Unraveling the Enigma of Aramu Muru, The Mysterious Gate of the Gods
In 1996, Jose Luis Delgado Mamani, a local tour guide in Peru, discovered an ancient archaeological site carved into Hayu Marca Mountain near Lake Titicaca, in the Andes Mountains of Peru, near the border with Bolivia. It became known as Aramu Muru, or, the Puerta de Hayu Marca (‘The Gate of the Gods’). It is one of the most enigmatic and controversial archaeological sites in South America. There are a number of theories about the origin and purpose of the Gate of the Gods, but its true function and significance remain a mystery.
Lake Titicaca is the largest lake in South America and the ancestral home of several indigenous communities, including the Aymara and the Quechua peoples. These communities have a rich history and culture, and their traditions and beliefs are deeply intertwined with the lake and its surroundings. There are many islands and villages on the lake, including the famous Uros Islands, which are floating islands made of reeds.
The lake is also home to several ancient archaeological sites, including the ruins of Tiwanaku, which is an ancient pre-Columbian city located near the southeastern shore of the lake. The site is believed to date back to as early as 400 BC and is considered one of the most important archaeological sites in South America.
Close to Lake Titicaca is Hayu Marca Mountain, which is believed to have been a place of worship and pilgrimage for the Inca civilization. It is here that one can find Aramu Muru.
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Hayu Marca, near Puno in Peru. Source: Leonid Andronov / Adobe Stock
The Gate of the Gods
The large door-like structure carved out of the Hayu Marca Mountain near Lake Titicaca is known as Aramu Muru, or the Puerta de Hayu Marca (‘The Gate of the Gods’). This mysterious structure is considered to be one of the most enigmatic and controversial archaeological sites in South America.
The Gate of the Gods is carved out of solid rock and measures approximately 7 meters (23 feet) high and 7 meters wide. It has a T-shaped design and features a circular depression at the center, which some believe could have been used for ceremonial or astronomical purposes. The site also includes a smaller, carved tunnel next to the main structure.
The structure has been shrouded in mystery and myth for centuries, and there are a number of theories about its origin and purpose. Some believe that it was created by an ancient pre-Incan civilization, while others suggest that it may have been constructed by extraterrestrial beings. According to the Native American legends, heroes of the past went through that door to meet their Gods. By going through the door, they gained immortality and a life next to the Gods. The stories also mention that a few of those men returned to Earth through gate, with their Gods, in order to inspect their kingdoms. The gate was a gateway to the land of the Gods. The concept of a ‘star gate’ or a ‘portal’—a gate where someone can travel to different places–is prominent in other legends, such as those of the Sumerians.
Another legend describes the story of Aramu Maru, an Inca priest of the temple of the Seven Rays. It is said that in order to escape the Spanish, he left the temple with a golden disk—known as the ‘Key of the Gods of the Seven Rays’—and went to hide in the Mountain of Hayu Marca. Arama Maru eventually used the golden disk during a ceremony with other priests. The door opened and he went through it. According to that legend, light has been emitting through the tunnel that he went through.
Despite the lack of concrete evidence to support these theories, the Gate of the Gods has become a popular destination for tourists and spiritual seekers from around the world, who are drawn to the site's mysterious energy and supposed connection to the supernatural. Some visitors believe that the site is a portal to another dimension or a gateway to the spiritual realm.
While the Gate of the Gods remains a source of fascination and speculation, its true purpose and origin remain a mystery. Nevertheless, its unique design and location continue to attract visitors from around the world who are intrigued by its enigmatic qualities and potential historical significance.
No further excavations have been done at there since it is considered an ancient archaeological site and protected by the Peruvian government.
Top image: The door of Hayu Marca located in Puno Peru. Source: DavidAlexander / Adobe Stock
By John Black
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