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Have We Shattered the Atom Before?—Signs of a Former Nuclear Age  

In ancient India the texts of the Karna Parva recounts the story of “the War of the Gods and Asuras” waged by the great ruler Sankara Mahadeva against his enemies, the Daityas and Danavas. The ruler went forth in his “radiant celestial vehicle” and attacked the triple-city of Tripura, totally destroying it with his “god-given weapon” and sending “all the rebellious races burning to the bottom of the Western Ocean .” The texts in Chapter XXXIV of the Karna Parva say that:

“The illustrious deity sped forth, and his shaft which represented the might of the whole universe penetrated the triple city. Loud wails of woe were heard from all those within as they began to fall. Thus was the triple city burnt and thus were the Asuras burned and the Danavas exterminated by the gods.”

Two other ancient treatises from India , the Drona Bhisheka (Chapter XI) and the Harivamsa (Chapter LVI), offer descriptions of other major destructions from the same war in which whole cities were “consumed in an all-encompassing inferno“ and “plunged into the water depths.” These accounts conclude with the defeat of a peoples called the Avantis—very close to Plato’s Atlantis.

In the Hindu epic poems of the Mahabharata and Ramayana are even more detailed descriptions of an age thousands of years ago when great god-kings rode about in their Vimanas or flying craft and waged war by launching powerful weapons at their enemies.

The descriptions given of these weapons in the ancient verses—their force, the characteristics of their destruction and the after-affects—sound disturbingly modern. The texts describe:

*The thunderbolt of Indra was endowed with the force of thousand-eyed Indra’s thunder.
*The bolt of death measured three cubits by six. It was the unknown weapon, the iron thunderbolt of Indra, the messenger of death.
*The projectile was charged with all the power of the Universe.
*The Agneya weapon was capable of being resisted by none of the very gods themselves.
*The Brahma-danda or Brahma’s rod was even more powerful.
*Though it struck only once, it smote whole countries and entire races from generation to generation.
*Adwattan let loose the blazing missile of smokeless fire.
*The missile burst with the power of thunder.
*The flying missile ruined whole cities filled with forts.
*The three cities of the Vrishnis and Andhakas were destroyed together in one instant.
*An incandescent column of smoke and fire as brilliant as ten thousand suns rose in all its splendor.
*Clouds roared upward showering dust and gravel.
*Dense arrows of flame like a great shower issued forth upon creation, encompassing the enemy on all sides.
*The sky blazed and the ten points of the horizon filled with smoke.
*Meteors flashed down from the sky.
*Fierce winds began to blow, and the very elements seemed disturbed.
*The sun appeared to waver in the heavens.
*The earth and all its mountains and seas and forests began to tremble.
*The wind blew as a fierce storm and the earth glowed.
*No one saw the fire—it was unseen. Yet it consumed everything.
*As rain poured down it was dried in mid-air by the heat.
*Birds croaked madly, and beasts shuddered from the destruction.
*Animals crumpled to the ground, their heads broken, and they died over a vast region.
*Elephants burst into flame, running to and fro in frenzy seeking protection.
*The waters of rivers and lakes boiled and the creatures residing therein perished.
*Thousands of war vehicles fell down on either side.
*Whole armies collapsed like trees in a forest burnt where they stood as in a raging fire.
*Corpses were so burnt they were no longer recognizable.
*The gaze of the Kapilla weapon was powerful enough to burn fifty thousand men to ashes.
*The thunderbolt reduced to ashes the entire race of Vrishnis and Ankhakas.
*To escape the breath of death the warriors leapt into rivers to wash themselves and bury their armor.
*Hair and nails fell out.
*Unborn children were killed in the womb.
*Birds were born with white feathers, red feet and in the shape of turtles.
*Pottery broke without cause.
*All foods became poisoned and inedible.
*The land was afflicted by drought thereafter for ten long years.

There are too many details here that are frighteningly similar to an eye-witness account of a nuclear explosion—the brightness of the blast, the column of rising smoke and fire, the fallout, intense heat and shock waves, the appearance of the victims and the effects of radiation poisoning. More than half a century ago these ancient descriptions were considered mere fantasy—but with the advent of the Nuclear Age in 1945, suddenly the texts from ancient India take on a whole new meaning.

