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Found: ‘User guide’ for Mahabharata weapons – Times Of India

on December 7, 2013 with 3 Commentsas , , , , ,

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Ever wondered how our mythological superheroes operated those deadly weapons such as agneyastra, varunastra, brahmastra and nagpash?

A manuscript found from the collections of Ashtavaidyan Vaidyamadham Cheriya Narayanan Namboodiri, who passed away recently, clearly mentions the mantras to use brahmastra, agneyastra, among others. The 63-folio manuscript in palm leaves, believed to be rewritten about 120 years ago, is the only manuscript retrieved so far in the country that tells how to use all the deadly weapons mentioned in the Mahabharata in about 48 well-described mantras.

“It was Cheriya Narayanan Namboodiri’s wish to digitize all his manuscript collections — 1,300 bundles — for the benefit of researchers, students and the future generation. The particular manuscript was noticed while we were digitizing the collections using the most reliable method, reprography,” said A R Krishnakumar, project manager at Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences (CCRAS). Krishnakumar is part of a team from the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA), New Delhi that has been bestowed with the responsibility of digitizing all the manuscripts available with both public and private parties in the country. “People may wonder why the manuscripts should be digitized. It is because they would throw light on our history, culture, customs, ancient religions besides giving information on the environment, health and science of ancient times,” said Krishnakumar.

“Till now, we haven’t even used 15% of the information from the manuscripts being written on ayurveda. Yet ayurveda is considered to be one of the most accepted system of medicine in the world. Now imagine if the knowledge in five lakh-odd bundles of manuscripts are made available to the society, how much more effective would ayurveda be,” he added.

“We had digitized a portion of the manuscripts available with libraries, colleges, universities and other institutions in Kerala a few years ago. We started the second phase of the initiative from Vaidyamadham at Mezhathur in Palakkad district. Our next destination is Kanippayyur Mana near Kunnamkulam, famous for thachu sasthra (architectural science), and other centres that have hundreds of manuscripts preserved with them. Thankfully, all these private parties are now coming forward to share the knowledge they have been preserving from the past,” said senior reprographic officer of IGNCA Krishnakumar B.

Krishnakumar, adding that the knowledge in manuscripts is not limited only to the subject of ayurveda, but covers nuances in the subjects of chemistry, physics, and astrology in detail.


Source Times of India

Boeing 777X Airplane | Boeing Commercial Airplanes

on November 17, 2013 with No Commentsas , , , , , , ,

Introducing the 777X   The 777X is a twin-engine, twin-aisle success redefined. We like to think of it as the future of flight unfolding. Building on the success of the 777 and 787 Dreamliner, the 777X is the largest and most efficient twin-engine jet in the world. Its folding raked wingtip and optimized span deliver […]

A robot that flies like a bird – concept of Shakuna Vimana

on October 6, 2013 with No Commentsas , , , , , , , , , ,

A robot that flies like a bird – YouTube. Plenty of robots can fly — but none can fly like a real bird. That is, until Markus Fischer and his team at Festo built SmartBird, a large, lightweight robot, modeled on a seagull, that flies by flapping its wings. A soaring demo fresh from TEDGlobal […]

Blimps to Defend Washington D.C. Airspace : Discovery News

on July 28, 2013 with No Commentsas , , ,

  Blimps are experiencing a bit of a renaissance. Recently Montabello, Calif.-based Aeros said it was working on a rigid airship that could fly like a plane and float like a balloon. And now Raytheon has just finished testing a military aerostat of that, starting next year, will be a first line of defense for […]

Students give wing to microlight aircraft

on July 18, 2013 with No Commentsas , , , , , ,

A microlight aircraft, powered by a Yamaha 150cc engine, spanning 17 ft long, with a wingspan of 24 ft, and weighing 100 kg, has been conceptualised by four enterprising students of HKBK College of Engineering.  Appropriately christened — MAQH13, with the letters derived from the foursome creators — Mohammed Muzakir sharieff, Mohammed Quamer Tawheed, Mohammed […]

Inflatable spacecraft: Blown up in orbit | The Economist

on July 18, 2013 with No Commentsas , ,

 A plan to use enormous balloons to build space stations THE International Space Station (ISS) is mankind’s holiday house in the sky. Like all such houses, it is a luxury item (costing $150 billion and rising). And like many similar projects on Earth, the owners cannot resist tinkering with it. It was in this spirit […]


on July 18, 2013 with No Commentsas , , , , , ,

Coming soon, next autumn will be released the new book by Enrico Baccarini (in Italian and English language) titled “VIMANAs AND THE WARS OF THE GODS, the rediscovery of a lost civilization, a forgotten science, of an ancient knowledge guarded between India and Pakistan,” (SECRETA © Editions – ISBN 9788898232055). The text will host a […]

9th International Exhibition on Aerospace, Defence & Civil Aviation and Air Display

on January 18, 2013 with 2 Commentsas , , , , , ,

Frequent posting on our blog started from a post on Aero India in 2011.   9th International Exhibition on Aerospace, Defence & Civil Aviation – Aero India 2013 Starts on 6thFeb 2013 and is held for 5 Days till 10th Feb 2013.   Aero India has already carved a niche for itself globally as a premier aerospace exhibition, […]

The mysterious Wedge of Aiud may have come from a vimana.

on September 15, 2012 with 2 Commentsas , , , , , , , , , , , ,

  Near the picturesque banks of the Mures River located a little more than a mile east of the small city of Aiud, Romania, a bizarre artefact was unearthed dubbed the Wedge of Aiud. Researcher Boczor Iosif investigated the find and reported that the wedge was discovered beneath 35 feet of sand. Two mastodon bones […]

Aerial Routes as per vaimaanika shaastra – वैमानिक शास्त्रानुगत मार्गाधिकरणम्

on July 24, 2012 with No Commentsas , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

पञ्चज्ञश्च (The pilot should know five things.) बोधानन्दवृत्तिः –   यथा रहस्यविज्ञानं पूर्वसूत्रे निरूपितम् | पञ्चमार्गस्वरूपं च तथैवास्मिन्निरूप्यते || एतेनोभयविज्ञानादेव यन्तृत्वतामियात् | इति सूत्रद्वयविचारात्सिध्दं भवति हि ध्रुवम् || पञ्चमार्गविचारस्तु शौनकोक्तप्रकारतः | रेखादिकेन्द्रमार्गान्तं क्रमादत्र प्रकीर्त्यते || रेखापथोमण्डलस्च कक्ष्यो शक्तिस्तथैत्र च | केन्द्रश्चेति विमानानां मार्गाः खे पञ्चधा स्मृताः ||   || तदुक्तं शौनकीये || अथाकाशमार्गाण्यनुक्रमिष्यामो रेखा मण्डल […]