Nomadic Aryans invaded India ca. 1500 BC destroying the Indus valley
civilization and exterminating the Indus inhabitants. Thus ended the most
brilliant civilization of the ancient world. Subsequent to this invasion,
India was plunged into 2000 years of the Vedic Dark Ages. When cities were
built again, it was under Scytho-Greek influence. The ziggurat of the
Indus disappeared forever.
Ash layers indicate
widespread burning down of Indus cities by the Aryans.
Fractured skulls and mutilated skeletons display axe
sword marks due to widespread massacre of the Indus inhabitants by
Caste System of Apartheid
similar to US South arose when white Caucasoid Aryans
Semitic (`Pani' or Phoenician) & black Dravidian inhabitants.
Shivaism is still the Dravidian religion
(Tamil"civa", red, angry), while Vaishnavism is the
marks the Aryan
invasion in all respects. Pottery, architecture, Aryan weapons
(incl. the horse & chariot) & Aryan settlements occur towards the
end of the civilization atop the destroyed cities with primitive
fire altars and the new painted grey ware (PGW)
Flooding is indicated
by the silt deposits and was caused
by the deliberate destruction of the indus dam and irrigation
system by the Aryans.
(eg. the Brahui, Bhil and Gonds occupy
isolated tracts of North and Central India showing that the
Dravidians were once spread over all of India.
Sanskrit Literature clearly records the Aryan
Indra, chief of the Aryan gods, is
repeatedly referred to as "destroyer of cities" and exterminator
of dasyus. In Tamil literature 1500 BC is the date
of the mythical destruction of Tamil civilisation; this coincides
with the Aryan invasion. In addition
Sanskrit contains many loanwords of Dravidian origin. Shiva is one
example (Tamil"civa"). Some sounds are also of Dravidian
Astronomical Science used by the Vedic ritualists
Semito-Dravidian Indus valley people as these were compiled during the
Indus Valley and are not referred to in the Avesta or Rig Veda.
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Around 1500 BC, the Indus civilization came, after 2000 years of
prosperity, to a comparatively abrupt end. Conclusive evidence shows that
the reason for this decline, in fact the sole reason for it, was an
invasion by highly barbaric Aryans. They invaded, destroying the Indus
cities and exterminating the native peoples.
Thick ash layers occur in the upper strata of many Indus cities.
At Nal the last phase of the Zhob-ware was burnt down so much so that the
mound is known as the Sohr Damb, or the Red Mound, from the reddening due
At Dabar Kot the upper 6 feet of the tell show 4 thick ash layers that
indicate repeated destruction by conflagration and the RG V encrusted
ware is associated with the last settlements of Harappa
[ Piggott 215 ].
At the Rana Ghundai mound everywhere overlying the foundation level of
the RG III c phase there are pockets of ash. Above the RG III c phase the
pottery is markedly different from the preceding type, the RG IV phase
pottery being painted with coarse bands. RG IV was again destroyed by
fire, and the RG V phase is marked by another change in pottery. The RG V
pottery is unpainted and contains patterns in relief [ Piggott p. 214 ].
At Mohenjo-daro, Harappa and Chanhu-daro, skeletons/fragments of skeletons
indicate violent massacres in the final stages of the cities' history.
Huddled skeletons of persons murdered in the streets indicate that the
mass dyings were not due to poisonings etc. but were violent.
-- [ Piggott p. 145 ]
Copper axe-adzes are intrusive ar Harappan sites ( Harappa, Shahi-tump and
Chanhu-daro ) but are similar to those
found at North Persian sites ( Hissar III, Shah Tepe, Turang Tepe ) and
Akkadian sites ( Assur, Sialk B cemetary : here the specimens are
probably as late as the 9th century BC ).
-- [ Piggott p.228 ]
Swords 1.5 foot long and strengthened at the mid-rib are non-Harappan and
are found only in the later strata of the cities. These swords at
Mohenjo-daro have a tang and rivet to hold the handle exactly as found in
Palestine, where such implements are associated with the Hyksos 1800-1500
-- [ Piggott p. 229 ]
Copper harpoons found in the indus Valley are similar to those found in
Europe and elsewhere in Asia.
