Saturday, April 11, 2015

War of the Worlds

It has been a long time coming for a new post and I apologize for my absence caused by the severe diversion of all my free time towards the book I was working on which is finally out in the market. However, now that things have settled down a little, I did manage to come up with a new post on a hitherto untouched topic and am more than glad to share it with you :)

My effort in the blog has always been to pick up a new topic in every post and try to relate it with a different branch of science and this time we would talk about the Art of Warfare. Mythological tales especially in India, have immense importance, so much so, that they still continue to shape and reshape values that we hold dear. For precisely this reason, the clash between forces of good and evil that forms such an important part of mythology, also offers the opportunity for an interesting scientific analysis.

With numerous gods, anti-gods, heroes and anti-heroes, the scriptures are full of epic battles of massive proportions. These could be in the form of younger gods replacing the older decadent ones viz Titanomachy between Greek Olympians and Titans or may take the form of a clash between two civilizations such as the Deva-Asura conflicts mentioned in the Vedas. Sometimes, members of the same family might indulge in a battle of supremacy such as the fraternal rivalry between Pandavs and Kauravs of the Mahabharat and the Theomachy among the Olympians.


Titanomachy and Mahabharat
 {Image courtesy - Gods of war}
{Image courtesy - 18 Days}


Since these wars involve beings with superhuman powers, they also speak of weapons with unparalleled potential to cause devastation. The descriptions of celestial weapons that can crack thunder and consume entire cities with their power, bring to mind modern weapons of mass destruction or WMDs. It comes as no surprise that Robert J. Oppenheimer, the father of the Atomic bomb, thought of the now famous quote from the Bhagavad Geeta on witnessing its first successful detonation - kālo'smi lokakṣayakṛtpravṛddho lokānsamāhartumiha pravṛttaḥ  [B.G. XI, 32]





According to ancient Hindu scriptures, it is indeed the greatest Kshatriya desire to possess a magical weapon of the gods and it was considered feasible as well since the gods themselves were willing to support one side or the other most of the times. Warriors would undertake pilgrimages and perform strict penance to fulfill this desire and Arjun, the hero of Mahabharat does much the same.



Divya Astras in Mahabharat

When the Pandavs are thrown out of their kingdom through cheating in the game of dice, Rishi Ved Vyas advises Arjun to utilize this time and procure Divine WMDs from the gods for they would surely need them at the end of the exile. 

Accordingly, Arjun walks away from the group reaching Indrakeel (modern day Sikkim) and manages to please Lord Shiv gaining access to his fabled Pashupat Astra followed by the weapons of Ashta-digpals or guardian gods. The entire episode is mentioned in Vanaparva as the Kirātār­junīyam episode of the third book and you can read the details here: {http://sacred-texts.com/hin/m03/m03038.htm}

In Mahabharat 5.166, Pitamah Bhishma describes to Duryodhan the might of Arjun and enumerates the weapons he has gained access to –

‘Arjuna’s again, is that celestial bow called Gandiv, he owneth those steeds fleet as the wind; his coat of mail is impenetrable and of celestial make; his two large quivers are inexhaustible; his arms have been obtained from the great Indra, Rudra, Kuver, Yama and Varun; and upon his car, again, are those maces of frightful mien, and diverse other great weapons having the thunderbolt amongst them!’

Pitamah Bhishma announces the beginning of Mahabharat
{Image courtesy - 18 Days}

Anyone who has read or watched the Mahabharat on television would remember the power of Arjun’s legendary bow Gandiv. Arjun faced and defeated huge number of enemies alone with it and even dared to face Lord Shiv in a case of mistaken identity that I would share later. But was this precious Gandiv just a bow or something more advanced?

Book 9 Section 16 also mentions another weapon in possession of the eldest Pandav –

‘King Yudhishthir the just, took up a dart whose handle was adorned with gold and gems and whose effulgence was as bright as that of gold. The illustrious chief of the Kurus then hurled with great force at the king of Madra that blazing dart of beautiful and fierce handle and effulgent with gems and corals. All the Kauravs beheld that blazing dart emitting sparks of fire as it coursed through the welkin after having been hurled with great force, even like a large meteor falling from the skies at the end of the Yuga.

So what do we make of this? Poetic license or ancient science-fiction or maybe... just maybe... pointer to a scientifically more advanced civilization?


Divya Astras in Ramayan

Valmiki Ramayan contains what is perhaps the oldest description of Divya Astras in world mythology. When Brahma-rishi Vishwamitra takes the young princes of Ayodhya to the jungle to help him get rid of the Asuras disturbing his penance, he shares his own knowledge of Divine weapons with the two sons of King Dashrath that help them destroy many demons in their sojourn. I myself have used this description in Adhyaye 19 of my book where Vishwamitra first comes in possession of these weapons (Check out here - Vishwamitra - The Man who dared to challenge the Gods) .




