that way, Mars is brother of all humans born on planet Earth. Mars also controls all land related issues in human lives like Real Estate Business, Agriculture, Sibling etc. in astrology.
Modern scientists assume presence of methane hydrates, which indicates enormous eruptions of methane bubbles that would swamp a ship and projected high into the air- take out flying airplanes, as well. Any ship caught within the methane mega-bubble immediately loses all buoyancy and sink to the bottom of the ocean. If the bubbles are big enough and possess a high enough density they can also knock aircraft out of the sky with little or no warning.
Aircraft falling victim to these methane bubbles will lose their engines-perhaps igniting the methane surrounding them-and immediately lose their lift as well, ending their flights by diving into the ocean and swiftly plummeting.
Legend of the Bermuda Triangle
The area referred to as the Bermuda Triangle, or Devil’s Triangle, covers about 500,000 square miles of ocean off the southeastern tip of Florida. When  Columbus sailed through the area on his first voyage to the New World, he reported that a great flame of fire (probably a meteor) crashed into the sea one night and that a strange light appeared in the distance a few weeks later. He also wrote about erratic compass readings, perhaps because at that time a sliver of the Bermuda Triangle was one of the few places on Earth where true north and magnetic north lined up.
After gaining widespread fame as the first person to sail solo around the globe, Joshua Slocum disappeared on a 1909 voyage from Martha’s Vineyard to South America. Though it’s unclear exactly what happened, many sources later attributed his death to the Bermuda Triangle.
William Shakespeare’s play “The Tempest,” which some scholars claim was based on a real-life Bermuda shipwreck, may have enhanced the area’s aura of mystery. Nonetheless, reports of unexplained disappearances did not really capture the public’s attention until the 20th century. An especially infamous tragedy occurred in March 1918 when the USS Cyclops, a 542-foot-long Navy cargo ship with over 300 men and 10,000 tons of manganese ore onboard, sank somewhere between Barbados and the Chesapeake Bay. The Cyclops never sent out an SOS distress call despite being equipped to do so, and an extensive search found no wreckage. “Only God and the sea know what happened to the great ship,” U.S. President Woodrow  Wilson later said. In 1941 two of the Cyclops’ sister ships similarly vanished without a trace along nearly the same route.
A pattern allegedly began forming in which vessels traversing the Bermuda Triangle would either disappear or be found abandoned. Then, in December 1945, five Navy bombers carrying 14 men took off from a Fort Lauderdale, Florida, airfield in order to conduct practice bombing runs over some nearby shoals. But with his compasses apparently malfunctioning, the leader of the mission, known as Flight 19, got severely lost. All five planes flew aimlessly until they ran low on fuel and were forced to ditch at sea. That same day, a rescue plane and its 13-man crew also disappeared. After a massive weeks-long search failed to turn up any evidence, the official Navy report declared that it was “as if they had flown to Mars.”
Bermuda Triangle Theories and Counter-Theories
By the time author Vincent Gaddis coined the phrase “Bermuda Triangle” in a 1964 magazine article, additional mysterious accidents had occurred in the area, including three passenger planes that went down despite having just sent “all’s well” messages. Charles Berlitz, whose grandfather founded the Berlitz language schools, stoked the legend even further in 1974 with a sensational bestseller about the legend. Since then, scores of fellow paranormal writers have blamed the triangle’s supposed lethalness on everything from aliens, Atlantis and sea monsters to time warps and reverse gravity fields whereas more scientifically minded theorists have pointed to magnetic anomalies, waterspouts or huge eruptions of methane gas from the ocean floor.
In all probability, however, there is no single theory that solves the mystery. As one skeptic put it, trying to find a common cause for every Bermuda Triangle disappearance is no more logical than trying to find a common cause for every automobile accident in Arizona. Moreover, although storms, reefs and the Gulf Stream can cause navigational challenges there, maritime insurance leader Lloyd’s of London does not recognize the Bermuda Triangle as an especially hazardous place. Neither does the U.S. Coast Guard, which says: “In a review of many aircraft and vessel losses in the area over the years, there has been nothing discovered that would indicate that casualties were the result of anything other than physical causes. No extraordinary factors have ever been identified.”
Bermuda Triangle of Ramayana
Demoness Simhika did penance for thousands of years meditating on Lord Brahma.    Lord Brahma pleased by her devotion wanted to grant her a wish. Chhayagraahi (Simhika) wanted to have controlling powers wherein she could be able to grasp anything towards her. Thereafter, the demoness was bestowed with the boon of grasping any object or being, however powerful it might be.   She had huge body and was capable of swallowing bigger objects that she can easily pull towards her. She controlled the area similar to Bermuda Triangle.  Due to this, no one dared to travel passing nearby her. Hanuman dared to face the challenge and destroyed her.
Another story in Ramayana goes like this. I do not know in which Ramayana this story appears: Ravana was very intelligent, brave and triloka vijayi (winner of all the three worlds). With his   penance and austerity directed to Siva he got several boons which added to his strength and made him almost invincible.   He was also gifted with a gem (which helped in re-generation of nectar at his navel). This made him immortal) and no one could kill him. When he baecame power-mad torturing the worlds, it was important that the gem be taken back from him so that nectar from the navel could be soaked to kill him. Only Siva could do that.  Siva   realized his mistake and wanted to take back the gem.  Mandodari, devout wife of   Ravana, was aware of the place where Ravana   had hidden that mani (gem).  Mandodari was also  a staunch devotee of Lord Siva.    Lord Siva in the guise of a sage begged for the mani  (gem) from Mandodari, a trick  simila to what Ravana  played on Sita.   Mandodari knew that secret of mani is only known to Lord Siva, Ravana and her. She realized that the Sage was none other than Siva. She gave the mani to Siva as alms.    After this incident there was no doubt left that Ravana would be killed easily by Sri Rama.
 When Ravana was killed,  Hanuman   was given the task of sinking the   mani in the deep waters  (core) of the ocean bed,  so deep  that its impact could be minimized and diluted. The mani was placed in the deepest core of ocean in those days of yore. It was all one ocean then with no names.  Hindu   Puranas   relate  this incidence to   the present location of   Bermuda Triangle. The immense grabbing power of mani is the main reason which pulls down the objects flowing or floating nearby or above Bermuda Triangle zone.

