Hindu Symbolism in Paris!

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Egyptian scribe in Yogasana posture in Louvre Museum, France.

Research article Written by London Swaminathan
Post No.1249; Dated 24th August 2014.

I went to Paris with my family in August 2014 after a gap of 24 years. I did not see much change! I missed the most famous Louvre museum last time, but I covered the Palace of Versailles. During this trip my main purpose was to see the famous painting MONALISA of Italian artist Learnado da Vinci and Hindu exhibits in the Louvre museum. I was disappointed because there wasn’t any remarkable Hindu sculpture there. But there were some surprises! I was thrilled to see a big poster outside the Louvre museum with an Egyptian sitting in Yogasana posture. Since I have already written some research articles such as

Hindu Mudras in Ancient Egyptian and Sumerian sculptures (posted7-10-2012)
Did Indians build Egyptian Pyramids? (posted on 27-8-2012)
Sex Mantras and Talismans in Egypt and Atharva Veda (26-9-2012)
Hindu Gods in Egyptian Pyramids (16-9-2012)
Human Sacrifice in Indus Valley and Egypt (Posted 31-10-2012)
Vedic Mantras in Pyramid texts
Tirumular in Egyptian Pyramids (in Tamil Egiptil Tirumular Karuththukkal posted on 23-11-2013)

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Statue of Artemis in Louvre Museum
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I went straight in to that section and took some photos. My views are confirmed once again. Egyptians learnt a lot from us. Historians knew about it and already listed Dasaratha letters in all encyclopaedias. But my view is that even before the Dasaratha letters, Egyptians had connections with the West Coast of India. Most of the standing statues are similar to Jain statues of India. Sitting posture is in Padmasana or some Yogasana. The caps look like Araiyar (Vaishnavite singers in South Indian temples) caps. The snake on the crown looks like Shiva. Kanchi Parmacharya had pointed out Ramses similarity in his 1936 Chennai talks.

Candle lighted in Sacred Heart Cathedral,Paris

Vahanas Research
The next thing that attracted me was the Statue of Artemis with a deer (Stag). I have done extensive research in VAHANAS of HINDU GODS and GODDESSES. I have written scores of articles on this. Tamil epic Silappadikaram describes Goddess Durga riding a deer or stag (Kalaiyathurthi). Hindu goddesses are depicted with deer or stags. I have also written about Deer Chariot of Santa Claus is from the Rig Veda. So I eagerly went to the statue of Artemis and took some pictures.

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Notredame Cathedral

Roman Catholic and Hindu customs
Scholars have already pointed out that most of the Roman Catholic customs are based on Hindu and Buddhist practises. I wrote a lengthy two part article on this topic under “Sanskrit in The Bible” sometime ago. I had more surprises at the Church of Sacred Heart (Basilique du Sacré Couer) in Paris. There were two types of candles sold there for 2 Euros and 10 Euros. Devotees of Christ were buying them and lighting them up in the place allocate for this. Anyone visiting South Indian Temple can see such lamps are lighted in front of Durga or Sanaicharan (Saneeswaran) statues.

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Sacred Heart Cathedral

The nest surprise was waiting in another part of the church. There were envelopes and a box to put your demands (Demande de messes) or requests to present it to God. But the charge is 17 Euros!! It is like the Hindus doing Archana to god by paying a fee. There are Hundis (money boxes) everywhere.

Lion Throne (Simhasanam)

Lion Throne = Simhasanam
The concept a king sitting on a LION THRONE is a Hindu concept. Though we see it in Mycenaean and Middle East gates, lions live in India and Africa alone. The word Caesar (King) came from the word Kesari, lion in Sanskrit. It is like the SINGH suffix with North Indian names. I took some photos of Lion Throne and Kamadenu Throne in Louvre Museum. That was another surprise for me.

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Kamadenu Asanam from Louvre

Some novel ideas
There are machines selling medals as mementoes in several churches in Rome and Paris (Notre dame Cathedral). Hindu temples also can sell such medals with the picture of god and temple. Now the private parties are doing it outside every temple and ripping off people.

medallion making machine at Notredame Cathedral

Churches in Rome, Paris and Vatican are huge like the temples of South India, but they are not as ancient as Hindu temples. Architecture and sculptures are stereotyped.


There is a novel superstitious custom in Western countries of putting Love locks in river bridges with lovers names on them. In spite of these Love Locks divorces are increasing in Western countries. This is from River Seine.