It was actually in the course of researching for my book that I came across these descriptions and thought of putting them down in a detailed article. These include weapons such as the Narayan-Astra, Agneyastra, Brahmashira, Vayavastra, Tejprabha, Shishira, Shiteshu, Varshana etc. that were variously capable of setting inexhaustible fire to everything, reducing cities to rubble, creating cyclones, freezing the enemy, drowning it in torrential rain and other such calamities. Shri Raam ultimately applies this knowledge learnt from Vishwamitra to get rid of the demon Ravan.


Shri Raam destroys the arrogant Ravan using Divya Astras


While Chapter 27 of the Baal Kand lists out these missiles while the next one gives an account of some counter-attack missiles, called Upasamhara astras that could nullify the enemy’s missiles much like our very own Prithvi and Ashwin that are a part of the Indian Ballistic Missile Defense System

Even though there is a mention of many such weapons in mythology, what is lacking in the descriptions is objective precision since these are, by definition, weapons of a bygone era. Yet, just picturing these with our own modest knowledge of science today, can help understand them better and perhaps even inspire the invention of ultra-modern weaponry. Let us delve deeper into this world of ancient weaponry and get introduced to some fascinating designs of primordial artillery. 



Some popular Divya Astras

Let us see how some of these celestial weapons could look if we compare it with today’s technology:

1.    Agneyastra – set fire to everything in front of it. Perhaps the simplest of the celestial weapons that contained the essence of the Fire-god and could set fire to the target immediately; could be similar to current gun-powder based artillery which may be as powerful as the bazookas of today.

2.   Varunastra – counters the Agneyastra and releases torrential rains hence could be used in two ways – one, to drown the enemy army and second, to extinguish the wide fires set alight by Agneyastra. Sounds somewhat similar to artificial rain-creation methods or cloud-seeding done in drought situations which is done using planes or ground generators.




The most common chemicals used for cloud seeding include silver iodide, potassium iodide and dry ice (solid carbon dioxide) and it is most likely that this particular Astra used some such material to induce rains though it has to be shot to a high level using rockets and has been done by many countries including China, US and UAENeedless to say, this weapon would not be a simple arrow but a massive rocket or ion launcher that could do the job effectively and am sharing the image of a Chinese cloud-splitter to give the idea.






3. Vayu-Astra – Harnessing the power of wind, it would bring about a gale capable of lifting armies off the ground. This would have to be something similar to our storm-troopers above. Most of us know that tornadoes are unpredictable, uncontrollable, and dangerous but what if we could actually generate one at will?





Scientists believe we can harness a lot of electricity from such artificially generated storms and turn it into an alternative source of power for our planet and a Canadian electrical engineer Louis Michaud, is developing what he has branded the Atmospheric Vortex Engine (AVE), that promises to be literally a tornado in a bottle with the top uncorked.

Michaud has built a prototype of what he calls a vortex engine--a plywood contraption just 2 feet tall and 4 feet wide that is capable of whipping up tiny vortexes and scaled up versions of these would enable creation of bigger tornadoes! {http://www.21stcentech.com/energy-update-artificial-tornado-to-generate-electricity/}

4. Parvatastra - Would cause a Parvata/mountain to fall on the target from the skies which sound so sci-fi that just reading the description makes me think of movies like Armageddon! I assume such a weapon would cause a rain of meteors or asteroids or remotely triggering an object stationed high in the atmosphere (not necessarily a satellite) to drop heavy duty load on the head of the enemy. Man I could use some of this stuff on certain people I know ;o)

5. Manavastra – The weapon created by Manu, the first man which could overcome supernatural protections and carry the target hundreds of miles away. It was used by Shri Raam with the help of Brahma-rishi Vishwamitra to tackle Ravan’s uncle Mareech who was thrown thousands of kilometres away into the sea like a projectile.

The Shaurya missile we have today is a canister launched surface-to-surface ballistic missile used by the Indian Army. Capable of hypersonic speeds, it has a range of 600 km and is capable of carrying a payload of one-tonne conventional or nuclear warhead and I assume that would be somewhat equivalent to the weight of a giant Asura! The Agni Missiles can also do the job quite well and take the target further ahead and I am sharing the range of different versions here.




Sadly none of the modern weapons possess the ability to keep the target alive since they focus more on destroying rather than preserving - says something about the current state of Manavta or Humanity!

6. Naagastra/Naagpash – binds the victim like a serpent and releases slow poison into his system. I don’t see any modern weapon of combat come close to this ingenious device for it immobilizes the quarry and makes them sitting ducks while you go about having your way with them! It was used in the Mahabharat by Arjun to bind an entire division of Kaurav army to disastrous effects and even used by Ravan’s son Meghnaad to bind Shri Raam and Lakshman.




7. Garudastra – counter to the Naag pash and could dissolve or release the bonds. It was probably named so because of the historical enmity that Garud, the avian vehicle of Lord Vishnu had with the serpents whose mother Kadru had enslaved his mother Vinta. But that’s a story for another time! 