79 is the longitude in which these temples are located. What is surprising and awesome is that how the  ancient architects of these temples fixed the  location as the 79th parallel many hundreds of kilometers apart   precisely    without GPS or any such gizmo like that. Why 79 degrees. The numbers seven and nine are sacred. Seven stands for seven sacrificial tongues or flames (Saptarchih sapta jihvah) the flames that merge together as Annamali deepaam on Kartik Poornima day in Thiruvaannamali  that is  included in this latitude and which you will see as endless column of light or fire on Mahasivaratri night which has no beginning or end. If you look at the longitude it goes beyond our imagination at the top-end,   beyond Himalayas and at the  bottom-end extends to Rameswara Lingam  deep into the Indian ocean reminding us of the column of  beginning-less and  endless light of Mahasivaratri. Number nine in 79 represents Navakanda Rishis whom you invoke on Upakarma day to offer oblations. These rishis stand before the Universal Light offering their obeisance whom we need to join with our nine gates open. Upanishds say human body has nine gates which I have explained to you. Chamakam  consists  of mantras simply offering obeisance to odd and even numbers that ends in 33 odd  number and 48 even number without any explanation that I have explained in two of my discourses. 79 is an odd number.  Knowing our limitations Chamakam stopped at odd number 33. This column indicates that our obeisance to odd numbers can go beyond 33 odd and go to 79 odd if only we can look up to Himalayas at least if not further. We can also go as far as Rameswaram, then He disappears in the sea. We in our limited capacity  not able to go further or deep into the ocean, worship Samudra Raja himself as Supreme Spirit as directed by Vedas.  May  be He cooled Himself  for us in The Ocean  as Siva the auspicious and we so we pray “Oshadhayah Santih”—May the piece prevailing in the deep see come to me!

The Mysterious Sealed Door of the Ancient Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Posted by Ancient Code | Jun 28, 2017 | IndiaDivine Org

The mysterious door of the ancient Padmanabhaswamy temple is protected by two massive cobras painted on it and has no bolts, latches or any other means of entry. It is said to house unimaginable wealth, and can only be entered by a high level sadhu familiar with the knowledge of chanting a special Garuda mantra.
It is believed that the door—which has no bolts, latches or any other means of entry—was sealed shut by sound waves from a secret chant lost in time.
Hindu priests say that at present, there is no human capable of opening this door by executing these chants.
It is a glorious ancient temple which rightfully holds the title as the wealthiest institution and place of worship of any kind in the recorded history of the world, with an estimated $22 billion worth of gold and jewels stored in underground vaults.
Its gold-plated exterior shows only a small portion of its true glory.

Located in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India, this ancient temple features 8 underground vaults out of which only 5 have been opened and explored.
The Temple has been referred to in the Sangam period of literature between 500 B.C and 300 A.D several times. The temple is one of the 108 principal Divya Desams (“Holy Abodes”) in Vaishnavism, and is glorified in the Divya Prabandha.

