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In Search of Vaisakheswara Temple below the sea near Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh

It is believed that Vaisakheswara temple lie submerged below the sea near Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh. So far the attempts by Centre for Marine Archaeology (CMA) of Andhra University to locate the temple have been unsuccessful. The city of Visakhapatnam is said to have taken its name from the temple dedicated to God Visakha (Muruga - son of Shiva and Parvati).

Now CMA after decades of research has come to the conclusion that the temple lie beneath the waters of the Bay of Bengal near Tirthapurallu. Parapsychologist Edwin C May is helping the CMA team in their quest for the lost temple.

The team plans to employ anomalous cognition (AC) for tracing the temple. Anomalous cognition (AC) is the ability to acquire information that is blocked from the known senses by shielding distance or time for tracing the temple. The process has been successfully employed to trace submerged ships and submarines.

The Hindu reports
 Novel methods to corroborate geophysical methods with extrasensory perception (ESP) were discussed by nuclear physicist and Director of the Laboratories for Fundamental Research (LFR) California, Edwin C. May, at an interactive programme organised by the Centre for Marine Archaeology on Friday. 
The programme introduced attending scientists and teachers to possibilities of utilising extrasensory perception towards the tracing of the supposed ancient Vaisakheswara temple from which it is believed that the city derived its name. Based upon nearly two decades of research, anomalous cognition (AC) is the ability to acquire information that is blocked from the known senses by shielding distance or time. "The process is not easy and our institute has successfully utilised these methods in tracing an unknown Russian submarine and we hope that we can use our resources similarly to narrow down the research area in the `Temple Project'," said Dr. May. 
He described his 30-year experience in extrasensory research with a US government sponsored organisation and explained cases where AC had helped in significantly reducing search time and resource expenditures to locate archaeological sites.
Dogged by some scepticism, members of the audience had several queries regarding AC and the success in its effective implementation. 
LFR has been extensively involved in the research of AC and has seen that the methods have implications not only in the field of archaeology but also in other fields such as business, law enforcement, intelligence and other sciences. "There is a need to incorporate an interdisciplinary approach and utilise the methods of various subjects like humanities, science and technology in the field of research today," said Director for LFR India, Sonali Marwah. The programme was organised by honorary director of the Centre of Marine Archaeology, E.V. Gangadharam.