Science Congress: 'Ancient India had flying technology'

Ancient India had planes, claimed Captain Anand J Bodas, a retired principal of a pilot training facility, on Sunday, the second day of the Indian Science Congress hosted at Mumbai University.

Updated: Jan 05, 2015, 00:10 AM IST
Science Congress: 'Ancient India had flying technology'
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New Delhi: Ancient India had planes, claimed Captain Anand J Bodas, a retired principal of a pilot training facility on Sunday, the second day of the Indian Science Congress hosted at Mumbai University.

He presented a lecture on the ancient aviation technology in Vedas.

Drawing upon the ancient Vedic texts to support the view that there was flying technology in ancient India, Bodas said, "There is a reference of ancient aviation in the Rigveda."

He said Maharishi Bharadwaj spoke 7,000 years ago of "the existence of aeroplanes which travel from one country to another, from one continent to another and from one planet to another. He mentioned 97 reference books for aviation," as per PTI.

"History merely notes that the Wright brothers first flew in 1904," he said.

He also spoke of the "huge" aeroplanes which flew in ancient India. "The basic structure was of 60 by 60 feet and in some cases, over 200 feet. They were jumbo planes," he said.

"The ancient planes had 40 small engines. Today's aviation does not know even of flexible exhaust system," he said.

The ancient Indian radar system was called rooparkanrahasya. "In this system, the shape of the aeroplane was presented to the observer, instead of the mere blimp that is seen on modern radar systems," he said.

The controversial claim, if turns out to be true, can change the whole aviation history.

(With PTI inputs)