Ancient temples hide within them thousands of years of history and mysteries. These mysterious temples were constructed thousands of years ago with the most basic tools and equipment. However, their grand structures make one wonder whether it was possible for an early man to make them or were they made by someone else. These are the 5 most mysterious temples;
- Kailasa Temple – Ellora Caves
The actual date of construction of the temple is unknown. Inscriptions on the walls can be traced to the 8th century C.E. The temple is located in the caves of Ellora, India. The temple is a megalith – carved out of a single rock. It could only have been constructed by the vertical excavation method. Carvers started at the top of the rock and excavated downwards. The temple is twice the area of the Parthenon in Greece and 50% taller. It has the largest cantilevered rock ceiling in the world. Approximately 400,000 tons of rock had to be removed from the site. How did workers, thousands of years ago, using hammers, chisels and picks manage to carve out this temple? Remains a mystery till date.
- Shree Padmanabhaswamy Temple – Thiruvananthapuram
There is no exact date of origin of this temple. The temple is located in Thiruvananthapuram, India. It is the richest temple in the world. Gold and jewels worth $22 billion are stored in underground vaults. Only 5 out of the 8 vaults have been open till date. Vault B in the temple is the most Mysterious and remains unexplored. A chamber in the vault is sealed with an enormous iron door. The door has 2 massive cobras painted on it with no means of entry. It is claimed that the door can only be opened by a mystic chant. It is believed that opening this chamber any other way would bring great misfortune.
- Veerabhadra Temple – Lepakshi
This temple constructed in 1530 common era (C.E.). The temple is located in Lepakshi, India. The temple has around 70 pillars supporting the roof. However, one corner pillar in the hall does not rest on the ground. In 1910 C.E., a British engineer tried to uncover the secret of the hanging pillar. He managed to make a corner of the pillar touch the ground, but this made the ceiling to misalign and distorted the fresco paintings. What keeps this pillar hanging from the top? still remains a mystery. And then there is the large footprint in stone in the temple. The footprint is 3 feet long. A trickle of water flows into it from underground keeping it wet.
- Brihadeeswara Temple – Tanjore
This temple constructed in 1010 common era (C.E.). The temple is located in Tanjore, India. It is one of the largest temples in India. Approximately 130,000 tons of granite was used in construction. The kumbam (round apex structure) is carved from a single granite rock. It weighs approximately 80 tons and sits atop the temple tower. The vimanam (temple tower) is 66 meters (216 feet) high. How did workers 1000 years ago manage to lift an 80 carved stone this high without any crane or lifting machines? Still remains a mystery.
- Konark Sun Temple – Konark
This temple constructed in 1255 common era (C.E.). The temple is located in Konark, India. The temple is designed as a chariot with 24 wheels pulled by 7 horses. Part of the temple structure collapsed or was destroyed in the 17th century C.E. It is believed the collapsed structure had a 52-ton magnet at the top. This magnet caused the main statue (idol) to levitate in the air. The wheels of the temple are actually sundials. Precise time can be calculated by the shadows cast by the spokes.