UNIQUE HINDU TEMPLE IN MAURITIUS (Post No.9335)

Compiled  BY LONDON SWAMINATHAN

Post No. 9335

Date uploaded in London – –3 MARCH  2021     

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Maha Rudra Japam was held in Harihara Devasthanam in Mauritius (Indian Ocean Island Country) recently in preparation for Shivaratri that falls on 11 March 2021.

This temple has both Shiva and Vishnu. The unique feature of the temple is 108 foot tall Sri Venkateswara at the entrance.

Other features are 11 foot tall Shiva linga and 22 foot tall Panchamukhi Hanuman.

The Maha Kumbabhishekam of Lord Venkateswara statue at the Hari Hara Devasthanam, 16eme Mille, Forest-Side (MAURITIUS) was held last Sunday, being preceded by daily prayers that started on Wednesday 27th June,2018

Swamy Srinivasacharya Badarika Ashramam had invited all Mauritians to the daily prayers and especially to the Sri Venkateswara Swamy Divya Mangala Vigraham – Maha Kumbhabhishekam on Sunday 1st July 2018 by eminent learned sages and Acharyas from Tirupati, India under the guidance of Acharya Brundavanam Partha Sarathi, OSK, Chairman and Head Priest. The ceremony was attended by thousands of devotees from India, Europe, Africa, America and other parts of the world.

According to the Hindu scriptures, Lord Vishnu, out of love towards his devotees, incarnated as Venkateswara and appeared for the upliftment and liberation of humanity in this Kali Yuga age. Lord Venkateswara is considered to be the supreme form of Vishnu in this age. The Venkateswara Swamy temple is also called Kaliyuga Vaikuntam.

Lord Venkateswara is another form of Lord Vishnu and is also known by various other names: Venkatachalapathi, Venkataramana, Tirumal Devar, Varadaraja, Srinivasa, Balaji, Vithala, each signifying one aspect of His glory. He has a dark complexion and four hands. In his two upper hands he holds a discus (a symbol of power) and a conch shell (a symbol of existence). With his lower hands extended downwards he asks devotees to have faith and surrender to him for protection.

The supreme temple of Venkateswara is at Tirupati. The gracious Lord, whose abode atop seven hills in the Tirupati region in the state of Andhra Pradesh, is visited by about 50,000 to 100,000 devotees every single day. His aura, charm and divinity attract people from all walks of life and from across the world.

Inspiration by Lord Venkateswara led the Hari Hara Devasthanam of 16eme Mille, Forest-Side to construct a unique 108 feet tall statue of Lord Venkateswara on the premises of the temple, to bless Mauritius and countries of the region. This majestic statue will enable devotees to rejoice in the presence of the Lord’s abode and chant his name with utmost devotion.

The realization of this 108 feet statue (unique in the world) of Lord Venkateswara is the manifestation of the devotion and belief of Acharya Brundavanam Partha Sarathi in the power of the divine and has been masterminded under the able Guidance of Guru Pita Shrinivasacharyaji.

The Hari Hara Devasthanam promotes spiritual consciousness and performs prayers according to principles laid in the sacred scriptures of Sanatan Dharma. The 11 feet tall Shivalingum and the 22 feet Panchamukhi Hanuman carved in one piece black stone are symbolic and usher powerful vibes and aura for the well-being of the citizens of Mauritius, protection of the country from calamities and its prosperity.

–subham–

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SUN LIGHT SHINES ON NANDHI/BULL IN HINDU TEMPLE (Post No.7712)

WRITTEN BY LONDON SWAMINATHAN

Post No.7709 changed to 7712

Date uploaded in London – 18 March 2020   

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Some days ago, I published a news item in this blog about sun light entering the Madurai Muktheeswar Tempe of Lord Shiva. Hindus were great engineers, even 1500 years ago, who could construct temples in such a way to allow sunlight into the Garba Griha- the sanctum sanctorum. Now my friend Devapriyaji has posted one more news item of such sun light wonders in Facebook.

Here is the matter in English

Chengam Rishabeswar Temple is in Tiruvannamalai District. It is a shiva temple which is at least 600 year old. (All Shiva temples have Nandhi/bull installed in front of the main shrine) .Ever year sun light falls on this Bull and changes it into golden colour. That is, the bull appears to be made of gold in the sun light. It lasts for a few minutes. Since it is an annual event large number of devotees gathered there to see the natural wonder on 16th March 2020 .

Hindus are nature lovers. From the days of 6000 year old Rig Veda (date according to Herman Jacobi and Freedom Fighter B G Tilak), Hindu scriptures are full of descriptions of nature. Since the SUN is the biggest source of energy for all the living beings on earth, they showed it to every one and asked to see Gayatri Devi in it.

