Wonderful Indian Architecture भारतीय वास्तुकला
This page is meant to spread awareness about Indian Ancient architecture, temples.
Monday, March 6, 2023
Saturday, February 19, 2022
Surya Temple - Kalkere, Haveri, Karnataka, India- Beutiful sculpture in small villege
Built during the Chalukya dynasty, a great temples worth visiting and sculptures are live looking.
There are many lesser-known temples in Karnataka, India Lesser known temples in Karnataka, India
Thursday, February 10, 2022
God Ram had advanced Bow and missile as arrow-decoded-
These are based on Praveen's voice and research-
भगवान राम का अजेय धनुष - जादू नहीं, बल्कि बहुत उन्नत प्राचीन तकनीक?
Hey guys, today I am going to show you what I found about Lord Rama’s bow and arrow. In case you are not familiar with him, Rama is the protagonist of the ancient Indian epic called Ramayana.
Even today, Hindus worship Lord Rama who is typically shown with a bow and arrow. Ancient Indian texts mention that he never missed his target, and his arrows could go through multiple targets at the same time, there are carvings showing how his arrows go through 7 trees before hitting the final target.
Was this a magical bow?
Or was he using advanced technology?
Here you can see two guys with bows and arrows. It is clear that they are bows and it looks remarkably simple, like basic wooden bows used by primitive tribes.
Again, you can see the third one, but perhaps these are just regular archers, because look at their clothes, just a loincloth, and no ornaments. And they are just marching along, right next to regular foot soldiers. But look at these bows.. there are wheels, strategically placed on both ends of the bow. This is crazy because Believe it or not, today we use wheels or cams in bows, we call them compound bows.
You can see these are smooth circles, just like today’s cam wheels on compound bows. This is quite interesting because if you search online, you will see that the compound bow was invented just 50 years ago, in the US.
But this temple is a thousand years old, and it clearly shows how ancient builders were using compound bows with wheels. It is easy to understand why putting wheels on a bow can make it much more powerful and efficient, because you have just installed some mechanical equipment to enhance the human effort.
But is this why Rama’s bow was much more effective? Did he just put wheels on his bow? Here is where I found something really fascinating.
I found some huge carvings of Rama and his brother, and their bows show some insane details. At first look, I thought they had wheels in their bows, but when I examined them closer, I realized that they are not wheels, they are gears. I mean look, you can see the teeth of the gear wheel, there is a gear mechanism attached to the bow. This is very very advanced ancient technology because today’s bows don’t even use this technology.
But within 20 years, before 2040, someone will start manufacturing this type of bow. What will such a bow be called? “Pull-Back Bow” Sounds familiar, right? Because we have to pull back cars today. When we were kids, we had toy cars and when we wanted them to move forward, we just pushed them forward.
But then someone gave us a “Pull-Back Car” and instead of pushing it forward, you pulled it back, and it made a strange clicking sound, and when we released it, you remember how fast it went. This is the exact same technology Rama used in his ancient bow. And you may think the pull-back cars have batteries or something inside, but If you opened the car, inside you will find a couple of gears and a spring. But yet, when we use this for technology, we can make wonders with it, so many machines like watches and bikes, use this technology.
Of course some day, some guy will come and claim that these are just flowers. Huh?
But why would warriors put flowers on their bows? And if you look at any flower, the petals will be huge, and the center part will be smaller compared to the petals. But if you take any gear, the center part will be bigger and the gear teeth on the sides will be much smaller. And this is exactly what we see here. And you can see the strings attached to the mechanism, just like today’s bow. Everytime you see the gear, there is a string attached to it. You can see this on all the geared bow carvings.
And you can also see these loose strings and knots..
These are called string silencers to absorb the noise and vibration. Even in modern day bows you will see them, it is just the nature of the beast itself. So Rama and his brother were using Pull-Back bows, this is why their bows were so efficient. So why does Rama need gears & Pull-back mechanism in his bow, right?
Just to shoot a regular arrow?
It is time to look at the arrows, but this arrow is deliberately destroyed. But you can see this one survived, and it looks absolutely weird. An arrow by definition is supposed to be thin, slender and long.
But these arrows, actually look like missiles. It is just really weird, because not only are they short and thick, they look like actual, modern day missiles.
