Written by London swaminathan
Date: 21 March 2017
Time uploaded in London:- 19-38
Post No. 3744
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Egypt has many wonders such as the Pyramids and Sphinxes; over 100 pyramids and several sphinx statues! Apart from the gigantic monuments, the history of Egypt itself has many wonders. One of the wonders is the long reigns of the kings. Historians around the world allocate 20 years for every king on an average. But Egyptian kings ruled for 90 years, 80 years, 70 years, 60 years according to historians. This is incredible and impossible. Just to create excitement and interest, historians, like our tourist guides, created lot of stories. When Kalhana, author of Rajatarangini, said that the kings Pravrasena, Siddha, Hiranyakula, Vasukula, Baka, Nara, Gopaditya and Aksa ruled for 60 years each, the historians did not believe him and never entered them into our history books. Same Kalhana in his Rajatarangini, gave Mihirakula 70 years reign and a Tamil verse gave Karikal Choza 83 years which the historians ridiculed. But in Egypt’s case, they believed whatever said by the people who lived 3000 years after them! This is business; tourist business; Book writers make millions and tourism industry is making billions.
Here is the breakdown of reign by some famous ancient Egyptian kings:-
Pepi II – ruled for 94 years! became king at the age of six and died at the age of 100!
Ramesses II – 64 years
Narmer – 64 years
Aha (Hor) -64 years
In fact, history was first written by the Hindus in their mythologies (Purana). No religious scripture in the world includes history as a compulsory section. But Hindu Puranas must have a section called Dynasties of the Kings. This is one of the five sections of all the Puranas.
When the historians found out lot of discrepancies in the Sumerain King list given by Berossus and others, in the Egyptian king lists given by Manetho and others, they made lot of patch work, additions, omissions and commissions, and presented a “full history”.
When the Puranas gave a long list of kings, which even Megasthanes believed, they simply did not enter it into History books. When the Hindu Panchang (almanac) gave the official beginning of Kaliyuga as 3102 BCE, they ridiculed it. But they began all the histories including Chinese, Mayan, Babylonian, Egyptian histories from 3000+ BCE. They didn’t even know that it was the starting year of the Kaliyuga. All histories around the world began in a year very close to Kaliyuga!
11 Kings with same name!
Hindus are the ones who have the highest number of similar names in the list of kings. VIKRAMADITYA is used by several kings from Kanyakumari to Kashmir for over 2000 years. Probably Egypt comes next with 11 kings holding the same name Ramesses.
The name itself sounds very interesting; knowledgeable people and greatest ascetic of modern times Kanchi Paramacharya (1894-1994) think that there is a Hindu influence of Ram; others think it may be Lord Shiva, because all Ramesses kings have snake over their heads like Lord Shiva. there is a reason to believe in such theories because all these came only after Hindu contacts.
( Please see encyclopaedias for more details about Dasaratha letters, Amarna letters and Mitanninan Hindu king’s daughters marriage with Egyptian kings and sending two goddesses statues (Durga or Lakshmi?) to Egyptian Pharaoh etc).
Now let us look at some interesting details about these 11 kings:
Ramesses I (1295-1294 BCE)
He was a soldier turned Pharaoh! ruled only for one and half years. He was the founder of the Nineteenth Dynasty.
Ramesses II (1279 – 1213 BCE)
He ruled Egypt for 67 years! He became a king when he was twenty years old. He was famous for his huge statues. He built gigantic structures, most of them containing huge representations of himself!
He had several wives and had over 100 children! He beat Hindu Dasaratha in marriage and Hindu Kuchela (Sudhama) in fathering children!
He was always portrayed with his pet lion in battlefields. He fought a war with the Hittites at the city of Qadesh, but was defeated. But like modern politicians, he depicted the outcome of the war as a big victory according to his inscriptions. His temple is in West Thebes and called Ramesseum. English poet Shelly wrote Ozymandias based on Ramesses’ broken statue.
Ramesses III (1184 BCE – 1153)
World’s first labour strike happened during his reign at Deir El Medina. He had to deal with the invasion of Sea Peoples. He defeated them and inscribed it at his temple in Medinet Habu. He died because of a harem plot. He might have been murdered.
Like Hindu Kings he made lot of grants to Egyptian temples. They are all recorded on papyrus by his successor and it is known as The Great Harris Papyrus.
Ramesses IV (1153-1147 BCE)
He settled the labour dispute which began in the previous king’s period. He did many mining expeditions to get good stones for the temples. He prayed to Gods that he should also live like his predecessor. But Gods had different plans and he died in the sixth year of his rule.
Ramesses V (1147-1143 BCE)
Corruption among temple priests grew in his time. An enquiry was ordered and the corruption was exposed. Ruled only for five years.
He had a long list of hollow titles:
Living Horus (god of Egypt)
Great in Victory
Sustaining the two lands (Upper and Lower Egypt)
Favourite of the Two Goddesses
Mighty in Strength; repulser of Millions
Rich in Years
Protector of Egypt
Filling Every Land with Great Monuments in His Name
Son of Re (Solar God)
Lord of Diadems and several more!!
Ramesses VI (1143-1136)
It is thought that he came to rule because of an insurrection against his father Ramesses V.
Ruled only for a brief period.
Ramesses VII (1136-1129BCE)
Little is known about his rule; prices rose alarmingly and people became angry. He ruled for seven years.
Ramesses VIII (one year rule)
He ruled for one year.
Ramesses IX (1126-1108 BCE)
He ruled for 17 years. He built extensively and gave special attention to Heliopolis (Surya Puri). During his reign pillaging of royal and private tombs came to light. Even 3000 years before our time such scandals happened. Since there were treasures in tombs, people started plundering them. He ordered an investigation into the scandals and moved the mummies of the kings to a safer place.
Ruled for ten years. Nothing remarkable happened.
Ramesses XI (1097- 1069 BCE)
He was the last of the Ramessid kings, the eleventh of the name, proved to be one of the longest lasting, reigning for twenty-seven years. He had to tackle the attacks of tribesmen. Priests in Thebes became very powerful and challenged his authority. He even sent one priest out of the country. Priests of God Amun became richer and more powerful than kings! Number of tomb robberies were recorded and court investigations launched. Kings were slowly losing control from his time.
Source: Who is who in Ancient Egypt by Michael Rice.
My Research Articles on Egypt
Please Read my earlier Posts:—
Did Indians build Egyptian Pyramids?
27 august 2012
Hindu Gods in Egyptian Pyramids
16 september 2012
Sex Mantras and Talismans in Egypt and Atharva Veda
26 september 2012
Vedas and Egyptian Pyramid Texts
29 August 2012
Vishnu in Egyptian Pyramids (Part 3)
5 september 2012
More Tamil and Sanskrit Names in Egypt
Research paper written by London Swaminathan
Research article No.1413; Dated 15th November 2014.
Flags: Indus Valley-Egypt similarity
15 october 2012
Hindu Mudras in Egyptian and Sumerian Statues (Posted on 7 October 2012)
The Great Scorpion Mystery in History – Part 1 (posted 10 November 2012)
The Great Scorpion Mystery in History – Part 2(posted 10 November 2012)