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History buff Parvin Mohan was touring Panchabarneswamy Temple in Tamil Nadu, India, when he spotted an unusual and astonishing find. He posted a video on his YouTube channel showing an engraving of a man riding a bicycle that he found on one of the walls of the ancient temple intended for Shiva, one of Hinduism's most important gods. What is special about this find is that the bicycle was invented only in the 19th century, but this is a temple built 2,000 years ago - long before the invention of bicycles. How would you explain it?
The strange engraving has sparked speculation online, claiming that early man predicted the emergence of modern bicycles. Previn said in his video: "In a dark corner on one of the walls you can see this amazing engraving of a man riding a bicycle. Historians say that bicycles were invented in the 19th century, only 200 years ago, so how is it engraved on the ancient temple that is two thousand years old?" And this is absolutely true: the first documented model of the bicycle was presented to the public in Paris in 1818, and it was not until 1885 that the first modern bicycle with a chain appeared.
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The video garnered hundreds of thousands of views and viewers responded accordingly: "Someone will have to admit that ancient societies were much more advanced than we thought." Another wrote: "We are not inventing anything in this world, but only innovating old and forgotten technologies." Another added: "It changes everything - what an amazing find."
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Before you get excited, in a conversation with the British Daily Star, ophthalmologist and history buff Dr. R. Klaikoban argued that there is a logical explanation for this. He said: "No one can explain how that engraving came there, but I think I have an answer." The doctor did some research and discovered that the temple underwent a brief improvement in the 20s, when bicycles had already become a staple on the market. He added: "Maybe the sculptor saw someone on a bicycle, was impressed by it and engraved it on the stone." Although this sounds like a logical explanation, there is still no way to prove.
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