I recently watched a History Channel Documentary Video which talked about Ancient Nuclear Wars in the Indian Subcontinent – based on the literary evidences in ancient vedic texts and epics like Mahabharatha and the modern findings of archaeological excavations at sites like Mohen Jo Daro.
When Robert Oppenheimer (the Father of the Modern Atomic Bomb) witnessed the detonation of the First Atom Bomb Test at New Mexico July 16, 1945, the following lines from Bhagavadgita flashed through his mind
Now, I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds
After the Manhattan Test, during a visit to a school – when a student asked Oppenheimer about how he felt having witnessed the explosion of the first nuclear bomb on earth, Oppenheimer is said to have replied something on the lines of
First Yes, in recent history though
So were there nuclear weapons and atomic warfare in the ancient history of mankind? Were our ancestors so intelligent that they developed nuclear weapons?
There have been numerous references across the web about passages in Mahabharatha, Ramayana, Vedas etc mentioning weapons of mass destruction (WMDs). But I wanted to cross check the references myself with the authentic original texts. And when I did so, what I found in the original texts was amazing information even when compared to the usual copy-paste mentions found in different websites and forums across the Internet.
But Before That …
An Opinion on Ancient Intelligence
Many people question “How on earth could people who lived thousands of years ago have known such an advanced science”.
Does “Ancient” mean “dumb”? What is Advanced Science? Almost all of the major scientific and technological advances of modern society were invented / discovered / created in the last two to five centuries. If in just such a short span of time, we modern humans could create such a level of advanced technology – one can only imagine about the advanced technology a human civilization which spanned for thousands of years in continuum would have created.
Modern Humans (The Intelligent Brain bearing Homo Sapiens) have been on this planet for the past 200,000 years. To say that this intelligent species only discovered science and technology in the past 500 years or so is like saying, babies learn to walk and talk at the age of 80s or 90s.
The vedic civilization spanned from around 10500 BCE (the event mentioning Abhijit (Vega Star) becoming the Pole Star) to around 3000 BCE (Most recent possible dating of Mahabharatha based on astronomical and geological data). Now it is left only to once’s imagination as to how much scientifically and technologically a civilization that spanned across these many millenniums could have achieved! (See a sample Astronomic Dating of Vedic Age)
Why hasn’t all that ancient science and technology been documented then?
Well, we know that the ancient Egyptians built the Pyramids of Egypt. But where is the ancient Egyptian documentation describing the technology they used to build those pyramids? How those massive blocks were lifted and placed so accurately? Does the absence of any such documentation mean the ancient Egyptians did not build it?
OK fine. We at least have the pyramids in place. And since we modern humans did not build these pyramids, and based on the carbon dating and other evidences we can certainly say that the ancient Egyptians build it, even though we are left with no ancient documentation about how they built it.
Cool, so here are the evidences of an Ancient Nuclear War.
Literary Evidences of an Ancient Atomic War
Mahabharatha – Mausala Parva (Book 16)
Mahabharatha – The Longest Epic in the world with around 100,000 verses – is the history of the ancient world centered around ancient India at the end of the Dwapara Yuga – dating back to anywhere around 3500 BCE to 6000 BCE – based on the astronomical dating proofs and the drying up of the mighty vedic river Saraswati which is said to have taken place at the End of the Mahabharatha period.
This large historic documentation has 18 books of which Book 16 – The Mausala Parva is the one which contains numerous references to the nuclear weapons and its after math effects including radiation.
The Book 16 starts with the following lines, and I really wonder how on earth could people have ignored these lines for so long!
36 Years after the great Mahabharata war – strong and dry winds carrying gravels (rock fragments) still blew from every side. The horizon was always covered with some kind of fog in all directions. Blazing pieces of coal fell from sky to earth. The disc of the Sun was always covered with dust.
Now the reason for the occurrences of such drastic changes in nature could be only one of the three mentioned below
- An asteroid / comet impact
- A massive volcano
- The aftermath of a massive nuclear war
Volcanoes are ruled out in this part of the world. And we have no literary evidences of any asteroid or comet impact during that period. However what we have is the literary evidence of a massive war that took place during that period of time – and the adverse effects on nature are described in the texts to be a result of the war itself.
The war itself was so devastating that even though the Pandavas won the war technically, practically everything was destroyed in the war. The entire armies of both sides of the warring factions were wiped out in the war. Duryodhana, the Chief Kaurva – after having lost the war, on his death bed says
Pandavas may have won the war, but what has been Yudhishtira (the Chief Pandava) left with to rule upon?
Ask any modern day military expert, and he will tell you – there are no real winners in a nuclear war.
- Millions of soldiers died in the Mahabharatha war which lasted for just 18 days
- In depth description in the texts about the nature of the powerful weapons used in the war
- The detailed description of the adverse impact the war had on nature which was so obvious even 36 years after the war
Hence it becomes quite obvious that Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs) were used in the Mahabharatha war.
Mahabharatha – The Destruction of Yadavas
Not only during the Mahabharatha war, but a couple of decades after the Mahabharatha war – when the Yadavas (Vrishnis and Andhakas) fought amongst themselves and destroyed each other – even then it looks like nuclear bombs were used.
The Mausala Parva describes the impact of this battle as follows
Asses were born of kine, and elephants of mules. Cats were born of bitches, and mouse of the mongoose
This is an obvious reference to the widespread genetic mutations that take place in the off-springs of animals in the presence of strong nuclear radiation. This again supports the theory that the war saw the use of nuclear weapons.
Another interesting piece of information in the Mausala Parva is when it says
These weapons, having achieved success, have gone away to the place they came from. They will, again, come into thy hands when the Time for their coming approaches.
This is in relation to a very old project I have been working on, during available free time – Alien Twist to God - expected to be published hopefully in the near future. There are multiple references to Extra Terrestrials like this in many ancient vedic texts.
Mahabharatha – Vana Parva (Book 3)
Here (Chapter 22) Krishna describes the war he fought earlier with the Salwa King who had attacked Krishna’s city Dwaraka. It is said that the Salwa King had a aircraft (Vimana) called Saubha Vimana which the king used for both travel and aerial warfare.
Krishna says that
The sound of this Salwa’s spacecraft was inaudible and this flying car made up of costly metals used to vanish creating illusion!
Clearly an aerial vehicle being “inaudible” shows the level of technology it had, and on top of that it used to disappear quite often. The term used for such aerial vehicles in modern military terminology is Stealth Fighters
Krishna further describes the aircraft as
It was capable of going anywhere at will, bewildering my eyes, reappeared at Pragjyotisha (a nearby city). Then it suddenly drowned me with a mighty shower of rocks
Angered by the destruction of his city Dwaraka by Salwa’s aircraft, Krishna then decides to destroy it completely and brings out his favorite weapon which he describes as
the weapon of fire, blazing and of celestial origin, of irresistible force, and incapable of being baffled, bursting with energy, capable of penetrating into anything and everything
Celestial origin most probably refers to the principle of nuclear fusion which powers the stars. So most probably it was a thermonuclear device. The impact of the launch of this weapon was that
rising into the sky, it seemed like a second sun of exceeding effulgence – it not only killed Salwa and destroyed his aircraft but it was launched further and destroyed the entire city of Saubha (Salwa’s Capital City) which was located at a place as high as the top of a mountain
Krishna also says that the weapon used was also used earlier in history when the
Gods reduced to ashes the Yakshas, Rakshasas and Danavas
To be Continued. Watch out this page for the next part of this article …