Saturday, August 12, 2017

A 5th century Ganesha statue found in Gardez, Afghanistan

A 5th century Ganesha statue found in Gardez, Afghanistan, now at Dargah Pir Rattan Nath.
Hinduism Mother of all civilization and oldest human civilization...Balochistan.

Vishnu's avatar Mohini has been uncovered in Bangladesh

Hindu god Vishnu's only female avatar Mohini has been uncovered in Bangladesh

Temple, unique goddess idol unearthed in Bangladesh.
A full-scale excavation by a JU archaeology team, with funding from the Cultural Affairs Ministry and the University Grants Commission, has been going on the site for the last 3 months
An at least 800-years-old temple has been unearthed in Dinajpur’s Kaharol that has a unique architecture and includes a unique idol, that of the Vishnu avatar Mohini.
This goddess is well-known across South and West India, but the Kaharol temple is the first of its kind discovered in the eastern subcontinent. Experts say the implications of this finding may change predominant ideas about the region’s history and traditions.
A Jahangirnagar University archaeology team began survey in Madhabgaon of Dabor Union in April this year and found the temple. A full-scale excavation funded by the Cultural Affairs Ministry and the University Grants Commission has been going on for the last three months.
Madhabgaon temple’s architecture contains a feature called Navarath, sets of nine facets on all four sides. In fact this temple contains two additional sub-facets, or Uparath, behind each outermost facet.
This is the only such temple in Bangladesh, the team said. It is characteristic of Kalinga architecture of the 11th and 12th century eastern India.
Apart from the unique Mohini idol, excavators have also found a Shankha in Vishnu’s hand, a Sudarshana Chakra, a mace and a part of a Vishnu idol’s foot adorned in garland.
The excavation team’s workers include 13 veterans of the Mahasthangarh archaeological site as well as 26 locals. The 10 archaeology students from JU are engaged in drawing up the design of the temple that can be used in future research.
Excavation team chief JU Assistant Professor Dr Shadhin Sen said the temple is divided into two parts. There is a 12 by 12 metre chamber on the west side where worship was possibly held.
“This is the first Navarath temple in Bangladesh. Earlier a Pancharath [five-faceted] temple was found in Dinajpur’s Nababganj,” he said.
The team had spoken to Indian archaeologist Dipak Ranjan Das who had remarked that the upper portion of the temple was similar to the Siddheswara Shiva temple in Bankura, West Bengal.
Claudine Bautze-Picron, an expert of East Indian iconography, has identified the idol recovered from the eastern part of the temple as that of Mohini, the Vishnu Avatar, he said.
“According to her this is the first stone-made Mohini idol in the eastern subcontinent, which leads us to reconsider the history of this region.”
In Hindu mythology, Mohini is the only female Avatar of the god Vishnu, who appears in the Samudra Manthan myth. The goddess is worshiped widely in South and West India.
After excavation, photography and documentation, the team will cover the temple with soil once again for its preservation, a standard practice for archaeological preservation. But locals have demanded that the temple be opened to the public.
Dr Sen said this would require preservation and maintenance by the Archaeology Department. Madhabgaon residents have filed an application with the government for the approval.

