Pyramidal use in Worship Places
  Pyramidal use in worship places:

What is Pyra-vastu: This art of “correction without demolition” technique is also called Pyra-vastu or Pyra-Vaastu method. The ancient civilization was largely God fearing and spiritual. By this inner strength, they could know the secrets of super power i.e. almighty God and they gained very deep knowledge to get invisible positive energies from different ways. Of course, pyramid science also took place therein. If one sees the great pyramids which Egyptians built in olden times. during the era of ancient Egypt, the building science was slightly different and most of the structures had a pyramidal shape on roofs. Many ancient Egyptian people were engaged in construction of various buildings in Egypt and they had extreme expertise on it, therefore Egyptian pyramids have become a land mark in the olden times history. The real faith how life should be full of meaning was a matter of great concern those days. The Old Testament has the teaching and study of various sources. The above was seen on macro level whereas the proof of their energy can be seen with the help of nano technology that works on the micro aspects of this art.

The old and new testament have few things in common. All the worship places were built with a large conical or tomb like structure  for positivity process. Indian temples of god, Ggurudwara, mosque, church, pagoda etc. are the clear examples telling som ething concrete about the pyramidal structure and its importance. Not in olden days, even today also all the religious places are mostly pyramidal like recently built “Lotus Temple” of New Delhi (India).The above inspired the vastu consultants to incorporate pyra-vastu to their methodology of warding off the negative energies from the buildings. Gradually pyra-vastu is becoming an integral part of vastu shastra.

Everyone may easily recollect and agree with the fact that all the worship places in most of the religions in the world have pyramidal structure on the top of it making a slanting surfaces of ceilings all around. How this structure may have come into existence, is a question of curiosity since long. Though people in the society have been defining it in their own terminology, own calculation and own estimates based on the traditional or superstitious explanation or they define it to be a practical need. The reasons thought and defined by different class of people are as follows:

The traditional Justification:

  • Devotees believe that the slanting roof does not allow any one to walk upon (upon Gods it, hence it is good to protect the Gods or deities from the feet of a common man,

  • Traditional architects & old rural mass thinks that being a common place, it seems to be easy to dust or clean the floor & difficult to clean up the roof every day, hence the sloppy roof that does not allow the dust or dirt upon it and allows it to slides immediately, thus keeps the roof clean,

  • Few people say that the Gods stay up in the heaven situated in the sky, hence the top pointed ceiling towards heaven invites the blessings of the almighty,

  • Secular class believes that in order to convey a straight away message to whole humanity that the God is one, the similar structure of top is made in pyramidal shape upon each Mandir (temple), Masjid (Mosque), Gurudwara, Church, Pagoda or other similar religious places.

  • It is also believed that in order to differentiate the worship place from a common man’s house, the pyramidal shape has also been unique and it takes hardly a fraction of second to judge that this is a worship place. Secondly, one can easily make out the name of religions or faith by simply looking at the shape and design of top, cone, slant or dome easily and one can move there without any hesitation.

The Historical & Ancient validation:  
When the pyramidal shapes struck to human being and since when he is using this type of structure is incalculable. Since times unmemorable, the signs and residues are traced by the archeological teams world wide. Since, the evidence of such kind of structures are found in the civilization of Mesopotamia, Indus Valley, Mohan-Jo-Daro, Harappa & other ancient civilizations. In the 1920s, archeologists found the remains of stable communities in Harappa and Mohanjodaro.

These sites are in Northern India and Pakistan. For about 1000 years, the Indus Valley civilizations grew here, with planned cities, brick houses, and paved streets. There were sophisticated sewage and drainage systems, public baths and grain storage. This civilization used copper, tin, lead, and clay for tools and decorations as well. In this era, people learnt to made dome-type roofs too. People in the Indus Valley were able to domesticate animals such as buffalo, goats, and camels. They even traded with other settlements as far away as the Middle East and maintained a strong economy.

The Harappan group had specific professions, with each person providing a certain type of labor for the community. Archeologists discovered that people of the Indus Valley were also interested in the arts. Therefore, it would be natural for them to have pyramidal shapes in their decorative items. Archeologists found remains of decorative pottery, glazed and fired much as we would do today. There were also many small seals and carvings, made by a well trained artisan class.

It is not clear why these civilizations died out. Some suggestions include a natural disasters, such as heavy floods or droughts. Other researchers think a new group of invaders or settlers overtook the people of the Indus Valley and conquered them but today we can see the collection of those people in their artwork of house, clay pots, statues etc. that includes pyramid shaped clay and stone sculptures and show pieces.

Pyramids Of Egypt:  
Most Egyptologists believed that the pyramids were meant to serve as tombs for the pharaohs. There are many reasons for why they hold this to be true. One is that the pyramid structure represents just one point in the long continuum of the evolution of tomb design. Long before dynastic kings ruled over Egypt, tombs were little more than open pit graves. In a passage of time, modifications were made by different Egyptian civilizations.

The pit was lined with crude bricks and roofed with wood and clay, and the number of chambers increased. The tomb was surmounted by a modest superstructure: a mound of gravel with an outer layer of mud, probably in imitation of the Primal Mound, the epitome of the creation and regeneration. By the 2nd Dynasty, brick corbe  l roofs had been introduced as building technique advanced with time. Such a roof took the appearance of a dome or vault. At this time, the "mastaba" superstructure (so called because of its bench-like shape) was common.

These were rectangular in plan, with flat roof and walls that slope outward towards the ground. By the end of the 2nd Dynasty, royal tombs were subterranean chambers cut deeply into the stone, accessed by staircases, with mastaba structures above them.

The 3rd Dynasty saw the true pyramid-shaped superstructure take form, first as a stepped pyramid (successive tiers of mastaba built upon one another and descending in size to the top; see photo above) and then as a true pyramid with smooth sides. "Pyramid Age" reached its apex at the beginning of the 4th Dynasty with the construction of the pyramids at Dashur and Giza, but by the end of that dynasty, pyramids had become smaller until its last pharaoh, Shepseskaf, reverted to the mastaba shape for his tomb.

Though pyramids would again be built in the 5th Dynasty, they would be of inferior quality and materials. Pyramid tombs remained popular through the 13th Dynasty, though none would rival those of the Pyramid Age in size or endurance.

By the 18th Dynasty and on, following several pyramid revivals, royal tombs had largely become underground tombs with no superstructure upon them.  Gradually pyra-vastu is becoming an integral part of vastu shastra.

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 Dr. Anand Bhardwaj
M.A., M.B.A., Ph.D. (Socio), Ph.D (Vastu), D.Sc. Eq. D.Lit (Scientific Vastu)
 International Institute of Vaidic Culture
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