Siva Linga Worship Africa 1800 Years ago Nelspruit Siva

In Hinduism on 18 Nov 2019 at 08:33

Sanatana Dharma spread throughout the world.

I have been tracing it’s spread for the past ten years and found that the presence of Sanatana Dharma and worship of Hindu Gods in almost all the cultures,countries.

Either Sanatana Dharma or Tamil had some relationship with all the cultures.

One findsthe names of Rama ,Bharatha, Dasaratha in the King’s List of Sumeria.

Shiva worship is found Australia,Fareastern countries.

So also the worship of Subrahmanya,Murugan,Vishnu.

Krishna’s son built a city in Port Barzhyn Russia.

Rama’s Chapel is in Ur,Iraq.

Kindly read my articles on these.

There are a couple of intriguing points on African religions.

The history’ of religion in Africa is almost nil before the advent of Christianity!

This,despite the statement that Africa is the cradle of civilization .

The earliest ancestry of Humans has been traced to Madurai,India,based on DNA.

African religion seems to had Shiva worship.

In NelspruitSouth Africa,Shiva Linga is found and it is reported that it was being worshipped from 1800 years ago!

And Ganesa too.

Siva Linga ,Ganesa worshipped in Africa.image.

Ganesa at Nelspruit,Africa

I am of the view that it can be dated much earlier.

Shall write in detail shortly.

Following the historical, onomastic and linguistic evidence collected and studied for many years, historian Cyril A. Hromník with a PhD.from Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY. focused his attention on the stone structures in the veld of MaShonaland, today’s Zimbabwe for many years.
These ruins clearly show characteristics and features of extra-African origin. This lead him to write a book called Indo-Africa (Hromník, Cyril.Andrew. 1981. Indo-Africa: Towards a New Understanding of the History of Sub-Saharan Africa. Cape Town: Juta.), in which he shows, among other evidence, that Shona in the name MaShonaland is of Indian origin, where it means GOLD. All stone structures in MaShonaland are connected with the gold-prospecting by ancient Indians.

( https://sabie.co.za/blog/?p=348 )

Nelspruit Nature Reserve.

An ancient Hindu worship site which dates back 1,800 years, and is still in use today.

At the worship site (the co-ords above), you’ll need to find a clue, which will help you find the cache a few hundred metres away on top of a hill with a view over Nelspruit.

There are two ways to access the cache:

1. From parking co-ords P1 at the entrance to the nature reserve, find the sign for Shiv Lingam and follow that trail which seems to head off in the wrong direction, but will get you there. This access is ideally suited if you intend doing other caches in the nature reserve.

2. Alternatively, for quick access to only this cache, then park at parking co-ords P2. Make your way around the houses, and follow your GPS to Shiv Lingam. The final cache hide is quite close to this parking spot.

Find the date that Shiv Lingam was discovered – 198X.

Follow the trail to TURNOFF, turn off the main trail, and follow your GPS to the cache which is hidden at S25°29.1A2 E030°58.4B1

After finding the cache, if you parked at P1, then make your way back to TURNOFF where you can either return the way you came (recommended), or take the slightly shorter but yukky route along the sewer line. For the adventurous, you might want to find a shortcut down the cliff from the cache straight back to the parking…..’

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Nelspruit is the provincial capital of Mpumalanga Province in South Africa. It is one of the major South African tourist destinations, due to its proximity to the world-famous Kruger National Park. Other than the Kruger National Park, there are also many tourist attractions within easy driving distance, such as Sudwala Caves, Bourke’s Luck potholes, Kruger Park, Panorama Route, Kaapschehoop, Pilgrim’s Rest, Long Tom Pass, Dullstroom Bird of Prey & Rehabilitation Centre and many more. There are also many things to do and adventure sports situated near to Nelspruit, in the province of Mpumalanga, South Africa.

Nelspruit is situated in the heart of the lushly beautiful Lowveld, on the banks of the Crocodile River. The place Nelspruit, which means literally Nels stream, attracted traders and farmers in high profile because of the natural richness of the soil, adequate water for irrigation and a level valley floor. Today Nelspruit offers the starting point for the many tourist attractions and places of interest in the Mpumalanga area. Nelspruit is a real tourist haven with accommodation establishments ranging for very affordable to extremely luxurious.


Muslim Offering To Tirupathi Balaji 108 Golden Lotuses Arjitha Seva Origin

In Hinduism on 25 Oct 2019 at 18:36

There are many sevas,service to God,special offerings/Pooja conducted to Lord Balaji, Venkateswara of Thirupathi,the Abode of Lord Vishnu.

Of these sevas,there is a Seva called Arjitha Seva.

Thirupathi Balaji.image

Lord Venkateswara Tirupathi

In Arjitha Seva,108 Golden Lotuses are offered to Lord Balaji after second Aarthi.

This procedure was not in practice till 1984.

A Muslim Sheikh Masthan whose native place was Guntur,reached Tirupati from Hyderabad where he was living by walk informed the TTD authorities that his family were ardent devotees of Lord Venkateswara and his ancestors used to worship Balaji Daily with Venkateswara Astotra and on Tuesdays and Saturdays with all these stotras and Mangalasasanam.

His ancestors had saved some golden Lotuses ,each weighing about 23 grammes

What was started by his grandfather was continued and he could complete 108.

He requested that the offering may be accepted.

So from 1984,this Seva was started to respect and honour the devotee.

This seva is conducted after the second bell. This ritual was first introduced in Srivari Temple in 1984 on the Golden Jubilee Year of TTD, when a Muslim Devotee offered Lord Srinivasa 108 gold lotuses.