8. Vajra – Equivalent to Thor’s hammer or Zeus’ thunderbolt, it is one of the most powerful weapons known to the demigods. Made of Rishi Dadhichi’s bones and shaped like a double ended mace, it was supposed to have been made by the divine architect Tvaṣṭar or Vishwakarma for Indra to fight the dragon Vṛitra.

Indra riding the Airavat with Vajra in his right hand

Closeup of the Vajra


Thunder and lightning may occur without rain, but they never occur without each other and significantly both of them are associated with Indra. Scientifically, a Van De Graaf generator is capable of generating up to two million volts of potential between two metal spheres. This results in an arc up to about 15 feet long between the two spheres. Such a generator is on display at the Museum of Science in Boston. Check this image out and you will see why a Vajra is described as a club!

Van de Graaf lightning generator


That the modern scientific instrument to create lightning bolts is also shaped like a club or rather two clubs, I am inclined to believe that the description of Vajra in Hindu scriptures could be more accurate than the zigzag bolts of lightning shown in the hands of Zeus!

9. Vasavi Shakti – Infallible dart of Indra that once fired would come back only after seeking its target sort of like a laser-guided missile but the flip side was that it could be used only once. The same was used by Karna to dispose of Ghatotkach in the battle of Mahabharat.


{Image courtesy - 18 Days}

Supposed to be shaped like a spear or javelin, it resounds very well with the modern weapons of similar nature. Even the Indian Army uses the indigenously developed Sudarshan laser-guided bomb today.




10. Paashupat Astra – is the much-guarded favorite weapon of Shiva which could destroy target completely, irrespective of target's nature. It had to be obtained from Shiva directly. Infallible, though can be nullified only by any other astra of Lord Shiva or by an astra of Lord Vishnu.

In Mahabharat 3.41.7–10, Arjun requests Shiva to grant him the weapon thus –

“O illustrious god having the bull for thy sign, if thou wilt grant me my desire, I ask of thee,  lord that fierce celestial weapon wielded by thee – that weapon of terrible prowess which destroyeth, at the end of the Yuga the entire universe – that weapon by the help of which, O god of gods, I may under thy grace, obtain victory in the terrible conflict which shall take place – that weapon by which I may consume in battle Danavs and Rakshasas and evil spirits and Pishachs and Gandharvs and Naags – that weapon which when hurled with Mantras produceth darts by thousands and fierce-looking maces and arrows like snakes of virulent poison.”

From the above fragment it is evident that Pāśupat is not an ordinary weapon, but one that could cause catastrophic effects much like the planet killer Death Star from Star Wars or the Tessaract or Cube from Comic lore. Scientifically, I would assume it corresponds to a Hydrogen  bomb which is perfectly capable of destroying a fairly large chunk of area!

The U.S. tested a Hydrogen bomb on November 1st, 1952 in the Bikini Atoll and all people had to be evacuated 40 miles away. The explosion produced an equivalent of 10.4 million tons of TNT, vaporized the island of Elugelab and a .5 mile deep crater which was 2 miles wide was left in its' place!



11. Narayan Astra – This astra fires a powerful tirade of millions of deadly missiles simultaneously and the intensity of the shower increases with resistance. It is considered one of the most dangerous weapons of Mahabharat and was used by Ashwatthama to wipe out an entire section of Pandav Army when he learn that his father Dronacharya had been killed by Dhristadyumna [Narayanastramokshaparvan MBh.7.166.44]. 

It is said that the Eleven Rudras (gods of destruction) appear when this weapon is launched implying that it wreaks havoc on the enemy and is most likely to be a thermonuclear weapon. In the Bhagvat Puraan it is mentioned that Dhruv Maharaj had used it against the Yakshas who had killed his brother and the astra multiplied from 1 to 2 to 4 to 8 to 16 etc just like a nuclear fission reaction!





Pandavs were able to withstand it only because of the presence of Krishna who Himself is a Vishnu Tattva.

12. Brahmastra – One of the most potent Divine WMDs that could also counter most other astras. In the Mahabharat, it is said that the weapon manifest with the single head of Lord Brahma as its tip and is the only weapon capable of piercing the Brahma Kavach (invincible armour of Lord Brahma) which suggests that even the strongest of defenses could be breached by this particular missile!

In Ramayan, Atikaya, one of Ravan's sons possessed the invincible armour of Lord Brahma that could only be pierced by a Brahmastra and hence was killed by Lakshman using the same. It is said that when a Brahmastra is discharged, there is neither a counter attack nor a defense that may stop it and it is believed that this missile never misses its mark and must be used with very specific intent since the target will face definite and complete annihilation!


