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Somnath Temple is revered very highly in Hinduism and is situated in Saurashtra region of Gujarat. This temple which is thousands of years has been attacked multiple times by Islamist forces from the North West of India. Often considered to be one of the richest temples, the looters were able to amass wealth even after 17th attack. It is also one of the 12 Jyotirlingas and is dedicated to Shiva.
A pillar with an arrow pointing to the Sea with the following Sanskrit quote:
आसमुद्रांत दक्षिण ध्रुव, पर्यंत अबाधित ज्योर्तिमार्ग
Meaning - A straight line from this point towards the end of the direction will not be met by any obstruction.
This means that Indians knew the concept of South Pole much before the formalisation of the concept. Visit this amazing ancient temple with history of repeated attacks.
It is an amazing fact to know that Indians knew and studied about the Poles way before than the concept was formally introduced to the world. One can only wonder on the fact that such knowledge and findings were very close to perfection when there was no technological instruments available as now. Maybe, the natural calculations were more advanced!