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A 2000 year old Shiva Temple unearthed in Uttar Pradesh

The Department of Ancient Indian history and Archaeology of Lucknow University has found a 2000 year old ShivaTemple at Sanchankot in Unnao District in Uttar Pradesh, India. Spread across an area of 600 acres, the Shiva temple is made of baked bricks and it is believed to be the oldest brick temple in India. The temple’s architecture is semicircular in nature. So how did the archeologists come to the conclusion that it is a ShivaTemple?Shailvee Sharda reports in the Times of IndiaThe LucknowUniversity has many artifacts to conclude that Lord Shiva was worshipped in this temple. Prof D P Tewari of the LucknowUniversity said, ‘‘A terracotta seal bearing the legend of ‘Kaalanjar peeth’ in Brahmi script was found from the site in Dec 2008.’’

A shivling, trishul, nandi bull, and a river are inscribed over the seal. The legend of ‘Kaalanjar peeth’ is inscribed just below the river. ‘‘It’s actually a complex comprising five temples,’’ Prof D P Tewari said. ‘‘While four temples belong to the K…

Thoughts and Quotes on Shivaratri

If we go to any important Shiva temple we will find a niche on the outer wall of the sanctum sanctorum, exactly behind the spot where the deity is installed. In that niche we can find a representation of the Lingodbhavamoorthi, a form emerging out of a Linga. We can see neither the top half of the head nor the bottom half of the legs of that form. All the other attributes of Shiva will be found sculptured. We will also find depicted a swan in flight at the top of the Linga and a boar burrowing the earth at the bottom. According to tradition, Brahma took the form of a swan to find out the crown of Shiva’s head and failed. Similarly, Vishnu took the form of a boar and burrowed deep into the bowels of earth to locate the feet of Shiva and failed. Thus in Lingodbhavamoorthi we have a unique combination of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva, impressing in our minds the Advaitic Tatva that God is One, Full and All Pervasive. Both the aspects of Ishavara with form and without form are thus depicted. T…