{Image courtesy - 18 Days}

Valmiki has described the strong vibration created from the tightened string tied to the bow of Ram, causing great fear and disturbance among living and non livings, in these words: 

‘When Ram could not find any means to make a path through the ocean to reach to Lanka with his whole army, he decided to do so by drying the ocean. In order to do this ‘he fixed Brahmadand charged with Brahmastra on the string of his great bow and stretched it with full force for its final operation. This created so much fear all over that heaven and earth started shaking with its mountains and rivers. Lakes and rivers agitated. Sun and moon changed their way. The ocean, with the mass of its water and waves surged beyond its confines to the extent of about eight miles. Finally on the request of the ocean he turned the direction of his arrow and released it, causing a huge part of ocean turned into a desert.’

If this isn't the classic description of the power of an Atomic weapon I don't know what is!
{Image courtesy - Ramayana 3392 A.D.}


13. Brahmashira - It is thought that the Brahmashira is the evolution of the Brahmastra and is 4 times stronger than Brahmastra. Consequently, it manifests with the four heads of Lord Brahma as its tip. Brahmaśiras and Brahmāstra were both given to Agastya by Lord Shiv. Later Agastya gave it to Agnivesh who passed it to Droṇacharya who finally handed it to Arjun and his own son Ashvatthama instructing them about its use (MBh 1.128.18).


Both Brahmastra and Brhamshira contain the essence of Brahma
 {Image courtesy - Molee Art}




You got missiles, but how do you launch them?

Now that we have seen some of the missiles, let us also look at some of their launching technologies.

Pinaka/Pinaak – Also called as Shiva Dhanush, was the bow of Lord Shiva, which he used to launch all these missiles and killed countless Asuras in battle. The same had been passed down to King Janak, the father of Devi Sita, and was later broken by Lord Ram in her Swayamvar.

Could any bow in reality be that heavy that it would require 5000 able-bodied men to move it from its place as described in the Ramayan that too on an eight-wheeled carriage? {http://www.valmikiramayan.net/bala/sarga67/bala_67_prose.htm}. Isn't it more likely that it was a mobile weapon-launcher for many of these missiles we have read about above?

Not surprisingly, in today’s day, our naval forces use the term Dhanush to denote a system consisting of a stabilization platform (Bow) and the Missile (Arrow). It is intended for the Indian Navy, to be fired from ships against other ships or land targets and can fire modified versions of Prithvi-II or Prithvi-III.


{Image courtesy - 18 Days}


Vijaya - was another bow of Lord Shiv and scriptures say that its string could not be broken by any kind of astra (weapon) or divya astra (divine weapon) probably implying that it was well-armored and it was supposed to be so heavy that a normal person in any yuga cannot not lift it. It was passed on from Lord Shiv to Parshuraam and from him to Karna who used it to counter Arjun’s Gandiv in the Mahabharat War. Every time an arrow is released from this bow, it created a terrible twang, which is said to be loud as thunder causing terrible fear in enemies and produced flashes of light as brilliant as lightning, which blinded the enemy. 

If this is not the description of a rocket or missile launcher pray tell me what it is!!


Gandiv – The most famous bow of Mahabharat is actually extra-terrestrial in origin! The scripture mentions that in olden times Brahma carried it for one thousand years and then for five hundred and thee years it was with Prajapati. Indra kept it for eighty-five years, and after him it was with the moon-god Chandra for five hundred years. Lord-of-water, Varun carried it for one hundred years before he gifted it to Arjun on Agni’s recommendation.

It was coupled with two quivers that would never get empty and according to Mahabharat, Viraatparva: Chapter 43, Verse 5-6 it also needed special chariot to carry in the war- field which had also been gifted by the benevolent demigod. Needless to say the descriptions turn more and more towards a specialized missile launcher than a simple wooden longbow!



What is most interesting is that just like modern nuclear weaponry, each of these required a specific code for activation in the form of a Mantra! Each weapon was used with its specific mantra which in turn had a definite set of frequencies for recitation that produced the intended effect. Those mantras were never written for the sake that they never get into wrong hands. The mantras were just passed on orally from a teacher to a student. 




Activation Codes for Divine WMDs

So it was a culmination of the mental powers along with the art of Spiritual warfare that decided who would be the winner in the end. Jarrod Whitaker in his paper titled Divine Weapons and Tejas in the Two Indian Epics (Indo-Iranian Journal 43: 87–113, 2000) talks about the differences between Mahatejas and Alpatejas vs. Brahmatejas against Kshatriyatejas each being different spiritual advancement levels of an individual but we wont get into its details here. 

What we should remember though is that the person endowed with the responsibility of bearing these weapons had an obligation NOT to use them indiscriminately and was required to remember both the Activation as well as Deactivation codes for these otherwise the entire creation could be in jeopardy. A paper titled ‘The glimpses of chemistry and technology in Vedic literature’ was presented in the National Conference on Emerging trends in Nuclear and Chemical technology in 2012 by Mr K.V. Murali Krishna, chemistry lecturer at Silver Jubilee Govt. College, Kurnool in which he mentions -

“Though it is evident that a knowledge in nuclear science existed in ancient India, people should also realise that their use was bound by high values of ethics. (It) calls for only ‘favourable’ and ‘protectional’ use of such extreme energy,” [Source - Deccan Chronicle, April 4, 2012]

This point is abundantly evident from the tale of Ashwatthama, the son of Dronacharya who had hurled the Brahmashira at the unborn fetus in the womb of Abhimanyu’s widow. He was unable to recall the weapon once it was discharged and it could ultimately be stopped only by the intervention of Krishna who cursed him for this reckless act to wander on the earth for all eternity covered in boils and sores.




