Picture: Indiana Jones and Temple of Doom
Where are our Hindu treasures?
Indians lack historical sense. This is because our ultimate goal is to merge one with God, that is Moksha. So they did not bother much about recording everything with time and date according to modern western standards. Moreover, History begins for Westerners only when they get records, epigraphs, inscriptions, monuments or artefacts. But Hindus laugh at such things. Tamil and Sanskrit literature were very clear about the number of kings the world had seen. They say it is uncountable, innumerable, incredibly big equal to the number of stars in the heaven or the number of water drops in the rain or the number of sand particles on the sea shore. This simile was used 2000 years ago in Mahabharata, Ramayana, Kalidasa’s works and Sangam Tamil literature.
Even Ramkrishna Paramahamsa warned people, “Don’t waste your time by counting the number of leaves in a tree. Such a research won’t take you anywhere near your goal-Moksha”. But yet Hindus did research in Sex (vatsyayana), Medicine (Susruta, Saraka), Grammar (Linguistics/Panini), Astronomy (Varahamihira, Aryabhatta), Mathematics (Leelavati), Theory of Dilation of Time (Mahabharata), Acupuncture (Bheesma’s Arrow bed)--name any subject in the world, we were the first one to have contributed. Then the Greeks took the mantle from us.
The times have changed. We can’t sit idly when the whole world is using mass media to reinterpret their history and religion. Even Krishna’s Syamantaka diamond (now named Hope diamond in Smithsonian ,Washington DC) was used as a plot for Indiana Jone’s film—Indiana Jones and Temple of Doom. So we need an Indiana Jones type person to find out our lost treasures. Some of them have already been traced. Others may be in temple vaults, like the biggest treasure in History at Pathmanabha Swamy temple, Tiruvananthapuram, Kerala,India.
Hindus must create awareness about their treasures. They must know the value of their treasures and display them like the British Museum in London or famous American museums. They must use these plots for interesting feature films like Indiana Jones.
The great Chola king Rajaraja mentioned hundreds of gold items donated to Lord Shiva temple in Thanjavur. Now they are not there!! A lot of temple inscriptions mention thousands of gold items and gems. Now they are not found anywhere. Some temples like Tirupati and Madurai Meenakshi temple have some of the jewelleries. But there is a rumour that some were replaced with fake and artificial jewellery by the politicians. But we can check them with ultra modern scientific instruments.
There is an old Kadamba tree inside Madurai Meenakshi temple well protected with fence. We may do some research to find its age with carbon dating and other methods. Christians did such research on Turin shroud. Every temple had something historic. We have to do scientific research on such artefacts. This wouldn’t affect our faith in Hinduism. This will reinstate our faith in our religion and culture.
Where is Akshya Pathra, the Eternal Bowl, that Draupadi (Mahabharata) used to feed thousands of people? Where is it today?
Where is Amutha Surabhi, that Manimekalai used to feed all the poor in Tamil Nadu? Where is it today?
Where is the Peacock Throne, that is worth millions of dollars today? We knew it was used by Shajahan, the Moghul emperor? There is one Peacock throne in National Museum, Tehran, Iran. But they say the original was broken in to pieces by Nair Shah’s soldiers after he plundered Delhi.
Where is the original Peacock throne-(Mayil Asanam in Tamil)- today?
Where is the Sangam Board/Plank that allowed to Tiru Valluvar to launch his book Tirukkural? The plank that allowed only good and genuine authors. Where is it today?
Where is Syamantaka that produced gold? Is it the Hope diamond at Smithsonian Museum in Washington? Where is it today? ( I argued that it is Syamantaka in my article “ Is Krishna’s diamond in USA”? But a scientific study will prove my theory right or wrong)
Where is our famous and lucky Kohinoor diamond? Where is it today? We Knew that it is in the Crown Jewellery collection in the Tower Museum. London.
Where is our Kamadhenu that produced food for thousands of people when Vashista was raising it? Where is it today? If it is a real living animal it would be long dead. But it is magical. So I think it must survive. May be it is an instant cooking machine our ancients invented. Now we have machines that make 1000 chapatis or 1000 Idlis at one go!!
Where is the Karpaka Vruksham tree that fulfils all your wishes? Where is it today?
Where is the Vikramadityan Simhasanam (Lion Throne), the magical throne which will make even a fool the most intelligent man in the world? Where is it today?
Where is the golden throne used by the Pancha Pandava brothers? Where is it today? The Mysore Palace Golden Simhasana which is worth millions of rupees is described as Pancha Pandava throne. Can’t we do some tests to establish the fact?
Where is the blue sapphire that Nala donated? Where is it today? Where is it today?
(Please read my article “The Wonder that was Madurai Meenakshi Temple”. East India Company sent it to Queen Victoria for inspection)
Where is the magical blue cloth that was presented by Neela Nakan to Tamil King Ay which was presented to Lord Shiva (temple) ? Where is it today? Where is the magical blue cloth that Naga tribal leader Karkotakan presented to King Nala for identification? (Please read my article Are Mayas, Indian Nagas? for more details).
Where is Ulavakizi mentioned in Tamil Thiruvilayadal Puranam? Where is Ulava Kottai? It gave us unlimited supply of paddy and gold.
Now that we have discovered the greatest treasure trove on earth in the vaults of Pathmanabha Swamy Temple at Tiruvananthapuram, we must make an inventory of our treasures around the world.
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