Tuesday, 28 October 2014


The city where Indra ruled was not of the earth. It was called Amaravati and was located in another dimension. His court was known as 'Indra sabha' and is endlessly described in many a text. Indra sabha is said to have been grand, its streets dotted with trees and its architecture coveted by many. Its splendour could not be equaled anywhere in the universe nor its palaces or Indra's throne which it is said glistened like the sun and surpassed only by the presence of Indra. And the architecture and design of Ayodhya was inspired from Amravati. 

The existence of Amravati is an indicator to the existence of inter-dimensional realities of the universe. Amravati was built by Vishvakarma. In fact all the ancient glorious cities of the Vedic world were built by Vishwakarma- whether it is one person or a set of architects all referred to as Vishvakarma is debatable. Another interesting bit of information is that the same Ganga that flows on this earth also flows in Amravati, and there it is known as Akash-Ganga. But how is that possible? 

The cognition capability of the humans is limited to three dimensions - length, breadth and depth  (or height). However, the Vedas say that this universe is multi-dimensional. To perceive a multi-dimensional world is beyond our capacities- we are trapped within the limitations of our body and by the five-senses.

In a three dimensional world we can only perceive a 'cube'. If we move one dimension up to the fourth dimension, the analog of a cube is the tesseract and it looks like this:

A 'tesseract' .
A cube in a four dimensional world.

And this is how a tesseract is created by adding a dimension:

The missing dimension of a 'cube'
that we cannot see or perceive
It is therefore difficult to fathom what the reality of Indra's Amravati or that of Akash-Ganga is. Maybe Amravati is not that far away if we could travel beyond the three-dimensional concept of our reality. 

Nevertheless, even the description of the ancient city of Ayodhya from where King Dashratha and later his son Sri Rama ruled the 'earth' is no less fascinating. The Valmiki Ramayana states :

1. A world-renowned city, on the river banks, was personally built by Manu, the foremost ruler of mankind.

2. That city shone forth with well-laid great royal highways that were always wetted with water, and strewn and scattered with flowers.

3. Ayodhya was like a hovering space station attained by those who practiced asceticism (or science). Its edifices were well planned and it was teaming with 'best' people. The descriptive word used in the Ramayana is 'vimana' (विमान).

3. That glorious city with well-devised highways is twelve yojana-s lengthwise and three yojana-s breadth wise.

4. That city is surrounded with gateways and archways; the front yards of buildings are well laid; it lodges all kinds of machinery, weaponry and craftsmen, and king Dasharatha dwells in this city.

5. The housing is very dense and there is no place or ground unutilized, and all are constructed on well-levelled lands, and rice-grain is plentiful while the drinking water tastes like sugar cane juice.

6. Buildings are studded with precious gems, and with such multi-storied skyscrapers she is adorned, and filled with them she is like Amaravati, the capital of Indra
The Ramayana says that as an improver of the great kingdom, Dasharatha made Ayodhya his abode, as Indra had made Amravati in the 'heavens' as his abode.

"That city (Ayodhya) is sounding with the drumbeats of great drums, and with musical rhythm instruments like mridnga, cymbals, and with string instruments like veena and on earth she is uniquely the best city." Valmiki Ramayana.

Update by Vinay Vaidya:

I would like to point out that neither Amaravati nor Ayodhya 'were' 2 cities. They are there in existence as long as this world exists. Our main difficulty is to imagine that these cities and other such 'PurANika' could be 'verified' with the help of history and scientific support. No. These 'dimensions' are there ever accessible for any one who has attain a level of purity of mind and heart. Veda show how to reach them while still alive or after death. Indra Himself is 'shatkratu' That means He performed 100 or more 'yajna' in order to attain the kingship of Amaravayti. The Vedik truth as is experienced is three fold. Vedik about the gross world at its many levels, the subtle at the 'PrANika' levels and the 'beyond' The Atman / Brahman. And there is no contradiction in that. I have been a student of Mathematics (M.Sc.) and know well how Atharva-ved describes mathematically the manifestation and existence and dissoultion again at various levels. So this confusion that these 'were' the cities could be easily removed on the basis of 'PurANika' and vedika evidence, if one is interested, sincere, willing and ready to go deep in vedik texts. Valmiki Ramayana and Mahabharata are no exception. 