This incident from an ancient epic, shows that even for those bygone generations, these weapons were not meant to be used lightly - a lesson our modern day decision makers would do well to remember!! Hope you liked my latest offering covering yet another aspect of mythology from a scientific perspective and let us hope that drawing from the vast mythologies of the world, contemporary scientists find inspiration not only for the conduct, purpose, and carriage of their wars but also the quest for peace. 


Aum Shanti: Shanti: Shanti:
..
.

112 comments:

  1. Another mind blowing article! Extremely informative and crisp to the core. Keep up the awesome work Vineet! :)

    ReplyDelete
  2. Thanks for the wonderful comeback with yet another amazing article bro :) !!!

    ReplyDelete
  3. Whoa! Mind blowing, actually! WMDs and all! Well written! But i liked the last line best: Aum Shanti: Shanti: Shanti:
    Cheers to peace and love!
    Oh yes, Kamdev's arrows have wrecked havoc too! ākarṣaṇa (attraction), mādana (crazing), vaśīkaraṇa (subjugation), etc. Then there are the "black magic" rituals and spells that are found in the Tantra, namely māraṇa (killing), mohana (enchanting), vaśīkaraṇa, stambhana and uccāṭana. How powerful thoughts, words and deeds can be!
    Yet, may peace and love prevail! Peace and Love! Amen!

    ReplyDelete
  4. Thanks a lot the anonymous person, Nirjhar, Shruti and Avimanyu :)

    ReplyDelete
  5. You always end up your article by leaving behind a thought among your readers as to how mythology can be applied in life to broaden one's mind.I think that is the best part of your amazing articles :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Well that is indeed my intention Gitarthy :)
      Thanx again for ur kind words!

      Delete
  6. It's a praiseworthy pursuit of your steady research and interlinking the realms of Mythology, the past, reality and many other concepts, that too being liberal to every sphere. Even if the article is about empowering our perceptions of our own civilisation, you have never belittled any other.

    If we read a certain number of sagas of Indian, Norse, Greek..and the artillery of the generation, generation and future concepts ; we cannot imagine but believe that all the info linked like a colony of different webs string by string; are just information filtered from a GIGANTIC data and too many sources. Validating each information aside, which itself takes a lot more of sweat and tired but relentless eyes

    Guilty that this is just a summary of a lot more of what we could appreciate. But it's not just the information, the person undertaking this distinctive research must know atleast in a summary, that its.. Marvellous

    ReplyDelete
  7. A good Comparative study of mythology, with excellent juxtaposition of past and present, well analyzed scientifically. May there be Light and Peace! Keep writing.

    ReplyDelete
  8. Just finished your Vishvamitra... was an excellent read!! Add me as your new fan

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you so much for your kind words Samit :)

      Delete
  9. Very nice and informative article..i have read many of your articles and you have mentioned srimad bhagvatam in them so i wanted to ask you that whose commentary on srimad bhagvatam have you read because im also interested in reading it too!!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you so much :) I have read the translation by Swami Prabhupada, the founder of ISKCON but i have my own take on things

      Delete
    2. Wow awsome... Thanks for all d information... The efforts u made inorder to write all these is very great.u might hav done lots of homewrk... It shows ur thirst ... Thanks a Lot for sharin such a spellboundin description... Is it indrakeel in sikkim where Arjuna prayed Shiva.Not sure abt it.There is a place in Andhra Pradesh called Vijayawada,where the indrakeeladri is present as people say.

      Delete
    3. Yeah the scriptures mention it as being in the Himalayas and Sikkim has traditionally been known by that name.. thanks a lot for reading and your appreciation :)

      Delete
  10. I am from Germany and host a non-commercial website on hindumyths in German language. Your blog is a gem! I would like to translate your topics into German language an publish on my website. May I kindly ask you to get in contact with me on christa2555@web.de
    Thank you.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Christa.. well as long as you mention the origin of the content i have no objection :)

      Delete
    2. Thank you Vineet!

      Delete
  11. Awesome post, very well researched and written! Have yet to read it all, will do so slowly to let it all sink in! Thanks for the insight :)
    Came across an article on Mohenjodaro, and its destruction by nuclear explosion! The link is:
    http://www.sanskritimagazine.com/india/ancient-nuclear-blasts-and-levitating-stones-of-shivapur/
    Also the battle of Sri Krishna at Dwarka with the UFOs of the danava Salva!
    http://www.atlantisquest.com/Salva.html
    Continue to research and write, Sir! Salute!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you so much :) Yes have read about those before..

