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Lord Shiva was worshipped in Ancient China

Lord Shiva was worshipped in Ancient China



Siva_ChineseCivilizations of China and India have a long history of interaction. The links between these two ancient civilizations were numerous and were sustained for thousands of years. The Chinese tell of a tradition in “Schuking” in which it is stated that the ancestors of the Chinese people came to China after crossing the high mountain ranges to the South.

The original Chin race of India dwelling in Kashmir, and several parts of South India colonized Shensi, a province of Central China and subsequently subjugated all other petty kingdoms and thus became the emperors of perhaps the one of the largest empires of the world.

The name China and the Chinese were after the Chins of India and hence the scholars are unanimous about the Indian origin of the name of China.

The word/race of Chins as rulers of eastern and northern kingdoms is mentioned in Mahabharata too (composed around 3100 BCE).

Cinas of yellow color, are said to ‘look like a forest of Karnikaras”.

In the Arthashashtra of Chanakya, China is mentioned as well. It is theorized that the name China is based upon the name of the kingdom, Ch’in, which was established by Shih Huang Ti in year 221 BC.

However, the name China comes from an ancient Sanskrit name for “the regions to the East”.

The Chin Indians did not only name a great country but also created the Chinese nation.




Regardless of the origins of the Chinese, the evidence reveals that ancient Chinese culture was Vedic in nature.

The Vedic tradition has undoubtedly been best preserved in India yet the universality of Vedic culture is such that none can claim to be the sole inheritors or originators of the Vedic traditions.

These traditions are part of the basic fabric of nature and the universe and can be accessed by anyone anywhere at any time.

The same ‘eternal’ vedic tradition known asSantana Dharma is at the very core of Chinese civilization.

For example, Imperial Tang dynasty (618–907 AD) used the Hindu/Vedic calendar a long side with the Chinese calendar.

Amongst the Gods, the Lord of Death and the Underworld known in Vedas as Yama is called ‘Yanmo Wang’ within the Chinese tradition.

Emperor Xuanzong of the Tang (ruled 712–56) called upon the Indian monk Vajrabodhi (671–741) to perform ‘Tantric’ rites to avert a drought in the year 726 AD.

In the Fujiyan province, in the Xinmen area of Quanzhou, there are the remains of a Shiva Temple.

It still has a Shiva lingam over five meters tall.

An ancient stone that still stands today; it has been widely identified as a Shiva Linga.

Chinese records reveal that it was cut in half in the year 1011 AD and then rebuilt in the 1400s.

Even as late as 1950, childless mothers would go to it to invoke the blessings of the deity for motherhood.

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In Hsuan-wu, Lo-yang district there is a pillar with Sanskrit writings from top to bottom and right to left. Besides Buddhism, Saivism was also popular in Yunan as is manifest from the prevalence of the cult of Mahakala there.

This ancient Indian colony in the south of China was a strong link in the Sino-Indian cultural relationship.

Shiva Temple may have already been in existence, which is highly likely, and it is only the Deity of Lord Shiva that was new.

Shiva temple had originally been built in 685 AD during the Tang Dynasty but was rebuilt by the Tamil Hindu community in the city in the late 13th century who dedicated it to Lord Shiva.

There is direct evidence of that there were indeed Hindu temples in China as early as the 6th century AD.

A Chinese source states that in 720 AD the Pallava King Narasimhavarman II constructed a temple (in Tamil Nadu, India) on account of the empire of China, and another text cites the existence of three Hindu temples in southern China where ‘Brahmans’ resided during the 8th century.

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The temple in Quanzhou is now in ruins, but over 300 carvings are still within the city.

Many are currently on display in the Quanzhou museum, and some have become a part of Buddhist temple—Kaiyuan Temple.Behind its main hall “Mahavira Hall”, there are some columns decorated by some Hinduism carvings. The carvings are dispersed across five primary sites in Quanzhou and the neighboring areas.

They were made in the South Indian style, and share close similarities with 13th-century temples constructed in the Kaveri Delta region in Tamil Nadu.

Nearly all the carvings were carved with greenish-gray granite, which was widely available in the nearby hills and used in the region’s local architecture.

Poorly written/formatted tamil wordings on these carvings prove that those were done by a non-native tamilian in China.

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23 Responses to "Lord Shiva was worshipped in Ancient China"

  1. Sangram Salunkhe  January 27, 2015 at 6:11 pm

    Hello Sanskriti
    Thanx for providing such knowledge over our Hindu Cultural and Religion. You are doing great work ‘m just a student so it is very difficult for me to provide u funding if ‘m onna get some extra money then i’ll do it for sure
    Thanking you again.

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  2. MP Udayanarayana  January 28, 2015 at 1:46 am

    Wonderful- We can unite beyond boundries for the good of Mother earth

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  3. om namah shiva  January 28, 2015 at 4:03 am

    Good information of Lord Shiva.
    Lord Shiva is the supreme power of Gods.

