Friday, 20 July 2012


Tiahuanacu (also called Tivanaku) lies in the Andes Mountain range in Bolivia at 12,500 feet above sea-level. It is known for its ancient megalithic ruins and has been dated to 15,000 BC (though main-stream historians date it to 200 AD).

Prominent among the ruins of Tiahuanacu, is the Temple of Kalasasaya. Lets look at the Sanskrit connection.

Kala (काल), pronounced Kaal, in Sanskrit means 'Time' or 'Era'. Sasya (शस्य) in Sanskrit has many meanings depending on the context. One of the meanings of 'Sasya' is "Wishing" or to be Desired". If so, then "Kalasasaya" may well mean "Good-Time Wish Temple" .

Sasya also means 'Excellent'. That would make Kaala Sasya mean 'Excellent Time'. Could it then have been a place of worship to Kaali herself, the Goddess of Kaal or Time.

A third meaning of Sasya in Sanskrit is Grain or Corn. Maybe it was a place where prayers were held for a good harvest, general prosperity and a great tomorrow.

Another cognate of Sasaya in Sanskrit is 'Shashay' (शशय) which means 'abundant', 'ever-flowing' or unfailing.

Kalasasaya also houses the idol of Viracocha who has been identified by many as the Vedic god Indra. But more about that in a later blog.

Kalasasaya Temple
Some scholars like Gene Matlock say that the name Kalasasaya is a derived from the name 'Kailasha' (कैलास). Mount Kailash located in the Himalayas in India is regarded as the abode of Lord Shiva since the Vedic times to the present times.

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