Friday, 17 October 2014


About 200 km north of the city of Lima in Peru in a place called Vichama, lies the ancient archaeological site of Caral-Supe dating to 3000-1800 BC. Even though it was discovered decades ago in 1948 by Paul Kosok it received little attention at the time because it appeared to lack many typical artifacts that were sought at archaeological sites throughout the Andes at the time.

In Incan mythology, Vichama is the god of death and the son of Inti, the Sun-God. His mother was murdered by his half-brother Pacha Kamaq. In the Vedic tradition Lord Yama is the god of death. He too is the son of the Sun-God and twin brother of Yami - the river Yamuna.

A pot from the Vichama site in Peru.
Notice the Vedic 'swastika' sign.
The Vedic Swastika is different from
the 'inverted' Nazi Swastika.
Not much is known about the Caral civilization, its history lost in the ruins. Peruvian anthropologist Ruth Shady explored this 5,000 year-old city in the Peruvian desert, and its elaborate complex of now eroded pyramid shaped temples,the large sunken circular area sometimes regarded as an amphitheatre and the ordinary houses.

Remains of the ancient temple complex 
of Caral-Supe, Peru. 

The sunken circular plaza is often thought to have been an amphitheatre but a closer look reveals features that it may have been a tank, around which holy offerings were made - much like the Indian temple 'water tanks' or 'jala kunda' (जल कुण्ड) as they are called in Sanskrit. The prominent circular tank like structure at Caral bears a remarkable resemblance to the temple jala-kundas of India.

Kunda at Shore Temple, India
The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva
represented by the 'lingham' in the 'jala kunda'
sometimes representing the 'yoni'.

The Caral circular structure is much
like the temple water 'kundas' of India

The construction at Caral temple pyramid complex also bears a resemblance to the ancient temple 'pyramids' of India. Excavations at El Paraiso, another ancient civilization of Peru dating to 2000 BC, have revealed that the pyramid shaped altars at Paraiso were used for offerings to fire - much like the altars for fire-worship rituals in Vedic India.

The eroded 'pyramid' structures of Caral, Peru.

The pyramids of Vijaynagar Temple, Karnataka, India

A Pyramid shaped temple with a ceremonial
water tank or 'jala-kunda' in India
explains the structures at the Caral site in Peru.

An ancient Fire Temple at El Paraiso in Lima, Peru, close to 
the site of the Paracas Trident 
was discovered in January, 2013.
The Fire Temple structure is similar to the
Vedic 'Havan Kund' and was used for Fire Worship

In Hinduism the 'kunda' (कुण्ड) plays an important part. Pyramid shaped platforms or altars are used for making offerings to fire and are known as 'havan kunda' (हवन-कुण्ड). 'Jala kunda' (जल-कुण्ड) or 'water kunda' are water tanks used for making offerings to water. Caral seems to have both these features. Like many ancient South American sites such the Akapana and Kalasasaya in Peru, Caral display an intricate system of water channels.

As far as the names of ancient Peruvian temple sites are concerned, a look at them with the aid of Sanskrit reveals that they may have been Vedic site belonging to an all-pervasive Vedic civilization.

'Kalasasaya' may have been an observatory for 'kala' (काल) means 'time'. 'Akapana' may have been a 'sun' temple for 'arka' (अर्क) means 'sun' and 'pana' (पान) means a 'water-canal'. 
In fact the word 'arkavat' (अर्कवत्) means 'holding the thunder-bolt' and may well have been one of the names of 'Viracocha' - the thunderbolt bearing Incan God. It may therefore also be that Caral, if that is its ancient most name, refers to 'kayral' (केरल) which is 'a time period equal to one hour', or to' karal' (करल). It has been suggested that the site may have been an observatory and the site of solar and water clocks.

Suggested LInks:
Lima: A Cultural History by James Higgins

Wednesday, 8 October 2014


Ancient Beersheba is the largest city in the Negev desert of southern Israel. Findings unearthed at Be'er Sheva, archaeological site east of modern day Beersheba, suggest the region has been inhabited since the 4th millennium BC and many scriptures mention its name:

Be'er Sheva archaeological site located 
40 km from modern day Beersheba

1. Beersheba is mentioned in the Book of Genesis of the Hebrew Bible in connection with Abraham the Patriarch and his pact with a Philistine king by the name Abimelech

2. Isaac, the son of Abraham, built an altar in Beersheba (Genesis 26:23–33). 

3. Issac's son Jacob had his dream about a 'stairway to heaven' after leaving Beersheba. (Genesis 28:10–15 and 46:1–7).

There are several popular etymologies for the origin of the name 'Beersheba'. 'Be'er' is the Hebrew word for 'well'; 'sheva' either means 'seven' (from the Hebrew word 'shiva') or 'oath' (from the Hebrew word shvu'a). But what are the sources of the words 'sheva' and 'shiva'?

