While many ancient Indian scriptures mention vimanas and give elaborate descriptions of their workings, this is a more recent text that describes the ancient flying machines in detail. Or, at least, it is supposed to be by an ancient author, but comes to us through a modern medium. An Indian mystic Pandit Subbaraya Shastry claimed he had received the book as a divinity from the ancient sage Maharshi Bharadwaja and he then dictated it to his associate Shri G. Venkatachala Sharma. The dictation and transcription of the book lasted from to It was translated into Hindi in and into English in

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As this was highly appreciated by the public he continued his researches. Ranade and Late Lalji Narayanji a prominent merchant of Mumbai. They were very pleased with the equipment and gave reward to the inventor.

The aeroplane itself apparently had to await a favorable wind in order to take its flight from the ground. Talpade died in at the age of The Town Hall was opened for exhibition in the year S R N Murthy is acknowledged. In his autobiography published in ,Shastriji states that he made a trip to Bombay to help Dr.

Talphade in his experiments on Vimanas and that he died while the experiments was going on. Shastriji also states that Dr. On analysis of the autobiography, this incident can be placed between According to available records Talphade died on The air contains Seethaghana and Ooshnaghana or condensation by different process of cold and heat. Talphade during his personal meetings as stated in the autobiography. The autobiography has not given any details of the Vimana prepared by Dr. It is quite sad that no scholar perused the line suggested by Ketkar.

My reasons for identifying Talphade and Dr. It may be noted that surname Talphade is found among Pathare Prabhu only. Talphade, Subbaraya Shastri writes in his autobiography as under : Had providence been a bit more favorable there was every likelihood of his being successful to make the Indian percept Vimana an object of reality. Further on Dr. An important event took place in When Lord then Mr. Montague visited India in about , this subject was put before the Government in Bombay by a Parsi gentlemam with the result Sri Sastry was put under arrest and only influence with the highest level could save him from further prosecution.

Naturally from that time onwards ,caution made him talk that he was only a theorist. He intended to spend one crore rupees for the same. Due to loss in his business and his death in the project did not take off.

Mavji been influenced by the above experiment by Dr. Talphade cannot be ruled out. Shastrjii and his source of Knowledge: The knowledge of Bhautik Shastras was transmitted to Subbaraya Shastriji by his guru Yogi Bhaskaranandji also referred to as Guruji Maharaj in writings of Shastriji somewhere between to In fact he deferred the publication of Vimana Shastra and other ancient works as his Guru had not given him permission, though the Late Prof.

B Suryanarian Rao was requesting him to help him publish the same from the year they first met. Subsequently Shastriji came into contact with people. This disproves the theory that he was not a Pandit.



Vaimanika Shastra – Treatise on Ancient Indian Flying Machines or Pseudoscience?

According to Josyer, he dictated the text to G. Venkatachala Sharma in the early s completing it in According to the history unearthed by Mukunda et al. His parents died at a young age and he was diseased and in a poor state. While wandering, he met a great saint at Kolar , who initiated him into spirituality and revealed to him several shastras, including the Vimana Shastra.



The guests were shown all the rare collections of Sanskrit scriptures and literature, painstakingly gathered from various sources. It was indeed an impressive collection. But there was one small handwritten note book which surprised them the most. What were the contents of that book?



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