Aircraft of Ancient India

Legendary Vimana Real or Myth


  By R.A. Rajotte

Eons ago, long before King Arthur sat with his knights at the round table, before the Caesars ruled Rome or the Pharoahs ruled Egypt, even before the klan of Abraham wandered into the Holy Land, there was theoretically a Golden age of man when the ancients that our ancients sometimes speak of, intermingled with ape men and gods alike.

Civilization in some respects was more advanced than the current age of man. The elite of their societies posessed some remarkable technology. Technology that was not always shared with the huddled masses. One such ancient technological marvel were their flying machines - the vimana aircraft of ancient India.

Text after text dating back to an era so far removed from our scope of chronological knowledge exists describing at times intricate details of these machines and the science behind them.

These ancient texts are generally dismissed as myth, allegory and the religious babbling of post primitive writers.

Some readers however adopted a literal interpretation and basically reverse engineered vimana aircraft. In the late 1800s , an Indian Scholar built a Vimana, based largely on the ancient texts and flew it to an altitude of 1500' [unmanned] before crashing it.

Reverse Engineering the Vimanna

A 19th Century Indian Sanskrit scholar, Dr. Shivakar Bapuji Talpade did experimentation on aircraft based on ancient Hindu texts in particular Rig-Veda Bhashya Bhumika , Vyaamnaika Shastra and Samaranga Sutradhara . He designed a Mercury Ion engine [*1] that was flown unmanned in 1895 to 1500 feet on a beach near Bombay, before it crashed. [*2]

That's 8 years before the Wright Brothers took off from kittyhawk with the first airplane.

Evan Koshtka [Writer- Times Union], described Talpade as the 'first creator of an aircraft' [In the Modern era anyway].

The event was witnessed by the Maharaja of Baroda, the state justice and published by Kesari news paper. Dr. Tapede continued his experiments but the project ended with his Death in 1917.

Dr. Tapede proved that vimanas were not simply objects of mythology.

In the 1930s and 40s German Nazi scientists began experimenting in the same field , and there is strong indications that they may have been successful. See: Nazi Bell Project

That the vimana described in antiquity were a viable mode of flight is indisputable. That they once existed - very likely - that they have been duplicated in the Modern era - very likely.


Pre Historic Societal Collapse

Another theoretical ancient technology from the previous golden age of man is the 'Iron thunderbolt of Gurkha'. The Mahabharatra, relays the following descriptive narrative, which may well be the tale of nuclear Armageddon long ago in a realm far far away.

'Gurkha flying in his swift and powerful Vimana hurled against the three cities of the Vrishis and Andhakas a single projectile Charged with all the power of the Universe. ...An incandescent column of smoke and flame As bright as the thousand suns Rose in all its splendor..a perpendicular explosion with its billowing smoke clouds... ...the cloud of smoke rising after its first explosion formed into expanding round circles... like the opening of giant parasols... ..It was the unknown weapon, the Iron Thunderbolt, a gigantic messenger of death which reduced to ashes the entire race of the Vrishnis and Andhakas' See - Nuclear Warfare in Ancient India

'When the first atomic bomb exploded in New Mexico, the desert sand turned to fused green glass. This fact, according to the magazine Free World, has given certain archaeologists a turn. They have been digging in the ancient Euphrates Valley and have uncovered a layer of agrarian culture 8,000 years old, and a layer of herdsman culture much older, and a still older caveman culture. Recently, they reached another layer of fused green glass.' - NY Times 1947

The Archaeological chronology as described above tends to indicate that most recently the civilization of the region was an agricultural society, preceded by a shepherds society, preceded by a caveman society which arose from the ashes of whatever whoever was hurling Iron Thunderbolts at one another to perhaps cause that layer of "fused green glass". See: Libyan Desert Glass - Ancient Atomic Weaponry ?

The knowledge of flight is just below that fused green glass, and the cavemen are some of the descendants of the few regional survivors of this tremendous cataclysmic event. The cataclysmic event that brought down the previous Golden age of man.

Many of the UFOs being witnessed around the World for the several thousand years , may be piloted by other descendants of survivors of the cataclysmic event who have maintained a society [secret] that in some way or form has preserved memories and fragmentary technologies from the Golden Age, and /or by a secretive group of people who have capitalized on , built upon and taken full advantage of this lost technology of the ancients.

Supporting Ancient Documentation
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Numerous ancient texts speak of highly advanced aircraft and techniques so sophisticated that 21st man has yet to achieve such a level. The Vimanas of ancient India are clearly the most intriguing. Many texts and epic poems are frequently cited . Written texts that have come down to us through the eons. Many of them have never been translated into English.

The bulk of theses texts hail from Ancient India and surrounding regions where the written language was well established. Oral traditions from other parts of the world reflect similar narratives, such as the Hopi flying shields. See: Hopi Ant People & Flying Shields.

The Rig Veda --(c. 1200 to 900 bc) is a collection of more than 1,000 individual Sanskrit hymns. At least 20 passages in the Rig-Veda refer exclusively to the flying vehicle of the Asvins [*3].

The Mahabharata, an extremely ancient epic, gives an account that is highly suggestive of modern weaponry.

'His Saubha clung to the sky at a league's length...He threw at me rockets, missiles, spears, spikes, battle-axes, three-bladed javelins, flame-throwers, without pausing....The sky...seemed to hold a hundred suns, a hundred moons...and a hundred myriad stars. Neither day nor night could be made out, or the points of compass.'

