Before venturing into the article on Ancient Energy Centre Mamandur Caves,let me digress.
Couple of years ago, I had been to Thiruvannamalai,Abode of Shiva in Tamil Nadu with my son who is an Agnostic bordering Atheism.
I visit Ramanasarmam first, I stay there.
Ramana Maharshi was a Realized Soul
He was my grandfather’s class mate and I am named after him,with a slight variation.
After checking in I took my son Dhyana Mandala,where Maharishi used to sit and meditate and asked him to sit for fifteen minutes.
When we came out, my son attempted to say something.
I asked him to keep quiet and took Seshadri Swamigal Adhistan,which lied next to Ramanasarmam.
I asked my son to go around the homakunda( homa is performed daily) and sit for a few minutes.
After coming out I asked him what he wanted to say earlier.
He was surprised that he felt peace descending on him in Ramanasarmam hall,while he felt a mild shock/tremor while at Seshadri Adhishtanam.
I explained him that Ramana Maharshi specialised in Gnana Yoga while Seshadri Swamigal specialised in Tantra Shastra and Mantra Siddhi.
So the difference on vibration.
Gnana Yoga is gentle while Tantra Sastra is tough to practice and the vibrations from the place where Tantra is practiced and Homas done,the vibrations will be intense and one can feel the difference.
Those who visit temples can feel this.
The peace that descends in Shiva temple ,Devi and Vishnu’s temples differ qualitatively.
One has to feel it.
Similarly even among Temples of the same Deity.
The peace you get at Thiruvidaimaruthur Shiva try is different from what you experience in Thanjavur Big Temple.
This is due to vibrations from the Deity, Structure of the Temples,Mantras used.
There are many temples in India along these lines.
There is a series of cave temples in Maamandur,near Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu, India.
Series of five Caves are found here.
Latest inscription is from Mahendravarma Pallavaram around 7 century AD.
Earlier inscription belongs to Chola period and they are much earlier.
The place was called Thiruvaleeswaram.
One of the Cave Mandapas has a hall where evidence is found that it was a Meditation Hall .
It has diagrams.
No idol,unlike other caves where Brahma,Vishnu and Shiva is found..
Featured image credit.
Sanskrit is an ancient language and there are two versions of Sanskrit.
One is the Vedic Sanskrit and another, Earlier Sanskrit.
Sanskrit is found to be most compatible language for Computer.
Sanskrit roots are found in words in world languages.
Sanskrit ,though currently dated around 5000 years ago,is much older as the sunken city of Poompuhar,a port of Tamils,in Tamil Nadu is dated around 11,000 ago and Silappadikaram,one of the five Epics of Tamil Language quotes Vedas.
And the remains of a Million year old Tamil site is found near Chennai .
The earliest Tamil Grammar work available,Tholkaapiyam, mentions Sanskrit.
It is of interest to note that such an ancient language, Sanskrit, transmitted and is still transmitting it’s Religious texts only by Oral Tradition!
Learning of Sanskrit normally begins at the age of Five.
The texts are learned by repetition.
Many methods are adopted.
One such method is ‘Gana Paada’
In this process, one word is repeated again and again, and this word is recited along with the second word,then with the third word and this process is ealled Ganapaadan with the third word and this process is called Ganapaada.
For details please read my article on Veda learning.
Now research has been carried out on this method of learning in Sanskrit.
It is found that Sanskrit learning by this method expands brain,improves memory and results in better Cognitive Functions.
We studied a group of verbal memory specialists to determine whether intensive oral text memory is associated with structural features of hippocampal and lateral-temporal regions implicated in language processing. Professional Vedic Sanskrit Pandits in India train from childhood for around 10years in an ancient, formalized tradition of oral Sanskrit text memorization and recitation, mastering the exact pronunciation and invariant content of multiple 40,000-100,000 word oral texts. We conducted structural analysis of gray matter density, cortical thickness, local gyrification, and white matter structure, relative to matched controls. We found massive gray matter density and cortical thickness increases in Pandit brains in language, memory and visual systems, including i) bilateral lateral temporal cortices and ii) the anterior cingulate cortex and the hippocampus, regions associated with long and short-term memory. Differences in hippocampal morphometry matched those previously documented for expert spatial navigators and individuals with good verbal working memory. The findings provide unique insight into the brain organization implementing formalized oral knowledge systems.
