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Vitthal Temple: Ancient Sanatan Architectural Technology in the Vitthal Temple-
The previous article I have written was about the Hoysaleswar Temple. This is about another marvelous technology used in the temple I have mentioned above. This is the Vitthal Temple, which is situated in Hampi, in the state of Karnataka, India. It was built in the 15th century (according to historians and archaeologists), in the renowned Vijayanagar empire. Now, I start the topic.
The musical pillars-
The Vitthal temple of Hampi is a famous tourist attraction, not only because it is a historical temple, which has splendid architecture like the other temples, but it has also some of the wonders which are still a mystery to the world. Out of these, the musical pillars are very famous. First, have a look on the temple.
In this wonderful temple, there is a hall, which is sometimes also called ‘musical hall or chamber’. This is because the musical instruments and even the pillars of this hall, which are made of stones, produce music. Yes, that is true. This may seem surprising to the people who doesn’t know about it, but the people who has visited this temple are well aware of the fact.
Have a look on this picture which shows the idol of a person playing a musical instrument called Tabla. The amazing thing is that if you tap on the sides of table, with your hand, it will actually produce the sound of the table.
You can clearly see in the figure that the hands of the idol holds the table, which on tapping by hands produce the sound of the tabla. This is amazing, but there is even more. The hall.
Look at the figure, which shows a man tapping on these pillars. The pillar can produce the sound of temple bell on tapping.
- We can produce different sounds by tapping on different pillars.
- Like the sound of a school bell. And by combining these two one can produce the sound of modern-day door-bells.
- You cannot go inside this hall to tap these pillars, as the hall is shut down for the public, because people had damaged some of the pillars by tapping them with coins and other things.
- But, you can listen to the sound produced on tapping these pillars on the You-tube video of Praveen Mohan on these musical pillars.
- There are more pillars in the temple, as you can see in the next picture, which on tapping produces the sound of ‘Jal Tarang’, a music played using water; and ‘Tuddam’, produced by using terracotta pots.
- Now, there is something more interesting in the temple, outside this musical hall.
- The pillars outside this hall are even more amazing.
- The pillars outside this hall can produce different types of music on tapping.
- The pillars on tapping produce the sound of seven different musical notes.
- You can see the pillars in the next picture, also the notes they produce on tapping.
- You can listen to the voice also on the You-tube video of Praveen Mohan on this.
This is surprising. I mean that we can make stone pillars that can produce music, but how can stone pillars made of same material produce different type of music. This is possible only in three cases: either the pillars have holes, or the pillars are of different dimensions, or the sculptors have changed the intrinsic density of the pillars by adding some other materials to the pillar. We will look to all the possibilities.
First, do these pillars have holes which enable them to produce different types of music?
Well, the Britishers had the same question. One of the British officer to tried to reveal the secret of these pillars, and cut one of the column, but, surprisingly found nothing. You can see in the next picture that the column which was cut down, has no any hole.
Second, it can be possible that the pillars are of different dimensions, i.e., of different shapes and sizes. But, it is not the case. All these pillars are of same dimensions. All these pillars are same in height and diameter, as you can see in the next picture.
So, these two possibilities are not possible at all. Therefore, I move on to the third.
The sculptors might have changed the intrinsic density of the pillars to make them able to produce different sounds. But, the question is that whether it is possible or not. To change the intrinsic density of a material, we need to add some other materials to it. Now days, this is done to the metals. Metals are melted at an extremely high temperature, to make alloys which have desired properties.
But, can this be done to stones, especially 500 years ago? No, not possible. But historians and archaeologists will argue that there was no such ‘stone-melting technology’ in ancient times. But, these people are unable to answer the questions.
Ancient Sanatan Rock-Melting Technology-
Melting rock is very hard task even today. But did the ancient sculptors have rock-melting technology? Historians and archaeologists will simply say, no.
But, then how in the world did they manage to change the intrinsic density of a stone pillar, because there is no other way, as I have discussed above, that these pillars can produce different sounds. But, are there more evidences of rock melting technology in these temples? Have a look on the next picture.
