It is an accepted fact that the Vatican was built over the remains of a Pagan temple dedicated to the Sun God Mithira. It is also argued that St. Peter’s Square is built on the pattern of a Pagan sun wheel – more specifically the Vedic sun wheel – also represented by the ‘surya mandala’.

In the Vedic tradition Surya Deva is represented by a chariot driven by seven horses – each horse representing one of the seven days of the week. 

The Surya Deva rides a chariot
driven by seven horses

The sun temple of Konark is a representation of this concept.

The Sun Temple of Konark in Odisha, India is
a representation of the Chariot of the Sun God

The wheel of the Surya Deva’s chariot
Konark Temple represents 
the cycle of time.

St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican
is known to be designed on the
pattern of the Pagan or Vedic Sun Wheel.

In the Vedic tradition Surya is also known as ‘Mitra‘ (मित्र) meaning ‘friend’. In Gujarat, a clan of Surya-vanshi kings (Descendants of the sun) was also known as Mitra-vanshi kshatriyas. When the Iranians separated from their Indian kin, Mitra became known as ‘Mithra’ or ‘Mihr’, as he is called in Persian. 

In Babylon, ‘Mithra’ was identified with ‘Shamash’, the sun god, and he is also Bel, the Mesopotamian and Canaanite (the ancient pre-Judaistic Israel) solar deity. 

According to the Roman historian Plutarch (46-120 AD) , Mithraism began to be absorbed in Rome in  around 70 BC.

A Roman Coin of 3rd century AD

depicted the Sun God driven in a chariot 

like the Vedic Surya Deva

A mosaic found in the Vatican grottoes under
St. Peter’s Basilica. It depicts Christ as the 

Greek sun-god Helios. Helios itself originates from

 the Sanskrit ‘heli’ (हेलि) meaning ‘sun’.

It is after the Sanskrit ‘heli’ (हेलि) meaning ‘sun’ that the Hellenic civilization of Greece gets its name. The sun disc or wheel is also seen placed on the back of head of St. Peter’s statue at the Vatican.

The statue of St. Peter’s with the sun-disc
on it’s head is said to be that of Pagna God Jupiter.
Jupiter and Peter can be traced to the Sanskrit ‘Dev Pitr

Etymological dictionaries trace the names Peter and Jupiter to the same source. Jupiter was the supreme deity of the ancient Romans, his name traced from Latin ‘Iupeter’, ultimately to the PIE ‘dyeu-peter’ or ‘god father’, however PIE is a re-constructed language which did not exist. We find that in Sanskrit ‘dev-pitra’ (देव पितृ) means ‘God Father’ and ‘dyo-pitr’ (द्यो पितृ) means ‘Heavenly Father’. 

The Trident in Roman Sculpture is also associated with Jupiter though in the Vedic pantheon it is Lord Shiva who wields the Trident.

Jupiter with the Trident
Lord Shiva with his Trident 

The image of the sun is inscribed on the ceiling just above St. Peter’ statue. The sun image is also inscribed on the altar and spiral pillars of the Basilica. In fact the word ‘basilica’ is itself connected to Sanskrit via Latin, Greek and Lydian. 

‘Basilica’ is derived from Latin ‘basilica’, which is ‘a building of a court of justice’ and, by extension, church built on the plan of a court. The Latin ‘basilica’ stems from the Greek ‘basilike’ which was ‘ the portico of the archon basileus, the official who dispensed justice in Athens. ‘Basileus’ means ‘king’ and comes from, it is conjectured, the Lydian ‘battos’ which also means ‘king’. But that itself has its source in the Sanskrit ‘bhatta’ (भट्ट) which means ‘venerable’ or ‘lord’.

Some have contented that the Vatican was a Shiva temple. This argument is based on the Shiva Linga which it is said was excavated from the Pagan Temple on which the Vatican was built. The Shiva Linga is the symbol of Shiva, the word ‘linga’ (लिङ्ग) meaning ‘symbol’ or ‘sign’.

This is the ‘Shiva Lingam of Etruria’ on view in the Etruscan Museum at the Vatican. Etruria was the ancient name of Italy.

Other examples of Vedic symbols seen at the Vatican include the the pine-cone. 

Hindu Scupture with ‘pine-cone’.

The ‘pine-cone’ is a representation

of the ‘pineal’ gland of the brain

also known as the ‘third eye of Shiva’.

The pine cone at the Vatican was placed at Campus Martius prior to it  being moved to the Court of the Pigna. The Pine Cone of Vatican once served as a fountain, water gushing from holes in the scales of the cone – exactly as water emanates from the top-knot of Lord Shiva. The ‘pineal gland’ of the human brain which is considered as the seat of spiritual connect to the universe, is also represented by the top-knot of Shiva from which trickles the water of the Ganges. Hence, the Pine Cone Fountain of Vatican!

The Pine-Cone of Vatican was a fountain
from which water gushed out once

The ‘top-knot’ of Lord Shiva
is a representation of the ‘pine-cone’
The pine-cone is shaped like the human pineal gland.
Water gushes out of Shiva’s top knot.

The ‘pineal gland’, the seat of spiritualism and ‘higher consciousness’ represented by the ‘Third eye of Shiva’

Suggested Links:
1. Mithra – Sun God
2. Surya Ashtakam – Lyrics

3. Surya Ashtakam – Chant
4. Uplistsikhe
6. Vatican Cardinals exposes Pagan-worship in their banners


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