-- [ Piggott p. 237 ]
Signs of flooding were discovered in the Indus cities, mainly in the form
of silt deposits. It was thus considered that this flooding explantaion
could explain the fall of the Indus cities and was considered as
the most viable alternative to the idea of an Aryan invasio. It was
subsequently discovered, however, that flooding had been pointed out as a
consequence several decades before the actual discovery of flooding.
It is now accepted that flooding was caused by the Aryans' destruciton of
the Indus dam and irrigation system, and was merely another aspect of the
+ He smote Vrtra who encompassed the waters [ RgV VI.20.2 ]
+ He smote Vrtra who enclosed the waters, like a tree with the bolt
[ RgV II.14.2 ]
+ He is referred to as `conquering the waters' ( apsujit ), which is his
+ Indra let loose the streams after slaying Vrtra [ RgV IV.19.8 ]
+ He cleaves the mountian, making the streams flow
[ RgV I.57.6; X.89.7 ], even with the sound of his bolt [ RgV VI.27.1]
-- [ RgV I.57.6; II.14.2; IV.19.8; VI.20.2; VI.27.1; X.89.7 ] [ ST 368 ]
In Sanskrit, `vrtra' is an `obstacle', and denotes a barrage or blockage [
ISISH 70-71]. It is thus a word for `dam'.
Dams now called Gebr-band are found on many water-courses of the western
parts of the Indus region. Aryans shattered the dam system of the Indus,
leading to silt deposits in Mohenjo-daro [ S & T 369].
+ When he [Indra] laid open the great mountain, he let loose the
torrents and slew the Danava, he set free the pent up springs,
the udder of the mountain. [ RgV V.32.1-2 ]
+ He slew the Danava, shattered the great mountian, broke open the
well, set free the pent up waters. [ RgV I.57.6; V.33.1 ]
+ He releases the streams which are like impisoned cows
[ RgV I.61.10 ]
+ He won the cows and soma and made the 7 rivers flow.
[ RgV I.32.12; II.12.12 ]
+ He releases the imprisoned waters [ RgV I.57.6; I.103.2 ]
+ He dug out channels for the streams with his bolt [ RgV II.15.3 ],
let the flood of waterrs flow into the sea. [ RgV II.19.3 ]
+ He caused the waters pent up by Vrtra to flow
[ RgV III.26.6; IV.17.1 ]
-- [ MacDonnell ] [S & T 368-9 quotg Macdonell ]
Another verse explicitly metnions him as a destroyer of dams:
Now, rodhas = "dam" elsewhere in the Rig Veda and in later
Sanskrit [ S & T 369 ]. The above evidence, taken directly from the Rig
Veda and not from any secondary source, is sufficient to implacate the
Aryans as the destroyers of the dam systems of the ancient Indus.
Several Dravidian tribes still inhabit isolated parts of northern India.
The Brahui inhabit parts of Baluchistan and stil speak a Dravidian
language. The Bhils inhabit parts of southern Rajastan. The black Gonds
inhabit parts of central India about the Vindhyans.
The Aryans and Dravidians today still retain by and large, the original
features. The Aryans have fair-pale skin, leptorrhine (thin) noses and
straight hair. The Dravidians have broad noses, curly-wavy hair and
dark-black skin. They are related to the Africans [ Winters* ].
[ Risley ].
The Indo-Aryans belong to the Caucasoid or white race and are very
similar to Latins. The Indo-Aryan languages belong to the Indo-European
family of languages. Racially the Indo-Aryans posess white to fair skin,
thin noses and lips and straight hair.
References abound to an Aryan invasion in Sanskrit literature.
The ancient singer praises the god who "destroyed the Dasyans and
protected the Aryan colour." [ Rg.V. III.34.9 ] [ Ann. 114 ]
"the thunderer who bestowed on his white friends the fields, bestowed the
sun, bestowed the waters." [ Rg.V. I.100.18 ] [ Ann. 114 ]
Numerous are the references to
"the black skin" `Krishnam Vacham' [ Rg.V. IX.41.1, Sama Veda I.491,
] [ Ann. 114 ] which is mentioned with abhorrence.