Ba'er Sheva
Signage, Israel

Bible Study Tools states that the most probable meaning of Beersheba is the 'well of seven.' Genesis 21:31 states Abraham took an oath of witness that he had dug the well and seven lambs were offered in sacrifice.

After the death of Abraham, the Phillistines closed off all the wells. But later his son Issac re-opens the wells and also restores the names Abraham had given them. In Genesis 26:18, it is written that, "Isaac dug again the wells of water, which they had dug in the days of Abraham, his father. For the Philistines had stopped them after the death of Abraham. He called their names after the names by which his father had called them".

Nahmanides (1194-1270 AD), also known by his acronym Ramban,was a leading medieval Jewish scholar, philosopher, physician, kabbalist, and biblical commentator. He wrote in his commentaries, "...these wells were not only wells, they were temples..."

In Genesis 26:23-33, we find that Isaac, takes an oath after building an altar at the site which he names Beersheba. His servants dig around the altar and come and tell Isaac that they had found water. Issac calls the well and the water 'Shibah' - a name that Abraham must have given the well earlier.
Isaac called the area 'Shibah' says the Genesis, but the actual Hebrew pronunciation is 'Sheva'. What is known as Beersheba today is actually Be'er Sheva - meaning 'the well of Sheva'. Or Shiva!

In India, the Shivalinga often placed on an altar and surrounded by a 'yoni' over which the Hindus pour water, is a familiar site even today as it was thousands of years ago.
A 5000 year old Shivalinga
Harappa, India

So is there any trace of a Shivalinga in the Genesis? There indeed is. I
n his book 'Shiva: A Rediscovery of the Holy Spirit', author G. Ananda describes the story of Abraham's grandson, Jacob and his encounter with the 'Stairway to Heaven' which he says is nothing else but the 'Shivalinga'.

Ananda states,"This stone like structure or the linga is found in the story of Jacob, the grandson of Abraham,when he encountered the Stairway to Heaven. This is also known as the story of 'Jacob's ladder'.

In Genesis 28 we find that Jacob leaves Beersheba and when he reaches a certain place, he stops for the night. Taking one of the stones there, he puts it under his head and lays down to sleep. He has a dream in which he sees a stairway resting on the earth, with its top reaching heaven and angels traversing up and down, with God standing above it.... Early the next morning Jacob takes the stone that he had placed under his head and sets it up as a pillar and pours oil on top of it....he calls the place Bethel - , meaning "this is God's house...'

Jacob's Stone that he had used as a pillow.

In his commentaries John Rittenberg writes, "Not that God is in heaven, but that Jacob's God was right there—that was His house" - on Earth. Consequently, Bethel became a shrine. In Sanskrit, a cognate of 'bethel' is 'bhutala' (भूतल) and means 'earth'
. Perhaps the Skanda Purana describes it the best: "The endless sky (that great void which contains the entire universe) is the Linga, the Earth is its base".

Ancient Moon God 'Yarikh' of Israel and his insignia 
Motice the Shivalinga like pillars.

Ananda adds, "In this story (of Jacob), all the elements of the Shiva and Linga Purana are present including the stairway that reached from earth to heaven. Clearly this stone correlates to the Shivalinga, especially since Jacob just previously had left the well of Shiva at his father's city of Be'er Sheva....".* 
The Linga Purana interprets the lingam as a cosmic pillar, symbolizing the infinite nature of Shiva.
Linga Worship
Vellor, India
In the Gospel of John, Jesus takes the story of Jacob's ladder and applies the metaphysical ladder to himself and he says "you shall see heavens open and the angels of God ascending and descending on the stone of man".

All throughout the Bible, God and Jesus are identified as a stone, for the Bible says: "Jesus is the stone you builders rejected, which has become the cornerstone".**

Avdat Spring, Beer Sheva
The spring was sacred to Nabateans.

1. *, ** Shiva: A Rediscovery of the Holy Spirit by Sri G. Ananda