Visit the link to download report.
I have written on how Deities/Gurus spoke to people.
God does not have Religion.
Madurai Meenakshi spoke to a Britisher and saved him.
His Grave faces the temple so that he see Her even after death!
Raghavendra swamigal spoke to Britishers.
These were recorded.
Now I came across information that Hanuman temple was repaired by a Britishers.
Sanatana Dharma was present throughout the world in ancient times.
I have written on its presence with evidence.
The featured image is the aerial view of Sun Temple in Teotihuacan Mexico and the Courtyard of Saint Peters Cathedral in Vatican.
More information about the presence of Sanatana Dharma and these places are provided towards the closing of this article.
Teotihuacan is a vast Mexican archaeological complex northeast of Mexico City. Running down the middle of the site, which was once a flourishing pre-Columbian city, is the Avenue of the Dead. It links the Temple of Quetzalcoatl, the Pyramid of the Moon and the Pyramid of the Sun, the latter two with panoramic views from their summits. Artifacts in the Museum of Teotihuacan Culture, on-site, include pottery and bones.
Shiva lingam Vatican.
Here is some more interesting information on Saint Peter‘s Courtyard in Vatican city’s aerial view, It is that of Shiva Linga!
Shiva in Mexico.
I seem to landing on controversies when I start writing in detail.
I have written on Temple construction History.
I have mentioned that temple Worship is not mentioned in the Vedas.
A reader had sent me information that it is a part of Atharva Veda,called Stapatya Veda.
There are articles by eminent people like Sri.Ganapathy Sthapathi and Maharishiahesh Yogi on Vaasthu SASTRA.
My observation is as under.
Vedas are Four,Rig,Yajur,Sama and Atharva.
There are six Angas of Veda.
None of them talk about temple construction.
However Shilpa SASTRA is included in the Sixty four Arts.
But they are not a part of Vedas.
Vedas talk about Reality, propitiation of Devas in Samhita,Rituals in Brahmanas , Aranyakas and pure philosophy in Upanishads.
The Arts,which includes Dhanur Veda,Archery, is not a Veda imparting knowledge of Reality.
And Shilpa SASTRA is about Sculpture and not about temple construction.
To my knowledge there is no Upa Veda.
Those with information may send with the text.
Temple construction is from a later period,from Agama.
(There is a rider here. Saraswati valley,Indus, Harappan civilisations are now found to have Dravidian Origin. I shall be writing in detail.)
To my knowledge,there is no ancient Dravidian text on Temple construction.
All of them are in Sanskrit and Brahmi.
And there is a difference between Hindu and Buddhist Architecture.
That the fact Tamils built Temples without Tamil text goes to prove that Sanatana Dharma was a part of Tamil polity.
At which point they merged and got differentiated is difficult to find.
Agamas came south from the descendants of Viswamitra.
(Reference. History of Tamils by PT Srinivasa Iengar.)
The texts on Construction are as follows.
Stapatyaeda uses the circadian cycle, yet this knowledge expands to include the universe itself. The five elements — air, earth, fire, water and space — are also important factors in building design.
Homes and buildings are cardinally positioned north, south, east and west. The orientation of the home is the primary consideration and the entrance is ideally facing east, which is governed by the rising sun. The only acceptable alternative would be a north facing entrance. South facing buildings are unacceptable.
Maharishi Vastu Architecture (MVA) is a set of architectural and planning principles assembled by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi based on “ancient Sanskrit texts”Maharishi Vastu Architecture is also called “Maharishi Sthapatya Veda” (MVA), “Fortune-Creating” buildings and homes,and “Maharishi Vedic architecture”
Construction texts in PDF.
There is Maya connection in Mayamatam.
Will write on this.
Vedas are four
Sama and Atharva.
In addition to this there are six more,Vedanga,Limbs of the Vedas.
Siksha,Vyakarana,Chandas,Niruktha, Jyothisha and Kalpa.
