5 things you should know about the mysterious Intihuatana of Machu Picchu

5 cosas que debes saber sobre el misterioso Intihuatana de MachuPicchu

In the beautiful citadel of Machu Picchu is the Hanan sector (high), which is the part dedicated to government activities, is the figure of a cougar. Composed of a large number of terraces built on the edge of deep chasms, it is subtly designed with lines that transmit power, keep the head upright and the body relaxed in an attitude of rest. Here is the solar observatory called Intihuatana, it symbolizes the function of representing the head as a symbol of power.

One of the most important celebrations of the whole empire, known as the Inti Raymi, where the winter solstice is celebrated, consists in doing a kind of adoration and prayers to the Sun God so that it does not disappear at the time of the harvest, and symbolically way, keep or tie the sun to that beautiful rock, and at that precise moment the priest places his hands on the rock and prays for many years of prosperity. Then, the things you should know about the Intihuatana before making a Tour to Machu Picchu.

1. Intihuatana is a Quechua term meaning "where the sun is tied", as some studies claim that this place served as an astronomical calendar that defined the seasons according to the shadow it projects when the sun sets at the base of this stone.

2. It is a monolithic sculpture carved in granit stone, it has a dimension of 1 to 2 meters in height and 2 meters in diameter. The form that presents part of a base with levels upwards and in the upper part, the cubic rock rises where its four faces indicate each geographical direction as north, south, east and west.

5 cosas que debes saber sobre el misterioso Intihuatana de MachuPicchu

3. It may have been used as an effective method to predict the solstices and equinoxes, that is, planting and harvesting times.

4. It is also known that the Intihuatana radiates an inexplicable energy simply by placing the hands within centimeters of the lithic structure. Many visitors say that they feel a special energy or a mystical inner strength that renews their senses.

5. To reach the Intihuatana, 78 steps of carved stone are ascending and, therefore, find a spiritual renewal.

Fun fact: On September 8, 2000, when an advertisement for the Cuzco beer was recorded, a crane used falls on the Intihuatana of Machu Picchu, 8 centimeters from the tip of the rock they broke due to this. The case led to a claim by the INC (now the Ministry of Culture of Cusco) and the request for compensation, in the year 2005.

5 cosas que debes saber sobre el misterioso Intihuatana de MachuPicchu

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