      Delete
  12. Could some WMDs mentioned in the post, be made of the basic elements (such as ashtadhatu, gold, iron, mercury etc) and others also of subtler matter like thought and intent? Surely Arjuna could hurl the Pashupata with mind, eye, words and bow. Somehow it seems to me the weapon itself was made of potent energy, capable of destroying the universe, and was Energy, beyond physical "matter". Could it be so? Lord Shiva shared the activation and deactivation mantra with Arjuna, and thus "handed over" the weapon to him. Did one need divine vision to behold such weapons? :) Just asking :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Why not.. anything is possible since there was more control over matter and energy at that time than we can even dream about today!

      Delete
  13. I have read two of your articles..now.. I would like to say you are really devoted to wrote these... And I would request you to write about how ancient varna system was the best and how it turned into a disaster as caste system and how mughals and Britains corrupted it to their advantage. Thank you..

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks a lot.. i am writing about it in my upcoming book :)

      Delete
  14. It's simply awesome!! Keep writting.. We are hungry for more..

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks a lot for the appreciation Srini :)

      Delete
  15. I finished your Book yesterday and indeed it was a good read. I knew the story from my childhood days, but when I saw the book in Amazon I dint think twice buying it. It was worth buying. And when I was glancing through the book I found out about this blog. It is a very effort! I really like the pics:).

    From childhood I have a question. Being the creator, why would there be a weapon in the name of Lord Brahma? He is the reason for bringing life, not ending it. It's always Lord Vishnu or Lord Shiva who fight against Asuras, Rakshasas, not Lord Brahma. But why there is an Astra in his name?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks a lot for reading the book and liking it Prashant :)
      As i understand, Brahma has been given the role of the creator but he is not devoid of destructive powers as well.. there have been instances when he has cursed his own sons including Narad! The Brahma-astra and Brahma-shira are therefore most deadly since they contain the power of the Creator himself.

      Delete

  16. Very nice post, impressive. its quite different from other posts. Thanks for sharing.


    ALOKA UST-9130

    ReplyDelete
  17. Greek myth is a soup form of Puranas, guranteed.

    ReplyDelete
  18. Sacrifice of Purusha to create the world. In Rigveda, Purusha was described as a being, who becomes a sacrificial victim of gods, and whose sacrifice creates all life forms including human beings.

    Vishnu is often identified with Purusha. As far as the identity of the gods who did the sacrifice, Rig Veda states no one knows.

    The legs of the god Vishnu as the Cosmic Man depict earth and the seven realms of Patala. The feet rest on Shesha.

    The ceremonies during the sacrifice is eerily similar to the crucifixation of Christ. Vishnu is often identified as the same as Krishna. See ...

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yup you are right.. its history repeating itself :)

      Delete
  19. Kalki will come with a blazing sword after four hundred thousand something years. Light saber laser sword mmm.

    ReplyDelete
  20. Awesome post . But I always have these things in my mind that how they brought such metals to create such arrows but it is very fitting that they borrowed from Gods, after all they have all elements which is not even their in our Periodic Table ..
    yeah if there is a post you can do about solar and lunar dynasty how it was formed and whole history behind it ?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hey there.. thanx a lot for ur appreciation! Yeah i planned to write on those but realized that the information is already available on many sites so dropped d idea.. you can check the online srimadbhagavatm.org for the details :)

      Delete
  21. Can u explain what are curses,boons, spiritual powers of pathivrathas..etc etc..

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Well am not really too much into the mystical aspects of things but what i gather from my readings is that people when they practice austerities and follow their Dharma develop a store of spiritual merit tat can take them to a higher level. If the same store of merit is instead used on a curse it can still be potent but he person loses all merit henceforth and has to begin again.

      Delete
  22. Outstanding research!.....Well in one of your posts of 'Shiva's dance' you have mentioned about Shiva and Vishnu union thus creating balance in the universe....Couldn't that be a symbolic allegory for collision of matter and antimatter..? it fits the matter-antimatter collision theory resulting in big bang..

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes quite possible indeed :) Thanks for ur appreciation!

      Delete
  23. Mantra to use astras actually codes????? That's an interesting thought.
    Nice angle. U have me hooked☺

    ReplyDelete
  24. Awesome post, in-depth research, interesting style of writing! Found your blog 2 days ago when I Googled for a related topic an ended up reading all your posts by today (even used up my working hours to read :-P).. Keep up the good work... Cannot wait for your next post...:)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanx a lot Preeti! I wish I could do a new post every month but have got caught up with a lot of work and of course the work for my second book.. will still find time to do a new post soon :)

      Delete
  25. Found your blog a few days ago while looking for something else. Your posts are excellent and very interesting. Wish to read more posts.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you for the appreciation Vidyalakshmi ji :)

      Delete
  26. Bhandasura used Maha Rogastra which spreads diseases and suffering. Biological weapon ? You can edit your post if you want and include this :-)

    ReplyDelete
  27. Could this be the Garbodhaka ocean ?
    http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2011/07/110726-most-massive-water-cloud-quasar-black-hole-space-science/

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Sounds interesting! Definitely proves though that such large quantities of water exist in the Universe outside of Earth!

