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Maldur Atai


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MALDUR ATAI is a moon-shaped mechanical puzzle helping the monks to reach other dimensions in Nepalese temples in pre-Buddhist era. In these temples, the priest used to give a strange puzzle to his disciples. The disciples had to solve its riddle. By solving it the disciples were opening the hidden gate and withdrawing from the material labyrinth to the vision world. Only the re-encoded puzzle was found in the room of the mystic who had solved the riddle. The number of disciples was gradually diminishing until only one disciple who did not solve the riddle was left. The latter used to become the priest and teach a new generation of monks, giving the ordained disciples the mechanical puzzles to solve. In Buddhist era the concept of Maldur Atai means the location of substance. The last page of holy Buddhist scripts was always left empty (this practice was abandoned later). The Buddhists also called this page Maldur Atai. Having read the holy scripts a monk had to solve the puzzle of the last empty page and to reach final beatitude. In the monasteries in mountains, the monks used to find an empty cell with an opened empty last page of holy scripts. It was a common knowledge that the one who lived in the cell will never be seen again as he has withdrawn. The monks also told the legend saying that Maldur Atai cult will emerge before the apocalypse of the material world and the puzzle shaped as a young moon will stand as the symbol of this cult.

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