At this ancient temple in India called the Panchavarnaswamy Temple temple you can see something quite extraordinary.
In a dark corner, on one of the walls, we can see this amazing carving of a man riding a bicycle. Historians tell us that the bicycle was invented in the 1800s, just 200 years ago, but how was this carved in this ancient temple which is about 2000 years old?
Is it possible that bikes were used in India thousands of years ago? Are we looking at evidence of suppressed history?
Some have argued that this temple was entirely built just 100 years ago. Since this is not an ancient temple, all these carvings are new, and sculptors carved what they saw. There were bikes 100 years ago, so it was easy for sculptors to carve this.
Are experts right? Is it possible that this is a new temple built in the last century?
No, because this temple is mentioned in the 7th-century text called Tevaram. This text, written in ancient Tamil language clearly mentions this temple by its name.
Therefore, this temple existed 1200 years ago. There are not only inscriptions on the temple walls to prove that this is an ancient temple, this site was even recorded by the Greek geographer Ptolemy who lived about 1900 years ago, so this temple must be at least 2000 years old.