RIG VEDIC WEDDING SCENE IN TURKEY (Post No.8265)

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Post No. 8265

Date uploaded in London – 30 June 2020       

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Yazilikaya means ‘inscribed rock’. It is in Turkey near another famous site Bogazkoy. We have already seen the evidence of Vedic Gods Indra, Mitra, Varuna and Nasatya in their records dated 1380 BCE in Bogazkoy/kaya. So we know for sure that Hindus or those who believed in Hindu Gods lived and ruled there 3400 years ago. And after the marriage of Hittite princesses to Egyptian Pharaohs, the whole region was influenced by Hindu culture. We find horses for the first time in Egyptian battles . Hittite princesses installed new festivals. This is the background of Yazilkaya. The Middle East had thousands of deities. So newly married princesses mixed lot of local deities and as a result they got new deities or at least new names for old deities.

For Hindus , it is very familiar. Same Shiva, Vishnu and Devi are called with different names with different local myths (Sthala puranas) in different parts of India.

We have to look at Yazilikaya sculptures on huge rocks with this in mind. Above all , Hittite’s language is related to Sanskrit (Indo-European).

In the Rig Veda the most famous mantra is Wedding Mantra (RV 10-85). Unlike other mantras it is used in social events like Weddings. And the wonder of wonder is, it is used until today. South Indian Brahmin families use Vedic mantras for weddings. It is heard in several film wedding scene as well.

Here are the amazing similarities between wedding mantras and the Yazilikaya rock sculptures:-

1.Rig Veda mantra sees every bride as Miss Suuryaa. She is the daughter of Savitr or the Sun (Surya).

In Yazili also we see the Sun Goddess.

2.Rock sculptures show wedding processions coming in opposite directions. Male deities are in the left and the female deities are in the right.

In Hindu marriages we see processions like this. More over, the seating arrangement is similar  in religious gatherings and  Bhajans and weddings. On the Muhurtha day bridegroom party sits at the left.

3.One male god is shown with bull/ Rishaba in the rocks. Hindu scriptures portray Lord Shiva with a bull. Madurai Siva is described as SOMA Sundara reminding us the Wedding mantra where Soma (moon) is used with bull. He has got two companions who may be Asvini twins. They are accompanying Surya in the wedding.

4. Goddess in the opposite side is riding on a lion in Yazilikaya. Hindu goddess Shivani, Bhavani, Durga and others ride on a lion in Hindu mythology (I have already explained the Vahanas in my research paper in his blog

5. The characters in the procession extend their hands and on the hands we find their names. Hindu Weddings are called Paani Grahanam. It means grip/grasp/holding the hand. That is the main ceremony. Here in the rocks we see figures are ready for action.

6.Hindu wedding mantras are like love poems. They praise husband and wife as ‘two bodied one soul’. To depict this the double headed eagle is portrayed under two gods in the rocks. Two bodies united one like a heart (shape).

7.Hindu Mantras praise the bride and bride groom as one entering or dwells in another’s heart.  This heart is shown in Western greeting cards and greeting stamps . Double headed eagle’s body looks like heart.

8.Hindu mantras welcome everyone to see the procession and bless the couple. According to Rig Veda they travel in a golden chariot.

9.Even if Yazilikaya wedding procession is interpreted as Annual ritual Sacred Wedding procession we have comparisons. Gods’ sacred marriages are celebrated in all major South Indian temples; It was celebrated in Sumeria too. But all those are in museums now. Sacred weddings (Kalyana Maha Utsavas)  are a regular feature in all major South Indian temples . That was the model for human weddings.

Along with the female deities we see little figures as well . in the Rig Vedic wedding hymn there are 47m mantras praising over 25 deities. So we may count them as any one or two from the list.

Rig vedic wedding mantras give very interesting details about bride and bridegroom. I will deal with them separately.

Any one who reads the wedding hymn in the Rig Veda and looks at this rock scene will definitely see the similarities in both.

Yazilikaya has got many sculptures. They must be explored more thoroughly  with Hindu stories in mind. I have already written about the Double Headed Bird, Sacred Sumerian Marriage and Vahanas (Mounts of Gods) in the Middle East .

tags  –  Wedding Mantras, Yazilikaya, Sun Goddess, Procession, Sacred marriage, double headed eagle, vahanas

-subham–

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