Hinduism has always been amongst the biggest and most intense topics for explorers and researchers around the world. With each speculation of an age old theory, each archaeological discovery anywhere in the world or with each question raised regarding any tradition – Hinduism has obtained novel dimensions within the understanding of researchers. Each time, Hinduism has proved itself to have been much more than a religion, and way more expansive than the borders of India. There is no denying that the entire world has experienced Hinduism in ways we do not comprehend today, but there is little evidence with us to validate that. More so, it is a shame that Indians and Hindus themselves choose not to regard Hinduism with the level of respect it deserves.
Yet, the facts and physical evidences do not fail Hindutva. Even today, there are evidences around the world that sing of Hindu influence, though there are hardly a few who seek them. Regardless, what is well validated must be spoken about, lest we ourselves give away to ‘libertarian’ ideals that drift us away from our roots. This time, we came across a reference that took us as far as Britain, and to a legacy as old and grand as the Stonehenge.
The Stonehenge is a historic monument situated in England. It is called a pre-historic monument too, owing to the assumptions that it was built by pre-historic men. The Stonehenge is a ring of standing stone pillars, each of nearly 13 feet height. The monument dates back to as early as 3000 BC, and there are multiple theories regarding why it was built and what it might have been used for; although no one has any clear explanation of the same. However, everyone agrees that the Stonehenge is not a naturally occurring marvel, and is indeed a man-made one. Also, it is agreed that it must have been established over reason and purpose, and not as a random artefact. And regarding that reason, there is one explanation that is the most fitting and agreeable- that reason comes from Hindutva.
The Stonehenge is proposed widely to have been an ancient Hindu artefact built by Hindu sages during the prehistoric times. The reasons that validate this argument are numerous and come with appropriate explanations that leave little space for argument.
Firstly, the Stonehenge is constructed in alignment to the movements of the sun. In 2011, archaeologists from the Universities of Birmingham, Bradford and Vienna claimed that the Stonehenge could have been established as a place of Sun worship, and this tradition is a prominent one in Hindutva. Other than Hindus, Iraqi Yazidis also worship the sun, but there have been ample references in the past that have validated the prevalence of Hinduism in Iraq as well. The structure of the Stonehenge point towards the Hindu traditions that unveil according to the movements of the sun. But the question remains, why after all Hindu sages would build a monument in Europe?
The answer is obtained from Shrikant G Talageri, the writer of ‘The Rigveda – A Historical Analysis’. He has proved through reason and logic that Indians did migrate to Europe, and there are ample similarities between the Roman and Indian Gods, and connection of major languages of the world with Sanskrit. The Hindus who migrated from India to Europe were called Drhyus, or Celts. Even today, people from this inheritance believe in the same principles as Hindus, and follow practices that resemble Hindu traditions to a large extent – including believing in reincarnation, animal and sun worship, animal sacrifice, and immortality of the soul. So we have logic that stands evidence to the claim that Hindus did carry their traditions to Europe, and constructed the Stonehenge as a part of that.
Also, Captain Ajit Vadakayil, a popular blogger puts forth yet another theory stating that the Stonehenge is in fact a representation of the symbol OM, the core Hindu mantra. Also, the Stonehenge has 27 portals in total, which could represent the 27 nakshatras (stars) in Vedic astrology. There are also 27 constellations as recognised by astronomy, and the Stonehenge has been agreed to have been constructed in alignment to astronomical aspects – the movement of the sun being the most prominent.
Other reasons include the previous Stonehenge built before this Stonehenge in Britain, the one that stands in Russia. This Stonehenge dates back to 7000 BC, claimed to have been built during the times of king Vikramaditya. In 2005, Vladimir Putin himself was a part of the discovery made at the Russian Stonehenge – the Swastika symbol on an earthen altar, and a ritual set up similar to the Sri Yantra Mandala. So if the Russian Stonehenge has evident connections to the Hindu ideals, it is undeniable that the British Stonehenge serves the same purpose as the Russian one.
There are no other religions, communities or ideals that find a relevance to the construction or purpose of the Stonehenge. It is Hindutva alone that provides the structure with a reasonable explanation. However, there are ample individuals who do not want to agree to these, though they have no better explanation to provide. Regardless, the facts stand open for anyone to question, analyse and decipher in their own way. As for those who want to accept the most evident of facts, the Stonehenge is indeed a structure that has its roots in Hinduism.