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  4. pradeep singh rana  January 28, 2015 at 4:30 am

    nice

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  5. pradeep singh rana  January 28, 2015 at 4:30 am

    nice hostory of chinesh people

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  6. S.SuchindranathAiyer  February 21, 2015 at 7:54 pm

    The picture represents the Budhist iconography of the trinity of Brahmanism, Avalokiteshwara (Shankara), Amidava (Surya Narayana) and Mahasthanapraptha (Virinchi), the three gunas of Savitur, the light of the Sun which is the living idol of Brahma. Budhism is rooted in Brahmanism and its mythology and iconography are founded on translations from Sanskrit to Pali and back again when the priests began to lose control and when Ashoka, (like Charlemagne or Constantine did with Christianity) forged a tyrannical Imperial Budhism.

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  7. Krushn Shah  March 16, 2015 at 7:21 pm

    yes i agree , Hindus were only all over world , but due to narrow mind of some people vanished Hindu religion from most of countries.

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    • Shrirang Vishnu Sudrik  September 12, 2016 at 6:18 pm

      you are right only correction required is that hindu is a latter day name which is not found in original vedic literature ancient indian vedic arya dharma people ruled all over the world

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  8. rajesh  June 23, 2015 at 4:35 pm

    What is the use. China has so much advanced. India is still in backward correction on every side n nok. We have God in our mouth n kill our own. If not we would have been the advanced nation.
    We can just talk our history which in only past. We boast on the past only our present n future are in the hands of the top corr…….

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    • Shrirang Vishnu Sudrik  September 12, 2016 at 6:08 pm

      rajesh do not say that what is the use china is not so much advanced as you think if you see present day china it’s economy is collapsed famous Apple phone has no market in china that is why they have concentrated on Indian market then India is not backward it is our mentality that is affecting our progress then you said that history is only past is not true because any nation’s progress is dependent on its past that is history also nation’s present and future comes from its past i.e history and only India’s history and culture being glorious we are having a very bright future than china and this is accepted by world bank also eventhough we have our own future in our own hands it requires knowledge of the past also one more thing I would like to point out is that the very name China is given to them by India since Mahabharata times about 10000 years ago that is why China being a communist country is learning Sanskrit and Ayurveda on a larger scale than India so try to respect and learn our own culture in a very deep manner

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  9. reddy  January 20, 2016 at 8:56 am

    Even now the second most popular god in china

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  10. Dhiruj  March 2, 2016 at 5:31 pm

    One thing we must ponder upon though is the chinese language. I don’t believe (unless i’m mistaken) that there is any evidence of any hindi words in the chinese language and, if there isn’t, then this would be most strange.

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  11. Linda  March 5, 2016 at 9:11 pm

    Lord Shiva….my strength and hope always

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  12. Angelito Celeste  March 28, 2016 at 6:26 am

    Actually there are only one emperor on earth before and after the battle of kuruksetra which is won by the pandavas headed by maharaj pariksit, but due to onslaught of Kali-yuga, the civilization deteriorates into many kingdoms as predicted by Srimad-Bhagavatam and India loses its glory. Western influences are now dominating the civilization, which considered crass materialism as a way of life. The only hope remains is the sankirtan movement initiated by Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu (Krsna Himself)500 years ago in the town of navadwip to save the most fallen in the ages of Kali.

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  13. shailesh N Chavda  June 1, 2016 at 9:19 am

    Shanker bhagvan ..my strength & hope aiways

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  14. Pranjal Borah  June 28, 2016 at 5:00 pm

    Lord Shiva is one of the common great 84 Siddhas of both India, China and Tibbet.

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  15. kandin  September 8, 2016 at 7:23 pm

    There is no mystical tradition of the world that isn’t explored in ancient Indian mysticism.

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  16. Ramakant Tiwari  September 13, 2016 at 4:55 pm

    Sanatana Hinduism is as old as humanity. There are so many other evidence to the effect in several countries of the world.

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  17. Sudevan  September 14, 2016 at 2:47 pm

    Celebrating diversity

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  18. A. Kumar  September 14, 2016 at 3:17 pm

    I think the pronunciation in Mahabharat is ‘sina’ not china. I was also wondering if anyone knows how they have got oriental features unlike other ancient Indians

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  19. Luca108  September 23, 2016 at 10:43 pm

    New Theory: Sri Chaitanya, referred to as the Golden Avatara because the golden hue of his skin, was a Chin!? Only a few hundred miles between Bengal/Bangladesh and Myanmar (Burna).

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  20. sitaraman sankararaman  October 18, 2016 at 7:52 pm

    Any how Hindu culture is beyond or imagination. OM NAMACHIVAYA/SHIV YOM

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  21. Sitaraman Sankararaman  October 18, 2016 at 7:54 pm

    It is realy great Shiv yom OM nmCHIVAYA

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