In short, they saw God through Sun Light.  Several Hindu temples in South India are very big. And yet the temple builders found out ways to get the sun light into the inner most part of temple what is called Garbha Griha in Sanskrit.

Chengam Temple is one of the temples where you can see sun light playing with the statues inside the temple

Chengam is approximately 230 kilometres from Chennai in Tamil Nadu.

–subham–

Taj Mahal is a Hindu Temple reveals the book ‘World Vedic Heritage’ (Post No.3591)

Written by S NAGARAJAN

 

Date: 31 January 2017

 

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Post No.3591

 

 

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Santhanam Nagarajan

 

The book under review ‘World Vedic Heritage – A History of Histories’ is written by a great reserach scholar P.N.Oak after years of research on this subject.

This was written way back in 1984 and I have read it long back with wonder. Some of the topics like Taj Mahal was a Hindu Temple, Vedic stanzas are in Koran, Aurangazeb’s grave is in a Goddess Temple-Yard etc. attracted me very much. While I am reading this book now, still it fascinates me.

Even though the subjects are controversial, the author has given ample authoritative evidence for the readers.

The author says that the dome of the Taj Mahal in Agra, near New Delhi, the capital of India, has lotus petals. The lotus petals in inlay-work girding its base, the inverted lotus on top of the dome and the trident pinnacle are all Hindu, Vedic features indicating that the fifth generation Mogul emperor, Shahjahan only requisitioned the Tejo Mahalaya Shiva Temple.

Most of the area in around the main building is under Archaelogical Department’s control and no visitor is permitted there. Oak says that there is ample evidence to prove his point in those areas.

 

The book has 92chapters in 1312 pages. The Vedic culture in the East, Vedic past of Japan, China, Korea and Manchuria, West Asia etc. are dealt in detail by the author. Supporting his theory, the author has given 56 photos also in the book.

The book makes an interesting reading.  It is argued in the book that the first immediate reaction of a large section of the public on reading an unheard of thesis of the kind expounded in this book is likely to be one of shock, disbelief and rejection. But the cogency of the argument, the continuity of the thread of the history and the comprehensive evidence are likely to be persuasive factors which may ultimately make the theme more agreeable and acceptable.

A detailed bibliography is also attached at the end of the book quoting 114 sources.

The reader may draw his own conclusion after digesting all the facts put forth in the book. Lastly, after going through the contents of this book, one will get the impression that the Indian history must definitely be re-written correctly.

Purushottam Nagesh Oak (Birth: 2 March 1917; Death: 4 December 2007), commonly referred to as P. N. Oak, was an Indian writer, notable for his Hindu-centric brand of historical revisionism. Oak’s “Institute for Rewriting Indian History” issued a quarterly periodical called Itihas Patrika in the 1980s.    He has written more than twelve books. He was on the editorial staffs of the newspapers Hindustan Times and The Statesman.  He joined in the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, India and served as class I officer for a long time.

In all, those who are interested in Indian History, should read this book without fail.

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This article first appeared in www.ezinearticles.com

You may read Platinum Author Santhanam Nagarajan’s articles in the above site.

Pl follow the link to read about Taj Mahal :                         http://EzineArticles.com/expert/Santhanam_Nagarajan/19574

 

Was Stonehenge in England a Hindu Temple?

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Research Article No.1980

Written by London swaminathan

Date 7th July 2015

Time uploaded in London: 20-33

I went to see Stonehenge in Amesbury, England, United Kingdom yesterday. This was my second trip. I went there in 1990 in a coach trip organised by the South Indian Society, UK. After quarter of a century, during my second visit yesterday, I did not find much change because it was huge rocks which withstood weather for 4500 years. But I saw more crowd now, particularly Japanese tourists, and an increase in the entrance fee; now it is fifteen pounds per head!

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Writer london swaminathan at Stonehenge; each stone weighed several hundred tons

What is Stonehenge?

The official leaflet given to every ticket buyer says,

“Stonehenge is an ancient temple aligned on the movements of the sun. The stones were raised 4500 years ago by sophisticated pre historic people”.

Now it is maintained by English Heritage which manages over 400 historic monuments in Britain. In short, Stonehenge is a pre historic monument.

I would like to point out two key words in the leaflet: ‘Temple’ and ‘Movements of the Sun’. Both these words are used by Hindus only. Sun is worshipped ritually only by the Hindus today. Even today Brahmins worship Sun three times a day. Apart from the Hindu Brahmins we came to know that Iraq Yazidis also worship sun. They hit the headlines recently because of the attack of Muslim terrorists on them. They worshipped fire, peacock and sun like the Hindus. All of them went there from India thousands of years ago.