There are remains that strongly suggest that nuclear wars were indeed waged in the distant past. According to the Mahabharata, the Great Bharata War in which flying Vimanas and fiery weapons were used, involved prehistoric inhabitants along the upper Ganges River of northern India . Precisely in the region, between the Ganges and the mountains of Rajmahal, are numerous charred ruins which have yet to be explored or excavated.

Observations made in the nineteenth century indicated that the ruins were not burnt by ordinary fire. In many instances they appeared as huge masses fused together with deeply pitted surfaces—described as being like tin struck by a stream of molten steel.

Some scholars are of the opinion that the horrific war which brought about the fall of the prehistoric Rama Empire in India was once fought in the region of what is now Kashmir . Just outside of Srinigar are the massive ruins of a temple complex called Parshaspur, whose multi-ton stone blocks are scattered over a wide area. The configuration of the blocks is suggestive of a tremendous explosion having once destroyed the site. It is not without karmic significance that today the two modern southern Asian nuclear powers— India and Pakistan —are bitter rivals, and one of the elements of their contention is the disputed region of Kashmir .

Have We Shattered the Atom Before?—Signs of a Former Nuclear Age? 

Today we tend to belittle the past and boast our age as the highest peak in human cultures.

Whole cities were “consumed in an all-encompassing inferno“ - says The Mahabharata.


Farther to the south among the dense forests of the Deccan are more such ruins which may be of earlier origin, pointing back to a war antedating that the Mahabharata, and which encompassed a far greater area. The walls are glazed, corroded and split by a tremendous heat. Within several of the buildings that remain standing even the stone furnishings have been vitrified. That is, the surfaces of the rock have been melted and re-crystallized.

No natural burning flame or volcanic eruption could have produced a heat intense enough to cause this phenomena. Only a strong radiated heat could have done this damage. In this same region as this second group of ruins, Russian researcher Alexander Gorbovsky reported in 1966 the discovery of a human skeleton with radiation fifty times above normal levels.

In January, 1992 a news report was published concerning the discovery of a three-square mile area of radioactive ash in Rajasthan, located ten miles west of Jodhpur . The development of a housing project in this area had to be abandoned because of the high incidents of recurring cancer and birth defects.

A nuclear power plant recently built in the region was thought to be the culprit, but a five-member scientific team, headed by project foreman Lee Hundley, dispatched to study the mystery found a very different source. They eventually unearthed the charred remains of buildings thought to be at least eight to twelve millennia old which were once inhabited by perhaps as many as half a million people.  

The prehistoric city had all the appearance—and the tell-tale radioactive residue—of having been destroyed by a nuclear weapon the scientists estimated was about the same size as that which destroyed Hiroshima in 1945.

Archaeologist Francis Taylor, in a follow-up to this initial discovery, found historical wall engravings and texts in a nearby temple which depicted the local people as praying to be spared from the “great light” that was coming to destroy their city. The inscriptions appeared to have been copied from older sources going back several thousands of years. Taylor was quoted as saying:

“It’s so mind-boggling to imagine that some civilization had nuclear technology before we did. The radioactive ash adds credibility to the ancient Indian records that describe atomic warfare.”

In order to protect the local population, the ash and ruins were carefully covered over to barricade against the remaining radiation, and today only a length of thick concrete highway running through the area is all that can be seen.

It may be more than coincidental that at the time the mysterious city was destroyed in Rajasthan circa twelve thousand years ago, there was also an increase in traces of copper, tin and lead in ice cores from around the world—indicative of huge amounts of pollutants suddenly being thrown into the upper atmosphere and circulated around the globe—as well as a dramatic increase in uranium concentrations in coral growths from 1.5 parts per million to over 4 parts per million. Paleo-climatologists have never been able to explain these increases as a natural occurrence.

(source: Have We Shattered the Atom Before?—Signs of a Former Nuclear Age).

Note: Another curious sign of an ancient nuclear war in India is a giant crater near Mumbai (formerly Bombay). The nearly circular 2,154-metre-diameter Lonar crater, located 400 kilometres northeast of Mumbai and dated at less than 50,000 years old, could be related to nuclear warfare of antiquity. No trace of any meteoric material, etc., has been found at the site or in the vicinity, and this is the world’s only known “impact” crater in basalt. Indications of great shock (from a pressure exceeding 600,000 atmospheres) and intense, abrupt heat (indicated by basalt glass spherules) can be ascertained from the site.

