The Hindu heritage has never failed to surprise and deliver, each time we sought something new out of it. The age old legacy of Hinduism is full of novel factors that have often led to delighting discoveries, and each time, we stop and wonder what more might this religion be holding down within its unearthed artefacts. Adding to the startling discoveries made in association to Hindutva, there are a handful of theories that equally intrigue our mind and pose highly logical questions. Here are a few instances of such theories and discoveries that will leave you in a state of reflection!
The root of all religions?
A historian named PN Oak once claimed that every other religion is actually a distortion from Hinduism. In fact, he has specified by validating that the word ‘Vatican’ was derived from the Sanskrit word ‘Vatika’, which means religious centre. ‘Christianity’ was derived from ‘Krishna –neeti’, and ‘Abraham’ was derived from ‘Bramha’! Also, have you noticed a striking similarity between the Vatican central Church Compound and a Shiva Linga? Need more proof? The museum of Rome houses an ancient statue of Lord Shiva in the form of a Linga, that was excavated from within the grounds of Rome! The museum is the Gregorian Etruscan Museum at the Vatican City, which is home for the most valuable artefacts from the past. Too brilliant to be co-incidental, this theory actually validates the claim that Hindutva is the root for all other religions in the world. Even with regard to Islam that does not believe in idol worship – Hindutva never propagated idol worship until the very end of the Vedic period! It could only mean that Islam originated at the end of the Vedic period when the deviation occurred between idol worshippers and the rest.
The centre of the universe!!!
Angkor Vat, the ancient and massive temple at Cambodia is built exactly to resemble Mount Meru, which is considered to be the centre of the universe according to Hindu legends. The magnitude and architecture of the temple that has stood for 900 years now is breathtaking, and it is home for a complete plethora of Hindu Gods. Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu are placed in the highest position, explaining the Hindu orientation of the temple of Cambodia.
Excavations from the past!!!
Three Shiva Lingas dating to 5000 years ago in the past were excavated in Harappa, where human civilization is known to have begun. A Tamil-Bramhi scripted storage jar with inscriptions was excavated on the Red Sea coast of Egypt, which was confirmed by experts to be made in India and belonging to first century B.C. Yet another Tamil-Bramhi scripted pot discovered in Oman belonging to the first century C.E. provides proof enough to de-mystify the international trade activities of ancient Hindus.
Indonesia, Russia, China, Peru, and of course Sri Lanka – numerous excavation projects carried out in these countries have resulted in findings associated with Hinduism. Square coins picturing Krishna on one side and Balarama on another, dating back to 180 BC were found in Afghanistan, indicating that Hinduism was much more than a religion in countries other than India.
Religion, trade, civilization and heritage. Hindutva has undeniably been the foundation of all life we see today. Over time, distortions have taken over and evidences have been buried deep under, fading away the intensity of the religion. But till date, there are discoveries made and theories validating regarding the role of Hinduism in the world. If the core of Christianity – the Vatican, and the underlying aspect of Islam – reluctance from idol worship have their roots in Hinduism, then there remains a little question. Hinduism holds more answers and elements than probably we care to interrogate, but we suppose times shall turn and more revelations shall be made to bring back Hinduism to its original glory!