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White Stone Bearing Buddhist Architechture Found in Collapsed Hindu Temple in Andhra Pradesh

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Andhra Pradesh, November 24, 2016: In a Hindu temple site at Ghantasala village in Krishna district, a white stone wheel bearing Buddhist architectural carvings was found.

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According to the locals, the height of the wheel is almost two and a half feet which is dated back to 2nd century B.C. The wheel was found by the villagers, when they were collecting some construction materials at the Visweswara temple which collapsed a few years ago.

According to The Hindu, Buddhist Monk Banteji said, “Portrayals of a cow, horse, and an elephant are carved on the wheel. The Buddhist remain arguably belongs to the construction of the Buddhist stupa. The engravings are clearly visible and the wheel is in a great shape.”

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Mr. Banteji and some other Buddhist scholars are occupied in establishing the history and is also trying to find out its connection with the village, where the Buddhist stupa is in good shape and is being conserved by the Archaeological Survey of India(ASI).

Mr. Banteji further added, “We have to take up a deep study to examine the wheel belongs to which Buddhist site in Krishna district.”

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The Buddhist architectural wheel would be displayed at the ASI museum here.

-prepared by NewsGram team

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Mummified Monk Found inside 1000 Year Old Buddha Statue in Lotus Position in China

The Buddha statue belongs to the Drents Museum in the Netherlands and is presently on loan to a museum in Budapest

Buddha Statue
Buddha Statue. Pixabay
  • A mummy in lotus position was found in 1000-year-old Buddha statue in China
  • The researchers believe that the mummy found in the statue is that of a Buddhist monk who self-mummified himself
  • Self Mummification is an age old Japanese practice 

July 21, 2017: A strange discovery was revealed by the scientists when they took CT scan of an ancient Buddha Statue dating back to 1100 CE from China. Inside the statue was a mummy sitting in the same lotus position similar to the statue. It was also found that some organs of the mummy were missing and replaced by scraps of paper engraved with Chinese writings on it.

The Buddha statue belongs to the Drents Museum in the Netherlands and is presently on loan to a museum in Budapest. Experts assume that the mummy found inside the statue is of Buddhist Monk Liuquan who was a member of Chinese meditation school.

“On the outside, it looks like a large statue of Buddha. Scan research has shown that on the inside, it is the mummy of a Buddhist monk who lived around the year 1100”, the museum said in a report published by Discovery News in 2015.

The researchers took the statue to the Meander Medical Center in Amersfoort for further scrutinization after identifying a skeleton inside the statue post the scan. Missing organs, unidentified material and scraps of paper with Chinese scripts were found in an endoscopy and additional scans.

The museum believes that the Buddhist master self-mummified himself. The process is extremely painful which involves starving oneself sustainably over years.

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Discovery News calls the self mummification process, a Japanese practice. It also describes the process in a subsequent way. For 1000 days, a diet of nuts and seeds is eaten to reduce the body fat to the minimum. Then, for another 1000 days, a diet of barks and roots is consumed. And in the last stages, a Japanese toxic drink is devoured which induces vomiting and eliminates body fluid. The toxic nature of the drink helps to kill bacteria too.


The skeletal monk is then placed inside the statue tomb. An air tube and a bell are also provided so as to indicate whether the monk is still alive or not. The monk would ring the bell every day until expiration. His mummified body would then be preserved for another 1000 days. Only a handful of monks were able to achieve this exhausting stage of self mummification.

An additional research is going on to find out how the organs were removed from the mummified monk.

-Prepared by Staff writer at Newsgram


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Ancient Chennakesava Temple Completes 900 Years

The ASI hasn't yet responded to the letter regarding the need to commemorate the 900th anniversary of the temple

The Chennakesava temple turns 900 but no celebration takes place
Chennakesava temple turns 900 year old. Wikimedia
  • Chennakesava temple turns 900 years old this year
  • It was commissioned by the Hoysala king in 1117 CE
  • ASI hasn’t responded to the letter regarding the need to commemorate the 900th anniversary of the temple

New Delhi, July 15, 2017: Chennakesava temple, a real masterpiece and a fine example of Karnata-Dravida architecture, had its 900th anniversary this year. The temple completed 900 years of construction on March 10, However, the historic occasion was hardly marked by any celebration.

