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Ancient Temple was Carved Out of Just One Rock, with Little Explanation for How it was Built

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Ancient Temple was Carved Out of Just One Rock, with Little Explanation for How it was Built

Have you ever heard of the Kailasa temple? Popularized a couple years ago because of its difficult to explain, unique architecture, the Kailasa temple is actually the 16th cave in 34 cave temples and monasteries known together as the Ellora Caves in India.

The striking thing about the Kailasa temple is the fact that it seems to be carved out of one, solitary rock. It’s a megalith carved out of one giant piece of rock, considered one of the most interesting cave temples in India because of that and other details of its architecture, sculptural treatment, and size.

The official narrative is that the construction of this temple occurred under Krishna I (r. 756-773 CE), a Rashtrakuta king. However, articles are speculating about whether or not something beyond this world had a role in this. It’s now a very firmly established phenomenon, where people wonder if a particular megalith or intricate structure was created by something other than people.

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One Vadodara copper-plate inscription dated back to (c. 812-813 CE), of Karkaraja II, records the grant for a village to be constructed in modern-day Gujarat. Essentially, the historical record states that the king really outdid himself in getting that temple constructed, creating one “so wondrous that even the gods and the architect were astonished.”

Now, here’s where it gets interesting. A variety of different distinct sculptural and architectural styles are present throughout the temple, leading some scholars to believe that it was constructed by different people, throughout different periods of time.

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However, the estimation for when most of it was built is of course not that long ago in the full scope of history.

Of course, it’s easy to mention who added on to the temple after the 8th century when it was probably created.

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Wikipedia will tell you: “These rulers include Dhruva Dharavarsha, Govinda III, Amoghavarsha, and Krishna III. According to Goetz, the 11th century Paramara ruler Bhoja commissioned the elephant-lion frieze on the lower plinth during his invasion of Deccan, and added a new layer of paintings. Finally, Ahilyabai Holkar commissioned the last layer of paintings in the temple.”

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Back in the 80’s, M.K. Dhavalikar analyzed the way the temple was constructed, and concluded that arguably the most central and important sculpture inside the temple, depicting the Kailasa mountain being shaken by Ravana, seems to have been built after the main portion of it.

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The beautiful sculpture in the photo above is considered to be one of the finest pieces of Indian art ever produced, possibly even influencing the name of the temple, Kailasa.

However, the person analyzing the temple concluded that it was probably carved merely 3 or 4 decades after the main shrine was completed, which in historical terms is no time at all. They might as well have been constructed at the same time, for the purposes of understanding how it was all built.

It’s extremely compelling to wonder why during these past eras of time, people were so fascinated with certain gods and deities that could easily be interpreted as extra-terrestrials by people in modern times trying to understand it.

It can be a rejection of logic to fail to see the evidence for human beings building things too, but it’s always necessary to examine every possibility. For all we know, every ancient civilization in fact could have been influenced by deities we are unaware of.

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Adam Goldberg is a researcher and writer from New York. His topics of interest include mapping out the world's nefarious powers and entities, DARPA, technocracy, and others.

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