The Eclipse Pavilions of South India

On the East Coast Road from Chennai to Pondicherrry, just South of the Mahabalipuram bypass and the exit to Chengalpattu, on the western side of the road, there is a small pillared pavilion right next to a Ganesha temple named … Continued

Eleanor Mannikka’s Angkor Wat

Part 2, the importance of astronomy in temple doctrine The second installment of my series on Eleanor Mannikka’s book on Angkor Wat describes the importance of astronomy in Hindu (Sanatana Dharma) temple doctrine. The role of astronomy in the calendar/panchangam, … Continued

Angkor Wat, a treasure of ancient scientific knowledge

With this video, I start a series of presentations detailing the astronomical encoding incorporated in the architecture of the ancient Khmer Angkor Wat temple in Cambodia. This presentation is based on the work of Dr.Eleanor Mannikka, who painstakingly unraveled this … Continued

Willem Carel Hartsinck, a Dutch-Japanese VOC official on the Coromandel

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In my previous blog I shared with you my discovery of the identity of the two VOC officers depicted among the relief-portraits of donors on an eclipse mandapam near Sadras and Mahabalipuram on the ECR in Tamil Nadu, India. They … Continued