Hinduism- one of the world’s oldest Civilization has placed its traces all over the world. Some of those traces discovered in the recent times of technology are unbelievable and are beyond the justification of mankind!
One such unusual temple found in the Island of Bali is a Delight to Human eyes on its own. The “Devata Vishnu” temple is underwater – 90 feet beneath the ocean’s surface near Pemuteran Beach in North West Bali. This amazing Building & Architecture Technology of Sanatan Dharma was converted into a Temple Garden in 2005 for promoting tourism in Indonesia.
Recently the Government of Vietnam, despite its official Communist doctrine, has developed many programs and projects highlighting Vietnam’s ancient religious heritage. Its scholarly and Archeological research and investigations are legitimate and its conclusions are authoritative. This discovery of a 5000- 4500 year old Vishnu sculpture is truly historic and it sheds new light upon our understanding of the history of not only Hinduism but of the entire world.
A number of stories and pictures circulating online since few years state that an ancient Hindu Temple was discovered deep in the middle of the sea, off the coast of Pemuteran, Bali in Indonesia. It is also said that the amazing underwater temple was built about a thousand years ago and it was converted into a Temple Garden to promote tourism in the year 2005. The facts claimed about the temple is not a hoax but a fact.
The mystery of the alleged discovery of an impressive underwater temple off Bali’s coast has been solved- the “temple” was built as part of a recent environmental conservation program. The idols & treasures beneath the sea were renovated and beautified in order to preserve it for future.
Paul M Turley, the owner of Sea Rovers Dive Center in Pemuteran, Bali, told that the temple site did in fact exist but that the location, named Taman Pura (Temple Garden) was created five years ago. Consisting of ten statues and a temple structure, the project was in addition to a number of bio-wreck dive sites and a Reef Gardiners reef conservation project funded by the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAid).
A brochure from Reef Gardiners read…
The site was “somewhat of an engineering feat” with more than ten large stone statues resting on stone plinths and a 4-meter tall temple gateway that had been lowered to a depth of 29 meters.
“The ‘garden’ is covered in gorgonian fans and must be seen to be believed,” the pamphlet read.
“In 2006, a second stage to these temples was constructed at a depth of 15 meters to allow less experienced divers to be able to dive the location.”
‘Pemuteran is a small coastal village in a town of Bali, 50 kilometers west of Singaraja, Indonesia. Beneath the surface of its calm waters lies the underwater Balinese Hindu temple with a majestic split gate (temple structure) and statues of mythological creatures. The location named as Taman Pura (Temple Garden) was an idea of Chris Brown (affectionately called Pak Nyoman), an Australian who has been dedicated to conserving the natural beauty of Pemuteran village and the well-being of its people.’
Indonesia in spite of being an Islamic country, 90% of its population follows the culture of Hinduism even more than Indians. Some of the most astonishing architectures and evidences of Hinduism are found in Indonesia proving its Hindu belief. East Asia is the ultimate region where you will find many Hindu/Buddhist ancient temples. The famous ones include Angor Wat (Cambodia) and ones in Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, Myanmar, Korea, Japan, China, etc. These temples, dating back many years are mostly in a dilapidated state and efforts are being made to restore them.
Credits: Shikha Sarkar