The holy city of Anuradhapura Sri Lanka, Is unlikely to be the scene of a fantastic story of UFOs and other world events.
The UNESCO World Heritage Site, known as Rajarata (Kingsland), was the first kingdom to be established on the island (in 377 BC) and is at the center of Sri Lanka’s cultural culture.
Today, it is one of the most visited places in the country, attracting devout pilgrims from all over the country to its ancient Buddhist temples and majestic dome-shaped stupas (monuments).
Ranmasu Yuana is a 16-hectare former garden with the ruins of bathing pavilions. – Photo: Sri Lanka Tour via the BBC
But this holy city is something of great interest. Here, in Ranmasu Uyana (Golden Fish Park), a 16-hectare ancient urban park surrounded by three Buddhist temples, is an inscription that should be a map to unravel the mysteries of the universe.
About 1.8 m in diameter, the Chakwala Chakraya (which translates as “rotation of the universe”) is engraved on the surface of a rock in the protected ruins of the park. The front interface can only be seen at ground level.
In fact, the four seats are carved into the flat rock surface in front of the dashboard, which provides the best viewing area.
Both the inscription and the seats have a mysterious appearance and have intrigued historians, archaeologists and academics for more than a century.
“Ranmasu Uyana has been used for a long time in history,” said Raj Somadeva, a professor of archeology at the University of Kelaniya in Sri Lanka.
“The second major phase of development seems to have begun in the 7th century AD. During this period, many new buildings were added to the layout of the previous garden. Nothing associated with him is mentioned in the historical records, which were meticulously placed by the monks.”
Although not much is known about the group and its purpose, the portrait does not match other inscriptions from the Anuradhapura period (3rd-10th centuries AD).
The center of the map is divided by seven concentric circles parallel to the vertical and horizontal lines. The rectangular boxes have small cross circles.
For the uninitiated eye, there are figures similar to umbrellas or bow and arrow, a kite, wavy lines and cylindrical shapes. The outer ring represents marine animals: fish, turtles, seahorses.
Compared to other sculptures from the same period, the Sandakada Bahana depicting flags, swans and the lotus flower are all common elements of the Buddhist portrait, and the group has no religious context – that is, no clear explanation of why this one.
This has left him completely open to online speculation. Before the advent of the internet, graphic attracted little attention in Sri Lanka.
Chakwala Chakraya is illustrated in several ways: a cosmological map, a Stargate and an architectural diagram. – Photo: Sahan Perera via BBC
After the fall of the Kingdom of Anuradhapura, it is believed to have been hidden on the edge of a rock; There is nothing significant compared to its breathtaking environment, such as the so-called twin lakes and bathing pavilions, which were used by kings.
In fact, if the aliens had come to Earth here, they would not have chosen a better place – the sacred temple area, which is covered with dense tropical jungle, is mostly uninhabited and protected by authorities.
The first scholar to notice the archaeological significance of the inscription was HCP Bell, a British civil servant (formerly Sri Lanka) who was appointed Commissioner of Archeology from Ceylon.
Bell’s report to the Sri Lankan ruler in 1911 included the group’s explanation, in which he concluded: “This ancient ‘world map’ is perhaps the oldest and most unusually interesting. Its existence … Evidence for antiquity Astronomical knowledge is still sought in some Buddhist monasteries in Sri Lanka. ”
Although the map does not resemble a map in the modern sense, Bell writes that it refers to “an old-fashioned cosmological map that illustrates the universe with the most naively simple Buddhist ideas.”
Based on his knowledge of Buddhism on the island, such as the earth, oceans, space and the universe, he described the circles, symbols and marine life on the chart.
Although discussions surrounding the application have been limited to educational circles primarily for many years due to its historic significance, the eruption of photo sharing on social media in recent years has attracted global attention.
The eagle-eyed tourists pointed out the similarities between the group in Anuradhapura and similar historical sites in other countries, some of which are considered to be Stargate — the ancient websites through which humans could enter the universe.
Their theory is that the inscription contains a secret code to open the portal.
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Conspiracy theorists noted that the “Stargate” shapes and symbols of Anuradhapura were similar to those found in Abu Ghraib, Egypt and the Hay Marka Gate in Peru.
They said that while speculation around Sri Lanka’s Stargate was at its height, its proximity to water was the most significant similarity.
The nearby Tissa Wawa Reservoir, built around 300 BC, was released as a solid source because Abu Ghrab and The Gate of Hay Marka were built close to water, which, according to Stargate theory, allowed gold to be processed from extraterrestrial water.
This theory was further inspired by the group’s proximity to Mount Donigala, also known as Alien Mountain in the nearby holy city of Polonnaruwa.
Deep in the jungle and popular among travelers, tonicala has a distinctive circular shape and perfectly flat surface.
This led to the conclusion that cyber detectives must have been used for UFO landings in the past.
Interestingly, according to local tour guide Sri Abeywickrema, “Locals believe Alien Mountain attracts more shooting stars, thunder and lightning than anywhere else.”
However, according to Somdeva, “it is not archaeologically small to suggest that this is a Stargate.”
Instead, as Bell suggests, he believes the panel is the most sensible decision to make on the ancient map of the world, because there is a religious and cosmological context to this interpretation, which would give time and space.
According to Somadeva, “Since 250 BC, the Sinhalese have had a clear idea of things in the sky and in space.”
“Early Brahmi inscriptions found in Sri Lanka contain many names that refer to specific concepts related to stars and astronomy.”
“One of the inscriptions at Kirinda, a historical and religious site on the south coast of Sri Lanka, contains the phrase ‘infinite universe’ meaning ‘infinite universe’. This indicates that the person who recorded it had good knowledge of the nature of the universe in which he lived.”
However, Shereen Almendra, a professor of landscaping at the University of Moratuwa in Sri Lanka, offers a different and earthly perspective.
“I think the Chakwala Chakraya is a blueprint for a complex project like the huge stupas that were built at that time,” he says.
“I believe this is a plant for Sigiriya.”
Sigiriya is one of the finest ancient attractions in Sri Lanka, dating back to the 5th century BC with a rock fort, running water, landscaped gardens and various rooms.
In the cultural triangle of Sri Lanka, half an hour from Anuradhapura, it is made up of three important ancient cities: Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa and Kandy.
“I think it was a place for discussion because the carved seats on the front of the dashboard look a bit like each other – an old architectural office, if you will,” he says.
“If the seats are built for religious purposes such as meditation, they will be straight.”
According to Somadeva, the biggest challenge in identifying the function of the map is the lack of evidence to pinpoint it correctly.
Although the Ranmasu Uyana and other parks and stupas in Anuradhapura before 250 BC are mentioned in chronicles and inscriptions, Chakwala Chakraya is not described in any historical record.
“This map would certainly have had a practical application, but finding out what it would have been like when it could not be dated exactly is a big challenge,” he says.
Therefore, Sri Lanka’s mysterious “Stargate” seems to be shrouded in mystery and its purpose and meaning are still lost over time.
However, the newly acquired cult status among science fiction enthusiasts finally gave the group the audience it deserved.
Thanks to their enthusiasm and the power of social media, Chakwala Chakraya has finally emerged from the shadows of Greater Anuradhapura and shone on its own.