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May 26, 2020

Science in Hindu mythology

Shocking science in Hindu mythology

Mythological stories are normally treated as a literature material or sometimes a science fiction. But there is a huge possibility that mythological stories in any religion may not merely be a legend or a piece of literature. In this blog, I would discuss some unbelievable correlation between some Hindu mythological stories and well established scientific facts. Take a look…

Strange Narrations in Mahabharata

There are certain narrations in Mahabharata that defies any rational explanations. Some examples are explanations about flying vehicles (Vimanas), Arjuna’s travels in a flying chariot across the Himalayas, his visit of the Deva territories (ancient alien base-camp in Tibet?), his battle with the Nivata Kavachas (men in space-suits?), Salwa’s attack of the city of Dwaraka in a flying city named Saubha, the triple space-cities of Asuras that revolved around Earth in three circular orbits that was destroyed by Siva using a single projectile weapon, and many more…

Nuclear weapons

A few excerpts from the Mahabharata have caused doubts in the minds of historians, indicating the possibility of nuclear weapons being used in the Mahabharata war or post-war. This fire of suspicion has further been fuelled by the recent discoveries of green glass and many radioactive samples in certain excavations, in India, which apparently were associated with the Mahabharata war. Green glass is said to form when sand melts at very high temperatures prevalent in Nuclear Explosions.

In the Mahabharata the total death toll amounts to around 1.6 billion in a matter of 18 days. How could this be possible unless and otherwise there is an involvement of weapons of mass destruction. Modern archeological surveys have slowly started to provide us valuable clues of the war. The vast amount of devastation found at the site of Mohenjo Daro corresponds exactly to Nagasaki.

An example of cloning

In Srimad Bhagavatam, it has been mentioned that when His Excellency Nimi was dead, the seers by process of Mantha, (perhaps, human cloning in modern idioms) created a new baby from his dead body. The baby was called Janaka, as it was out of (mantha) cloning of his father. It was called Videha, as it was born out of a non-sexual process. As the baby was born out of a process of mantha it was called Mithila and his kingdom was also named as Mithila.

In another episode when Sita and Rama’s son “Lava” was lost, Valmiki produced “Kusha” from grass, which is analogous to cloning. Apparently again, the cloning he did was far more advanced than the cloning techniques of today. “Raktabij” is another similar citing, where every drop of his blood on earth produced his “Adult clone”.

The birth of Kauravas

The science of cloning was well known and practised during the Mahabharatha times. As per Dr. B.G. Matapurkar, the Kauravas “were products of technology that modern science has not even developed yet”. He said that according to the description in Mahabharatha, the Kauravas were created by splitting the single embryo into 100 parts and growing each part in a separate container. In other words, “they not only knew about test-tube babies and embryo splitting but also had the technology to grow human foetuses outside human body.”

Romans used nanotechnology

The Lycurgus Cup is a 1,600-year-old jade green Roman chalice that changes colour depending on the direction of the light upon it. It baffled scientists as they could not work out why the cup appeared jade green when lit from the front but blood red when lit from behind. The mystery was solved in 1990, when researchers discovered that the Roman artisans were nanotechnology pioneers: they had impregnated the glass with particles of silver and gold, ground down until they were as small as 50 nanometres in diameter.

Embryo transfer and the birth of Balrama

Embryo transfer is done today as In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) or Zygote IntraFallopian Transfer (ZIFT) and in both processes embryo is developed outside the womb and then placed inside. When Kansa had killed six foetuses of Devaki and she got pregnant for the seventh time, transfer of foetus was arranged by Vishnu. He ordered Yogamaya to take out the foetus of Devaki and place it in the womb of Rohini, another wife of Vasudeva who then resided in the house of Nanda in Gokul.

