By Dean Dominic De Lucia
offer several short narrations
in relation to the hollow Earth which,
although they are brief,
should not be taken lightly. One such Puranic
has to do with the Kalki
- that at the end of Kali Yuga, the Kalki Avatar will be born in the best of
Brahmin families of the city of Shamballa to annilate
miscreants on the surface
of the globe. Afterwards, the general Puranic version goes that
the culture of the celestials,
will be re-settled on the surface of the Earth from the
of the planet. It is noteworthy that Shamballa is depicted in the Puranas as a
city of the
hollow portion. Not
only in the Puranas, but in Tibetan collective memory also, Shamballa is deemed
to be a city in the
hollow portion of the Earth.
In the Tibetan language, Shamballa
is known as Shangri La.
In the Tibetan language, Shamballa is known as Shangri La.
There are other prominent Puranic
which openly make reference to the hollow portion of the Earth such as the one
relating to the
may be found in the Ninth Canto, Sixteenth Chapter,
19 - 21, of the Bhagavat Purana. The 19th
banished them to
the face of the Earth. The word
"Prithivim" was used to indicate the
surface or face of the Earth.
Then it is explained that Parasuram distributed the eight points of the compass to certain rishis. This only makes sense as Parasuram was rather disgusted with the behavior of the warrior caste at that time. On the other hand, rishis are different than warriors; rishis are members of the priestly caste. For example, they are tolerant, intellectual, they practice goodness, etc.
After mentioning the eight points of the compass and the rishis that received lordship over these areas, the "madhyayata" in Sanskrit, the middle portion, was then mentioned; the Bhagavat Purana says that the middle portion was distributed to Kashyapa Rishi. It is significant that while adopting a descriptive tone of narration, and after having mentioned the surface or the "face" of the world, the Bhagavata Purana went on to define by means of contrast by mentioning the middle portion, practically in the same breath.
Thus, the wording, contrast and story line of this narration about the Avatar Parasurama is directly indicative of the Hollow Earth Theory.
narration is that of
Sons of Maharaj Sagara. It seems that
the King of the Celestials,
stolen the sacrificial horse meant for the ashvamedha
sacrifice (a type of fire
As the story goes, the
Sons of Sagara
went searching after the horse and came to a
ocean, which they traveled over, and entered into, the interior of the Earth
through the polar orifice, the opening.
Purana doesn’t go into as much description as other Puranas do; the Bhagavat
Sons of Sagara went in
direction across the
northern ocean, which must be the Arctic Ocean.
If one simply goes
North, North, North, one will end up at the North Pole, which is where the
northern orifice is deemed to be located. And this Puranic
statement seems to confirm the placement of the orifice
investigators, who place it
in the Arctic Ocean between Ellesmere
Island and the Russian
In this way,
exists in that hollow
earth investigators indicate the existence
near the polar
and support such allegations with various evidences, for example,
anomalies such as
land birds near the poles, so far away from the continents, migration of mammals
such as polar bears and fox towards the North during winter, and even more such
that the reckoning of the hollow earth proponents, and the Puranic account, are
Once there, the Sons of Sagara
found the horse at the
hermitage of Kapila Rishi. The sons of Sagara manhandled the the rishi even
though he swore that it wasn’t him who had stolen the horse,
and hadn't brought the horse to the hermitage. What can we
conclude from this story?
point to be gleaned from this narration is that Vedic culture existed in the
hollow Earth, as none other than Kapila Rishi had his hermitage there. How
congruent with the descriptions given by Olaf Jansen, the Norwegian youth who
claimed to have wandered into the opening with his father
on their sailboat.
Olaf described a human society which seemed to correspond to Puranic
descriptions from before the start of the Kali Yuga. He described humans
12 to 14 feet tall, with life spans of almost 1,000 years,
who spoke Sanskrit and worshipped the Sun, albeit the interior sun.
question arises, however
- why don’t the Puranas just come out and explain to
us about the
existence and location of
hollow Earth, then? Well, remember that these Puranas were
originally compiled at the juncture between two yugas, before the effects of the
Kali Yuga, such as forgetfulness and ignorance, had completely come to manifest.
Maybe it is for this reason that the Puranas speak of the hollow Earth in such a
way that they assume people naturally know about it, and therefore don’t offer
any special explanations. By way of analogy, if a writer were to narrate the
story of the deciding battle of the American Revolution, the Battle of Yorktown,
he or she might explain that the French cut off any possible retreat by the
British by way of sea; and then the writer would probably go on with the story.
But the writer would have assumed that the reader knows who the French are, and that
they come from the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, and that such an ocean
indeed exists. It would not occur to the writer to try to explain and
substantiate the existence of the French people or of the ocean in the middle of
the narration, obviously. It seems that, similarly, the Puranas simply mention
of the Earth and Kapila Rishi’s hermitage there in the course of their
narrations, without offering any special explanations.
All things said and done,
evidence is actually
to the adherents of the Hollow Earth Theory; it actually constitutes a landmark
addition to the body of hollow Earth evidence. This is interesting because the
Tibetan lore refering to the hollow Earth became popularized among the
proponents of the theory as
far back as 1930, due to the impact
of a book
written by Nicholas Roerich entitled simply “ Shambala".
A film version was released
called Lost Horizon in 1936, which was re-done in the 70s.
Roerich had traveled in Tibet and related the rich hollow Earth
folklore in his book, which mentions the cities of Shambala and
the kingdom of Agharta. Quite possibly the Tibetan hollow Earth collective
memory has been better conserved because
of the tunnels that are said to run between Agharta and Tibet;
it is possible that the Tibetans
remained in contact with the
for this reason.
hollow Earth content hasn’t been much recognised
in the western world
always experienced the Puranas through the filter of
who weren’t much aware of hollow Earth folklore,
and who were not
exactly looking for
clues about the true geological configuration of our planet as they went about
their studies of the Vedic literature.
comments about the hollow Earth must have passed them by, as did
comments in the Vedic literature. When the British first studied the Vedic
literature after their invasion into India
200 years ago, they noticed comments
about things such as aircraft
with seemingly impossible flight characteristics
(vimanas), arrows and disks which were able to
pursue fleeing targets, weapons born of mantras, as well as
beings from other
planets with incredible life spans who were identified as the progenitors of
humanity. Well, the British naturally disregarded such comments as poppycock.
But now we have seen some of these
things come true; we have seen the advent of flight, guided missiles and
voice-activated weapons. Thus it might behoove followers of Vedic dharma to
revisit the Puranic narrations with a wide-angle lens.
These comments about the bowels of the Earth, the hermitage of Kapila Rishi, the
Parasurama Avatar and about Shambala certainly merit specific focus.
Pages of Interest:
Krishna´s Jump, and the Geode Model
Maricha and Other Shapeshifters