Flying vimanas, ancient mythological flying palaces or chariots, are described in Hindu and Jain texts and Sanskrit epics, of which the Pushpaka vimana of King Ravana is the most quoted example. The stories of these flying machines are abundant, fascinating, and controversial. But are they purely myth?
In 2015, a paper was presented at the 102nd Indian Science Congress in Mumbai, claiming human aviation and advanced space flight was achieved and mastered by the ancient Indians thousands of years ago, but was forgotten. Others say that the stories of flying vimana are evidence for extraterrestrial encounters. Or the stories could all just be myth.
What do you make of these perspectives and the stories of flying vimanas ?