The Great Temple of Baalbek is chiefly credited as Roman architecture in the description given by UNESCO as its one of the World Heritage Sites. However, when we take a closer look at the temple, it was built on an already existing platform and named it as the temple of Bacchus and there the structure clearly varied from the later ones that were built by Romans around 60 BCE.

The Trilithon stones are the ones that make a huge visible difference here that they weigh 800 to a thousand tons each that can’t be lifted up with a technology available to them in 60 BC as we all know that they all come after Alexander. Even the western wall of that temple has huge blocks that fit deliberately, making even the today’s engineers think deeply before replicating such a construction. And Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev emphasised that the sculptors from India went there to build this temple. He said that the academia in that country teaches its children about it. But none of the Indian education books enlighten even a boy of 12th standard.

When we compare the Trilithon stones with the Roman stones which only weigh 180 tons, and the average stone in the ancient structure weighs 300 tons, there it tells why they avoided reassembling the large blocks of stone to build a wall 20 feet away, but built it with smaller ones. The temple has another key emphasis that King Solomon during 11th century BCE, must have commenced its construction during the time he met the Queen of Sheba, a mysterious traveller from far south who carried with her glorious gifts and spices.

Another fascinating thing is that two stone blocks weighing 1650 and 1243 tons each, were a kilometre away near the roman quarry but they simply left them there. These two stones must have been the quarried remnants of the earlier construction. The temple also houses Lion heads, lotuses and swastikas that you find lotus nowhere in the world except in Egypt and India, which depict the flower of life. And the temple was dedicated to Baal – an ancient mystical being of Lebanon. Can this be that Baal is Emperor Bali of Ancient Indian History?

-Viswanath Venkat Dasari

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