WATER (VARUNA OR GANGA) WORSHIP IN SOUTH AMERICA (Post No.7219)

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Date: 15  NOVEMBER 2019

Time  in London – 19-07

Post No. 7219

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PERU IN SOUTH AMERICA HAS REVEALED A SURPISE; THE PEOPLE WORHSIPPED WATER LIKE WE WORSHIP GANGA MATA AND VARUNA. FOR THE WATER CEREMONY THEY HAVE CONSTRUCTED SPECIAL STEPS LIKE OUR RIVER GHATS OR TEMPLE TANKS. TODAY’S LONDON NEWS PAPERS HAVE PUBLISHED FULL DETAILS. HERE IS THE REPORT FROM DAILY MAIL NEWS PAPER. THEY CALL IT ‘DIVINE WATE’R. HINDU VEDAS ARE FULL OF PRAISE FOR APA/WATER. NO HINDU CEREMONY GOES WITHOUT WATER RITUAL. BRAHMINS OF INDIA DO WATER CEREMONY THRICE A DAY WITH SPECIAL PRAYERS TO WATER (APAH) AND VARUNA.

Archaeologists find a 3,000-year-old megalithic temple that was used to stage ‘pagan rituals of water worship’ in ancient Peru

  • The graves that were found at the temple site by archaeologists date back to between 1,500 BC to 292 AD
  • The religious monument’s total structure is over 131ft long and features a staircase that is 49ft long
  • The discovery was made in October but the news was delayed to deter treasure hunters from visiting the site
  • Researchers believe the megalith template would have been used by a water cult to Promote fertility
  • The religious monument is over 131ft long and is located in the springs of the Zaña Valley river about 500miles from Lima, the modern capital of Peru. 
  • Inside the temple archaeologists found a square with an alter that was likely used to offer important fertility rituals with water taken from the Zaña Valley river.

Archeological excavation has revealed the remnants of an ancient megalithic temple in Peru, believed to have been constructed some 3,000 years ago. The temple is thought to have been dedicated to the worship of water. Experts have concluded this based on altars at the site, their shape and how they were positioned.

The ancient megalithic remnants were discovered at the archaeological complex Huaca El Toro, in the district of Oyotún, in Peru’s Lambayeque region.

The director of the Royal Tombs of Sipán Museum, Walter Alva, reported that this temple is located near the junction of two rivers that were sacred places in ancient times: the Nanchoc and Udima rivers.

It is precisely there where an ancient culture chose to construct a massive temple.

Although temples are not a rarity in Peru, this is the only megalithic structure that has been discovered so far in Peru’s Lambayeque region.

To the surprise of archaeologists, excavations revealed that the ancient temple had been constructed entirely of supermassive stones. The facade, as well as the side wall s of the temple, were all built using massive granite blocks.

Some of the megalithic stones bear messages on their surfaces. The symbols suggest that the massive granite blocks were hauled from sacred places.

The temple was used as a center for the worship of water. In front of the megalithic construction are altars representing the cult of water. Water is thought to have been considered divine at the time.

The temple comes from a time when water was considered divine and was used in a number of rituals and religious practices, researchers claim. 

They were able to determine this temple was home to a cult that worshipped water by studying the way the alter is positioned and how it looks.

The altar includes holes similar to those found on other temples from the period.

‘This is typical of water altars that are in other places, and it is located in the springs of the Zaña Valley river’, Mr Alva said.

Mr Alva said they have identified a circular column, where evidence of sedimentation of rains and rituals was found.

‘This temple is facing the mountain. This place is strictly ceremonial because of the signs of burning that took place.’

‘The rituals were performed for fertility,’ (To get children) he said. 

Stunning walls surround the monument and there is a central staircase that is 32ft wide and 49ft long. (Like Hindu Temple Tanks and Tirthas)

The Peruvian team discovered 21 tombs on the site of the temple which is thought to date back to about 1,500 BC to 292 AD.

Inside the tombs they found ceramic pieces and metal objects such as knives that were placed next to the graves. 

Mr Alva says it is likely the tombs were later re-used as 20 of burial sites were from the later Inca Chimu culture which dates back to about 1,000 to 1,470 AD. 

This isn’t the first major discovery made by Walter Alva and his team. 

The archaeologist also discovered the tomb of the Lord of Sipan in 1987. Sipan (Lord Shiva’s name??) was a ruler of Mochica culture and his remains were found intact in Northern Peru. 

In 2007 he discovered a number of 4,000-year-old murals in Peru.

Like Hindu river Ghat and Temple Tanks, they had steps to get the holy water (Tirtham)

–subham-