Strange ancient artifacts unearthed in India
Hey guys, today we are going to talk about some shocking ancient artifacts found in India. Let's watch this clip. The person who sent me this clip claims that this was found in an archeological site called Keeladi, however I do not think that this was found in that site. Keeladi is a protected archeological site and only archeologists can dig in that site. Just by looking at how hundreds of people are pulling up this ancient statue, we can understand it was found somewhere else, accidentally while digging the ground for house construction or a water well. Most archeological finds are done accidentally by locals, you can see how excited people are. This is definitely an antique statue, probably around a thousand years old. This statue shows Shiva, in a specific form called Nataraja, and bronze statues of this style mostly belong to the period of Imperial Chola dynasty who ruled about a 1000 years ago.
Ok so you just saw a mesmerizing statue of Shiva buried underground and is being revealed after centuries of burial. But in a city called Nellore, an entire temple was buried and it has come out last week. You can see all of them wearing masks because of Covid19. This was an accidental discovery, they were sandmining, they were trying to take the sand for commercial purposes from this area, and they accidentally found a huge temple completely buried. You can see these 2 guys, removing the sand, and you may think this was the ground level. No, these guys are standing almost on top of the temple tower. You can see how they are casually revealing a deity set up on the tower. Where is the temple entrance? It is buried in the sand. Now they used the giant excavators and they uncovered this entrance. The machine is going in and removing the sand from the original entrance of the temple.
Finally, you can see the ground level of the temple. That's the entrance to the temple. When we look at the close up of the ground level, you can see the temple is made of bricks and you can see the plastered walls. The walls are relatively untouched and have not undergone much damage. And you can see there are more chambers inside as well, there are more walls inside. Let us go near the entrance and take a peek at what's inside. Brick walls and brick doorway. Locals say this is a Shiva temple and they have found a lingam inside. When we look at the close-up of the tower, you can see that it is also built with bricks and has been plastered with lime mortar. Important archeological finds have been made in Ayodhya, which is the Birthplace of Lord Rama, and also the location of King's Baburs Mosque known as Babri Masjid. But before we look into this, we are going to look at some fascinating ancient artifacts revealed in a small village called Arasinakere.
What they found here is very strange. Two giant monolithic bull statues, the bull, known as Nandhi is the mount of Lord Shiva. And usually, you should just find one Bull, but surprisingly you see a pair of bulls. The bigger one is about 15 ft in length and 12 ft in height, so this is gigantic and the other one is just a little bit smaller. This excavation was also not started by archeology department, the villagers found it, and then they informed the authorities. These bulls are unfinished. How do I know this, right? Because, look at the eyes, you don't see the eyeballs, the eyes are not finished. It is a custom in India, to open the eyes at the very last, you finish sculpting everything, and then you carve the eyeballs. This practice is still followed by Hindu sculptors. And look at the texture of the stone surface, plenty of tool marks and polishing has not begun. It would be a good guess to think that there are giant lingams buried nearby. At least 2 of them. Perhaps this was a manufacturing site for the sculptors, and they could have abandoned it for some reason. In India, everywhere you dig, you find ancient statues. Now that all of us have cell phones with cameras, more things are coming to light. You see what this is? This is a 5 headed snake, a monolithic stone statue of Naga being excavated from dirt. This was found recently , it happened just a few weeks ago. I have shown you large Naga statues, commonly guarding a lingam. The next one is Ayodhya, Most Indians know about this, but if you are watching this from outside India, it is a very important site, because this is considered the birthplace of Lord Rama, and it once had a huge temple complex.
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