Mysterious Miracle in the Mountain

The famous Kailasa Temple in India. Everyone is trying to understand how the temple was built, cut out of the rocks, without the use of ‘modern’ technology.

Who can solve the mystery of how the temple was completed in only eighteen years?

We often run across ancient structures that stupefy, confound and amaze us, either in books, geographical magazines, or if we are lucky, in person.  Some of these wonderful monstrosities have actually crumbled into the sea, due to earthquakes, erosion or other events:  The Colossus of Rhodes, The Lighthouse of Alexandria, and The Hanging Gardens of Babylon. 

I wonder why I had not heard of this amazing ancient temple that has withstood the test of time.  It is probable that such a huge edifice could not be carved out of a solid mass of rock without the help of modern-day jack-hammers, other pneumatic drills, and heavy excavation equipment. 

When such a temple, and its sister constructions, take up two square kilometers, well, the building of them would be an otherworldly feat.  Much like the mystical pyramids, it has been conjectured that the only way to accomplish some of these fantastic engineering projects would be by the use of extraterrestrial knowledge and with tools not yet known to man.  In most instances, some of this amazing ancient architecture took decades or centuries to complete, and casts of thousands.

The structure that has gotten my attention is not as famous as many, but it took only eighteen years to build.  It was not constructed, but revealed, out of a solid piece of rock in the 8th Century A. D.  Yes, it was impossible to do, but the ancient engineers did it.  The workers had to haul away five tons of broken-away rock hourly and they worked at least twelve hours a day.

The result is the Kailasa Temple and its thirty-four connected monasteries in Maharashtra, India.  It was built by King Krishna I of the Rashtrakuta Dynasty of ancient India and is dedicated to Hinduism.

The solid piece of rock used to carve the temple is the top of a mountain consisting of basalt.  The builders excavated 400, 000 tons of the rock.  After studying the complicated staircases, bridges, and statues, scientists are still baffled at how the laborers were able to complete such a task.  The monolith and its accompaniments are also known as the Elora Caves.

The main temple is 98 feet tall, 109 feet wide, and 164 feet deep.  As far as we know now, it is the largest structure of this kind on this Earth.  The entrance is an intricately carved gateway, two stories tall.  Once inside there is a U-shaped courtyard filled with sculptures of animals and deities dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva.

One would have to time travel and be a fly on the wall to solve the mystery of how it was completed, and……….how in only eighteen years?

Sara Marie Hogg is the author of It Rises from the Pee Dee. Please click HERE to find her book on Amazon.

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