best mystery of Indian temples
The Linearity of Chidambaram Nataraja Temple, Kanchipuram Ekambareshwar temple & Sri Kalahasthi temple.
Recently one of my colleagues claimed that these 3 temples lie in a straight line. To find out, I marked their longitudes in Google maps & Guess what !
Yes, they lie in the same longitude. i.e, Exactly 79deg 42 min East
So what’s special about these 3 temples ? These are 3 out of the 5 temples that are clubbed together and called as Pancha boota Stalam ( Denoting 5 forms of Shiva – Fire, Water, Earth, Air & Space )
- Sri Kalahastheeswara – Vayu Lingam – Air
- Ekambareshwarar – Prithivi Lingam – Earth
- Thillai Nataraja – Aagaya Lingam – Space
One more interesting observation,
Are there any other temples that lie in a same longitude ? Yes, I found two of them.
- Virudhagireeshwar Temple, Vriddhachalam
- Ramanathaswamy Temple, Rameswaram
Both are termed as the Punniya stalam ( Where they dip themselves in a waterbody to wash away their sins )
How did the architects designed the straightness of these temple gopuras that are more than 1000 years old and 500–600 Kms away ?
What technology did they have to mark the longitudes ?
Did they have a mapping system ?
Why didn’t the temples deviate from the alignment, during any natural events like the tectonic plate shifting or the Tsunami ?
What is the significance behind all this ?
Edit 1 –
Thank you all for the amazing response. This is just an interesting observation, and an attempt to decode a pattern that existed for more than thousands of years ! This pattern may or may not hold any significance ( until we prove anything 🙂 ).
To clarify on linearity, I’m posting the co-ordinates here :
- Sri Kalahastheeswara Temple –
- Ekambareshwarar Temple –
- Thillai Nataraja Temple –
P.S – Even if it is a coincidence, it is worthy enough to notice right ?
Edit 2 –
Thanks again for the unexpected response ! To clarify a few more answers, here is an addition.
All the three deities (Lingams)were worshiped from around 600AD, which was later enshrined in Temple structures by Chola kings ( Kulothunga Chola I, II ) during 11th & 12th century.
Also I continue to see people claiming coincidence. Even, then it has to fall under third degree of coincidence.
- All are Shiva temples
- All lie in same Longitude
- All are Panchaboota Stalam
I wouldn’t call it a coincidence.
And here are the Missing Co-ordinates :
- Virudhagireeshwar Temple –
- Ramanathaswamy Temple –
Credit goes to: LakshmiNarayanan-Venkatesan