(Please read my earlier article —  HINDU VESTIGES IN RAQ — posted on 12 August 2014)

Now as part of the same emigration, another group of Hindus went up to Europe. They were the known as Celts. Though scholars knew the connection between Hindu Gods and Greek/Roman gods, the connection between Sanskrit and other major languages of the world, they guessed that they migrated from Europe to India. But the latest dating of Rig Veda by most of the scholars and the advanced civilisation seen in the Rig Vedic age disproved all their guesses. On the contrary Shrikant G Talageri proved that the Hindus migrated to Europe from India. Druhyus were one of them and they were called celts and their priests were called drhyus.

Sun worship is done by al the Hindus. Konarak in Orissa, Marthanda in Kashmir, Modhera in Gujrat were famous Sun Temples. There are ten more Sun Temples in different parts of India. Once again they were damaged or destroyed by the invaders.

Apart from the Sun temples, there are special shrines for Sun and Moon in most of the South Indian Temples. All the Hindus irrespective of their caste salute their departed souls on the banks of rivers and sea coasts on the day Sun takes Northward Movement (Uttarayana Punyakala) and Southward Movement (Dakshina Punyakala). This is what Stonehenge also was used for. Druids were the people who did such worship according to one group of scholars.

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Druids and Stonehenge

Every year on the Summer solstice day, the neo-Druids gather at the Stonehenge and do some rituals. But the scholars who studied the Stonehenge say that the Druids came into picture long after the Stonehenge. Stonehenge finished by 1200 BCE. But we hear about the Druids only from fourth century BCE. But whether there is a connection between the Druids and the Stonehenge or not there is a connection between the Hindus and the Stonehenge and between the Hindus and the Druids. Let us look at it in two topics:

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Hindus and Druids

Alexander Polyhistor (First Century BCE), Julius Caesar (50 BCE), Diodorous Siculus (36 BCE), Pliny the Elder (23-79 CE) and other Greek and Roman writers give us lot of information about the Druids. They were the Celtic Priests, like the Brahmins of India. They believed in

Reincarnation

Immortality of the Soul

Animal sacrifice

Ritual of Oak Tree and Mistletoe Plant (Tree Worship)

All these are Vedic beliefs. Some people say that they sacrificed human beings as well. Vedas also talk about human sacrifice (Purusamedah Yajna) and Indus Valley seal shows us human sacrifice. But no sacrificed human bones are excavated anywhere. The well known sacrifice of human beings happened only in the Middle East where hundreds and thousands of Children were sacrificed. In places like Bahrain we have excavated thousands of graves of children. But nothing like that is found in India or the Druid area.

Druids were Celtic people. They occupied Ireland, France, Britain and other European countries.

The word DRUID is interpreted in various ways. Hindus believe that they were Druhuys who were mentioned in Rig Veda very often along with four more groups. They were known as Pancha janaah (Five Peoples). They migrated to Europe via Iraq after the Dasarajna Yuddha (Ten Kings War) which is mentioned in the Rig Veda in several places.

Other explanations are Druid meant Seer, Sorcerer, a kind of Bird (wren), Tree People. Because of their belief in Atma and Punar janma, they were called Pythagorean by the Roman and Greek scholars. Greek philosopher Pythagoras repeated whatever the Upanishads said.

Another interesting point is Tree People and Seers are Sanskrit words:

Daru = Tree= Druid

Mantra Drsta/ Seer of Mantras= Druid (drus=see)

Tree worship was part of Vedic culture and Indus Valley Civilisation. Since Peepal Tree and Banyan Tree were not available in the West they adopted Oak tree.

In short, language wise, religion wise they were closer to Hindus than any other people. But like Greeks they merged their Gods with local Irish/Celtic gods and created a jumbled mythology. But still the underlying Hindu thread is discernible. People believe that the Druids worshipped sun or they did some rituals on the solstice days like the Hindus.

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Stonehenge and Druids

A writer in the fourth century BCE refers to the existence in Britain of a magnificent circular temple dedicated to Apollo according to new Larousse Encyclopaedia of Mythology. As teachers and judges they exerted considerable influence. (Apollo is compared to Vishnu)

People who believe in Druidism go to Stonehenge and offer some rituals on 21 June every year. There were no archaeological proofs available from the Stonehenge site or from that period. But there is a religion – Judaism— based on Moses even without any historical or archaeological proof for Moses anywhere in the world. Only literary references are there. If it can be believed Druid – Stonehenge connection also can be believed.  Hindusim is older than any other religion in the world. So if the Druhyu- Druid connection is true then there is a possibility that Stonehenge- Druid connection. Rig Veda is the oldest scripture in the world. No one can ignore it because of the archaeological proof in Bogazkoy, Turkey, clay tablet with the names of  Vedic Gods which is dated to 1400 BCE.

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4500 years ago Celts lived in huts like this.