The famous Indian epic poem, Mahabharata, dating to 4000 BC, tells of fantastic flying machines used by the gods. Refered to as “chariots of the gods”, “sun chariots” and “mechanical birds”, these vehicles are described in great detail. This implys they were witnessed by the scribes of India and documented for others to imagine and understand. As we read them with contemporary understanding of technology, we can see how the ancient Indians were describing UFOs and airplanes in primitive terms they understood: Chariots carry people. Flying chariots carrying the gods is an accurate description of flying saucers used by advanced alien beings (the gods) to travel great distances through the sky.
The predecessors of the flying vimanas of the Sanskrit epics are the flying chariots employed by various gods in the Vedas: the Sun and Indra and several other Vedic deities are transported by flying wheeled chariots depicted to be pulled by animals, usually horses.
1.164.47-48 have been taken as evidence for the idea of “mechanical birds”:47. kṛṣṇáṃ niyânaṃ hárayaḥ suparṇâ / apó vásānā dívam út patantitá âvavṛtran sádanād ṛtásyâd / íd ghṛténa pṛthivî vy ùdyate48. dvâdaśa pradháyaś cakrám ékaṃ / trîṇi nábhyāni ká u tác ciketatásmin sākáṃ triśatâ ná śaṅkávo / ‘rpitâḥ ṣaṣṭír ná calācalâsaḥ
“Dark the descent: the birds are golden-colored; up to the heaven they fly robed in the waters. Again descend they from the seat of Order, and all the earth is moistened with their fatness. Twelve are the fellies, and the wheel is single; three are the naves. What man hath understood it?Therein are set together spokes three hundred and sixty, which in no way can be loosened.”
In Swami Dayananda Saraswati’s “translation”, these verses mean:
“jumping into space speedily with a craft using fire and water … containing twelve stamghas (pillars), one wheel, three machines, 300 pivots, and 60 instruments.
The pushpaka (“flowery”) vimana of Ravana is described as follows:
“The Pushpaka Vimana that resembles the Sun and belongs to my brother was brought by the powerful Ravana; that aerial and excellent Vimana going everywhere at will … that chariot resembling a bright cloud in the sky … and the King got in, and the excellent chariot at the command of the Raghira, rose up into the higher atmosphere.”
In the thousands of years that follow, India began building temples shaped like the Vimanas described in their sacred texts. These buildings resemble rocket ships built today. They are physical documents of ancient alien technology from long ago.
According to a study by researchers at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, Talpade constructed his models under the guidance of Pandit Subbarāya Shāstry, the author of Vaimānika Shāstra. These models were described in detail in the Mahabharata and transalted into these drawings in 1923 for the first time since ancient times.