by The Hindu Staff Reporter
'India had a treasure trove of hitech warfare technology
that even the 'mighty West' does not possess. The Brahmastra and
Vimana used in the pre-Mahabharata period are nothing but the
earlier versions of today's nuclear weapons and spacecraft.'
It is this feeling that one would get after listening to a lecture
on 'High Technology in Ancient Sanskrit Literature' by Mr. C. S. R. Prabhu, senior scientist, NIC, Hyderabad, on Thursday as part of the
three- day Indo-Nepal Sanskrit Conference, currently underway at the
Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha here.
Mr. Prabhu, quoting extensively from ancient texts, stressed that
the pre-Mahabharata period was an age of high technology, which was
ignored in the Medieval period due to reasons not known.
He quoted from the texts of a great scholar, Subbaraya Sastry, who,
in a state of yogic trance, is said to have orally dictated the
spacecraft technology in a period somewhere between 1875 and 1919,
which was recorded by his disciples. The text, a copy of which is
still in Nepal's Royal Library, contained technical details on
assembling, fabricating and erecting a spacecraft, the metals,
semi-conductors, advanced alloys used and other minute aeronautical
information. Though quite difficult to be believed on the face of
it, the fact that this technology did not exist anywhere in the
world - not even in America and Europe - in the mentioned period,
makes it hard for one to disbelieve.
Artwork by James Neff
The technical information given in
Sastry's texts was as minute, precise and clear, as if it were a
'Make your own spacecraft' or a 'Spacecraft technology in 30 days'
except for the Sanskrit language used, which was very much archaic
and obsolete, Mr. Prabhu said. On a tip on making an alloy, the text
said 'Krishnaseesam Chanjanikam Vajrathundam samamsathaha' from
which the real meaning of 'Vajrathundam' (used in that context),
could not be found in any contemporary Sanskrit dictionary.
a great amount of interaction with ayurvedic specialists and
Swamijis with intuitive interpretations, it turned out to be the
cactus plant,'' he said.
To further strengthen his claim, he said there were wall paintings
in some forts in Rajasthan depicting the use of rockets in Mughal
warfare and even by Tipu Sultan of Mysore. Another interesting fact
he gave was that the spacecraft could become invisible on its own.
The lead alloy (Thamogarbha loha) used in making the body of the
spacecraft would absorb light around it in a photo chemical reaction
that would make it disappear.
On testing the Krishna seesa metal mentioned in the formula in the
laboratory of Birla Institute of Science, Hyderabad, Mr. Prabhu
found the metal absorbing 78 per cent of laser light, which means,
any other light could be easily absorbed, giving ample proof that
there existed a technology to make things invisible. Also the use of
an alloy of copper, zinc and lead made the spacecraft's body resist
corrosion by 1000 times over that of the current levels. Using Ararakamra material for the axle and wheels had made it possible for
taking 'U' turns and serpentine movements.
An astonishing fact is that the Ararakamra metal was an alloy of
copper, zinc, lead and iron, the combination of which is impossible,
according to modern metallurgy. Technically, the ''Young's modulus''
of this metal is said to be higher than that of steel, making it
stronger. As the spacecraft had to be capable of resisting high
temperature, on re-entering our atmosphere from the outer space,
its body was made with a metal called 'Raja Loha'. Its special
feature was that apart from resisting heat, it converted light from lightnings into energy. To crosscheck all these details, there were
no furnaces available in Hyderabad to melt metals at a high
temperature of 2500 degrees celcius, Mr. Prabhu lamented.
Another hitch came into his research in the form of the 'energy'
'Though the texts explained that the spacecraft was propelled
by 'Sourasakthi', modern solar technology does not generate so much
power to drag a rocket', he pointed out.
Later he found out to his
bewilderment that it was a kind of 'nuclear power' that was used in
'The solar power, when coupled with gamma rays produced
nuclear energy that had the power to propel a rocket', Mr. Prabhu
He even spoke on 'Tripura Vimana' that was used to travel in space,
water and on land, by using the metal 'Trinetra loha'. Mr. Prabhu
said he had submitted the model and some more information on the
'super metal' to the Indian Metal Society Conference and further
claimed that the advisor to the government on scientific affairs Dr.
A. P. J. Abdul Kalam too had asked him to bring the design of the
A committee which was appointed by Indian Institute of Science to
investigate into it, declared Sastry's texts as 'fraud', but Mr. Prabhu reasons that the descriptions mentioned in the ancient texts
were perhaps too advanced to believe, making the committee to
hastily come to the conclusion. He wanted a national level effort to
prove that the so called 'myths' were in fact, scientific formulae
on advanced technology. He said he had proposed a project called 'Bharadwaja
Institute of Vedic Science and Technology', the objective of which
was to derive, decipher and reproduce advanced methodologies and
processes from Vedic and post-Vedic Sanskrit texts, for which he
sought government's support.