Legendary Six Pagodas of Mahabalipuram Has Been Discovered

Incredible India: Legendary Six Pagodas of Mahabalipuram Has Been Discovered

"Seven Pagodas" has served as a nickname for the south Indian city of Mahabalipuram, also called Mamallapuram, since the first European explorers reached it. The phrase "Seven Pagodas" refers to a myth that has circulated in India, Europe, and other parts of the world for over eleven centuries. Mahabalipuram’s Shore Temple, built in the 8th century CE under the reign of Narasimhavarman II, stands at the shore of the Bay of Bengal. Legend has it that six other temples once stood with it
The ruins of a temple were glimpsed during the 2004 Asian Tsunami when the shoreline receded in Mamallapuram (also known as Mahabalipuram), India. More than 10 years later, divers and scientists have confirmed the existence of at least one ancient temple and the possibility of many more constructions off the Indian coast.
According to the Times of India, when the shoreline receded during the tsunami, people saw a long row of granite boulders emerge from the sea. Following that event, a group of scientists began their expeditions off Mamallapuram’s coastline.
These explorations of the site have provided evidence for the theory of some legendary structures – known as the ‘Seven Pagodas of Mahabalipuram’ in this area. Of the seven temples, only one - the Shore Temple, remains visible on the coast today. However, the divers have confirmed what eyewitnesses saw during the tsunami -the waters cover the vestiges of an ancient port. Underwater explorations of the historic town of Mamallapuram, near Chennai (old Madras), will continue.
A group from the National Institute of Oceanography (NIO) found the remains. Until now, the group of the 10-member team, including the geologists, archaeologists, and divers, have found a 10m (32.8 ft) long wall, a short flight of stairs, and chiseled stone blocks scattered on the seabed. The structures were found 800m (2624.7 ft) from the shoreline at a depth of nearly 8.5m (27.9 ft).

The expedition was led by Rajiv Nigam, the head of the marine archeology unit of NIO. He told the Times of India that the divers found it difficult to identify many of the structures as they were covered with thick aquatic growth. He also explained to the same source that “Some of them are badly damaged due to strong underwater currents and swells.
As for the date of the structures, Nigam said that they believe they are about 1,100-1,500 years old, but ''We also found some brick structures, which were sighted more during the Sangam period (300 BC- 200 AD).
From the Gujarat experience, we know the sea level around 3,500 years ago was lower than what we see now. But 6,000 years ago it was higher. We wanted to see if the pattern is the same at other costs.''
The NIO also worked in 2001 in another underwater site, the 9,000-year old town in the Gulf of Cambay (Khambhat) near Gujarat. The remains of a huge lost city were located about 36 meters (120 feet) under the water. The city is 8 km (5 miles) long, and 3.5 km (2 miles) wide. It is believed to be the oldest known remains of a city in the subcontinent.
The main tool which helped in discovering the city was a side scan sonar, which sends a beam of sound waves down to the bottom of the ocean. The artifacts discovered underwater, including pottery, sections of walls, beads, sculptures, and human remains, allowed the team to confirm that the city as 9000 or even 9500 years old.
With the advances in modern technology and also the increasing number of archaeologists who search for ancient underwater sites, many sunken buildings had been discovered recently. Some of the sites were made only a few decades ago, but they still hold many secrets.

Japan.s past before communism was Hinduism

In the Iwase Bunko Depository Library lies a document called Hyouryuukishuu, which is translated as the ‘Tales of Castaways’. - On February 22, 1803, near the J...apanese village of Harashagahama, a strange craft, having 5 - 6m (16 - 20ft) in diameter and 3m (9ft 10in) in height, was washed ashore. The bottom of the craft was metallic and strong, while the top was made of a crystal-like material, making it possible to look straight inside it. This created a stir in the village and people rushed down to see the unusual object. This object became known as "Utsuro-bune" (Japanese for the “Hollow ship”). Looking inside the craft, the villagers were astounded to see a beautiful, young woman. They have estimated her age to be around 18 - 20 y/o, her height around 5 shaku (1,51m or 4ft 11in) and she was unlike any woman they have ever seen before: she had pink-pale skin and red eyebrows and hair. Her clothing was unfamiliar in style and was made from fabrics they had never seen before. She spoke a foreign language, which the villagers were not able to understand or identify. Inside the craft, the villagers saw a series of strange symbols/writing, which they had replicated (left side of drawing): The woman was holding in her arms a mysterious box (60cm in length), and allowed nobody to touch it. The villagers thought that the woman may be a foreign princess, who was banished by her family because she was caught cheating on her noble husband. And because she was so protective about her box, they thought that it may contain the severed head of the man she loved (often done in Japan during that time). Fearing repressions from the Japanese government, the villagers decided to put her back into the ship, and push the vessel back into the sea.

There are other written records and drawings from the early 1800’s of this story and craft which leads us to believe the story is true. There are some people say this was a UFO craft but more likely explanation is that it was from a more advanced culture on earth that is now gone or hidden. This story would be like a primitive tribe during the world war in 1944 seeing an airplane for the first time; they thought it was Gods going from the sky.