Its very interesting to read the ancient Indian vedas and their treatise on war strategy and weapons that existed back in the days. For a nation that was primarily focused on defence, we sure did have a fairly adept arsenal to adequately be equipped. Why then did we not think of conquest? Perhaps because we have always been blessed by nature, with all varieties of fruit and plants available and a whole range of climatic conditions, not to mention a huge landmass.
Read THIS blog which has been well compiled and is worth a read for those who are keen on researching ancient Indian weapons and tech. The initial few paragraphs give an insight into the caste and military system of ancient India while the rest tries to explain the weapons from the vedas.
Here are a few pictures and excerpts from it ->
‘Bow and Arrow:
In the words of H. H. Wilson: “the Hindus cultivated archery most assiduously and were very Parthians in the use of the bow on horse-back.” One feature of this weapon was that it could be handled by all the four classes of warriors.
and the nine following are minor weapons of this class. Probably this was a heavy club which had a broad and bent tail end, measuring one cubit in length. It was to be used with the left foot of the warrior placed in front. The various uses of this weapon were cutting, hitting, striking and breaking. It was like a kunta but with a big blade. It was used by the Asuras in their fight with Kartavirya Arjuna.
is a hand gun or musket rightly piercing the mark. It was straight in form and hollow inside. It discharged darts if ignited. As has been already said, Sukracarya speaks of two kinds of nalika, one big and the other small. The small one, with a little hole at the end, measured sixty angulas (ie. distance between the thumb and the little finger) dotted with several spots at the muzzle end. Through the touch hole or at its breach which contained wood, fire was conveyed to the charge. It was generally used by foot-soldiers. But the big gun had no wood at the breach and was so heavy that it had to be conveyed in carts. The balls were made of iron, lead or other material. Kamandaka uses the word nalika in the sense of firing gun as a signal for the unwary king. Again in the Naisadha, a work of the medieval period, Damayanti is compared to the two bows of the god of love and goddess of love, and her two nostrils to the two guns capable of throwing balls.
Thus there is clear evidence of the existence and use of firing guns in India in very early times.’
Being a Bombay (Mumbai) ite to the core (born and brought up in this fair city of dreams, it never ceases to amaze me how beautiful and empty the island once used to be. So pristine and peaceful…
The first picture below shows the old Fort of which only a few ruins remain, hidden deep within the market that encircles it. (circa 1826)
This next one is really super cool – first you can see Chowpatty beach from malabar Hill (sketched in 1850) and below you see the modern day Chowpatty – just 160 years down the line!
For more amazing walks down memory lane, please visit THIS blog and marvel in the past…
This is an online Social Strategy game I play with a few fellow Indian players, called eRepublik where we have shared some amazing times together. Its been a challenging game where a handful of us Indians started building a virtual Indian government, its military and its economy from scratch. There have been tough times where we have fought against much stronger opponents, banding together with our allies from other countries.
All those hours spent on chat sites, planning, strategising with our friends from across the world…burning the midnight oil and making some cool friends 🙂 Hopefully through this blog, we will be able to invite more people to the game and vice versa, from the game to the blog – people sharing their experiences.
thanks for logging in and reading! 🙂
These award winning pics certainly bring out what is India! a mad, crazy, busy nation full of life.
Do check out the cool website (www.day.in) that is the original source of these zany pics and if you have some of your own, post them there and also post them on this blog 🙂
There are loads of photos there, not all are interesting, I will filter them out and post those that look cool, on a daily basis.
Travelling is one of my passions and this time I start with a lesser known sanctuary in Karnataka, the Dandeli wildlife sanctuary that is home to over 200 species of birds and some exotic animals including the sloth bear, black panther and the tiger (it is also known as the Anshul Tiger Reserve)
Its famous for its white water rafting (starts in October) and for its iconic hornbill.
A great way to get acquainted with the wildlife is to try the open jeep Safaris accompanied by in-house naturalists. You can also trek with a guide and explore the highlights such as Sykes Point, the highest point in Uttara Kannada district, which gives a captivating view of the backwaters of the famous Supa Dam. While there, don’t miss the 300 ft tall, Syntheri Rock, a monolithic granite rock.
About 25 km away from the town are the Kavala Caves, (check the image below) said to be Lord Shiva’s abode, a mystical adventure by itself. You need to climb a thousand steps and crawl through innumerable, winding and narrow tunnels to finally witness the most magnificent view of a naturally formed gigantic Shivlinga.
The best hotel seems to be the Hornbill Resort which has some exotic tree houses at reasonable rates 🙂
This video should help you understand the science of the future- when the line between science and religion could intertwine…only for the simple reason that religion asks for belief and the brave new science makes you the creator where you make what you believe!
Bottom line – think positive and wrap science around you 🙂
btw this series is of 16 parts – so I would recommend you watch them one a day or on a weekend when you have the time!Also, I found that as the series goes on, it starts to get a bit too religious for a logic nut like me, but to each their own 🙂 the first 8 odd parts are pretty riveting
Do comment and let me know if you enjoyed watching the series and if it got you thinking…
I stumbled across a very interesting page on Facebook that I would like to share with everyone and hope that whoever is in Mysore might actually pop on down and get a look at the manuscripts?
Here is an excerpt to whet your appetite ->
What we know about ancient Indian flying vehicles comes from ancient Indian sources; written texts that have come down to us through the centuries. There is no doubt that most of these texts are authentic; many are the well known ancient Indian Epics themselves, and there are literally hundreds of them. Most of them have not even been translated into English yet from the old Sanskrit.
The Indian Emperor Ashoka started a “Secret Society of the Nine Unknown Men”: great Indian scientists who were supposed to catalogue the many sciences. Ashoka kept their work secret because he was afraid that the advanced science catalogued by these men, culled from ancient Indian sources, would be used for the evil purpose of war, which Ashoka was strongly against, having been converted to Buddhism after defeating a rival army in a bloody battle.
The “Nine Unknown Men” wrote a total of nine books, presumably one each. Book number was “The Secrets of Gravitation!” This book, known to historians, but not actually seen by them dealt chiefly with “gravity control.” It is presumably still around somewhere, kept in a secret library in India, Tibet or elsewhere (perhaps even in North America somewhere). One can certainly understand Ashoka’s reasoning for wanting to keep such knowledge a secret, assuming it exists. if the Nazis had such weapons at their disposal during World War Ii. Ashoka was also aware devastating wars using such advanced vehicles and other “futuristic weapons” that had destroyed the ancient Indian “Rama Empire” several thousand years before.”
Read more here and comment please. I just love this topic… it is brimming with mystery!
Hi all! Based on the ideas of Shahzaad, I have finally got my head around and started a blog that I intend to make absolutely entertaining and hopefully a regular feature for your daily consumption 🙂
This will also hope to raise awareness about eRepublik and our virtual India on the net.
To kickstart things – here goes an awesome video showing the earth from a passing spaceship – covering the earth in 60 seconds 🙂 Hope you enjoy!