Curiously, there isn’t a single historic record that mentions the exact date when the temple was founded.
Many extant pieces of Sangam Tamil literature and poetry, and even the later works of Ninth Century poet-saints like Nammalwar, refer to the Temple and even the city as having walls of pure gold. At some places, both the Temple and the entire city are often eulogized even as being made of gold, and the temple as the spiritual abode (Vaikuntha).

But the most impressive and mysterious feature of the temple is a hidden chamber which is guarded by two massive cobras. Legends say that anyone who dares to open the door will meet disastrous results. This mysterious door is referred to as Chamber B.
Six of the chambers have already been opened yielding approximately 22 billion dollars worth of gold in the form of diamonds, jewelry, golden utensils, weapons, golden statues, golden elephants and diamond necklaces, with one having an approximate weight of around 500 kilograms and a length of around 18 feet, in addition to countless bags full of golden coins acquired from different parts of the world. There are also many ceremonial costumes including one with 66 pounds of solid gold coconut shells studded with rubies and emeralds.

Many people speculate that the contents hidden inside the mysterious chamber go far beyond materialistic riches, even though priceless antiquities made of gold, and diamonds await on the other side. It is believed that if any ‘ordinary human’ attempts to open the mysterious Chamber-B, other than by the chanting the highly sacred and powerful ‘Garuda Mantra’, catastrophes are likely to occur in and around the temple premises, with apocalyptic scenarios likely to follow throughout India or even the world according to Vedic astrologers.

According to an inventory that took place in 2014, Vault A of the temple contained 2,000 pounds of gold coins, dating to around 200 B.C.

It is said that Vault B of the temple can only be entered by a high level sadhu familiar with the knowledge of chanting a secret Garuda mantra. The door cannot be opened by any means by anyone, and at present, there is nobody in the world who possesses the secret except the highly sacred and powerful siddhapurushas, or siddhars.

It is believed that beyond Chamber B lies another hidden inner chamber.
Beyond the secret vault, historical accounts suggest that another chamber exists, built out of thick walls made of solid gold where the mystery really exists, and contain the largest undiscovered treasure find in the history of the world.

Furthermore, if we take a look at a book titled “Travancore; A Guide Book for the Visitor (1933)” by Emily Gilchriest Hatch, we will find accounts of people who tried opening the mysterious vault with disastrous results. A group of people tried entering the vaults in 1931: the results? They had to flee for their life’s as they discovered a place infested with cobras. Accounts from 1908 also mention similar stories.

Today the Sri Padmanabhaswamy temple is one of the most protected places on the planet, guarded by metal detectors, security cameras, and more than two hundred guards, some of whom are equipped with heavy weapons.

The Ananta Padmanabhaswamy temple at Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala is one   ancient temple where the presiding deity is Lord Vishnu in his form as the Infinite one in yoga Nidra.
The temple has also been one of the richest temple in India, where billions worth of gold and ornaments have been found sealed in an underground vault and the court had appointed a committee to evaluate the riches.
This temple is referred to in the Puranas and Tamil Classics of the Sangam era.
What is now Kerala was a part of Tamil Chera Kingdom. Chera kings also enriched the temple and this dynasty goes back to thousands of years. However the temple and the city has been dated to around late first century BC. This is way off the mark.
The Tamil epic Silappadikarama, written by Ilangao Adigal, brother of the Chera king mentions this temple and also details the Thiruvananthapuram temple . Silappadikaram describes the city as golden city and the temple as one which was made of gold. Same description is found in the Puranas. Poompuhar, Tamil Nadu where most of the action of Silappadikaram takes place has been found off the sea and it has been proved that the people of Poompuhar had extensive trade with the Greeks, among others. And now Poompuhar has been dated some 20,000 years back!
AsSilappadikaram speaks of Thiruvananthapuram and Anantha Padma-nabhaswamy temple, these two should have existed before the events narrated in Silapadikaram. As Poompuhar is dated 20,000  years ago, it is reasonable to state that Thiruvananthapuram and Padmanabhaswamy temple date back to 20,000 years.
‘Silappadikaram has been dated to likely belong to the beginning of Common era.The incidence of Kovalan Madhavi and Kannagi took place in the same period as the poet who wrote the Tamil Epic was the brother of the Chera King Cheran Senguttuvan. However the recent finding placed these dates to 11000 years back!