The archaka commences the puja by offering dhupa(arti stick) and dipa(lit the lamp) to the main deity. Then he recites the divine names (108) of the Lord.

While uttering each name of the Lord, one golden lotus is offered at the holy feet of the lord. On completion of the archana to the Mula Virat, archana is offered to Goddesses Lakshmi and Padmavati. Later Ratha Harati is offered first, followed by ordinary Harati.

Sir my name is Sheikh Mastan.. Am a small merchant from the Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh.. For over several generations now my family members have been great devotees of Sri Venkateswara Swamy..

As a rule my entire family stands every morning in front of Sri Varu, and recites Sri Venkateswara Suprabhatam.. Without any mistakes we also recite Sri Venkateswara Sthotram, Srinivasa Prapatti and Mangala Sasanam.. On my own I can even recite Srinivasa Gadyam fully..

Sir, for many generations now, it is a sacred tradition in our family to perform ashtottara sata nama puja (a prayer during which time 108 holy names of Lord Venkateswara are recited) to Sri Varu in our house every Tuesday.

We perform this pooja with different varieties of flowers we are personally growing in our back yard.. We also place one flower each at the holy feet of Sri Varu every time we recite one of His 108 names during this sacred pooja.

But sir, several decades ago my paternal grand father had made a vow to himself that he would place 108 Golden Lotus Flowers at the holy Lotus feet of our Sri Varu for using them during a similar seva at the Tirumala Temple.

Since our financial resources were not substantial enough those days, my grand father could only procure a few Golden Lotuses in his lifetime.. Later, my father had procured a few more and finally I could finish the final count with my earnings and procure all the 108 Golden Lotus flowers.

Sir, it was with great difficulty we could acquire all these Golden flowers.. Each one of these flowers weighs about 23 grams..

I now request you all, with folded hands, to please accept these Golden Lotuses as a gift from our poor family to Sri Varu and make good use of them by placing them at His Lotus feet during the ashtottara sata nama pooja or any other Seva you think they are worth using..

Sir, if you can please consider our family’s request without rejection, our entire family would forever be thankful to you.. Even my grand father’s soul shall now rest in peace at His holy feet.. That’s all I have to convey you sir.. I now leave the decision entirely to you..”


Reference and citations.



What is The Gotra If You Do Not Know

In Hinduism on 18 Oct 2019 at 11:00

Gotra system prevailing in India is a system of linking one to his ancestors.

It is also one’s identity.

Gotra is referred to for all family functions, both auspicious and inauspicious.

It is one of the parameters for fixing marriages.

Gotra also let’s one to know which Veda,Branch one belongs to.

I have written on Gotra and list of Gotras of Brahmins,Vaisyas and Kshatriyas.

Gotras have one,Two,Three ,Five or Seven Rishis in the Pravara.

For more details please Google Gotra/Pravara ramanan50.

Some articles.

Brahmin Gotra List

Kshatriya Rajput Gotras North India List


The Varnas,wrongly called as Castes are based on Disposition and Character.

Not By Birth.

Each has Gotras.

Many Rishis occur in different Gotras.

This is because at times,the profession/ conduct of the Rishi changes.

Accordingly,the offspring from the Rishi,is assigned a Gotra based on the character, Conduct, Disposition of the Rishi at the time of the conception of the child.

Thus,we find Kausika and Vishwamitra Gotras,though both denote Viswamitra.

Viswamitra was a Kshatriya by Disposition,as he was a king;he was assigned the Brahmana Varna on his realisation of Brahman.

So we have two Gotras under him.

And as later development,people have started using the Geographical locations,their professons as a part of their name.

This had resulted in confusion about one’s Gotra.

It is difficult to trace the gotra when all the above are mixed up.

Since people change professions,their Gotras change, though the founder is one of the Seven Eternal Rishis.

These Rishis change for Each Manvantara.

For the present Manvantara,Vaiwasvatha,the Seven Rishis are,






Kashyap and Angirasa.

All Gotras originate from these Rishis.

When one’s gotra is not clear or one does not know the Gotra,it is customary to assign Kasyapa Gotra as he is the progenitor of both Mankind and Devas.

For those who do not know their Gotras, either because the family lost knowledge of the same, or if a person became an orphan in childhood – the Gotra and Pravara of the family purohita becomes their Gotra.

आचार्यगोत्रप्रवरानभिज्ञस्तु द्विजः स्वयम् |

दत्त्वात्मानं तु कस्मैचित्तद्गोत्रप्रवरो भवेत् ||

Another solution given in the shastras is to accept the Kashyapa Gotra since the Shrutis declare Kashyapa as the forefather of all humanity.

गोत्रस्यत्वपरिज्ञाने काश्यपं गोत्रमुच्यते |

यस्मादाह श्रुतिः सर्वाः प्रजाः कश्यपसंभवाः ||

There is also a practice of assigning Vishnu Gotra to people who belong to Kshatriya Varna and Jambu Maharishi Gotra to Vaisyas.

And there is the practice of assigning Siva Gotra to one who worships Siva.

Reference and citations.

  • Smruti muktavali – Shodasha Karma Prakarana – By Sri Krishnacharya, Shishya of Sri Raghavendra Swamiji
  • Matsya Purana.
  • Markandeya Purana.
  • Valmiki Ramayana.
  • “Rishigalu” – A book in Kannada by Sri Be. Na. Vijayeendracharya, published by Sri Harivayu Prakashana, First edition, 2014


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