" stromy gods who rush on like furious bulls and scatter the black skin."
[ Rg.V. IX.73.5 ]
The singers mention
"the black skin, the hated of Indra", being swept ourtof heaven
[ RgV. IX.73.5 ]
"Indra protected in battle the Aryan worshipper, he subdued the lawless
Manu, he conqured the black skin."
[ Rg.V. I.130.8 ] [ Ann.114 ]
The sacrificer poured out thanks to his god for "scattering the slave
bands of black descent", and for stamping out " the vile Dasyan colour."
[ Rg.V. II.20.7, II.12.4 ] [ ANn. 115 ]
"Dasam varnam adharam"
[ Rg.V. II.12.4 ]
[ Muir part I, p.43, II, p.284, 323 etc. ] [ Ann. 114 ff ]
Rakshas are aboriginals
- Ravana = Rakshasendra [ Ann. 111 ]
- Rakshas = Ceylon aborigines since Chinese tracvellers and CInghales
chronilces , Rakko or Yakko in the ernalculr [ An. 111 ]
Destruction of Cities -
The Aryan gods are proudly presented by the Vedic "sages" as the
destroyeres of cities. Of these Indra, later considered an incarnation of
the God Vishnu, is the prime culprit.
Indra is called Puroha or Purandhara, `sacker of cities' - [ S & T 366 ]
Indra overthrew 100 Puras made of stone ( asmanmayi ) for his worshipper
Divodasa [ RgV 4.30.20 ], evidently belonging to Sambara who is a
Dasa ( non-Aryan/demon ) of the mountain [ RgV 6.26.5 ]
-- [ Chanda ] [ S & T p.364 ]
No regard was shown to the life of non-Aryans.
An Aryan poet says,
" Ye mighty ones [ Asvins ] what do you do there;
why do you stay there among the people wh are held in high esteem
through not offering sacrifices;
ignore them, destroy the life of the Panis "
-- [ RgV I.83.3 ] [ S & T 365 ]
The caste system is another `fossil' of the
Aryan conquest, with the lower and exterior castes representing the
aboriginal inhabitants that managed to survivie the Aryan slaughter.
Exactly the same occurred in other parts of the world where one race has
subjugated others, eg. Latin America ( Iberians conquered Aboriginals ),
USA ( Anglo-Saxons ruling over Hispanics and Afro-Americans ) etc.
These include the Adivasis ( aboriginal tribals ), the Dalits (
semi-settled aborigianls ) and the Sudras ( the lowest caste ). However,
some of the Sudras were imported under Muslim rule from Southern India.
The caste system consists of several different "varnas"
( Sans. "colors"), three of which are Aryan. The lowest caste,
the Shudra, consists of aboriginals, as well as the exterior untouchable
The Aryans introduced tremendous restrictions on the life of women,
including sati and child mariage. According to Aryan "Hindu"
(ie. Vaishnavite) scriptures, a man must marry a maiden one-third his
Siva is the god of the Dravidians. Vishnu is the god of the Aryans
The star-calendar used by the Aryan-Vaishnavites today was adopted from
the Semito-Dravidian Indus Valley civilization, since:
It is not referred to in the Rig Veda or Avesta
It was compiled when the Indus Valley was at its peak, before the
Aryans came to India. [ Parpola ]
The Indus people practiced astronomy because the streets are oriented
towards the cardinal directions, presupposing the use of the sun-stick.
A seal from Mohenjo-daro depicts an Indus deity with a star on either
side of his haed in the fashion of the Near East. Inanna-Ishtar, the
goddess of love and war, for example, was associated with the planet Venus
[ Parpola ]. This may have led to the cult of worshipping the planets, the
astral religion of India.
Aryans invaded several parts of the world, putting an end to various
brilliant civilizations. Babylonia was destroyed by Kassites, Hittites
and Mittani, Egypt was devastated by the Hyksos, and Minoan culture
by the Dorians.