Ancient Siva Temples (Kedarnath to Rameswaram) on Straight Line
 Many ancient Lord Siva temples from Kedarnath till Rameswaram with Kaleshwaram, Sri Kalahasti, Ekambareswar at Kancheepuram, Thillai Nataraja Temple at Chidambaram are aligned in a geographic straight line around 79° E 41’54” Longitude
Siva has five temples built, representing the manifestation of Linga in 5 elements of nature named as the Pancha Bhoota – Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Space
The temple for water is in Thiruvanaikaval, fire is in Thiruvannamalai , air is in Kalahasti , earth is in Kanchipuram and The temple for space/sky is in Chidambaram.
Geographic Speciality : The five temples were built according to the yogic sciences, and are placed in a certain geographic alignment with each other, so that the entire region red
reverberate with the possibility they offer.
All above temples exist for thousands of years when no satellite technology was available to measure latitude and longitude of those places.
Thiruvanaikkaval is located at around 3 degrees to the south and exactly 1 degree to the west of the northern tip of this divine axis, while Thiruvannamalai is around midway (1.5 degree to the south and 0.5 degree to the west).
Infact, Kedarnath temple in Himalayas is also almost on same longitude as of these temples.
Kaleshwaram temple (where Lord Siva and Yama are placed on same platform), and Ramanathaswamy temple at Rameswaram are also almost on same line.
How people have constructed temples separated by thousands of miles (2383 km between Kedarnath and Rameswaram) on almost same longitude, remains a mystery.
Flickering lamps in the SriKalahasti temple shows the play of wind (respiration of Vayu Linga), Water spring in the innermost sanctum of the Tiruvanaikka temple shows the temple’s relationship to the element water, Annual Kartikai Deepam (giant lamp is lighted atop the Annamalai hill) shows the Annamalaiyaar’s manifestation as fire, Swayambhu lingam of sand at Kanchipuram signifies the Siva’s association with the earth while the formless space (Akasa) at Chidambaram shows the association of lord with formlessness or nothingness
Lord Siva Temples in India on almost same Longitude
  1. Kedarnath – Kedarnath Temple (30.7352° N, 79.0669)
  2. Kaleshwaram – Kaleshwara Mukteeshwara swamy Temple (18.8110, 79.9067)
  3. Srikalahati – Srikalahasti Temple (13.749802, 79.698410)
  4. Kanchipuram – Ekambareswarar Temple (12.847604, 79.699798)
  5. Thiruvanaikaval – Jambukeswara Temple (10.853383, 78.705455)
  6. Tiruvannamalai – Annamalaiyar Temple (12.231942, 79.067694)
  7. Chidambaram – Nataraja Temple (11.399596, 79.693559)
  8. Rameswaram – Ramanathaswamy Temple(9.2881, 79.3174)
There must be many more temples between Kedarnath and Kaleshwaram, which might fall on same straight line.

 Chidambara Rahasyam—Secrete that abounds Chidambaram Temple

When Tamils are bogged down not understanding a thing they call it “Chidambra Rahasyam” that it is as mysterious  as the secret that abounds the famous temple in Chidambaram in Tamil Nadu  dedicated to Shiva in his cosmic form of Nataraja  where he is also worshiped as one of the elements Space  or Sky as Aakaasa Linga, of which we have talked about in the past. A casual visitor to this amazing temple usually finds the sanctum where he just finds empty space and mirror hanging to which worship is offered. But he often forgets the whole temple is surrounded with mystery which needs a deep study. For this you need to be conversant with the literary work of Thirumoolar, an ancient Tamil scholar and saint, called Thirumandiram or Sacred Mantra.  After 8 years of R & D, Western scientists have proved that at Lord Nataraja's big toe is the Centre Point of World's Magnetic Equator.  Thirumoolar has mentioned about this five thousand years ago based on his spiritual revelations! His treatise Thirumandiram is a wonderful literary  composition which serves as a scientific guide which baffles all in  the  world.  

A deep study of ancient literature reveals the following characteristics that Chidambaram temple embodies:
1)  This temple is located at the Center Point of world's Magnetic Equator.
2) Of the "Pancha boothas" i.e.   Temples for five Elements, Chidambaram denotes the Sky.   Kalahasati Siva is worshiped as Wind (Vaayu Linga). In  Kanchipuram he is worshiped as    Earth (Prithvee Linga).  All these 3 temples are located in a straight line at 79 degrees 41 minutes Longitude. This can be verified using Google.  An amazing fact & astronomical miracle!