None of these relate to Temple construction.
This is in tune with the Vedic approach of Reality being Abstract .
Each Veda has Anugrahamani on this subject.
To explain the meaning of the Vedas there is a special Group called Niruktham.
There are six sub texts of the Vedas called Vedangas.
They are Siksha,Vyakarana,Chandas,NirukthamJyothisham and kalpa.
However,the Puranas and Smritis refer to temple construction.
It may be noted that the Smritis do not have the same authority as Vedas.
Smritis are traditions being followed.
In case of conflict between Veda and Smritis,Vedas are the deciding authority.
One may find references to Temple building in Puranas.
Also how to construct divine images.
Agni Purana describes methods of constructing Shiva Lingam.
Puranas are ancient history and as such they are facts and they are not the final authority.
However they are sign posts for Righteous Living
So the concept of Temples is not a part of Vedas.
This ,as mentioned in my earlier article,is a later Concept.
And this concept seems to have been of Dravidian origin.
The earliest temple of Murugan is found in Saluvarkuppam, Pondicherry,India.
It is dated around Fourth century BC.
The Guruvayur temple of Lord Krishna was built by a Chola king.
‘The Temple is constructed B.C 3000(Around 5000 years oldest Temple) According to legends, the deity worshipped here is more than 5000 years old. But there are no historical records to establish it. In the 14th century, “Kokasandesam” (a Tamil literary work), references to a place called Kuruvayur are made. As early as the 16th century (fifty years after Narayaniyamwas composed) many references to Kuruvayur are seen’
And the temples of South India seem to be more ancient and are of different architecture.
Shiva worship in Tamil seems to have preceded the Vedas.
(This is a contentious issue as it is difficult to say which language , Sanskrit or Tamil,is more ancient.)
Thiruvananthapuram ,Abode of Shiva is 3.94 Billion years old.
Tirupati is 2100 Million Years old.
The worship of Vedic deities are found in ancient Tamil literature.
The Tamils classified Land into five Regions.
Kurinji,Mountaneous Region,God Murugan,
Marutham, Paddy fields,Indra.
Mullai,Forest land, Vishnu,Maayon,
Neydhal,Seashore,God Varuna and Paalai,Desert,God Kotravai,Durga.
One finds these in the oldest Tamil work available, Tholkappiyam,A book on Tamil Grammar.
So the concept of Personal God’s are present both in Sanskrit and Tamil
Curiously,Shiva is not mentioned in Tholkappiyam as God of a specific land area!
This point made me arrive at the hypothesis that Shiva was a human being and that He was the First to Realize Brahman through Vaasi Yoga!
Temple description abounds in Tamil literature.
Silappadikaram,one of the Five Tamil Epics mentions this.
Temple for Kotravai and Indra.
Now Poompuhar remains are dated to be 11000 Years ago!
Now on the find of the material being dated 11000 Years sets the Tamil History and the Sanatana Dharma back at least by 20,000 years.
But the Tamil Sangams are dated at
“that the first two of which were held in cities since “taken by the sea”, and the third of which was held during the 5th century BC in the present-day city of Madurai.'(wiki).
Silappadikaram has been dated to likely belong to the beginning of Common era.
References of temples in Silappadikaram.
They also stop at a temple where “Aiyai, goddess of hunters” is being worshiped.
When leaving the city of Puhar, Kannagi and Kovalan pass by “the great Vishnu temple”, “seven Buddhist Viharas”, and “wandering Jain monks” (26) all within close proximity to each other showing the obvious acceptance of multiplicity. At the time of Kannagi and Kovalan “Brahmanism (Hinduism), Jainism, and Buddhism – were at the time harmoniously coexisting in the south” (Adigal VIII).
: This is one of the 2 Shivastalams in the ancient Chola seashore capital of of Poompuhaar, a popular tourist destination, the other one beingTiruchaaikkadu.. Pallavaneeswaram is the 10th in the series of Tevara Stalangal on the northern banks of the river Kaveri in the Chola region of Tamilnadu. Temples in existence in Puhaar have been mentioned in the ancient .