Did Aliens Nuke India?

Deep in the Indus Valley is the ancient city of Mohenjo-daro – in the local language, its name means ‘Mound of the Dead Men’ The city was lost until the 20th century, when archaeologists discovered it abandoned and desolate

Except for the remains of people who seemed to have died very suddenly, almost instantaneously, even while walking down the street, holding hands Life in another ancient city, called Harappa, similarly ended overnight Historians still don’t know what killed the civilisation Hindu religious texts, some of the oldest in the world, describe a huge war between humans and gods: and the use of the ultimate weapon, which turned everything and everyone into ash Furthermore, a giant crater nearby seems to have only one explanation: that in India’s ancient past, a civilisation at the peak of its power was destroyed by a nuclear explosion, thousands of years before mankind invented the atom bomb


The Mahabharata is an epic poem about the Kurukshetra War Written in Sanskrit, it was first set down in the 9th century BCE, but the events it describes go back thousands of years earlier Among the many battles it relates, there is a passage about a particular weapon, which says in translation: “A single projectile charged with all the power in the Universe… An incandescent column of smoke and flame as bright as 10,000 suns, rose in all its splendor… It was an unknown weapon, an iron thunderbolt, a gigantic messenger of death which reduced to ashes an entire race The corpses were so burned as to be unrecognisable Their hair and nails fell out, pottery broke without any apparent cause, and the birds turned white

” An Indian historian called Kisari Mohan Ganguli said, “It sounds like an atomic blast as experienced in Hiroshima and Nagasaki” Archaeological investigations led by Francis Taylor and Lee Hundley seem to support these poetic descriptions The skeletons found in the ancient cities were extremely radioactive – up to 50 times more radioactive than normal Taken into account with the gigantic Lonar crater, 137 metres deep and over 1 kilometre squared, conspiracy theorists believe there was a nuclear explosion in ancient India, 12,000 years ago But mankind only split the atom in the 1930s and 1940s

It was not our human ancestors who triggered the explosion According to conspiracy theorists, it was their gods But who were these god-like beings? Ancient Hindu texts and Sanskrit epics are full of references to inexplicable technology The Mahabharata refers to Vimana, translated as “chariots of the gods” Descriptions of the vimana vary – they can be huge palaces, or merely chairs

But they are without exception described as flying transports Some modern Indian languages still use the word vimana to mean “aircraft” Followers of the ancient alien theory, popularised by Erich von Daniken, believe the gods and their machines in the Mahabharata are actually extra-terrestrial beings in their spacecraft According to the theory, they are the ones who unleashed the awesome weapon that vaporised the cities of Mohenjo-daro and Harappa In other words, aliens nuked India

Unfortunately, there are many problems with this theory Firstly, the evidence cited as proof that a nuclear explosion occurred 12,000 years ago, does not make sense The Lonar crater, the purported site of the explosion, is in mid-western India But the two cities destroyed by the blast are in modern Pakistan, over one thousand kilometres from the crater In addition, Lonar crater was not formed 12,000 years ago

The most recent scientific studies estimate it is at least 47,000 years old, and possibly half a million years old Numerous scientists from Princeton, Harvard, MIT, the SSEC and other organisations have shown it was actually created by a hypervelocity impact As the theory says, it is an impact crater Contrary to the theory, it is not from a warhead, but from a meteor In addition, archaeologists disagree that the cities of Mohenjo-daro and Harappa were destroyed by a nuclear blast

For one thing, the mud brick buildings were still standing when they were discovered A nuclear explosion would obliterate such fragile material Meanwhile, the supposedly unburied skeletons of people who died in the middle of their daily activities, are not what is claimed by conspiracy theorists The different skeletons are not from people who died at the same time – in fact, some of them died decades or even centuries before the others As for being found in the middle of street, or inside a house, archaeologists say the skeletons were all buried in graves, but that the graveyards were later built or paved over

There is also no evidence of residual radioactivity from these sites and the human remains Even if there were, it should not be there The vast majority of radioactive isotopes produced by a nuclear explosions have half-lives of seconds, minutes, or several days Hazardous, above-average levels of radiation last around five years after an atomic explosion This means that, over the course of 12,000 years, the radiation would effectively disappear

It would not be 50 times higher than normal The most serious radioactive isotope released by a nuclear explosion is cesium-137, which has a half-life of 30 years A couple of milder isotopes do have half-lives of several thousand years, or even longer Unfortunately, there is no record of the scientists who led the investigations, Francis Taylor or Lee Hundley, or their research, ever existing Finally, the historian called Kisari Mohan Ganguli, who allegedly confirms that ancient Hindu writings are full of descriptions of nuclear weapons, does not exist

In reality, Kisari Mohan Ganguli was the man who made the only English translation of the Mahabharata – in the 1880s There is no passage in the translation that resembles the one cited by conspiracy theorists Kisari Mohan Ganguli himself would never have compared anything in the Mahabharata to the atomic bombs at Hiroshima and Nagasaki – because they were dropped five decades after Ganguli died in 1895 The theory about an ancient nuclear war with aliens in India is based on deeply flawed evidence It seems to have first been concocted in 1992, and liberally adapted from the truth, using names of real texts and real people

There are mysteries from ancient India we have yet to solve What exactly were the vimana? What really happened in the dead cities of the Indus Valley? Whatever the answers, it is a shame that fictional conspiracy theories distract from the real truth

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