8 Legs & 800 Years Old! Brilliant Indian Sculpture


Hey guys, I am at the Darasuram Temple in
India and let’s take a look at this sculpture of a woman with 8 legs. This is a flexible
acrobat with one head, two hands and four bodies. Now if I cover the rest of the legs
except the top two legs, she is balancing her body weight on the floor with 2 hands.
And both her legs are above the head. This is the first position. Now if I cover the
other parts, except these 2 legs, this is a different position. Now, both these legs
are also up in the air, but while her head is facing us, the body is twisted to the side.
If you cover the parts except the 2 legs on this side, you can see the other position.
Now, look carefully and you’ll see 2 outstretched legs on the floor. If you cover everything
else, you can see the woman doing a split. Notice the cute, naughty smile on her face,
showing how proud she must have been of her body. This is not all, because you can see
many other positions, if you cover legs in various combinations. For example, like this.
Or like this. In modern day talent shows, you can see people performing these types
of flexible acrobatics and getting enormous attention. This sculpture is at least 850
years old which proves that these types of performances existed in India a long time
ago. If you look at the background, you can see women dancing on one side and a man on
the other. This was probably some kind of a stage performance where the woman is showing
her acrobatic skills. The sculptor has masterfully carved all these positions to match just one
face. There are other sculptures in this temple
with much more complexity. Here, a woman is sitting on top of the acrobat, apparently
juggling and creating more complex positions. On my website phenomenalplace.com, I’ve posted
more sculptures of these flexible acrobats. It is a shame that corrosion has taken over
and you can’t see the details on many of these valuable sculptures.
Here is my question to you: Isn’t is obvious that she does not actually have 8 legs and
the sculptor carved them to show different positions? I ask this, because, this answers
the question to why Indian Gods have so many hands. Take a look at any Indian God and you’ll
see more than 2 hands. The sculptors in ancient times must have tried to show different positions
and they carved multiple arms to show all the weapons and things they used. This is
the only way to give a lot of information in a sculpture which cannot show moving images
as opposed to a modern day video. However as time went on, this logical way
of thinking somehow disappeared. Nowadays, they use it to show power and create shock
appeal. The more number of hands, the better it gets. And I have seen sculptures where
you can’t even count the number of arms. And these arms are just arms, most of them are
empty. This is Avalokitesvara by the way, a very popular god in many Asian countries.
So, if you’ve ever wondered why Indian Gods have so many hands, I hope this sculpture
answered the question. I am Praveen Mohan, Thank you for watching.
I am gonna post a lot of videos like this, so please do subscribe to my channel and I’ll
talk to you soon.

100 comments

  • Wandering Wolf

    this makes much sense now.. great video and information…

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  • Bo Staph-Maverix

    Think this image as three levels of exercise. Intense exercise of a state performance as you suggest. These sculptures show movement. Definitely

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  • sumedh ghodke

    This type of mudra (position) were developed by sramner . Avlokiteswar BUDDHA also has 1000 hands n 10 heads . this was adopted by many religions.

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  • Black Swan

    Thank you, Pravin. Nice work, keep posting. God bless you

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  • Sergio Specalsiki

    Awesome… You didn't mention Extraterrestrials, Aliens or Astronauts in this video.

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  • Cash Bonanza

    is it position or pussy-tion?

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  • Om Nanda

    Brother thank you very much for this type of vedios

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  • toxic monsanto

    Wow, exactly! You know the ancient cave paintings use the same logic. They show movement by using multiple figures in various positions, for example a hunter chasing prey is shown in that fashion. 🙂 You can see that kind of thinking all over the ancient world.

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  • Globally Organized

    The Goti Pua dance of Odisha is also fillied with the same acrobat moves..this dance skill exist still..

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  • Brett Allen

    I you have researched ancient texts, then you have to wonder if the genetic engineering described in several dig fferent ancient texts resulted in not only hybrids, but genetic anomalies such as multiple limbs as well? you can s dispute this idea, but how do you dispute quotes like "a time when the sons of men taught the mixing of species on with another to the anger of the lords… or the story of Adam's rib when Adam was put in a deep slumber, his rib removed and woman was made from his rib and the flesh resewn. Then there are the stories in Sumerian tablets of the Anunnaki's genetic creations… including man himself.

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  • Sanam Naik

    what abt Ravan???

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  • sharath om

    even this can be an optical illusion

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  • bhvm333

    I believe multiple hands on gods meant to show Multitasking and Multi-skills rather than literally having many arms.

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  • bhvm333

    Bro can you make more videos on kaal-bhairava?

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  • Clara Alexander

    Is she an astronaut seeing her headgear?

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  • Pavan Akki

    Women in the sculpture seems hybrid

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  • Prashant Vikal

    You should be on National TV.

