Anything on earth that defies the laws of science, in particular physics, we tend get attracted to the same. There are many such things in this world and India is not a country which has nothing to offer that defies every possible explanation modern science has to provide. The Krishna Butter Ball is a classic example of such physics-defying object found in India.
Where is the Krishna Butter Ball located?
In southern India there is a state called Tamil Nadu. In Tamil Nadu is a town which is known as Kancheepuram. In Kancheepuram is a place called Mahabalipuram. The Krishna Butter Ball is located there and is a major tourist attraction.
What really is the Krishna Butter Ball?
It is a boulder – a rock that weighs a whopping 250 tons! It is an ancient rock that has been sitting there for millennia. What makes this rock so interesting is that it is located right on a hill slope and touches only a very small surface area.
Any object of that size and weight placed in the exact same position, touching the exact same surface area will invariably roll down the hill. That’s simple physics. Interestingly enough, this rock never rolls down. No one can even move the rock. That’s pretty unusual and defies the known laws of physics.
What is the history behind the Krishna Butter Ball?
The original name of this rock, as known to the Tamils is Vaan Irai Kal. When translated to English, this Tamil name says, ‘Stone of the Sky God’. According to local legends, the gods once decided to display their might and power to Mahabalipuram residents and that found that the best way to do so is to place the boulder in its current location. Ever since then, the mammoth rock has been sitting there, displaying the power of the gods. Modern folks however have replaced god with aliens and the rest of the story is that the aliens put the rock there. But why? Dudes and dudettes…come on! When was the last time you had an explanation for an alien activity?
Fine! But why the name Krishna Butter Ball?
The name Krishna Butter Ball is the brain child of tourism and the actual culprits are the tour guides who possibly wanted to simplify things for the tourists and gave the name. They even cooked up a story which did involve one of the Hindu gods – Lord Krishna – an avatar of Lord Vishnu – one of the three Tridevs of Hindu Mythology.
Actually, the tour guides didn’t really cook up a story. They took inspiration from Hindu Mythology which speaks of Lord Krishna. When Krishna was a child, he had this habit of stealing Makkhan or Butter. He would steal butter from wherever he could, especially the butter that his mother would keep in a pot. He would take a handful of butter and run away to relish it. Now, the boulder at Mahabalipuram looks very much like a butter dollop and hence, the name was given as Krishna Butter Ball. Ever since then, this new name has been used and Vaan Irai Kal was replaced by the new name.