Several other explanations have been put forth to explain the demise of
the Indus civilisation besides the Aryan invasion. These are:
Environmental catastrophes - These include:
Internal Decline - These explanations claim that slavery, or
some other revolt destroyed the Indus civilisation.
These have severe problems, however.
Cometary Impact . The problems with this theory are:
have been found with an age matching 1500
BC, nor of the requisite size. The size is narrowly constrained, for if
the impact was too large, catastrophe would have been global, while if it
were too small, the effect would have been negligible.
No iridium anomaly ,
of all impacts from
the mammoth K/T Chiczulub crater [ ALvarez ] to the Sudbury intrusive,
has been found in the Indus valley of the required age.
No shocked glasses ,
deformation features, have been found anywhere near the Indus valley.
Thus, although a cometary candidate for the extinction has been found in
Comet Enke [ ], this is a far-fetched theory, to say the least. The
destruciton of several civilizations simultaneously requires a global
catastrophe. But some civilizations, eg. in Central and South AMerica, and
China, survived the 1500 BC discontinuity. Asteroidal impacts tend to
leave larger craters and more iridium, so the arguments against this
variant of impact apply more forcefully.
Flooding . Undisputed evidence of flooding has been found in the
form of silt deposits and barrage system erected as a defensive measure.
Flooding thyus remained a serious candidate until it was pointed out that
several Vedic scholars had realized that the Aryans had destroyed the
irrigation and dam system of the Indus. Thus flooding is a natural
consequence of Aryan invasion and not an independant mechanism.
1. To suppose that, after two millenia of stability some internal revolt
was the cause behind the downfall is stretching the imagination.
2. No evidence has been found for this, and when indisputable evidence of
violence perpetrated with new weapons exists, it is disregarding evidence.
Although the following may seem rather harsh, yet it is necessary to
expose the real designs of some of the opponents of one of the most
well-established theories of all time.
The opponents of the concept of Aryan invasion fall into 3 categories:
Aryan Hindu Fanatics
These mostly have ulterior motives. The former oppose any vilification of
their "gods" who are implicated in the worst massacres and atrocities
recorded in history. They wish to see the Vedas, in acutality the songs of
promitive cow-herds, as the repository of all science.
The latter do not want to accept that their ancestors
perpetrated such crimes.
One religious fanatic who opposed the notion of Aryan invasion during
its infancy was Narendra Nath Datta, later known as Vivekananda. All he
could do was to vilify honest schloars:
" And what your European pandits say about the Aryan's sweeping fron some
foreign land, snatching away the alnds of the aboriginals and settling
India by exterminating them, is all pure nonsense, foolish talk. Strange,
that our Indian scholars too say amen to them, and all these monstrous
lies are taught to our boys. This is very bad indeed.
In what Veda, in what Sukta, so you find that the Aryans came to India
from a foreign country? Where do you get the idea that they slaughtered
the wild aborigines? What do you gain by talking such nonsense?"
-- [ ` Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda ', 1963, p.534-535 ]
[ Panda 70 ]
Another fundamentalist who opposed the notion of Aryan invasions is
Srviastava, who apparently only conducted his research to prove the
innocence of the Aryan gods :
Later, lacking any scientific evidence whatsoever, he degenerates into
vilifying Wheeler himself :
" .. we see him as a brgiadier in the British army during WW II, we feel
he could not interpret the dubious evidence of Mohenjo-daro and Harappa
in any other manner "
-- [ Srivas 442 ]
" Both Dayananda and Aurobindo refuted in clear terms the historical
doctrines of Aryan invasion and struggle of Aryans with Dravidian, which
was originated by the Westerners and has even been popularised among a
large section of the Indian Historians."
-- [ A.K.Pateria, `Modern Commentators of the Veda', p.63 ] [ Panda 70 ]
Who this Dayananda was must be fully exposed.
The Aryans were so barbaric that they did not even have a word
for brick in Sanskrit [ S & T 372 ] [ Woolley ]
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