Abhimanyu, A warrior in the womb

In Mahabharatha, when Subhadra was pregnant, Arjun told her the secret of entering the chakravyuh. When he was explaining the exit procedure, Subhadra fell asleep. Hence Abhimanyu learned the entrance procedure while he was in Subhadra’s womb but did not learn the exit strategy. There was a time when people criticized this concept. But modern science says that it is very much possible. In his book “Right Brain Education in Infancy” Dr. Makoto Shichida, says, the right brain is active during gestation.

Ram Setu was built by Lord Rama

Ramasethu is an engineering masterpiece. From scientific point of view, the technology once existed to make stones float on water and the architect like Nal and Neel were two architects advanced in building a bridge from India to sri lanka within 5 days with the help of dedicated work force of million Vanaras. Even in Valmiki Ramayana, there is a concept of civil engineering in building this bridge. This bridge was not constructed just by throwing stone with lord name but there were many engineering methods.

Organ transplants

We know that there are two types of replacement of body parts: First there are parts like hands, arms, and legs, which are not vital organs. Then there are the transplants of vital organs. The one instance where one can conceive of a combination of the two is transplanting the entire head, which is both an external appendage and the storehouse of the most important organ in the body, namely the brain. Thus, head replacement would be the most sophisticated organ transplant one can imagine.

We find an instance of this in the story of Ganesha. There are several accounts of how Ganesha received his head. According to one, Shani was among the guests at Ganesha’s birth. When Shani looked directly at the child, the baby’s head turned to ash. Parvati began to wail. When this happened, Vishnu, flew off in search of a substitute head. He found on the bank of a river a sleeping elephant. He severed the beast’s head and affixed it on to the body of Ganesha.

Live Telecast

As Dhritarashtra was blind but wanted to know what was happening at the battlefield, Krishna gifted Sanjay with “Dibya Drishti”, so that he could see a “Live Telecast” of “Kurukshetra” and describe that to Dhritarashtra. “Dibya drishti” is analogous to modern television set in the sense that Krishna could not give it directly to Dhristarastra but needed Sanjay.

Imagine a central computer system with wireless links that can accept voice commands or thoughts, then you can understand how cameras in the heaven, as in satellites of these days, would point to the locations which Dhritarashtra asked Sanjay to describe about. Therefore, “Dibya drishti” in modern description is a television set with a wireless link to the satellite and an access right to the system to control the cameras. The access permission was granted by the System Administrator, Krishna.

Time Travel

If we look into ancient texts we can find a number of references to time travelling. In Hindu mythology, there is the story of King Raivata Kakudmi who travels to meet the creator Brahma. Even if this trip didn’t last long, when Kakudmi returned back to Earth, 108 yugas had passed on Earth, and it is thought that each yuga represents about 4 million years. The explanation Brahma gave to Kakudmi is that time runs differently in different planes of existence.

Similarly, we have references in the Quran about the cave of Al-Kahf. The story refers to a group of young Christian people, who in 250 AD tried to escape persecution and retreated, under God’s guidance, to a cave where God put them to sleep. They woke up 309 years later. This story coincides with the Christian story of the seven sleepers, with a few differences.


Sanjaya received the faculty of distant vision especially for performing the task of reporting what was going on in the battlefield. Conceptually, it was as if he was watching the unraveling of the scenes on a television screen. It was more than that: He was endowed with full knowledge of history and geography which enabled him to recount to the king in details of the topography of the entire country, and narrate everything that was going on in Kurukshetra.

Life-principle from the stars: Akash Ganga

In Hindu lore there is an interesting account of how the sacred river Ganga which has its origins in the Himalayan range, actually arose. In Ramayana it is stated that the river “rose from the skies and finally came down to earth in the form of a terrestrial stream that has the power to rid us of worldly sins.” In this vision, the river’s pristine presence in the universe may still be seen as the Milky which is known as Akash Ganga or the Celestial Ganga.

