A manuscript illustration of the Sky Battle of Kurukshetra, fought between the Kauravas and the Pandavas, recorded in the Mahabharata Epic

Speakers at Science Congress says ancient India mastered advanced space flight thousands of years ago

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A controversial paper presented at the prestigious science conference, the 102nd Indian Science Congress in Mumbai, claims human aviation and advanced space flight was achieved and mastered by the ancient Indians, thousands of years before the Wright brothers in 1903.

The paper, presented by Captain Anand Bodas and Ameya Jadhav within a session titled Ancient Sciences through Sanskrit , details that in Vedic texts from 7,000 years ago, airplanes are described as being able to fly backwards and side-to-side. They could also shuttle between countries, continents and even planets.

Captain Anand J Bodas draws upon the ancient Vedas for evidence of aviation technology

Captain Anand J Bodas draws upon the ancient Vedas for evidence of aviation technology

“There is official history and unofficial history,” said Captain Bodas, according to TheNational. “Official history only noted that the Wright Brothers flew the first plane in 1903,” but the inventor of the airplane was really a sage named Bharadwaja, who lived around 7,000 years ago. “The ancient planes had 40 small engines.”

Painting of Bharadwaja, said to be one of the greatest Hindu sages

Painting of Bharadwaja, said to be one of the greatest Hindu sages. Public Domain

The Vedas are a large collection of Sanskrit texts originating in ancient India and constitute the oldest layer of Sanskrit literature and the oldest scriptures of Hinduism. Some of the collection, such as the Samhitas, are known to date back to at least 1,700 B.C., although it is believed that many go back much further.

An illustration of the Shakuna Vimana that is supposed to fly like a bird with hinged wings and tail.

An illustration of the Shakuna Vimana that is supposed to fly like a bird with hinged wings and tail. Public Domain

The subject of ‘flying machines’ has been a popular subject among ancient astronaut theorists, who argue that some extracts are evidence of extra-terrestrial visitations:

“The Pushpaka (flowery vimana) chariot that resembles the Sun and belongs to my brother was brought by the powerful Ravana; that aerial and excellent chariot going everywhere at will… that chariot resembling a bright cloud in the sky... and the King (Rama) got in, and the excellent chariot at the command of the Raghira, rose up into the higher atmosphere.” (Ramayana)

However, Captain Bodas said that ancient Indians invented the technology and that it was later forgotten because of the passage of time, foreign rulers and things being stolen from the country.

The Times of India reports that the paper, presented at the conference which included six Nobel laureates and award winning academics and scientists in its roster, has been met with skepticism, claims of “pseudo-science,” and the argument that the theory undermines empirical evidence by citing ancient religious texts.

The Indian Science Congress Association (ISCA) is a premier scientific organization of India, with more than 30,000 scientist members. The ISCA’s mandate is to publish journals, hold conferences and advance and promote the cause of science.

Valedictory Session of the 100th Indian Science Congress in Kolkata

Valedictory Session of the 100th Indian Science Congress in Kolkata ( Wikimedia Commons )

NASA scientist Dr. Ram Prasad Gandhiraman started an online petition before the conference was held to oppose certain lectures which were thought to advance a mix of science, mythology and the politics of Hindu nationalists.

However others, such as an Indian scientist from the U.S. who attended the conference, seemed to find the examination of ancient testimony compelling, saying, “Knowledge always grows, its flow never stops. So if all this knowledge was available in the ancient days, I need to know where it stopped. Why did it fail to grow? Why was there no advancement? When did it stop? I am not aware of the chronology of events, but I am definitely willing to learn more and find out.”

Featured Image: A manuscript illustration of the Sky Battle of Kurukshetra, fought between the Kauravas and the Pandavas, recorded in the Mahabharata Epic ( Wikimedia Commons )

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Hello....guys ....aren't you forgot the oldest book which has been written was rig bed and by the way those who wrote about dates are they sure that they have actual evidence ...according to encyclopedia the birth of Krishna was around 34000 years back let's estimate ...then their might be the birth of rama would be around 50000 yrs back and so before rama their were Vedas as well as rama ancestors were born around 70000 yrs back and before that their were manthan(in holly books of Indian mythology as mentioned about amrit ) so ...if I will go for calculations it will be more than u were discovers as well as the oldest dharma (religion) was Santana dharma . Dear frnds first summarized all the evidence and after that kindly comment becoz we were the people who have completed the mathematics by providing zero yet in yours encyclopedia its says around 5000 yrs ago....while rama was born around 50000 yrs ago and the ravan has 10 heads ......how? First of all check who is misleading u .....is your own white people .....jerks ....

My friend was born during Ramayana and was the computer control engineer in the space ship. That was about 100,000 years ago.

My friend was born during Ramayana and was the computer control engineer in the space ship. That was about 100,000 years ago.

Scientific Edge-Sree ramayanam-Cosmology Vedas Interlinks
Inter-disciplinary studies
The spirit of science needs to advance- to catch-up with Cosmology Digest and Cosmos Quest through ancient texts
The Science of Philosophy and philosophy of Science both get integrated beyond Horse nebulae and search beyond Agni-Mukham
Some typical Scientific edge seem to be missing or ignored by many scholars.one naturally comes-up with better understanding of Sree Ramayanam as a link to Sanatana Dharma and Divine episode.Research is in progress to link-up Sree Rama Avatara attribute around 1,46,16000 years back. Purpose is to remove Conflicts in Minds and develop the subject as it is.

There are people who are born here from Ramayana days....but no one will get that data because of arrogance with everyone. So, a small item can be said here.

Ramayana time had two groups of civilization:

1. The whole planet with Humans (Blacks, Whites, Indians, and Chinese) working together.

2. Hanumana Group...it was real, they were the first civilization before Humans....And they moved to another planet.

The reason Humans from that part left is because serious Ice Planet...except just a few were left in key areas.

And they had serious space age....the data that is written in Sanskrit is correct as a description to kids.....That is all I can say...

Oh...the time was way before....many thousand years before...

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