Vishnuvardhana, the Hoysala king commissioned the Chennakesava temple in 1117 CE. It has been established by the Researchers that the temple was built as a symbol of victory of King Vishnuvardhana. “Soon after winning a war in 1104, Vishnuvardhana took up the construction of the temple, and according to an inscription, the temple was ready by March 1117,” said Srivatsa Vati, a historian and an expert in Hoyasala architecture.

“It was Mr. Vati, who wrote to various departments, including the ASI, reminding them about the temple’s 900th anniversary and stressed the need to commemorate the occasion,” says The Hindu report.

Also read: 13 Beautiful Ancient Temples in India showcase Architectural Brilliance.

The Muzrai Department and Hassan district administration responded positively, however, no response has been received from the ASI yet. The temple management committee discussed a series of programs, in a meeting, in order to mark the 900th anniversary of the monument. Religious programs were held as per the suggestions, under the leadership of the priest of the temple. Seminars, a sculpture workshop, competitions for college students, and a State-level Bharatanatyam competition, as a part of a nine-day event, were also suggested by Mr. Vati.

Uma alias Muddamma, president of Belur Town Municipal Council, said that they are still in the process of figuring out what events could be conducted to celebrate the 900 years of Chennakeshwara temple. “On an average, more than 10,000 people visit the temple during weekends. We need funds to develop road infrastructure in the area in addition to improving amenities for visitors. We have submitted a memorandum to chief minister Siddaramaiah seeking funds for development of the town and are awaiting his reply,” He informed.

The Chennakeshava temple at Belur is a marvellous example of the Hoysala architecture and forms a crucial part of their legacy. It is indeed disappointing that the celebration of 900 years of the temple is not being given due importance.

The Chennakesava temple originally referred to as the Vijayanarayana temple is situated on the Yagachi River at Belur. It has also been proposed for the UNESCO World Heritage tag. The temple attracts a large number of tourists every year.

Prepared by Samiksha Goel of NewsGram. Twitter @goel_samiksha

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Ram Sethu: Why the Spiritual Importance attached to it is Debatable!

 A team of Indian archaeologists is planning to board on an underwater expedition to explore the shallow strait separating India from Sri Lanka

Ram Sethu
Ram Sethu: There is a debate regarding its construction. Google Map

June 30, 2017: Standing on the shores Tamil Nadu, Ram, an avatar of the god Vishnu, calls upon an army of warrior monkeys to help him bridge the two coastlines by building a pathway.

A team of Indian archaeologists is planning to board on an underwater expedition to explore the shallow strait separating India from Sri Lanka. There, a submerged 50-kilometer chain of limestone shoals Ram Bridge has become a pivotal fixture in the continuing debates between secular and religious India. The chief interrogation lies is Ram Bridge natural or man-made?

In 2005, the Sethusamudram Shipping Canal Project proposed cutting a path through Ram’s Bridge to open a shipping lane deep enough for cargo ships to pass through.

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The plan did not get much support, particularly among Hindu groups. Protestors petitioned the government to reject the project and declare Ram Bridge a national monument. Subramanian Swamy, a parliament member, prompted the government to protect the “historic and sacred place.”

But the Archaeological Survey of India overseeing India’s heritage sites argued in an affidavit that Ram’s Bridge is little more than a ridge of sandbanks produced by sedimentation.

In 2013, the canal project was discarded and the reason being, the projected destruction of the local ecosystem, and a forecast of an increased tsunami risk. With dredging off the table, the debate over Ram Bridge was placed on hold—until now.

– by Naina Mishra of Newsgram, Twitter: @Nainamishr94