The ceiling of this temple has hooks. The question arises that why these hooks are made here? The locals say that these hooks had stone chains hanging from them, which has now got destroyed by various means. This is baffling. How those chains were made, and how they were attached to these hooks?
Historians and archaeologists will again argue that these are just for decorative purpose, and stone chain were hanging from these hooks. But, do such stone chains exist in other temples? Yes. There are stone chains in a temple, away from this temple. Look at the next picture.
This temple is in Kanchipuram. This temple does have stone chains. Look at the next picture, which shows a stone chain hanging from the ceiling of this temple.
Many people at first will not believe, but it is true, it is a chain made of sandstone. It is very much hard to carve such a stone with hands, and therefore it is possible that this chain was made using rock-melting. But, if I will say like that, historians and archaeologists will say that it is possible to carve such a stone chain, although it will take a very long time.
Yes, it is true. It is possible with hands, but takes a very long time. Actually, this stone chain is not the surprising thing that I was to show you as a proof of stone-melting technology. Look at the next picture, you will understand.
The surprising thing is that, although the chain is made up of sandstone, the ceiling with which the chain is attached is made of granite. This is totally impossible without melting the rock. It is not possible to attach two different rocks without melting them. This clearly proves that the ancient sculptors did use the rock-melting technology.
Now, return to the hooks in the temple of Hampi. We can now say clearly that these hooks were used to hang stone chains. And also, that the stone structures which produce different music on tapping must had been made using the rock-melting technology.
But, this is not the only thing. To make such structures, you not only need stone-melting technology, but also a great sort of knowledge about sounds and vibrations. So, the question arises that did those so-called primitive ancient sculptors have this level of knowledge of sound and vibrations.
Yes, it is clear from the above mentioned stuffs. But, I will give something more and unbelievable examples of this.
Ancient Sanatan knowledge of Sound and Vibration-
When we struck anything, vibrations are produced which further produces sound. Different sounds have different types of vibrations. These vibrations can produce geometrical patterns, which is called Cymatics, which is shown in the next figure
Different types of sounds produce different types of vibrations, which makes different cymatical patterns. The next picture shows different patterns made by different sounds.
Recently, we have become able to view these cymatical patterns in 3-dimensional. Look at the next picture which shows different 3-d patterns made by different types of sounds.
But, the question is that did those ancient sculptors have such great knowledge of sounds and vibrations. To find the answer, I will take you back to the musical hall. The answer lies on the ceiling of this hall. Have a look on the picture below.
The ceiling of this hall has very complex geometrical patterns. Well again, historians and archaeologists will argue that these were made for mere decorative purpose. So, look at some more pictures of the ceiling. All the pictures below show very complex geometrical patterns, and all of them are perfect symmetry. And, as you can see sculptors did not create these patterns in 2-d. All of these patterns are in 3-d with immense detail.
Now, the question arises that if all these were made for only decorative purposes, why the sculptors took so much pain, time and effort to create such detailed and complex geometrical patterns. Even the dark areas of the temple have such patterns, which you can see below. No one actually bothers to look at the ceiling in such a dark room, where nothing is visible without light. If these are for mere decoration, why then did the sculptors created such patterns in a place, where apparently no one is going to see?
Were those sculptors stupid? We know they were not. They were marvelous architecture and also had a great knowledge of geometry, sounds and vibrations. So, there is no other reason the sculptors had made such patterns, other than that these are the Cymatic patterns. It will be more clear by the picture shown below.
The picture shows another such pattern. But also, there are carvings around the pattern. What are those carvings? To see the carvings more clearly, we need to look at the picture more closely.
Below is the zoomed image of this pattern.
Now, you can see that that the pattern by is surrounded by the carvings of women who are shown with sticks in their hand. In ancient times, people came to this temple, and used to sang, dance and played musical instrument. This carving is also depicting such thing.The carving shows some women playing a musical instrument, and the sound produced by it is shown in the 3-d pattern.
Now, I am not going to say anything more. Anyone who is reading this; I advise him/her to use his his/her conscience and think carefully. Please think on whatever you have read and try to figure out that, whatever the historians and archaeologists have told us about our history and our ancestors, is that true?
Thank you to all who have read this. And, once again a lot of thanks to Praveen Mohan.