We note that this is perhaps the first instance in history where one put forward the idea of a material something reaching us from the stellar world. The extra-terrestrial origin of meteors was not discovered until the eighteenth century. And it was only in the twentieth century that we became aware of the ceaseless shower of cosmic rays which reach us from the sun primarily, but also from beyond our solar system.

Sexual orgasm

In a conversation between Yudhishtra and Bhisma, Yudhishthira said, “O king to tell me truly which of the two viz., man or woman derives the greater pleasure from an act of union with each other. Kindly resolve my doubt in this respect.” Bhishma while replying his questions explains a story where a king transformed into women later given an option to again opt for whichever sex he/she likes opts to remain as women with the following explanation for it.

The lady said, ‘I desire to remain a woman, In acts of congress, the pleasure that women enjoy is always much greater than what is enjoyed by men. It is for this reason, O Sakra! that I desire to continue a woman” This is very much acknowledged by modern sexologists.

Aircrafts of those times

Going into the history of the Indian sub-continent and the ancient science that prevailed, the hypothesis of “vimanas existed” comes close to true. The Vaimaanika shasthra of Maharishi Bharadhwaja gives description of aircrafts that are much more advanced than our present generational aircrafts. According to the Dronaparva, Vimanas are described as shaped like a sphere and can move along at great speed on a mighty wind generated by mercury. Section XLIII of Vana Parva describes about Arjuna’s arival at the city of Indra ‘Amaravati’ wherein vimanas are mentioned.

Distance of Earth from Sun

Two lines of “Hanuman Chalisa” computes the distance of earth from sun with great simplicity and that too quite accurately – जुग सहस्त्र योजन पर भानु, लील्यो ताहि मधुर फल जानू (Juug Sahastra Yojan Par Bhanu, Lilyo taahi madhur fal jaanun). This means that Sun (Bhanu) is at a distance of Juug Sahastra Yojans (जुग सहस्त्र योजन– Distance Unit in Hindi).

According to conversion practices that are in use as per Hindu Vedic Literature – 1Juug= 12000; Sahastra= 1000; 1Yojan=8 Miles. Thus 12000 X 1000 X 8 = 96,000,000 miles. 1 miles= 1.6 kms. This means 153,600,000 Km. In the 17th century two scientists Giovanni and Richer have calculated the distance of sun from earth accurately and real close (at 140 million kilometers) to now officially declared figures.


Consider the story of Usha and Chitralekha, which appears in “Srimad Bhagavatam.” The beautiful Princess Usha, single and longing for love, had the experience of a handsome youth in her dream one night. The dream was interrupted, and she woke up and exclaimed, “Oh, beloved one, where are you?” She confided the dream to her close friend Chitralekha. Chitralekha said she would find who the young man was and get him to her. But how was she to recognize him?

Chitralekha began to draw a series of faces, and asked Usha if any of them resembled the man of her dream. Usha came upon a drawing which was of Aniruddha, a grandson of Lord Krishna. That night, Chitralekha transported herself to Dwaraka where she found Aniruddha. Two aspects of today’s world are implicit in this story. First there is the idea that one can identify an unknown person through sketches, a matter that is routinely done in criminal investigations. Then, of course, there is the notion of teleportation.

Successful Brain Surgery

Scientists have discovered the world’s oldest known case of a successful human brain surgery after unearthing a 4300 year old skull from the site of an ancient Civilization site. This discovery was done by the scientists from the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) who found evidence pointing this to be the oldest known case of Trephination in the world meant to treat a skull injury. Trephination is the process of drilling holes in the damaged skull to remove shattered bits of bone from a fractured skull.

Where did all that technology vanish?

The natural question that comes up is that if this were so, where did all that technology vanish? My guess would be that the Mahabharat War was Nuclear in nature and the use of all those divine Astras (aka Nuclear weapons) led to the decimation of not only a large portion of the world population but also the technology and civilizational progress that mankind had achieved till then. Imagine if such a war breaks out today, what would be the condition of humanity in the decades to come?

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