The world is an enigmatic place. Since its inception people have told stories, amusing their friends and families with tales of adventure and disbelief, excruciating times, interesting people, frightening experiences and everyday life. Sometimes these were truths, other times just exaggerations, and occasionally, they were nothing more than tall tales. The more interesting of these chronicles were passed around from father to son, being altered along the way, to the point that they became legends, folklore, or questionable myths. Oral history, proverbs, jokes, and popular beliefs were interwoven into music, dance, cultures, and sometimes into history itself.

Both medieval and modern history are filled with folklore and real truths that make for fascinating campfire tales. The accounts of these stories can often only be guessed as to whether they are fact or fiction, but there is something about relishing yourself in these mystical tales and worlds, which transport us into a different time and space.

In many of these old legends, told around a roaring hearth, we can hear the galloping horses approaching us, the whispers of phantoms in ghost towns, the far-off sounds of pistols blazing, and the sighing moans of the winds drifting through the ancient trees of hunting and cowboy camps.

The Mystery behind Padmanabha Swamy Temple’s Seventh Vault

The Padmanabha Swamy Temple in Kerala is one of the most ancient temples in the country, dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is especially famous for its decadence and gold-plated glory. Of all the chambers in the temple, the seventh one had been sealed for centuries now. The gate was opened under the order of the Supreme court. Behind the metal door, there was a massive unornamented iron door, jammed shut, having two massive serpent portraits on it. What is behind the door has been fascinating historians for a while now. The chamber is considered to be unfathomable and sacred by the Trust Members. Many believe that the secrets behind this chamber can only be deciphered by a Magical spell or a Sanskrit chant.But the Royal Family of Travancore strictly opposes the opening of the chamber. A group of people also claim that the chamber can only be opened by the Heir of the Travancore Family.

The legend has it that, if minutely observed, one might be able to hear the current of water and also the hissing of the guarding serpent behind the sealed doors.

What really intrigued me was the uncanny resemblance to the fictional universe of Harry Potter. The sphinx-like Chamber of Secrets at Hogwarts, which was home to a giant serpent could only be opened by a magical spell in Parseltongue by The Heir of Slytherin.

The truth sometimes really is stranger than fiction. What lies beyond the chamber is truly a mystery. Maybe a Basilisk protecting the secrets of the world or maybe a Mysterious World itself?

Gyanganj: A Mysterious Land of Immortals

One of the most fascinating memories I have is watching the movie “Journey to the Mysterious Island” as a 10 year old and hoping all of it was true.

The gold-clad mountains, the miniature elephants, the gigantic butterflies and the vicious reptiles captivated my imagination. Sometimes I still think to myself and wonder if there is a world beyond the human realm. Something as enchanting as the ‘Mysterious Island’?

A world with beings, more spiritually and intellectually capable than us?

Gyanganj, hidden in the valleys of the remote Himalayas, is said to be a home to the immortals. Envision an Atlantis like kingdom, with huge waterfalls, something as alluring as a tropical Greek island amongst the snowclad peaks of the Himalayas where innumerable sages reside and  orchestrate the evolution of not only the human race but all the conscious beings. Doesn’t this seem like a premise taken out of a Dan Brown or a Jules Verne book? Who knows, maybe Mr. Brown and Mr. Verne might come together to write a book about it.

The legend has it that Gyanganj is carefully camouflaged and exists in a completely different parallel reality in order to protect it from modern mapping and satellites. Doesn’t that remind you of a certain Marvel kingdom hidden from the rest of the world?

The patrons of Gyanganj say that it is a holy realm that drafts the destiny of the entire human race. The legend says that you cannot access Gyanganj unless you have a ‘karmic connection’ with it. There are people who believe that when the world falls in chasm of ravenousness and war, the 25th ruler of Gyanganj will appear to escort our planet into a better eon.

A parallel reality with yogis who control the human race? Sounds like it’s right of a comic book. Except, Gyanganj is referenced in extremely rich Hindu scriptures like ‘Mahabharata’ and ‘Valmiki Ramayana’ which are believed to be the ultimate guide to truth and enlightenment.

Whether Gyanganj exists or doesn’t is truly a mystery.

Though the tales of Gyanganj sound mesmerizing, superficial and mythical, all at the same time, in a world full of cynicism and unkindness, it is quite fascinating to imagine that somewhere in the parallel world, exists a place where people are truly moral and are working to gently guide, influence and protect us. Honestly speaking, I don’t mind becoming a yogi and accessing Gyanganj if I am karmically connected to it. What do you think?

The Legend of the Holy Grail

In English language the ‘Holy Grail’ is often referred to as something which is much sought after but is very hard to get or achieve. So ever thought of how this phrase came into existence?  Well, this meaning for the phrase is due to a mystery related to the one of the most important people in history, Jesus Christ. So what is the Holy Grail?

According to most of the historians, it is believed to be the cup that Jesus Christ drank from at the Last Supper and that Joseph of Arimathea used to collect Jesus’s blood at his crucifixion. Holy Grail has from centuries been a topic of mystery and that’s the reason why it has been a much sought after Christian relic. It’s origin has been traced back to pre-Christian Celtic mythology.

If the famous Arthurian tales are to be believed it was said that Joseph of Arimathea brought the Grail to Glastonbury England, it is also believed that the place at which he buried the Grail caused the water to turn red although scientists have ridiculed the claim stating it is due to the presence of iron oxide in the soil that causes water to turn red.

It is also believed that the famous Templar Knights were the ones who stole the Grail from Temple Mount and hid it away during one of their crusades. There is also a theory that this was the most valued treasure the Templar Knights possessed  and was the reason for their mass execution ordered by the Catholic Church.

It has been one of the most sought after relics of Christianity and yet has never been found though there have been numerous ‘claims’ of people finding it but none can be believed to be true, also many scholars question whether the Holy Grail ever existed at all or is merely a legend.

In Dan Brown’s popular novel, The Da Vinci Code, the Holy Grail isn’t described as an object but instead as Mary Magdalene’s womb. The book proposed that Mary gave birth to Jesus’s child, which started a bloodline of Christ and that a secret organization called Priory of Sion was established to protect the secret of the heir of Jesus himself. It is believed by many that once Isaac Newton himself was a member of Priory of Sion. The secret that they protect may be the best kept secret of modern history and if it were to be revealed it will dissolve the very foundation of Catholic Church’s and make Jesus nothing but a mortal man.

The historical facts and the tales are all so clouded up over the centuries of being passed on that it is impossible to determine what the Holy Grail really was. Was it a physical object or was it just a myth we may never know answer to this but still to this day Holy Grail is an object of fascination and wonder for many.

The world is filled with mysteries, some strange, some intriguing and some downright bizarre. Indulge in them, imagine the queer worlds and as J.K. Rowling says  ‘There is always a room for stories that can transport people to another place’. Who knows maybe you can have your interpretation of the age-old myth at the next bonfire or maybe you can assist Mr. Brown in writing his next novel.

Harsh

Yash