Matsya protecting Svayambhuva Manu and the seven sages at the time of Deluge

Startling Similarity between Hindu Flood Legend of Manu and the Biblical Account of Noah

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O kind-hearted man, you have care in your heart, listen now. Soon the world will be submerged by a great flood, and everything will perish. You must build strong ark, and take along rope on board. you must also take with you the Seven Sages, who have existed since the beginning of time, and seeds of all things and pair of each animal, when you are ready, I will come to you as Fish and I will have horns on my head. Do not forget my words, without me you cannot escape from the flood.

When the time came, Manu was to tie the boat to the horn of fish, so that it could be dragged around. Interestingly, this would not be the only time that Vishnu saves mankind from destruction, as he would re-appear as avatars over the course of time to preserve life on earth.   

Incarnation of Vishnu as a Fish, from a devotional text.

Incarnation of Vishnu as a Fish, from a devotional text. ( Wikimedia Commons )

After the flood, Noah’s Ark is said to have rested on mountains of Ararat. Similarly, Manu’s boat was described as being perched on the top of a range of mountains (the Malaya Mountains in this case) when the waters had subsided. Both Noah and Manu were then said to repopulate the earth, and all human beings could trace their ancestry to either one of these flood survivors.

‘Noah's ark on Mount Ararat’ by Simon de Myle, 1570 AD.

‘Noah's ark on Mount Ararat’ by Simon de Myle, 1570 AD. ( Wikimedia Commons )

Featured image: Matsya protecting Svayambhuva Manu and the seven sages at the time of Deluge ( Wikimedia Commons )

References

International Gita Society, 2015. All 18 Major Puranas. [Online]
Available at: http://www.gita-society.com/scriptures/ALL18MAJORPURANAS.IGS.pdf

The Bible: Standard King James Version, 2015. [Online]
Available at: http://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/

Wilkins, W. J., 1900. Hindu Mythology, Vedic and Puranic. [Online]
Available at: http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/hmvp/hmvp19.htm

www.bbc.co.uk, 2015. A History of the World in 100 Objects, Episode16: Flood Tablet. [Online]
Available here.

www.mysteryofindia.com, 2014. Similarities between Noah’s Ark and Manu’s Boat. [Online]
Available at: http://www.mysteryofindia.com/2014/12/similarities-noahs-ark-manus-boat.html

www.mythencyclopedia.com, 2015. Floods. [Online]
Available at: http://www.mythencyclopedia.com/Fi-Go/Floods.html

By Ḏḥwty

Comments

According to Hindu Mythology, earth eons are divided into seven parts. Sat yuga was the first and the longest. At present it is Kali yuga which will end and there will be totL destruction. Then a new prophet will be born somewhere in India or Nepal area whose name is Kalki. THe world will then start with sat yuga.

Very informative as always. But why is it that most of the times you claim that everything originates from ancient India and Asia in general. Is this some kind of a new trend? You did the same with swastika which originates from Ancient Greece and it is a symbol from goddess Athena it is called "kinitonion", it indicates the movements of the electrons. The deluge of Noah is clearly copied from the deluge of Deucallion. Please share with us more articles which are based on information from ancient texts.

Comparing both legends I believe ADAM and others including the flora and fauna arrived on earth which was then sterile soon on tits formation hit by a planet size object which is stated as Noah's arc

A majority of humans still live within 400 miles of the coast Graham Hancok has interesting theories that storm survivors were part of an advanced group of humans that had to restart civilization after the ice age ended.

Troy Mobley

While the stories are similar, I do not think the situation they are talking about or trying to convey is the same. I know this will sound confusing, but please bear with me. The specific narrative of the flood in this account is the same granted. BUT if you read the details and events both before and after this story of destruction, you will find that it doesn't fit into the world chronology. Where it does fit is with the stories of an earlier destruction and parallels time wise with the destruction of the dark/half dark world (before) and the formation of the new world and the dawning of the Golden Age. It is my feeling that this storyline was put on top of another story which has been lost in Hindu Cosmology.

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