The "Vedic Science through Sanskrit" session at the recently concluded Indian Science Congress in Mumbai sparked several controversies with some scientists making outlandish claims about the discoveries made in ancient India.
Captain Anand J Bodas conducted a session during the Congress and quoted the Vyamanika Shastra to claim that aeroplanes existed in India 7,000 years ago. He added that the planes manufactured at that time travelled from not just one country but to other planets too. But his claims were not debunked by anyone present at the Congress.
But it is notable that Vyamanika Shastra was proved to be a big fat hoax four decades ago.
Indian Express reported that in 1974 a group of five Indian scientists from the aeronautical engineering and mechnical engineering departments of the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore had published a report debunking such claims after conducting a thorough study.
The report added that one of the scientists, HS Mukunda found that the Vyamanika Shastra was nothing but a figment of imagination of a man who lived in the 20th century. it has nothing to do with an ancient sage as was claimed in the session.
"The planes described are at the best poor concoctions rather than expressions of something real. None of the planes has properties or capabilities of being flown; the geometries are unimaginably horrendous from the point of view of flying; and the principles of propulsion make then resist rather than assist flying. The text and the drawings do not correlate with each other even thematically. The drawings definitely point to a knowledge of modern machinery," the paper noted.
The report also noted that the "subject works lay uncalled for emphasis on propulsive devices and structures, but little or no emphasis on aerodynamics."
In the session, Bodas had said, "There is a reference of ancient aviation in the Rigveda."
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." "History merely notes that the Wright brothers first flew in 1904," he had added.