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Tarakka: Ancient Monuments of Bhubaneswar as Reflections of Stars
By Deepak Bhattacharya 1 & P. C. Naik 2
Edited by Sharif Sakr

The Nature of the Star-Temple Correlation

The correlation we are presenting is approximate, not exact. The star and ground maps we have been using have different projections. Moreover, the star chart we used to draw our celestial Tarakka shows star positions for the date 2000AD. But the hub of the terrestrial Tarakka dates to between 2300 and 1300 years ago and is on +20 degrees latitude. It may be possible to use find a date when the correlations is more exact, and this may have some bearing on the origin of the embryonic Tarakka - the initial idea to mirror the stars using temples. However, this will be complicated by the fact that all the sites involved in the Tarakka were not built at the same time. Since this is the first article to present the Tarakka hypothesis, we will focus on showing that a meaningful sky-ground correlation exists today, even though it is not precise. Issues relating to mismatches in precise angles, and their possible usefulness in dating either the embryonic Tarakka or the individual buildings involved in it, will be left for another time.

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