And we know the arrows were not just simple arrows, because according to ancient texts, they would release an arrow and the enemy will explode or that area would be destroyed. So we know something was inside this so-called arrow. And the string, ha!
It does not even look like a string, it is so thick? And look at that tip, this is not a regular pointed tip of an arrow to pierce the body of the enemy. It is filled with explosives.
We have all seen the movie Rambo where he does it, and there is a guy who does it on YouTube as well, we can put explosives and release with a bow and make the target explode. Okay, so you can improve the speed & efficiency by using pull-back gears and you can also increase the destruction by adding explosives in the missile, but how do you increase the accuracy?
I mean how do you accurately hit the target from long distance?
See our team is really lucky, because this is a brilliant ancient temple, but nobody is there, and we are having the entire temple to ourselves. We are documenting each and every carving, and seeing what we found here. A bow resting on a tree.
Look, there is nothing else, just a bow resting on a tree. And yes this is a compound bow, but look at the center, you see that cylinder in the center? That is a scope, yes like a telescope with a lens to see the target better. In bows, they call it a sight. It is basically a cylinder with a lens, just like a telescope attached to a sniper rifle. It is basically, the same technology. The sight improves how well you can hit the target. And we know ancient Indians were using lenses in warfare because we can see telescope-like instruments in other temples as well. So you see Rama was using a very very advanced bow. Now, these carvings are roughly a thousand years ago. Archeologists say these carvings are anywhere between 1200 to 700 years old, so they are about a thousand years old.
But the ancient epic that talks about Rama is much much older than that. So we don’t know if Lord Rama had such an advanced bow technology, but from these carvings, we know how advanced these builders were 1000 years ago. These guys were not only using wheels and scopes like today’s archers, they were even using geared pull-back bows which do not even exist today.
But what happened to these people, how did such an advanced civilization just disappear? How did their technology get lost? So what do you think? Did Rama use a very advanced weapon? How else can you explain the gears, scope, and missile-like arrows? Please let me know your thoughts in the comments section, I am Praveen Mohan, thanks a lot for watching, don’t forget to subscribe and please give it a thumbs up and do share it with your friends, and I will talk to you soon. Bye!
Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Temple, Javagal – A Forgotten Wonder
This temple is one of many such lesser known temples built during the Hoysala era. It is a “live” temple and daily puja is offered here. However, because of its relative obscurity most people visiting this temple are devotees and one is unlikely to see an art or culture lover.
The Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Temple, Javagal is a trikuta (three shrines) Vaishnava temple. It was built in 1250 AD by the Hoysala King Vira Someshwara (1235 – 1263), the 9th king of the dynasty. Javagal is just 12 km from the famous temple town of Halebeedu, the erstwhile capital of the Hoysalas. It was an important commercial centre in that era. Now only a village, it still tries to claim fame through its ancestral association with cricketing fast bowler Srinath Javagal.
|The temple, with Jaya and Vijaya standing guard at the entrance|
In front of the temple is a Garuda sthamba (pillar), two dwarapalas (gate-keepers) Jaya and Vijaya. This is followed by the ranga mantapa with its lathe-turned pillars, a common feature in Hoysala architecture. From there, one enters the main temple and its three shrines.
The presiding deity of this temple is Narasimha (an avatar of Vishnu), half-man and half-lion who killed the demon king Hiranyakashyap.
The 140 panels include the Chaturvimsati murtis (the 24 forms of Vishnu that personify and embody the 24 elements of the phenomenal world), Harihara, Brahma, Parvati, Tandav Ganesha and many more. The toran shows Krishna killing the serpent Kaliya, better known as Kaliya Mardan or Kaliya Samhara. Many of these sculptures have been sculpted by the famous Hoysala temple artisan Mallitamma. He was a very distinguished sculptor of the Hoysala period with a career spanning nearly 73 years.
The temple is usually open from 6 AM to 7 PM. However, in case the temple is closed, one can either enquire in the village for the house of the temple priest Narayana Swamy or try calling him on his mobile +91 94488 94575. If the temple priest is available and free, he will open the temple premises.
The wondrous carvings on the exteriors!
To view more photographs of this temple, see my photo-blog at: https://collectingmoments.in/lakshmi-narasimha-temple-javagal/
Monday, June 1, 2020
Why baby live in womb for 9 months and 9 days
Sunday, May 31, 2020
बृहदेश्वर मंदिर, Brihdeswar Temple in Thanjavur,Tamilnadu
आप बिना चूने, सीमेंट या मिट्टी का प्रयोग किए कितनी ऊंची दीवार उठा सकते है ?