The Garbha   Griha of Chidambaram  Temple has 9 entrances.  Deekshtars can enter the Garbha Griha through any one of these 9 entrances. These nine entrances denote the    entrances or openings or holes in the body.
 4) Temple roof is made of 21600 gold sheets which denote the 21600 breaths taken by a human being every day (15 x 60 x 24 = 21600)
5) These 21600 gold sheets are fixed on the Gopuram using 72000 gold nails which denote the total number of Nadis (Nerves) in the human body. These transfer energy to certain body parts that are invisible.

6)  Thirumoolar states that man represents the shape of Shivalingam, which represents Chidambaram which represents Sadashivam which represents HIS dance!
7) "Ponnambalam" is placed slightly tilted towards the left.  This represents our Heart.  To reach this, we need to climb 5 steps called "Panchakshara padi " "Si, Va, Ya, Na, Mah " are the 5 Panchaaksharee mantras. (Namah Sivaaya)
There are 4 pillars holding the Kanakasabha representing the 4 Vedas.
8)  Ponnambalam (golden sanctum) has 28 pillars denoting the 28 "Ahams "as well as the 28 methods to worship Lord Shiva.  These 28 pillars support   64 Roof Beams which denote the 64 Arts.  The cross beams represent the Blood Vessels running across the Human body. 
9)  9 Kalasas on the Golden Roof represent the 9 types of Sakthi or Energies of Parasakti
the 6 pillars at the Artha Mantapa represent the 6 types of Saastras.  

The 18 pillars in the adjacant Mantapa represent  18 Puranas.  Scriptures say it takes eighteen steps to reach the Lord. One has to climb eighteen steps in Sabari Malai or Puri Jagannath (padinettu padi)

10) The dance of Lord Nataraja is described as Cosmic Dance by Western Scientists.

  Science is propounding now what has been stated in scriptures thousands of years ago!

The above information has been provided through courtesy by a close relative of mine who is also a Participant. Please do not miss to visit this ancient temple dedicated to Lord Siva worshiped as Nataraja and Aakasa Linga. It is also known for its architectural beauty and sculptures.

Chidambaram Temple has only four entrances under the four Gopurams (north, south, east and west). The temple is protected by four big walls.

Srikurmam – The Unique Temple of Lord Kurma the Tortoise Avatar
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The most sacred and ancient shrine  of Sri Kurmam, situated on the shores of bay of bengal,  is the only swayambhu temple in the world where lord vishnu is worshipped in the form of  Kurma Avataara (tortoise – the second incarnation of the famous dasa avataras).
Initially dedicated to Shiva and referred to as Kurmeswara temple, Ramanuja is said to have converted Srikurmam into a Vaishnavite temple in the 11th century AD. Since then, the temple was regarded as an important center of Vaishnavism. This ancient shrine is believed to be prior to the golden era of Sri Raama (raama raajyam).
Prominent references about this shrine are available in Kurma, Vishnu, Agni, Padma, Brahmaanda puranas. hile the shrine is said to be more than a few million years old, outer structures were reconstructed many a time – after dilapidation of previous one, and the latest temple structure of outer walls is more than 700 years old.
The legends runs as follows. There existed a mountain, Swetachala, which was ruled by the king Sutha. His wife being profoundly attached to the religious chores was to observe a vow (Vratham) on a Suddha Ekadasi day and shunned herself from the sensual pleasures. As the king made amorous advances to her on the very same day set for prayers and worship she reproached his advances and made a fervent appeal to Lord himself for the unhindered continuance of the Vratham which ought not be violated. In answer to her prayer, Lord Kurmanatha bade Ganges to flow in between the king and queen, thus segregating the couple and as a result the queen started living on the banks of the river, while the king was pining for his beloved in solitude. Sage Narada advised him to please Lord Vishnu by doing a penance at the confluence of river Vamsadhara and the sea. He taught Kurma-mantra to meditate upon. Pleased with his prayer, the Lord appeared before him with all his divine attributes such as Sanka, Chakra, Gadha and Padma. Lord Brahma, the creator of universe, himself officiated the celestial rituals and consecrated the shrine with gopaala yantra .
Sweta Pushkarini (the lake in front of the temple) is formed by the Sudarshan chakra. Sri Mahaa laxmi (the consort of lord vishnu), emanated from this lake and is adored in the name of Sri Kurma Naayaki, in varadaa mudra posture seated on garuda vaahana.
The deity of Kurmanathaswamy is made of black stone, but due to regular applications of sandalwood paste, it appears yellow. It sits on a platform made of stone with a length of 5 feet, a height of 1 foot, and a width of 4 feet. The idol is 2.5 feet (0.76 m) long and consists of three stone structures. The stone representing the head faces the west; the middle stone represents the body of the tortoise the small stone at the rear end, covered with swirling circles, represents either the tail of the tortoise or the Sudarshana Chakra.
Sri Kurmam shrine is believed to be the “Moksha Sthaanam” and the Sweta Pushkarini has cosmic cleansing powers. So, like in varanasi, people perform the last rites of the deceased and drop (nimajjan) the asthikaas (ashes) in it, which eventually metamorphose into saalagraamaas (divine stones). Even mother Ganga takes a bath in this  lake every year on maagha shudha chauthi (around February) to cleanse herself of all the sins left by the devotees . The prasaadam of the lord is said to possess mystic curative powers – after taking this prasaadam, the celestial dancer “Tilottama” became devotional and renunciated desires, king Subhaanga won the war, a devotee by name Vaasu deva got leprosy cured.
His Holiness Sri Ramanujacharya prayed for Lord Vishnu at this place in 11th century. The deity, facing East till then, turned towards West to bless Acharya (similar to Udupi temple in Karnataka). Hence there are two “dwaja stambhaas” (flag posts) in east and west directions. This is also the reason to permit devotees to enter the “garbha gruha” (sanctum sanctorum) for a closer darshan of the lord.
This temple is known for its marvelous sculpture, particularly on the southern entrance, apart from the 108 pillars, with none resembling each other, bear few inscriptions related to the royal lineages that existed in this area in the past. The unique stones on the floor in the pradakshina mandapam (circumambulatory passage) are said to infuse magnetic energy into the devotees through their feet.
The ancient mural paintings (frescoes) on these walls, made from natural colours, resemble those in ajanta – ellora caves.
“Kaasi dwaram” – the under ground tunnel to varanasi in the north eastern corner of the pradakshina mandapam is another magnificent piece of ancient engineering skills. The entry is closed now, since many wild animals and snakes are entering the temple.

