Hall of Thousand Pillars in Srirangam, India. Many Hindu temples were developed under the patronage of Ganapati Deva, Rudrama Devi and Prataparudra of Kakatiya dynasty. The Thousand Pillar Temple was believed to be constructed during the period between 1175–1324 CE by order of the king, Rudra Deva.
- Question: How can a massive hall be given shape by the smallest of number squares?
- Answer: In the same way as the Great Pyramid of Egypt. They both utilize the featured picture above. They both demonstrate how complexity is found in simplicity.
THE METHOD BY WHICH THE HALL USES THE NUMBER SQUARE
The Great Hall of 1000 Pillars is shaped as a rectangle. Length is 500 feet. Width is 160 feet. One length and one width total 660 feet. Now look at the 3 x 3 number square above. Take the numbers two at the time. This can be done vertically or horizontally as follows. The total is 660 either way. We have the following:
- Horizontally: (49 + 61) + (16 + 94) + (35 + 75) + (53 + 57) + (81 + 39) + (18 + 92) = 660
- Vertically: (43 + 67) + (34 + 76) + (95 + 15) + (59 + 51) + (27 + 83) + (72 + 38) = 660
- In terms of English yards, the entire perimeter is 440 yards. That equals 1,320 feet (or 2 x 660ft). 440 is another major characteristic number on the square. Here is just one way it uses 440 found: Add the numbers around the perimeter two as the time either clockwise or counter clockwise. You get 440. For example: 49 + 92 + 27 + 76 + 61 + 18 + 83 + 34 = 440. Try the other way.
Why is this important? At one time there was a golden age of peace and plenty. Number squares were the backbone of civilization. The 3 x3 number square sets the pattern. Because I am a musician, I read 440 and 660 as musical tones. In the diatonic scale, they form a perfect fifth. “A” vibrates “440” times per second. “E” vibrates 660 times per second. This is the 3/2 ratio of the perfect fifth. The number 440 is also used at the Great Pyramid. Each side is 440 cubits.
LET’S REHARMONIZE OUR PLANET WITH PEACE AND PLENTY
In Neolithic times we have found a lack of warfare. Riane Eisler amply covers the subject in The Chalice and the Blade. I propose rededication to a worldwide effort to recondition or rebuild sites once concieved by the 3 x 3 number square as pictured above. In so doing we can:
The Chalice and the Blade Quotes
- Create an awareness of the unity we all share through this simple number square.
- Harmonize our lives with that ratios of perfect musical intervals.