10 फीट ? 15 या 20 फीट ?
ये दीवार कितने दिनों तक खड़ी रह सकती है?
1 साल ? 5 या 10 साल?
अगर मैं आपसे कहूं कि हमारे देश में एक ऐसा मंदिर है, जो सिर्फ पत्थरों पर पत्थर रख कर बनाया गया है।
जिसकी ऊंचाई 216 फीट है और जो पिछले 1000 सालो से बिना झुके खड़ा है, तो क्या आप विश्वास करेंगे?
शायद नहीं, लेकिन ये सच है आइए जानते है कौन सी है ये इमारत।
परिचय - इस विराट मंदिर का नाम है, बृहदेश्वर मंदिर, जो कि तंजावुर, तमिलनाडु राज्य में स्थित है। ये मंदिर भगवान शिव को समर्पित है और इसका निर्माण चोल राजा राजा चोल द्वारा 1010 ईसा मे पूर्ण कराया गया।
1 - मंदिर परिसर में मुख्य मंदिर भगवान शिव को समर्पित है, जिसकी ऊंचाई 216 फीट है। मंदिर चारो ओर से ऊंची दीवारों से घिरा है, जो कि 16 वी शताब्दी में जोड़ी गई। परिसर का मुख्य द्वार (गोपुरम) लगभग 30 मीटर ऊंचा है, इसके अतिरिक्त परिसर में नंदी मंडप, प्रार्थना मंडप तथा अन्य देवी देवताओं के लिए भी मंदिर बने है, जो कि कालांतर में अन्य राजाओं द्वारा जोड़े गए है।
2 - ये दुनिया की प्रथम और एकमात्र ऐसी इमारत है जो पूरी तरह ग्रेनाइट पत्थरों से बनी है, इसको बनाने में 1.3 लाख टन पत्थर का इस्तेमाल हुआ।
आश्चर्य की बात ये है कि मंदिर परिसर के लगभग 60 किमी के दायरे में कोई पहाड़ या पत्थर का स्त्रोत नहीं है, पत्थरों को यहां तक लाने के लिए 3000 हाथियों का प्रयोग किया गया।
3 - जिस समय ये मंदिर बन कर तैयार हुआ उस समय ये दुनिया की सबसे ऊंची इमारत थी, जो विश्व में हमारी स्थापत्य कला का लोहा मनवाने में सक्षम है। इसे बनवाने में मात्र सात वर्ष का समय लगा जो अद्भुत है।
4 - मंदिर के शिखर (विमान) पर स्थापित पत्थर (कुंभम) का वजन 81 टन है जो कि एक ही पत्थर को काट कर बनाया गया है। इस पत्थर को 200 फीट की ऊंचाई पर स्थापित करना मॉडर्न तकनीकों से भी मुश्किल है तो फिर इसे 1000 साल पहले हमारे पूर्वजों ने कैसे संभव किया?
5 - इस पत्थर को स्थापित करने के लिए 6 किमी ऊंचा एक रैंप तैयार किया गया जिस पर हाथियों कि सहायता से इसे खींच कर ऊपर तक पहुंचाया गया, आप इसके निर्माण की भव्यता का अंदाज़ा केवल इस एक घटना से ही लगा सकते है।
6 - नंदी मंडप में स्थित नंदी कि प्रतिमा की ऊंचाई लगभग 13 फीट और लंबाई 16 फीट है, जो कि एक ही चट्टान को काट कर निर्मित किया गया है।
7 - गर्भ ग्रह में स्थित शिवलिंग देश के सबसे बड़े शिवलिंगों में से एक है, जिसकी ऊंचाई 29 फीट है।
8 - इस मंदिर का निर्माण पत्थरों कि इंटरलॉकिंग तकनीक द्वारा किया गया है तथा चूने अथवा अन्य किसी पदार्थ से जुड़ाई नहीं की गई ।
9 - दीवारों तथा मंडपो पर सर्वत्र मूर्तियां, चित्र व तमिल व संस्कृत अभिलेख खुदे हुए है।
अपनी संस्कृति की महानता का अंदाज़ा लगाने के लिए एक बार अवश्य इस मंदिर के दर्शन करे