We are at Mahabalipuram in India, and let’s take a look at this mysterious giant rock called Krishna’s butter ball. The specialty of this rock, is that it stands on an extremely small base, less than 2 square feet area on a slippery hill. It is a miracle that it is able to stand like that. Just imagine what would happen if you place a ball on a slope. It would roll down right away, but this rock has been in place for at least 1200 years.
This granite rock is over 20 feet tall and weighs over 250 tons. With its width almost equal to its height, it looks like a sphere in some angles but is not a perfect sphere. You can see a lot of people sitting under it which gives you an idea of how big it is.
Many people think of this rock as a natural formation. However, such a natural formation is impossible because There is no way it could have come to this shape by erosion, flowing water or blowing wind. You can see that the rest of the area is a smooth hill, and is devoid of any other large rocks. So if its not a natural formation who could have put this here? Even in modern days, moving a 250 ton rock uphill would be a very difficult task and require complex equipment like cranes. How was it done 1200 years ago?
The base of the rock is somehow firmly “glued” to the hill below. In fact in 1908, Arthur Lawley who was the Governor of Madras, thought that this rock was too dangerous and would slide off the hill anytime. So, he ordered that the rock be pushed down. Seven elephants were used in tandem to push the rock down. But the rock didn’t even move an inch! The Governor finally gave up on this impossible task!
We know that an elephant can push or pull 6 tons. That is a pushing power of 42 tons for 7 elephants and the “butter ball” perched on 2 square feet base did not move! Is it clamped underneath? Is there something hidden underneath? Now, here is the more interesting question: If it was impossible to push this rock downhill, how was it pushed up the hill? If it is humanly impossible now, we are left to think about if it was done by humans at all. Could this technical superiority have come from extraterrestrials?
Let us take a look at how the rock stands on the hill. The point of contact is less than 2 square feet. Even a layman knows that a wide base is important for a structure to last longer. How does a 250 ton rock stand on less than 2 square feet base? Just imagine if you would be able to construct a 3 story building with no foundation, on a slope, and with a base of 2 square feet.
Even though it is popularly known as “Krishna’s Butter Ball” in recent times, this was not the original name of the rock. This new name was invented by a tour guide in 1969 who was appointed to show the sculptures of Mahabalipuram to Indira Gandhi, the Prime Minister of India at that time. The original name of this rock is “Vaan Irai Kal”. In Tamil language, the native language of the land, it means “Stone of The Sky God”. Who is this Sky God who put this Giant rock?
Notice how there are no carvings whatsoever on this rock. In fact, this is the only structure in Mahabalipuram which has no carvings at all. It is said that the Pallava King Narasimhavarman gave specific orders that the “rock of the sky god” should never be touched by sculptors. So, the rock must have been there even before the Pallava regime who ruled in 7th Century A.D.
It is important to understand about the slippery hill on which the rock stands. This hill looks like it is 30 feet tall. This is not the original height of the hill, because the land level here keeps rising! The sand gets washed in from the nearby sea all the time. This is a ramp nearby, which is less than 5 feet now. Just 10 years ago, this ramp was over 15 feet high, and kids used it as a slide. This hill is slowly being buried at the rate of 1 foot every year. Now, imagine how tall this hill would have been 1200 years ago! It would have been a very tall mountain, over 1000 feet high! How was this monstrous rock placed on such a high altitude?
If you compare this rock with other ancient structures, it is bigger and heavier than the monolithic stones of Ollantaytambo in Peru. It is also much bigger than the rocks found in Machu Picchu. Krishna’s butter ball is just one of the few reminders of ancient technology in Mahabalipuram. This place has a lot of other mysterious structures. No matter who placed Krishna’s Butter Ball here, it will be a reminder that our understanding of history is incomplete.
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