Tortoise park has been built to conserve the adult and young star tortoises, making Srikurmam the only conservation center for this species.
Many great people and holy sages offered their prayers in this shrine
 including, Lava & Kusha (sons of Sri Raama, belonging to Treta yuga – more than a million years ago) ., Balaraama (elder brother of Sri krishna, belonging to Dwaapara yuga – more than 5000 years ago),  sage Durvaasa (more than 5000 years ago,  Sri Adi Sankara achaarya (8th century ad) ., Sri Raamaanujaachaarya (11th centurad).,  Sri Narahari Teertha (13th century ad)., Sri Chaitanya Mahaaprabhu(1512 ad) etc.  Sri Kurmanadha is a great bestower of peace & bliss and is said to relieve the doshas related to saturn (sani graha doshas).
To protect this temple from the Muslim invaders during 11th – 17th centuries, like in many temples in South India,   the locals applied lime stone mix on the entire temple complex and camouflaged as a hillock. The solidified limestone layers are still being peeled off now, and the same are visible even today on the temple walls.
Temples are the pivots of Hindu culture.  Many of our fore fathers sacrificed their lives to protect these invaluable treasures for posterity. With only 3 of the 29 ancient civilizations remaining, and Hinduism being one of them, the present generation has the inescapable responsibility to protect, if not further develop, and pass on to the next generations.
Most of the avatars of Lord Vishnu involve fighting against evil! But in this Kurma avatar’s main purpose was to provide support and help. When in danger the Tortoise withdraws itself into its shell. This is nothing but the concept of withdrawing senses from sense objects and meditating on the lotus feet of the Lord.
In the second chapter of Bhagavad Gita Lord Krishna states:
yada samharate chayam kurmo ‘nganiva sarvasah |
tasya prajna pratisthitaa ||2-58 ||
“One who is able to withdraw his senses from sense objects, as the tortoise draws his limbs within the shell, is to be understood as truly situated in knowledge.”

Brihadeeswara  Temple

Peruvudaiyar Kovil, which is also famous as Brihadeeswarar Temple, Rajarajeswaram and RajaRajeshwara Temple, is located at Thanjavur in Tamil Nadu state of India. It is one Hindu temple, which they dedicate towards Lord Shiva. It is one luminous example of major heights, which Cholas achieves within Tamil architecture. This temple is one tribute and one reflection of power of its supporter Raja Raja Chola I. this temple remains as India’s largest and Indian architecture’s one of greatest glories. It is also a part of UNESCO World Heritage Site as “Great Living Chola Temples”.

This great temple is India’s one of most prized site for its architecture. It stands in middle of fortified walls added probably in sixteenth century. There is one temple tower, which people call as Vimana. It is 216 feet or 66 meters high. It is also one among tallest tower in whole world in its kind. Kumbam, Chikharam or Kalasha, which is bulbous, or apex structure on top of temple, people believe that it is made out of a single stone carving.

