Well, all of us know about the episode of Thomas Munroe and Raghavendra Swamy. However, not many know that Rarayu himself gave the reason for appearing before Munroe and talking to him. This is the story of Munroe and Rayaru. When Munroe visited Mantralaya, he was the Collector of Bellary. He had been offered the post after the final Anglo-Mysore war of 1799 in which Tipu Sultan had been killed. The British had parceled out the territories of Tipu among their allies and also allowed the Wodeyars to retain lands in south Karnataka. The British had decided to keep the territory surrounding Bellary. There were two reasons for this. The last Vijayanagar Emperor had been pensioned off and his territory taken over by the British. The second reason was that Bellary and surrounding areas had been the stronghold of Tipu and the British did not want any further resistance. Munroe had ordered the revenue officials to rationalise their system of collection. As temples were centres of revenue, he wanted the revenue officials to exercise greater control over them (This is what the Governments in India do now. They decide to take over a temple or religious institution under the Muzrai Act whenever they wanted to exercise greater control over them). The then Government of Madras asked Munroe to ensure that all the revenue from the Raghavendra Swamy Temple in...Read More
Author: Samyuktha Harshitha
Sri Raghavendra Swamy was born in 1601 A.D. at Bhuvanagiri (Tamil Nadu), by the benign Grace of Lord Venkateswara, when all the planets were in exalted and auspicious houses, bestowing a long divine life, (700 years) full of miracles and healing powers for the welfare of humanity. He ruled the Vedic Samrajya from 1624 to 1671. His 345th Aradhana was celebrated in August, when lakhs of devotees thronged Manthralayam and the hundreds of Brindavans in India and abroad. A famous couplet in Kannada goes like this: Manthralayadilluruva Karedallige Baruva. The meaning is “Residing in Manthralaya, He will respond to your call.”...Read More
Note the temple pictured above and its resemblance in colour and style to that of the Egyptians. South American pyramids are of course related to Egyptian pyramids. If the Mayans have much in common with the Egyptians, then they must share a common origin. The Egyptians come from Southern India. “Under the reign of Viswamitra, first king of the Dynasty of Soma -Vanga, in consequence of a battle which lasted five days, Manu -Vina, heir of the ancient kings, being abandoned by the Brahmans , emigrated with all his companions, passing through Arya , and the countries of Barria,...Read More
A visit to the ashram of Nityananda Baba in Odisha. A very interesting sadhu with much mystic insight. He is accomplished in many forms of esoteric inner yogic sadhana and spends most of his time (20 hours a day) in meditation. In the future I will try to write some of my experiences with him, including a few mystical experiences which helped me to understand his position. This video was recorded when we visited him on full moon night. He performs a special puja every full moon and new moon night, which lasts till the morning. An interesting thing you can see in this video is the “yogic” arati, in which he is offering the flame through his internal meditation, over the area of the dhuni (yagya kunda), according to what he sees in the third eye. If you wish to meet him, his small ashram is located in Chadheya village, near to Bhadrak city, in Odisha. If you have any questions you would like me to ask him, please message them to me and I will ask them the next time I go to visit him. I hope to make a better quality recording next time I visit, with him explaining some aspects of yogic sadhana, and english subtitles can be included....Read More
The sprawling caves of Bhimbetka are located about 45 km northeast of Bhopal, the state capital of Madhya Pradesh in India. The northern fringes of the ancient Vindhyachal ranges are home to the extraordinary rock shelters and paintings, the rocks fortifying an ancient treasure within. Seated amidst lush greenery in dense forests, rocky terrain, craggy cliffs, with the lofty rocks guarding the ancient premises, the caves of Bhimbetka present a breathtaking view. The Bhimbetka shelters exhibit the earliest traces of human life in India. A number of analyses suggest that some of these shelters were inhabited by hominids like...Read More
The US today returned over 200 cultural artifacts estimated at $100 million to India at a ceremony, attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, at Washington DC. “For some, these artifacts may be measured in monetary terms but for us this is beyond that. It’s a part of our culture and heritage,” the Prime Minister said at the ceremony held at the Blair House. Items returned included religious statues, bronzes and terra cotta pieces, some dating back 2,000 years, looted from some of India’s most treasured religious sites. Among the pieces returned is a statue of Saint Manikkavichavakar, a Hindu...Read More
Editor’s Note: Our ancient histories recorded in the Puranas trace back human civilization for millions of years, yet people only want to believe things if they are written in English books by westerners, who’s main motive is to declare their own religion as being the origin and source of humanity. The fact is there are thousands of such undiscovered archaeological sites in India, which remain hidden because there is little interest in such research by the government, and because there are tens of millions of people still living on top of such places as Delhi (which was Hastinapur in ancient times). Where as...Read More
It may be time to rewrite history textbooks. Scientists from IIT-Kharagpur and Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) have uncovered evidence that the Indus Valley Civilization is at least 8,000 years old, and not 5,500 years old, taking root well before the Egyptian (7000BC to 3000BC) and Mesopotamian (6500BC to 3100BC) civilizations. What’s more, the researchers have found evidence of a pre-Harappan civilization that existed for at least 1,000 years before this. The discovery, published in the prestigious ‘Nature’ journal on May 25, may force a global rethink on the timelines of the so-called ‘cradles of civilization’. The scientists believe...Read More
It’s a perfect example of science meeting faith and technology buttressing myth. A detailed study conducted by IIT-Kharagpur – using GPS, one of the latest tech tools – could well turn the clock back on Varanasi, indicating that the holy town has been a continuous human settlement since the days of the Indus Valley Civilization, around 6000 years ago. The project, funded by the Union ministry of human resources development (it has released Rs 20 crore just for the first phase), has even attracted the attention of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The PM made it a point to explore...Read More
Alarm bells ringing! The famous Shree Jagannath Temple in Odisha’s Puri can collapse anytime, Archaeological Survey of India has said. While tendering her resignation, ASI technical core committee chairman GC Mitra sounded alarming signals saying, if necessary steps were not taken immediately, the Puri temple dedicated to Jagannath Mahaprabhu may come down, a BBC report said Earlier, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi requesting him to take immediate steps regarding the temple. Patnaik had complained about the slow pace of ASI, regarding the repair work going on in the temple. On...Read More
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