      Delete
  28. Shukra was the teacher of Asura. He had one eye. He was the son of Bhrigu and grandson of Brahma. His weapon is a magic stick or spear. Brahma was the creator or first among beings.

    Odin is the father of Aesir. He had one eye. He was the son of Burr and grandson of Buri. His main weapon was spear. Buri was the first god in Norse myth.

    ReplyDelete
  29. When banasura came to know that he will be defeated by the enormous powers of Lord Krishna he asked Lord Shiva to come in battlefield and help him.So unwillingly Shiva helped Banasura by spreading fever causing bacteria in the army of Krishna, which made his army unable to fight. Krishna in turn created anti-bacteria (probably anti-biotics or bacteriophages) to kill bacteria spread by Shiva. All soldiers of Krishna’s army got healed and became ready to fight. A mild biological attack by Shiva ?

    ReplyDelete
  30. Vineet even i m working on it ,but if understand the real meaning of geeta [yatharth] un can easily decode many facts

    Every[character] name is code and their vahan [eg: garud of narayan] represent their source
    I Can help u ???email me aakashsh933@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  31. Shukra, Lord of Venus. Don't like Vishnu. Resurrects people. Vishnu is the supreme god of Vaishnavas. Shukra means brigtness, pureness etc. If you make a new mythology from this with a god and his nemesis, you can make Vishnu god and Shukra Lucifer.

    Daksha, son of Brahma, has a goat head, started sexual reproduction. Don't like Shiva. Shiva is the supreme god of Shaivites. Daksha means bright one. If you make a new mythology out of this with god and his nemesis, Shiva becomes god and Daksha becomes Satan. :-)

    ReplyDelete
  32. Hi Vineet ji,
    first of all, my best wishes for your released work and for other future endeavors. Your book is creating buzz and i pray it reaches to every deserving reader.
    I have recently completed my book-series on Ramayan and samples been send to publishers[let's pray it happens soon ;) ]
    Meanwhile, I invite you to review my blog-posts @ srirom.blogspot.in
    Looking forward to your feedback.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanx Rohit and wish you all the best for your book :)

      Delete
  33. Shiva speaks from pillar of fire, Lingam and that form is called Lingodhbava. Shiva destroyed the 3 sin cities Tripura. Stories of Shiva + Indra is the god of old testament lool.

    ReplyDelete
  34. It is said that Hanuman will become next Brahma. Rise of the Planet of the ... :-)

    ReplyDelete
  35. Big Dipper or Saptarishi constellation is a Swastika.

    ReplyDelete
  36. Mahabalipuram. They will date it to some recent kings and swept it under the rub labelled hidden archeology. It is Maharaj Bali's capital.

    http://www.nbcnews.com/id/7221921/ns/technology_and_science-science/t/tsunami-gives-little-back-one-indian-town/#.VgslVlb400Q

    http://jayasreesaranathan.blogspot.ca/2008/09/vamana-avatara-connection-to.html

    ReplyDelete
  37. Loki is probably Indra (Purandar/Shakra). Loki is a trickster. Purandar is notorious for various tricks and backhand tactics and the most criticized god in Indian mythology. Norse are pro Aeisr. Aesir is Asura. Norse believed Loki imprisoned their gods. There is mention of Vali, unfortunate son of Loki. Purandar's son is Vali who was cursed to become a Vanara and unfortunately died at the hands of Rama.

    ReplyDelete
  38. God Viracocha of Mayans. Virochana ? Virochana was Indra for some time, so was Vairochana Bali. Indra holds thunderbolts. :-)

    ReplyDelete
  39. This post is extremely interesting. I can not help to believe these events actually happened, and may happen again. I am glad to see that you love this 'mythology' as much as me.

    ReplyDelete
  40. Watched a documentary where the Red Indians are talking about ant people and lizard people whom their ancestors lived with during a time when fire balls from the sky bombarded the earth. They also talked about recent sightings of flying disks emerging out of the caves and mountains. Atala, Sutala ...Patala are mentioned as fully developed worlds and they are capable of fighting devas. Perhaps the ant people and lizard people are Nagas and other beings in the Patala. :-)

    ReplyDelete
  41. Uloopi was a princess of UNDERWATER kingdom and dragged Arjuna down and requested him to marry her. Perhaps mermaids are Naga's, half human half reptile, not fish really. Reptilians and humans did marry ha ha.

    ReplyDelete
  42. Dear Dr Vineet, I came across your blog only today and have read two posts - fantastic. I admire your passion on the subject. As many would have pointed out, you have a very good writing skill and make the articles rounded enough leaving some food for thought. I am also deeply interested in similar studies and have read quite a lot - and believe our ancient heritage needs lots of serious research which would hold a lot of the sercrets. Keep at it, all the best.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanx a lot Raghavan.. It is indeed good to hear from like minded people :)

      Delete
  43. Yantra-Tantra-Mantra. Yantra means machine. Tantra means technique.