'I quickly laid on an arrow, which killed by seeking out sound, to kill them...All the Danavas who had been screeching lay dead, killed by the blazing sunlike arrows that were triggered by sound'

The Puspaka car that resembles the Sun

The Ramayana, another great Indian epic which dates from at least 2,000 years ago tells the story of a Prince Rama and describes a chariot which 'arrived shining, a wonderful divine car that sped through the air'. and also mentions a chariot 'sailing overhead like a moon.

The Puspaka car that resembles the Sun and belongs to my brother was brought by the powerful Ravan; that aerial and excellent car going everywhere at will.... that car resembling a bright cloud in the sky.".. and the King [Rama] got in, and the excellent car at the command of the Raghira, rose up into the higher atmosphere.'

Yantra Sarvasva [Encyclopedia of Machines], allegedly written by Maharshi Bhardwaj [Ca. 800 BC]. This consists of as many as 40 sections of which one, the Vaimanika Prakarana dealing with aeronautics, has 8 chapters, a hundred topics and 500 sutras. In it Bhardwaj describes vimana, or aerial aircrafts, as being of three classes. Those that travel from place to place; Those that travel from one country to another; Those that travel between planets. David Hatcher Childress The designs, techniques and descriptions are found very impressive by Modern engineers. The Samarangana Sutradhara, an encyclopedic work by a King Bhoja of Dhara (c. 1000-1055 A.D.) is a technical manuscript, composed in Sanskrit circa 1000 AD. It deals with techniques of warfare, and in particular with certain types of war machines. Samarangana Sutradhara translates to "battlefield commander" . It contains over 200 stanzas on building Vimanas and their uses.

'Strong and durable must the body of the Vimana be made, like a great flying bird of light material. Inside one must put the mercury engine with its iron heating apparatus underneath. By means of the power latent in the mercury which sets the driving whirlwind in motion, a man sitting inside may travel a great distance in the sky. The movements of the Vimana are such that it can vertically ascend, vertically descend, move slanting forwards and backwards. With the help of the machines human beings can fly in the air and heavenly beings can come down to earth. '

Surya Siddhanta is a textbook of Hindu astronomy which tells of wise men who orbited the earth 'below the moon and above the clouds' . The extant version only dates to the Middle Ages. A 10th century commentator , quotes sections which are not in the current version so it is known to be derived from an earlier work.

Mahavira of Bhavabhuti. (Bhavabhuti was a Brahman priest and playwright of the eighth century AD. His work is derived from older texts and traditions). The Mahavira of Bhavabhuti was a play, and not intended to be historically/factually accurate, it is a work of fiction derived from older Hindu/Sanskrit texts which are not believed to be of a fictitious nature.

'An aerial chariot, the Pushpaka, conveys many people to the capital of Ayodhya. The sky is full of stupendous flying-machines, dark as night, but picked out by lights with a yellowish glare.'

The Brihatkatha states that "As for flying machines, the Yavana [*4] know them" It should be noted that Ramayana, Mahabharata and other ancient Sanskrit texts are called ithihasas, which roughly translates to history "as it happened". They are epic poems that also employ literary devices and take much artistic license in portraying an era from eons past.

Going outside the realm of India - in ancient Babylon, modern day Iraq and Iran, the legends persist in ancient texts

The [A]Hakatha , a supplemental commentary to Laws Of Ancient Babylon states .... "The privilege of operating a flying machine is great. The knowledge of flight is among the most ancient of our inheritances. A gift from 'those from upon high'. We received it from them as a means of saving many lives." [*5]

The Hakatha clearly states that the flying machines were of the most ancient. Keeping in mind that the Hakatha hails from the dawn of what we know as civilization, who then were ancient to the ancient Babylonians ? Certainly they are not referring to the cavemen!

The ancient Chaldean work, The Sifrala, is said to contain numerous pages of technical details on building a flying machine. It is said to contain words which translate as graphite rod, copper coils, crystal indicator, vibrating spheres, stable angles, etc. it is referenced in The Ark of Millions of Years: Volume Three as well as The Anti-Gravity Handbook . And is parroted time and again across the the web.


1. The propulsion of the Vimanas has been described as both by a mercury ion and a mercury vortex engine. The Samarangana Sutradhara, an 11th century work on architecture describes this propulsion system. Dr. D.K. Kanjilal in his 1985 book, Vimana in Ancient India describes them as Mercury Vortex Engines. German Engineers of the 1940s were known to be experimenting with mercury vortex or mercury ion engines also See Hunt for Zero Pointby N. Cook Pgs 93, 106, 182, 191-92. SS Brotherhood of the Bell - pgs. 84-85, 148-149, 173-175, 180-183, 266. The Truth About The Wunderwaffe by Igor Witkowski as quoted by Farrell. The device is described as a concept similar to electrical propulsion.


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3. The Asvins or Ashvins in Hindu mythology, are two Vedic deities, twin horsemen in the Rigveda,

4. Yavana - In early Indian literature, translates to either a Greek or another foreigner. From the time of Alexander the Great (c. 334 BC) Yavana came to be applied more specifically to the Greek kingdom of Bactria, and, even more specifically, after about 175 BC, to the Indo-Greek kingdom in the Punjab. Indian sources of that time regarded the Yavanas as a barbarian people of the northwest, not necessarily to people from Greece.

5. The Ark of Millions of Years: New Discoveries and Light on The Creation: Volume Three Pg 225