1000 Year Old Ancient Drilling Technology - Brihadeeswarar Temple, India

Is it possible to drill a 3 millimeter wide hole today? Sure, all we need is a very small drill bit made of steel. Is it possible to drill such a tiny hole on hard granite rock? Not very easy, but if we have a diamond tipped drill bit such a hole can be drilled. How about making such minuscule holes on Granite, 1000 years ago? According to Historians, that would be impossible to do with primitive tools used by ancient people! Yet, such small holes were drilled in the Temple of Thanjavur, which still exist today as a testimony of advanced ancient technology.
Watch the video above, or scroll down to read on. 
The Brihadeeswarar temple in India was built between 1004 and 1009 A.D, so it was built over a 1000 years ago. On the walls of this temple, you can find precision holes less than 3 millimeters wide. These holes are so small that nobody has noticed them and has virtually remained a secret for 1000 years. 
What looks like a mere ornamental carving has minute holes that nobody has noticed
These rock carvings look like mere decoration, but if you look closely, there are very small holes cut into them. These holes are drilled vertically, probably to hold something very slender. Primitive tools like iron or copper chisels can not accomplish this, even today. 
A series of tiny holes carved in the temple - what is their purpose?
 I put a small twig to show you how small the hole is. I tried to put my pen through the hole and it would not go through. Another fascinating thing about these holes is that it is not even straight drilling, but is done at an angle. I put the twig on top and it comes out almost at a right angle. The temple walls are completely made of granite, one of the hardest materials on earth. In modern days, we use diamond tipped tools to make these kind of holes. The architect of this temple was the great Tamil king, Raja Raja Chola. Today's archaeologists and historians are baffled at how he could construct such a gigantic temple in a very short time. King Raja Raja had international connections as far as the French Kingdom, and the only remaining artifact is his bathtub, which is still in the temple today.
A small twig placed into the hole at Brihadeeswarar Temple, Thanjavur
How did the people carve such minute holes on these granite rocks a thousand years ago? This technology is older than other ancient cultures like Mayas and Incas. The hole is also much smaller than any other ancient drills I have seen. It is also interesting to think about What were these holes used for? Whatever went inside must have been very thin and flexible because of the size and angle. Why would they need such minute holes anyway? Did the royal family use these holes for scientific purposes? The death of King Raja Raja is also shrouded in mystery.
Compare the size of the thumb above and you can understand how small the drilling is.
His Son, Rajendra Chola is considered one of the greatest kings in Indian history. He conquered a vast territory which now spans to more than 10 different countries! Rajendra Chola's Royal Palace was similar to a multistory apartment complex with at least 8 floors. How could the Chola dynasty accomplish these astonishing feats, a 1000 years ago? The ancient Tamils also employed secret signs in temples, which I recently revealed. 


Thanks for the information. I appreciate your interest in Tamil temples and sharing so much information in your blogs. Another info about this temple which I have read in a local newspaper is about the foundation of this temple. A huge monolithic tank was made, filled with sand and over which the entire temple was supposedly constructed. Hence even if an earthquake comes, the temple will shake a little bit like the namesake "thanjavur dolls" but will not be damaged at all.

Great work!!.. I think you might probably know the technique how the tower is built. These holes could probably be used to pull the rocks I suppose. Because, you can see these holes on all the 14 stories of the vimana as it is built with 14 seperate rocks.

The holes might be used for decoration purpose as you mentioned whatever it is, it must ne thin and flexible. I guess, they put flowers stem in the holes. i am sure rocks would havent pulled through this, that will damage the small hole rock.

I had been to the temple but never saw those holes. Amazing! We want more like this! Bless you!

Thanks for all your videos on Youtube and information as well

Can i be part of your team?

Egerly waiting for your reply ...

I didn't observe such minute holes, even i am residing at Thanjavur. May i know more about you?

Nice vedio sir thank you...As I see in picture there are 24 minute holes ... I guess any link between light path entering hole with recording time pattern...

It would probably have been drilled from two directions. Probably using drill bits made of the metal used for making the chisels used to cut the stone. Carbon steel wasn't unheard at that time. People weren't that primitive. If you have time and the resources, ie lots of drill bits, it can be done relatively easily. Finishing can be achieved by using cord and abrasive materials. Be aware that some granites are softer than others. Henry Gray Stone Mason UK

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