    Mantra means design.

    Astra-Shastra-Veda-Abhyas. Astra means weapon. Shastra means science.

    Veda means knowledge. Abhyas means practice.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Right except that Shastra means a weapon used at close range and Astra is one thrown or fired from a distance :)

      Delete
  44. Replies
    1. what is sathagni is look like cannons or rocket ...... ?what is features of this ? i want to draw mythological weapons so any idea? iam sure that if these weapons was real then these was not bow & arrow they will be different kind of artillery who launched by yantra {mechanical machines} but i have no idea how they look like .

      Delete
    2. how many races described in hindu epics like humans devata danav gandrva................

      Delete
    3. @Warlandpaint there are many such races - Manavs, Devas, Asuras (includes Daityas, Danavs and some others like Nivatkavachs etc), Pitris, Vidyadhars, Siddhas, Charans, Kinnars, Kimpurushas, Gandharvs and Yakshas

      Delete
  45. thank u for help 2nd help i needed {1}were i find these race info i mean in religious book or any site . many sits just showing the numbers of yoni only . your mentioned some race i never heard and when i search in google and open any sits they just mentioning manava asura yakshas gaduras .....gandharva only .i heard that in hindu epics many races described but where i find those races info

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You can't find a list as such mate one has to dig deeper into the Puranas and other ancient literature.. besides what I mentioned above there are of course others such as the Garudas, Nagas, Uragas, Praits, Pishachs, Vetals etc.

      Delete
  46. Hello. I have a question about keeping time or calender in ancient times. How did Ram or Pandavs knew the years of their Banvas? Because india had no time keeping until around 500 BC or so. Thanks

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Err who told you that?? Both Ramayan and Mahabharata are littered with astrological references that clearly show that people of those times not only kept time but could also perform complicated calculations and predict eclipses!

      Delete
  47. Zastra or Shastra means science. In malayalam, science is called Shaastram. Astra is weapon or war head. Veda is knowledge.

    Astra shastra veda abhyas. Knowledge of science of weaponry.

    ReplyDelete
  48. I really like this blog post, Thanks for shared. Can Crusher

    ReplyDelete
  49. Thanks for giving the divine knowledge,Doctor!

    ReplyDelete
  50. Great explanation sir on each of the astra and its related technology in current world.

    I have a question on this, in modern era, we connect technology with country (like US has technology X, India has technology Y) but in Ramayan/ Mahabharat, an individual represents a technology. Like Arjuna having Pashupat astra, Ashwathama knowing Brahmastra.

    Looks like ancient astras were different from modern shastras.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Sachin.. no an individual does not represent technology rather it was the domain of the gods. The ancient weapons were not available to human kind and were obtained only through the mercy of the gods. Even Arjuna had to please multiple gods to obtain all these weapons and Ashwatthama learnt them from his father Dronacharya who had received them from Lord Parshu-Raam.

      The Astras of course may differ in shape and size though my attempt in this article is to show how they could relate to today's weapons.

      Delete
  51. Hi I am Piyush. Wow great vineet !! I just imagine why there in no post about Hanuman Ji (One of the Chiranjeevees). I really liked all your post and just wish someday you will post about my favourite lord too.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Haha no specific reason for that.. I had thought of doing a post on Vanars but unfortunately that didn't happen.. maybe sometime in the future :)
      And yes thanks for your kind words!

      Delete
  52. Dear Vineet,

    I have gone through all your articles here and they are quite informative and interesting. I would appreciate if you could write in detail about the different kinds of living beings like Yakshas, Vidyadharas etc. Although they have been mentioned when your wrote about the formation and structure of the universe and mentioned different lokas and their inhabitants. Still a focused study would help here. It will be yet another interesting read from you. Will wait... whenever it comes from your pen. Stay blessed! Rajul

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Rajul,

      Than you so much for your kind words.. yes it is an interesting topic for sure but let me see how it fits into the narrative of the blog. I have mentioned them in more detail in my book 'The Legend of Parshu-Raam' though :)

      Delete
  53. Namaste

    Wow your understanding and interpretation is really amazing.Stay Blessed.

    ReplyDelete
  54. Dear Dr. Vineet ,
    The article are very much Comprehandable and Logically Supportive. I earlier already read the best Book VishwaMitra (which i like much) years back. But i found the Blog( This DecoHinduMythology) just some days back when i purchase second one fromAmazon The Legend of Parshu-Raam(Yet to complete). you are the second mythologist and your presentation (Blog and Books) very much researched , comparative, lucid and understandabe to normal commercial audience/ reader / Mythology Book Lover . Best of Luck for your endeavour. keep the passion Going On.Looking Forward . MissionMust Go On !!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you so much Amrutlal ji for your kind words! Hope you like the second book as well :)

      Delete

Like us on Facebook