There is one statue of a sacred bull or Nandi at entrance of this temple measuring about thirteen feet high and sixteen feet long. It is result of a single rock carving.
Entire structure of temple is made of granite, whose nearest source are near Tiruchchirapalli, which is nearly 60 kms to Thanjavur’s west, where temple is.
 The architect and engineer of the temple was Kunjara Mallan Raja Raja Rama Perunthachan as stated in inscriptions found at the temple. The solid base of the temple raises about 5 metres (16 feet), above which stone deities and representatives of Shiva dance. The big Nandi (bull), weighing about 20 tons is made of a single stone and is about 2 m in height, 6 m in length and 2.5 m in width.  The presiding deity of lingam is 3.7m tall. The prakaram (outer precincts of the temple) measures 240m by 125m.  The outer wall of the upper-story is carved with 108 dance karanas – postures of Bharathanatyam, the classical dance of Tamil Nadu.  The shrine of Goddess was added by Pandyas during the 13th century, Subramanya Shrine by Vijayanagara rulers and the Vinayaka shrine was renovated by Maratha rulers.  There were significant additions from the Thanjavur Nayaks. The complex is made up of many structures that are aligned axially. The complex can be entered either on one axis through a five-story gopuram or with a second access directly to the huge main quadrangle through a smaller free-standing gopuram. The massive size of the main Vimanam (Shikhara) is ca. 60.96 meters high, with 16 elaborately articulated stories, and dominates the main quadrangle. Pilaster, piers (a raised structure), and attached columns are placed rhythmically covering every surface of the Vimanam.    Gopuram of the main entrance is 30 m high, smaller than the vimana. It is unusual in the Dravidian architecture where the gopurams are generally the main towers and taller than the vimanam. A widely held belief is that the shadow of the Vimana never falls on the ground.  The temple is said to be made up of about 60,000 tons of granite. The capstone itself is made of four pieces of granite and weighs about 20 tons. On top of the main gopuram is believed to have been taken to the top by creating an inclined slope to the height of 66m to the top of the gopuram when modern cranes and other giant equipment were not available.
Millennium commemoration: Built in the year 1010 CE by Raja Raja Chola in Thanjavur, Brihadeeswarar Temple popularly known as the 'Big Temple' turned 1000 years old in September 2010. To celebrate the 1000th year of the grand structure, the state government and the town held many cultural events. It was to recall the 275th day of his 25th regal year (1010 CE) when Raja Raja Chola (985–1014 CE) handed over a gold-plated kalasam (copper pot or finial) for the final consecration to crown the vimana, the 59.82-metre tall tower above the sanct

Sarvajna Peetha in Azad Kasahmir, Pakistan--The  Throne of Wisdom Adi Sankaracharya ascended

“Namastey Sharada Devi Kashmir Pura Vasini Tvam Ham Prarthaye Nityam Vidya Daanam Cha De hi may” meaning Salutations to you, Sharada, O Goddess, O one who resides in Kashmir. I pray to you daily, please give me the charity of knowledge. This is the Prayer recited by the  Azazd Kashmir Hindus even today, paying their obeisance  about the Sarada Devi.

This is where Adi Shankaracharya ascended the Sarvagna Peetha, Seat of Learning of Throne of Wisdom’ Ramanujacharya visited and contemplated before embarking upon his commentary on Brahma Sutra,  ‘The temple is so ancient that Kashmir State was earlier known as ‘Sharada Peeth’. It is at this temple that Sankaracharya received the right to sit on the Sarvanjnanapeetham orSarvajna peetha(Throne of Wisdom). The temple is at a height of 11000 feet above the sea level and is about 70 miles from Shrinagar. The length of the temple is 142 feet and width is 94.6 feet. The outer walls of the temple are 6 ft. wide and 11 ft long. And there are arches with 8 ft. height. It is a very good example of architecture. The Śāradā image at Shringeri Sharadamba temple was once said to have been made of sandalwood, which is supposed to have been taken by the Shankaracharya from here. Kashmiri Pandits from India regularly try to visit this temple to offer prayers, but there are instances where they were not permitted to cross the LOC and visit the temple.

The temple is located in the remote village of Sharda, in Pakistan’ Neelam Valley, at a distance of 60 miles from Baramulla in Indian-administered Kashmir, and 40 miles from Muzaffarabad, capital of Azad Kashmir. It lies 16 miles to the northwest of the Line of Control in a militarily sensitive area.Given its close proximity to the contentious Line of Control, access to the site by foreigners is sometimes restricted during periods of heightened tension with India. Citizens of Pakistan, including its Hindu population, do not face any official restriction in visiting the site. Visitors from India are generally refused access to the region, given its close proximity to the Line of Control, though foreigners from other countries do not face similar restrictions – although they may be denied entry during periods of heightened tensions with India.

