On the other side of the alignment going through Africa, you come to the Maldives, a sovereign state in the Indian Ocean, situated in the Arabian Sea, and southwest of Sri Lanka and India. It crosses over in the area of Male, the capital city of this island country.
The top photo is the capital, Male, and the bottom is a nearby resort. Of particular interest are the nicely engineered protected harbors on both islands, and the straight street alignment in the top photo bisecting the island.
The Maldives have a strong cultural and linguistic connection to the Tamil Dravidian culture of India and Sri Lanka. While not pictured here, the Maldives lie a relatively short distance southwest of the Dravidian map pictured here.
The Maldives became a sultanate in 1153 when the King converted to from Buddhism to Islam. Before that the Maldives were Buddhist, prior to that Hindu, and originally was a matriarchal society with each atoll ruled by a chief queen.
In the following historical photos, this is a Buddhist Statue from the Maldives, and the Maldives are said to have had a 1,400 year history of Buddhism, until the year 1153 AD:
as well as this Buddhist Stupa pictured here:
Islam is the mandatory religion in the Maldives. This is the old Friday Mosque in Male:
It is made from coral stone, and has unique coral stonework and woodwork, as well as lacquerwork, on the inside.
The formal title of the Sultan of the Maldives was: “Sultan of Land and Sea, Lord of the twelve-thousand islands and Sultan of the Maldives.”
In 1796, the British included the Maldives as a British Protected area, and it officially became a British Protectorate in 1887, with an understanding that they were involved in external affairs like military defense, and the Sultan was responsible for Home Rule.
Eventually the Sultan’s ruling powers were taken over by his Ministers, and a Constitutional Monarchy was proclaimed in 1932, with the Sultan remaining as nominal head.
In 1965, the Sultan became a King with independence from Britain. Then in 1968 the 853-year-old monarchy ended with the establishment of a Republic in a national referendum. This is a photo of the last monarch of the Maldives – King Muhammad Fareed Didi.
The Sultan’s Palace was demolished and the grounds became Sultan Park, and what was left of the palace was converted into the Maldives National Museum, which houses a complete collection of royal artifacts, as well as archeological finds throughout the islands, many of which speak to its Buddhist and Hindu past.
This is the Mulee’aage, now the Presidential residence, but is said to have been completed in 1919 as a residence for the heir of the Sultan at the time.
Regardless of the cause of it, in the decades since the establishment of the Republic, the political history of the Maldives has been rather tumultuous, punctuated with many episodes of civil unrest and political instability.
From the Maldives, the alignment crosses the Indian Ocean and enters the Island of Java through the Sunda Strait as it goes across Indonesia.
The Sunda Strait, which is located between the islands of Java and Sumatra, and connects the Java Sea to the Indian Ocean.
There are a couple of noteworthy tidbits about this location. One is that the island of Krakatoa is located here. Krakatoa is a volcanic island that exploded in a major eruption in 1883 with global effects. It was one of the deadliest and most destructive volcanic events in recorded history. It destroyed most of the island, affected the region with pyroclastic flows and volcanic ash. Global after-effects included tsunamis and climactic changes involving a cooling of temperatures over the next few years.
The other is that there was a World War II naval battle that took place here in 1942. This was not the only battle that took place on a grid-line during the second World War. There were actually many of them that did, not only in World War II, but other wars/conflicts as well.
The alignment goes through Bandung, the capital of West Java.
Bandung was called the Paris of Indonesia by its Dutch Colonizers, who started colonizing here in the 1700s as the Dutch East India Company, and is known today for a certain European feel.
Here are some historic pictures of Bandung:
And these are some pictures of the landscape in which Bandung is located.
The alignment goes through Yogyakarta in Central Java.
Yogyakarta was the capital of the Mataram Sultanate from 1587 to 1613. Even today it is considered a center of education, classical Javanese Fine Art and cultural activities of all kinds.
This is also where Borobudur is located, another nodal point of the planetary grid, like Axum in Ethiopia, which was featured in Part 2 of this series. A nodal point is a place where numerous leylines and planetary alignments connect.
Borobudur, located 26 miles northwest of Yogyakarta, is the world’s largest Buddhist Temple, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A structural mandala Built in three tiers, it has a pyramidal base with five concentric square terraces, the trunk of a cone with three circular platforms, and a monumental stupa at the top.
Also close to Yogyakarta is Candi Prambanan, which is a Hindu Temple complex, said to have been established in the 8th century with the formation of a Hindu kingdom in Java.
Surakarta is in the same vicinity, and lies just to the northeast of Yogyakarta. It is also known the Royal City of Solo. It is considered one of the least westernized cities on Java. We saw another royal city on this alignment at Gondar in Ethiopia in Part 2 of this series.
This is the Keraton Surakarta, also known as the Kasunanan. It is a royal palace that was built in 1745.
Mangkunegaran Place is also in Solo, said to have been built in 1757 by the nephew of King Pakubuwono II.
I have reason to believe there is a much greater historical significance to this place than is realized, connected ultimately to King Solomon, but it falls into the category of the secret (society) history of the world. If you are interested in learning more about this, here is a link to a PDF that can explain it much better than I can, and is where I first learned of this unknown history and this place.
The alignment crosses over the island of Bali.
Bali has a large Hindu population, at over 80% of the population in the largely Muslim nation of Indonesia. This is one of many Hindu temples on the island of Bali.
Among many other things, Bali is noteworthy for its Subak Irrigation System. The Ancient Ones of the advanced Ancient Civilization were Master Hydrologists. This irrigation system is a complex, pulsed artificial ecosystem for the paddy fields of Bali, said to be in use since the 9th century. It is owned by the farmers, and was said to have been developed to facilitate fair distribution of water resources during the dry season. There are five terraces, and a water temple associated with each one. This has been designated UNESCO World Heritage Cultural Landscape.
According to Robert Coon, who has done extensive research on the two Great Earth Serpents and the Earth’s Chakra System, Bali is the World Purification Center, and is one of two places where the Feminine Rainbow Serpent and the Masculine Plumed Serpent cross – the other is Lake Titicaca, which straddles the border of Peru and Bolivia. He says on a flat map, these two dragon circles form an infinity symbol, or a figure 8 tipped on its side. Here is the link to his website and this information: The Two Great Dragon Circles.
I am going to end this post here, and pick up the alignment in Kupang, at the tip of the island of West Timor.