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  • PRITESH DABHI

    Great research , I always wondered why statue depicts multiple hands, today I got the answer at the age of 29 , In India people worship them but actually they don't know exactly what it is

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  • ANIL KUMAR

    Finally I got the answer..thnx

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  • Laurie Andersen

    So it's like the rock art where the animals have multiple legs to depict them running? Cool.

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  • Girish Kumar

    outstanding work bro,,,,.This is an eye-opening work is doing by you & it helps to understand our great culture . & also make every one proud.Jai hind

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  • Radhae Krishno

    Multiple exposure sculpting? Brilliant!!!

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  • Parmod Kumar

    Wow we have neve thought like this that why multiple hands are shown in indian God's sculptures.

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  • Balvir Singh Bhachu

    You are a wonderful gentleman who found a wonderful world in India.

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  • Balvir Singh Bhachu

    GOD BLESS YOU ALL who work hard for this sculcher

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  • zeal rajee

    From missile to acrobatic skill ….India had everything

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  • munagala prabhakar

    You are doing invaluable work

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  • Lohith Rock

    Wooooooooo wt a justification…thts gives a clear answer to whole world about our culture n us..proud of u Praveen!!!

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  • Anamika K

    logical explaination…

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  • F0nkyNinja

    It's like a Picasso painting, 800 years old

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  • Brent M

    the style of art, is called now a days,,, 3 Dimensional optical illusion camouflage art …

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  • Hector traviezo

    Someone observando todos esos pequeños detailed exo es lo que te ace grande gracias

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  • Erik Schiegg

    Sometimes the arms are an art form like cubism, showing movement, sometimes they pict out, how many things that god can make at the same time, underlining his powers…

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  • delmanglar

    I always tought the same. It's the type of "multiple perspective" used in cubism art, to represent movement. Like many famous Picasso paintings.

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  • shivakumar adepu

    Wonderful analysis bro.. thanksfor d update

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  • Adventure of my life Sanat Adhikary

    Thank you for learning us such a complex sculpture in a easiest way

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  • Shekhar Asawara

    Really this video was eye opening. And given a new way to think about more than 2 hands of indian gods. Thanks praveen

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  • Lana Hallock

    Very interesting as always. I love your channel.

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  • Stephen Quail

    Brilliant

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  • Alan Malcheski

    hmm… so the other theory for multiple discs above the head is that it depicts movement. Possibly. However, the discs do connect together sometimes.

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  • unweycualquiera

    Es buda aciendo un breack dance

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  • Linda

    Just love the education. Thank you.

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  • K 1

    stop calling Indian Gods..this causes confusion in western mind…Because as per Bhagavad GEeta and Vedas there is only one God..all other are Demi- Gods…those who are servants of one supreme God…

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  • Goh C. H.

    According to Chinese Buddhists Avalokiteshvara is represented in female form with compassion and thousand arms. They believe the Buddha who has many hands possesses powers and can perform many miracles.

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  • Nayan Panda

    G8 work

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  • Monique Levesque

    So your saying that the many arms positions are dance moves or katas or possibly yoga positions

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  • Neo Anderson

    Great work…one suggestion…could you get in a touch with a india archeologist aswell..so can have much more discussion and info on the subject of the matter..and then explain it in your way…keep it up..love frm India

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  • Basavaraju B R

    I have seen some of your videos & its explanations. They are near to reality. Great job. Thank you.

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  • jaya venkatakrishnan

    Hi the way u analyse the sculptures is really amazing we have more treasures like this proud to be born here

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  • KrisIam Tutu

    Ancient Gymnastics

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  • PRADOSH MOHANTY

    Great research. One request. If in almost all ancient temples a miniature form of the main temple is depicted, is it possible on your part to discover such a thing of the Konark Sun temple, more so because the main temple is destroyed. I'm sure it will throw light on the design of the main temple.

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  • Marciel Luta

    May be they move in our time much faster than we do because they was interdimensional beings !

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  • Vikram Srinivasan

    It seems to be a dance posture where other dancers are behind the front woman

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  • Sarada Devi

    This shows these existed long ago

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  • Muthumoney Saravanan

    Thanks man, you're revealing most truths than the others…. keep up the best thing you're doing

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  • shreeya anoop

    I did find such an carvings in Vittala/Virupaksha temple at Hampi.. was wondering how to interpret… Our Tourist guide did not have much idea about this

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  • Eric Last

    This is so cool and to think people where proforming like that back then

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  • Mr. Jashon

    Answer is here hindu gods depicted with many hands shows their level of skills and dimensions they are expert in,
    Example Lord Shiva
    a Trident (expertise with weapon)
    a Damru (kind of drum for music skill)
    snake (ability to deal with poision)
    ganga (carries water)
    half moon (carries a light source like torch)
    Nandi (dipected bull as vehicle to travel)
    Third Eye (a vision with which he can destroy whole universe as he is the god of destruction)
    That is how time after time the religion took the shape of many hands may be these are the interpritation of saints and sculpture artist to show many features in single stone.
    P.S. here we are focussing on possibility of physical connection rather than spritual. No offence.