Tanjore big temple mysteries

Tanjore is an excellent place with good water facilities and fully covered with beautiful palm forests. It is a smooth and green place where the great Raja Raja Chola ruled. There are many mysteries present in the Tanjore big temple. The whole construction procedure of theTanjore big temple is that of a great mystery to the archeologists. The great legends who made research on the Tanjore big temple couldn't find out what is the actual fact behind the construction of the Tanjore big temple. Some of the edible mysteries of the Tanjore big temple are

• Underground passages in Tanjore big temple
• Huge cap stone at the top of Tanjore big temple
• Painting in Tanjore big temple
• Granite stones used for the temple construction
• Cutting and carving of Granite stones
• Secret passages in Tanjore big temple

The construction of the world's difficult temple is a great mystery to the people of world. As of now we can go only to the prediction on how the Tanjore big temple was created and we cannot conclude on how the construction part would be.

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Underground passages in Tanjore big temple

The Tanjore big temple contains more than 100 underground passages to various places. The underground passages also contain some secret passage that leads to various places like thePalace of Raja Raja chola and also to other important places. The underground passages lead to the other temples and also to the other places in and around Tanjore. Most of the underground passages were sealed and if the people choose the wrong passage then there are possibilities that the path may also lead to the dangers. This can also be a trap for the kingdom safety of Raja Raja Chola. 

Huge Cap stone at the top of Tanjore big temple

The biggest mystery of all the other mystery in Tanjore big temple is the huge cap stone in the top of the Tanjore big temple. The weight of the cap stone at the top of Tanjore big templeweighs 80 tons. The main exclamation about the cap stone is that how come the builders of Tanjore big temple were able to place the cap stone at the top of the Gopuram in Tanjore big temple. There were no cranes or any high end equipments used in those days to do these works. The only thing that can help is the elephants. The huge cap of Tanjore big temple is constructed in such a way that the shadow of the Tanjore big temple Gopuram will not fall on the ground. It will just fall on itself. This particular planning and type of construction is not an easy task to go with.
Paintings in Tanjore big temple


 There are lots of high quality paintings in the Tanjore big temple that explain many things about the kingdom of Raja Raja Chola and also the greatness of the Raja Raja Chola. Some paintings also explain about the Raja Raja Chola's favorite God Shiva. There were also some stories present in the painting present in Tanjore big temple. In the secret passage from Tanjore big temple there were great paintings present that explain about many great things. The most admiring part of thepainting in Tanjore big temple is the painting of Raja Raja Chola offering his respect to his Guru. The colors chosen for the painting are great such that the paintings are still good and healthy to see.
 The Granite Stones

The granite stones are one of the strongest stones in the world. With the strength of the granite stone the stone is also equally heavy enough that it cannot be carried from one place to other place in the easy way. The stones that are used in Tanjore big temple were brought from a place that is 50 miles away from the Tanjore big temple. Without elephants the work might not be possible for the transportation of the rocks from that place. It is said that more than 1000 elephants were used for the construction of the Tanjore big temple. The ancestors of Chola kingdom were good enough to build temples with the granite stones.
Cutting and carving of the granite stones

The cutting and carving of the granite stone is not an easy task even today. We can't even imagine how this would have made possible in those days without any special equipment. The Granites are the strongest stones in the world and it is definitely not an easy task to cut and carve th
e granite stones. When compared to carving cutting and shaping is the definitely difficult task. Those days the rocks were made small holes as a like and the holes were filled with the water and after a long period of time the rocks will automatically break. This was how the rocks were broken. But even today the cutting of a granite rocks take more than one hour and several gallons of water for the cutting with the help of the advanced equipment.

Secret passages in Tanjore big temple

The secret passages were also built by Raja Raja Chola in his period of time. The secret passages were something different from the underground passages. The underground passages were built to connect several temples built by him together. Secret passage were built in such a way that it connects the secret places of the chola kings together like the one that connects the Palace of Raja Raja Chola and the Tanjore big temple. The secret passages in Tanjore big temple also consisted of many paintings that represent the greatness of Raja Raja Chola. There will be one painting that represents Raja Raja Chola offering his respect to his Guru. Most of the underground passages were blocked and closed because of the safety reasons. There were also some dangers in some of the underground passages from Tanjore big temple.