(source: Best Evidence).

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According to the Evidence – By Erich von Daniken  

The 'Ramayana' telling in magic imagery the quest of Rama for his stolen wife, Sita, has thrilled the people of India, for thousands of years; generations of wandering story-tellers have recited its 24,000 verses to marveling audiences captivated by this brilliant panorama of the fantastic past, the passions of heroic love, tragedies of dark revenge, aerial battles between Gods and demons waged with nuclear bombs; the glory of noble deeds; the thrilling poetry of life, the philosophy of destiny and death. 

This wonderful epic of the 'Ramayana,' the inspiration of the world's great classic literature, intrigues us most today by its frequent allusions to aerial vehicles and annihilating bombs, which we consider to be inventions of own twentieth century impossible in the far past. Students of Sanskrit literature soon revise their preconceived ideas and find that the heroes of Ancient India were apparently equipped with aircraft and missiles more sophisticated than those we boast today. The thirty-first chapter of the Samasranganasutradhara, ascribed to King Bhojadira in the 11th century, contains descriptions of remarkable flying ships such as the elephant-machine, wooden-bird-machine traveling in the sky, wooden-vimana-machine flying in the air, door-keeper-machine, soldier-machine, etc. denoting different types of craft for different purposes. 

"In the Indian national epic the Mahabharata, dating from the pre-Christian past, one of the 80,000 couplets gives philosophical expression to the immensity of time. 

'God embraces space and time.
Time is the seed of the universe.'

The most fascinating tales of war in the air waged with fantastic weapons transcending our own scientific-fiction today are narrated in the 'Mahabharata', a wonderful poem of 200,000 lines, eight times as long as the 'Iliad' and 'Odyssey' combined, a veritable world in literature. Transmuting the martial adventures and exquisite passions brood the sublime teachings of the Bhagavad Gita with their incalculable influence on the Greek philosophers and the great Thinkers of the West. We today are more intrigued by the aerial craft and wonder weapons suggesting some secret science inspired by Beings from Space.  

The discourse between the hero, Arjuna, and the Lord Krishna, as the warrior hesitates to fight his own kinsfolk form the lofty Bhagavad Gita, The Song of the Lord, wherein Krishna, reveals the meaning of the universe, the wisdom of Brahman, and the duty of men, expounding the religion of the Hindus. 

"Heroes soared to the skies in celestial cars and fought aerial duels blasting their rivals with explosive darts or annihilated armies with nuclear bombs. These enchanting stories of old India, more fascinating than our own science fiction, told of a warm colorful land of culture, its society sparkling with bejeweled splendor, where princes and poets, saints and scoundrels, mystics and magicians, lived with an exhilaration unequalled until the glittering Renaissance awoke the genius of Italy to life; in those exotic kingdoms beyond the Himalayas the Spacemen felt at home in a sophistication they could never find amid the stark austerity of the Peloponnese or the proud intolerance of Palestine. The Sanskrit tales glow with a humanism and humor distilled in bewitching poetry, depicting a genial, cultured society ages old, surely inspired by some wondrous, resplendent civilization from the stars."

(source: Chariots of the Gods  - By Erich von Daniken  p. 1 - 50). 


One of the foremost experts on ancient Indian tradition is Professor Dileep Kumar Kanyilal of the Sanskrit University , Calcutta . On 12th August 1975, I visited this amiable scholar in his college for a conversation.

He said:  

India is a very old country with an extraordinary rich Sanskrit tradition. In my opinion, the flying cars, which are often called Vimanas, actually were flying machines of some kind. When examining the many interpretations available today, we must not forget that for 2000 years all these descriptions have always been looked at with old eyes, so to speak. Now that we know that flying machines exist, the whole problem needs tackling from a new angle. It is no longer any use clinging to the traditional approach. Every perception that is bound to its time undergoes a transformation. Undoubtedly something factual is hidden behind the descriptions of flying cars; they have a different meaning from the one previously attributed to them.  

India is a very old country with an extraordinary rich Sanskrit tradition. In my opinion, the flying cars, which are often called Vimanas, actually were flying machines of some kind."


In the original version of the Mahabharata you could read that Arjuna sees some flying cars which have crashed and are out of action. Other flying cars stand on the ground, yet others are already in the air. These clear observation of flying cars and cars that can no longer fly prove that the original authors of the report knew exactly what they were talking about.  

