26. Hijacked Indian Aeronautics
On December 17, 1903, an aircraft thrust into the skies and became the (so called) first aircraft in the human history. Wright Brothers became its inventors. We all greatly adore them today and we teach this fact to our children in schools.
Eight years before Wright brothers' aerial show, in India in the year 1895, at the Chowpatty beach in Bombay, an aircraft flew in the skies upto 1,500 ft., when large Indian audience watched this feat. And this performance happened in the august presence of His Highness Maharaja of Baroda Sri Sayaji Rao Gaikwad and honourable Judge Mahadev Govind Ranade. This event was covered and published by the then popular newspaper "Kesari" which was published from Pune.
The inventor of that aircraft was an ordinary Sanskrit scholar, named "Siva Kumar Bapuji Talpade"
The name of the aircraft was "Maruti Shakti". This aircraft had been built based on the technology mentioned in the Sanskrit Text written by Bharadwaj called "Yantra Sarvasvam". Talapade adopted the technology from the chapters of "Vaimanika sastra" of Bharadwaja's book. The then British Government, after strictly warning the Baroda maharaja not to fund the project, stalled this experiment. It seems that the experimental remnants of the plane and various working plans had been taken over by the British Government. (Source : Deccan Herald, Tuesday, December 16, 2003)
For almost twenty years, many scientists at Aeronautical Society of India, NASA, professors and students of many prominent universities of the world were doing research in their own way on this Vaimanaki Sastra of Bharadwaj. They were able to appreciate the advanced level of knowledge about Aeronautics in this book. But much of their research findings are not being revealed to public.
Bharadwaj had dealt about four types of fuels that can be used by vimanas. They are:
1. Vanaspati Oil
The modern aircrafts are run by burning the hot gases. But recently scientists at NASA had experimented with the techniques of using mercury as mentioned in Vimana sastra texts of India and designed mercury vortex engines successfully.
Scientists at Birla Science Center, Hyderabad and IIT, Bombay had done research on the metals mentioned in Vimana Texts and could decipher their utility and techniques of making alloys suitable for building aircrafts.
Recently Chinese Government had handed over the Sanskrit manuscripts that were discovered in Tibetan region to professor Rutherana of Chandigarh University to decipher the contents. These manuscripts contain the information about inter-stellar travel and anti-gravitational flights (laghima). This only confirms the height of Indian Aeronautical excellence achieved ages ago.