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

Ujjain, Crossroad of Space and Time

Ujjain is literally the crossroad of Space and Time in India. This renowned and ancient city is famous for spiritual as well as scientific reasons. It has stood, quite literally, at the very centre of the development of astronomy as … Continued

Gangadhara, Carrier of Ganga, the Heavenly Connection

This post about Shiva as Gangadhara, Carrier of the Sacred River Ganga, is dedicated to all the keepers of the Star Lore, and especially to Stella Wheildon, guardian of Australian matristic lore. Her reference to the “two heavenly dogs [or … Continued