In the Sanskrit texts – many marriages take place between the gods and they also beget children. Copulation between gods and men also exists. The offspring of these unions inherited the knowledge and the weapons of their fathers. There is a passage in the Ramayana (next to the Mahabharata, the second great Indian epic) which tells how the deserts originated, namely as a result of destruction by terrible weapons of the gods. You can find descriptions of such weapons in the Mahabharata.  

In the Mahabharata – Musala Parva book 8:  

“The unknown weapon is radiant lightning, a devastating messenger of death, which turned all the relation of Vrishni and Andhaka to ashes. Their calcined bodies were unrecognizable. Those who escaped lost their hair and nails. Crockery broke without cause; birds turned white. In a very short time food was poisonous. The lightning subsided and became fine ash.”  

A report from Hiroshima or Nagasaki ?  

The first atom bomb fell on Hiroshima on 6th August 1945. It claimed 260,000 human lives and the number of wounded was legion. Three days later Nagasaki was annihilated by atom bombs. There were 150,000 dead. We are haunted by images that rob us of sleep; people shriveled up to the size of children’s dolls by the incandescent heat; invalids without hair or skin who perished in field hospitals; trees and fields which were nothing but ashes. We must never forget it.  

The catastrophe described in the Mahabharata took place unknown millennia ago:  

“It was as if the elements had been unleashed. The sun spun around in circles. Scorched by the fearful heat of the weapon, the world reeled. Elephants were burnt by the incandescent heat and ran wildly to and fro….Water boiled; animals died…The raging fire made the trees topple like ninepins as if in a forest fire….Horses and chariots burnt up; it looked like the aftermath of a conflagration. Thousands of chariots were destroyed, then deep silence descended…It was a ghastly sight to see. The corpses of the fallen were so mutilated by the frightful heat that they no longer looked like human beings. Never before have we seen such an awful weapon, and never before have we heard of such a weapon.”  

“The heavens cried out, the earth bellowed an answer, lightning flashed forth, fire flamed upwards, it rained down death. The brightness vanished, the fire was extinguished. Everyone who was struck by the lightning was turned to ashes.”  

We must not be cowards as to dismiss such traditions as pointless myths and acclaim the authors’ poetic imaginations. The large number of similar accounts in ancient scriptures turns a suspicion into certainty: the ‘gods’ used A or H weapons from unknown flying objects. No, No, revered experts, you must accept it in the end. The stories of the chroniclers were not the products of their macabre imagination. What they handed down was once the stuff of experience, ghastly reality.  

The Ramayana’s 24,000 sholkas are also a treasure trove to pointers to the gods’ space traveling activities. There is a detailed description of a wonderful car which immediately suggests the idea of a spaceship. The car rises into the air with a whole family on board. Curiously enough, this craft is described as a flying pyramid which takes off vertically. When this flying pyramid rose from the ground, it naturally made a tremendous noise. That, too, one can read in the Sanskrit texts.  

If the Ramayana mentions what is clearly a flying apparatus, which made the mountains tremble, rose up amid thunder, burnt trees, meadows and the tops of houses, Professor Ludwig comments as follows: “there can be absolutely no doubt that this only meant a tropical storm.” O sancta simplicatas!  

There is a German, but not literal, translation of the Ramayana by Professor Hermann Jacobi (1850 - 1937).  The content is reproduced chapter by chapter, line by line. If the Professor comes up against complicated passages (4) which he finds meaningless because they talk about flying objects, he simply ignores them and in his arrogance remakars, “Senseless babble” or ‘this passage can safely be omitted, it contains nothing but fantastic ravings.’  

In Zurich Central Library I found countless volumes about Indian literature, Indian mysticism, Indian mythology and yard-long commentaries on the Mahabharata, the Ramayana and the Vedas, but very few direct translations. 

Scholarly commentaries on Indian texts are no longer my affair, since I know how much is suppressed as irrelevant, and since I realized that foreign sacred books are arrogantly dismissed by Bible-soaked Westerners

“Our religion is incomparably deeper and truer!” I cannot stand this denigration of other religions.  

It did not occur to anyone to bring out a complete translation of the Ramayana and Mahabharata, without a commentary.

(source: According to the Evidence – By Erich von Daniken p. 162 - 167).

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