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  • abhijeet rawat

    Brilliant focus 👍👍👍💐💐

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  • Sonya C

    🐘🐘Lovely Logic Praveen🐘🐘

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  • R. ŸÀĐÁV

    It's Yoga

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  • Surya Patel

    Yes thats right information. Gods with Many hands doesn't means it has multiple hands it shows various postures and specially weapons in one idol which isn't possible any other way for idols. All know this except few secular people taking thier own different meanings of hindu dharma and say hindus are backward in science.

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  • Sudarshan Murthy

    I get guss bums when I see your research videos. You are making me think. I am a south Indian I have been to many historic temples but never ever looked at the temples from technical perspective. After seeing your videos I feel temples of India are like encyclopedia. There is so much we can understand about our past by analysis our temples. This can become a dedicated subject in research. I feel proud and lucky to have born in India. I will revisit all the temples again with a new perspective.

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  • lifeisawesome

    wow, I am an artist and never saw this, you are a genius, than again, LOL

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  • B.D. MAHESHWARI

    Thats yoga positions think it ok

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  • Jayaram Chakravarthi

    Your vedios are very interesting. thanks for sharing your experiences, in vedio form.

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  • jagdish bilgi

    Profound thought. Awesome interpretation.

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  • mani kumar

    You are awesome
    Would like to be your apprentice

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  • Black Traywick

    That's black people with kinky hair

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  • varun thakur

    parveen mohan is amazing guy, before i was thinking how come u someone became someone fans, but now i realize that i am a big big big big big big big big big big big big big big big big big big fan of parveen mohan , you are doing great job bro keep it up

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  • varun thakur

    everything he is explaining is very logical great great job god bless u , parveen mohan is simply a genius

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  • Ashiana Chan

    Pravin has done a good job showing ancient times. I strongly suggest he gets the help of a bona fide priest who can fill in the gaps.

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  • doreen dale

    I'm impressed keep doing what yur doing.history has been lied to the masses for a very long time an we have had evolution shoved in our faces.thanks for india's history an carvings.

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  • 2da point

    Bro you are the man ..straight thanks from Hollywood california

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  • Akshit Dadhwal

    how such rich india is becoming poorer day by day hurts me lot

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  • Dive Rightin

    Great video! There’s a secret behind Nataraja’s dancing idol. The drum signifying infinity, the equicentric placement of nabhi (belly button) and so on. Delve and figure it out!

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  • atheist M

    Not Indian God say hindu god

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  • publicwhisper

    You nailed it with this one

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  • Pullar Mittal

    how can I see your history chennal programme now

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  • Dave Proud

    Everything in Egypt 800 years old?

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  • Shivananda Donagapur Maruthi

    unmatchable BHARATA sculpture🙏🙏

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  • Swaminathan Srinivasan

    I discovered it before seeing this video

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  • Bharu Siva

    wow

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  • MEYO DoCs

    And another one..and another one.. he just keep going and going and going…. unstoppable Praveen!!! Father of indian archeology!! I think you might have reincarnated! The ancient builders brought you from there time to explain alll of this to us..

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  • lakshmi priyankka

    Good videos

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  • Rashmi HK

    Many hands and legs symbolises "God is infinite"

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  • IMRE DOBI

    YES ! ancient video ! from Scythia.

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  • Kamala Kamala

    Well said.

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  • Aruna Chouhan

    How accurate you are !!!
    You can search that things which others can't find.

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  • jay prime

    im not willed to say that but, the aspect of drugs be seen. if ur psychadelic "enlighten" u c those staues awake to live and telling u past storys and show moments u can join xD

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  • Dayana Antony

    You have to be recognized and honored in great way ji

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  • Vinodh Kumar

    He also earns his money this way which is fair enough.

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  • Vinodh Kumar

    More than two arms or legs simply shows they are NOT human beings but gods or 'Super Human Beings'.

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  • Virginia Bradley

    Yes! It's an old style movie of circus people.

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  • louis lavaux

    Moi , j'en vois six !

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  • louis lavaux

    Et puis,il s'agit d'un exercice sportif et non pas six jambes! Cretin

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  • Sarvesh. Vaidya

    Very true bro

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  • Sean Fagan

    Breakdancing this was carved somewhere between 1979 1988

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  • DIY- Cheap Healthy Cooking

    Ancient animation.

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  • Mousree Majumder

    amazing

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