At Latitude 17.4167S and Longitude178.150000E, in the Nakauvadra Mountain Range in Fiji, a megalithic site near the village of Narara was discovered a few years back. No one yet knows the significance of the 13 standing stones hidden in the caves of Narara. However, researchers say that many standing stones located at megalithic sites around the world align with planets and major stars of the skies. For example the ancient Chankillo observatory in Peru too has 13 towers of which the first and the last are aligned with the Summer and Winter solstices. Whether the same is true of the 13 stones of Narara is not known.

Here is a look at some place names of Fiji. ‘Nakauvaudra’ is a slightly distorted form of the Sanskrit ‘nAku’ (नाकु) and ‘vadra’ (वड्र). ‘Naku’ means ‘mountain’ and ‘vadra’ means ‘large’. The name ‘naku’ also appears at other ancient megalithic sites around the world – the most prominent of which is Tiwanaku in Latin America.

‘Nakauvadra’ Mountain Range, Fiji.
Naku‘ means ‘mountain’ and ‘Vadra‘ means
 ‘large’ in Sanskrit

Close to Nakauvadra are many villages with very interesting names. One such name is ‘Vatukacevaceva’. It sounds as if the name is derived from Sanskrit 

‘Vatika’ (वाटिका) means ‘garden’ or ‘enclosure’. And ‘ceva-ceva’ may be a distortion of ‘Shiva-Shiva’. Vatukacevaceva – ‘Garden of Shiva’! In fact, even the name ‘Suva’ – the capital of Fiji sounds as a distortion of  the name ‘Shiva’.

Then there is the Sanskrit ‘Vatuka’ (वटक) which means ’round’. ‘Vatu’ (वतू) means ‘River of Heaven’.

Village Vatukacevaceva
Vatukacevacevapronounced as ‘Vatukar-theva-theva’.
In Sanskrit both ‘Vatika’ (वाटिक )
and ‘Tevana’ (तेवन ) mean ‘garden’

Another village is known as Vatukarasa. Again ‘rasa’ (रस) is a Sanskrit word. ‘Rasa’ has many meanings including ‘fluid’, ‘earth’, ‘elixir’ and it is even the name of a mythological river which flows around the world!

Suggested Links:

1. Mt. TaraNaki, NewZealand
2. Sil Nakya, Arizona
3. TiwaNaku, Bolivia


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