The image above is Shaman rock and cape Burhan on Olkhon Island, Baikal Lake, Russia.
I had written in my earlier article that there is a Sanskrit Inscription in Baikal area.
As the article was about Krishna’s palace in Por-Byzhyn,I did not detail on the inscription.
There is a Sanskrit inscription in Rock Shaman.
Cape Burkhan is one of the most interesting place of Olkhon. It ends by a sacred Rock Shaman. At the foot of the Rock Shaman. At the foot of the rock there is a mysterious picture and an inscription in Sanskrit.
Rock Shaman is one of 9 shrines of Asia (earlier it was called “Stone – Temple”) It,s located not far from Khuzhir settlement, and it,s a symbol of Baikal, one of the most famous sight of the lake – almost each film or photo – album about Baikal contains it,s picture! Rock Shaman is a two – summits rock covered with thick red lichen. In the nearest to the shore rock there is a through cave, especially worshipped by Buryats. In the ancient times it was a plase for special shaman,s rituals, and later it was Buddha,s altor.
The name of the Rock was changed, when Buddhism came to Buryatia. It was renamed “Burkhan” –God, Buddha. Native people say, that in the beginning of xx century hundreds of Buddhish Lamas came from datsans (temples) of Zabaikalie to pray. Lamas used to say that a Mongolian God, who had moved from Mongolia many years ago looking for a shelter; lived there in the cave of the Rock; and Lamas from all 34 Buryat datsans come to the Rock to pray.’ (http://www.olhon-tur.com/en/sham.php)
Christianity wiped out nearly all earlier practices in the area.
However the remains of Shamanism and Buddhism are present now.
As communism also had a major role in destroying Religion,the evidence is is difficult to come by.
Yet there is enough material to suggest that Shamanism is a primitive aspect of Hinduism.
Shamana might have its origin in the Sanskrit word ‘Shramana’
Śramaṇa (Sanskrit: श्रमण, Samaṇa in Pali) means “seeker, one who performs acts of austerity, ascetic”. The term refers to several Indian religious movements parallel to but separate from the historical Vedic religion.
‘Shramana’ and ‘Brahmin’ to illustrate bitter opponents whose differences came from varying religious models. Part of the Shramana tradition remained outside the Hindu fold by rejecting the authority of the Vedas; with the Jains, Buddhists, Ajivikas, and other religious groups developing as a result of this rejection. Part of the Shramana tradition was absorbed into Hindu dharma literature with a place for a renunciate sanyasi in it, in the four stages (ashramas) of life.’
So the presence of Sanskrit is not surprising.
I will be writing on Hinduism and Shamanism in detail.
And there is mention of sky Gods,including Adhiti being worshiped alongn with 23 more deities.
‘Then transfer to the MRS village (an old name which stands as Russian abbreviation for Malomorskii Fishing Farm) 45 km) and crossing Olkhon Vorota (Olkhon Gates) strait to the Olkhon island while heading for Nikita Bebcharov’s guest– house managed by a private family in Huzhir village. Then you’ll have an excursion to the Burhan cape where you will visit the well – known Shamanka rock – one of the 9 Asian sacred places called “ Rock Temple” in the past. The Burkhan Cape Shaman Rock Temple was once visited by the Dalai-Lama who had carried on special service near the Altar-of-Rock in a small cave inside the Craig that has some inscriptions in Sanskrit. By the shamanist believers the Cape is regarded to be home of the major of 13 sky deities – Khan Hate– Baabai who came to our Land as a fortune ruler. ‘
( source. http://www.baikal-discovery.ru/en/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=23&Itemid=42 )
The ancient Indian Hindu Mother Goddess, Aditi, is the daughter of Daksha and Veerni. She is the unbounded Sky Goddess, honored as the mother creator of life because she gave birth to the planets and the stars.
She had twelve children that are called the twelve sovereign principles: Mitra (solidarity), Varuna (fate), Aryaman (chivalry), Daksa (ritual skill), Bhaga (the inherited share), Amsa (the gods’ given share), Tvastr (craftsmanship), Savitr (the magic power of words), Pusan (prosperity), Sakra (courage), Vivasvat (social laws), and Vishnu (cosmic law. Aditi’s children help protect humankind.
Aditi’s name means “unbound, unlimited, and unfettered.” Aditi is revered as the unbounded love found in motherhood.
Aditi is the guardian of all life and the supporter of all creatures. She is also the keeper of light that illuminates all life and ensures consciousness.
Aditi is an ancient goddess, the mother of all the Indian gods. She is the Hindu mother goddess that can help you free yourself of real and perceived bounds on your happiness and joy. She can help you find a path that will bring you the happiness that you are searching for and the care that you need from a mother.
Asvini Devas,twins, are the sons of Sangya, Goddess of Clouds, daughter of Viswakarma,The Divine Architect and Surya, the Sun God, in His Avatar as Vivasvat.
Another version says it is Chaya,Shadow, is their mother,father is Surya.
They are Healers and given the world Narana Mantra to cure all diseases.
The Shaman head is the head healer primarily.
In Chuan Chou, there was a Sivan Temple. In that temple, an image of Siva was consecrated under the ‘Firman’ – royal orders of ‘Sekasai Khan’.
This was done for the health of ‘Sekasai Khan’.
‘Sekasai Khan’ in this inscription is the name of Kublai Khan himself.
His full name was Kublai Sekcen Khan.
Sekcen Khan became Sekasai Khan in Tamil.
The Sivan Temple was known as ThiruKathaleesvaram and the Lord of the temple was known as ThiruKathaleesvaram udaiya Naayanaar.
The person who executed the order was Thava ChakkaravarththikaL Sampandha PerumaL.
It was done on the Chithra Paurnami day of Saka Era 1203 – 1281 AD.
The Thirteen Buddhas.
The Thirteen Buddhas (十三仏 Jūsanbutsu?) is a Japanese grouping of Buddhist deities, particularly in the Shingon sect of Buddhism. The deities are, in fact, not only Buddhas, but include bodhisattvas and Wisdom Kings. In Shingon services, lay followers recite a devotional mantra to each figure, though in Shingon practice, disciples will typically devote themselves to only one, depending on what the teacher assigns. Thus the chanting of the mantras of the Thirteen Buddhas are merely the basic practice of laypeople.
The Thirteen Buddhas are also an important part of a traditional Japanese Buddhist funeral service, with each deity having a corresponding memorial service for the deceased. The thirteen in Japanese and Sanskrit and the corresponding date of their service after the death are:
- Fudo (Acala), 7th day
- Shaka (Sakyamuni), 14th day
- Monju (Manjushri), 21st day
- Fugen (Samantabhadra), 28th day
- Jizo (Ksitigarbha), 35th day
- Miroku (Maitreya), 42nd day
- Yakushi (Bhaisajyaguru), 49th day
- Kannon (Avalokitesvara), 100th day
- Seishi (Mahasthamaprapta), 1st anniversary
- Amida (Amitabha), 2nd anniversary
- Ashuku (Akshobhya), 6th anniversary
- Dainichi (Vairocana), 12th anniversary
- Kokuzo (Akasagarbha), 32nd anniversary
Buddhism came later to Sanatana Dharma and many Buddhist practices,especially Esoteric Buddhism follows,though with modifications Tantra.
So it comes as no surprise to me that there is Sanskrit inscription in Lake Baikal area.