Glory of Bharath  »  Scientists of Bharath - Part Six
Acharya Bharadwaja

The first published paper on aviation was "Sketch of a Machine for Flying in the Air" by Emanuel Swedenborg published in 1716. This flying machine consisted of a light frame covered with strong canvas and provided with two large oars or wings moving on a horizontal axis, arranged so that the upstroke met with no resistance while the down stroke provided lifting power.

Centuries earlier, Acharya Bharadwaja authored "Yantra Sarvasva" which includes astonishing and outstanding discoveries in Aviation Science, Space Science and Flying machines. He belonged to 800 BCE. He had a hermitage in the holy city of Prayag and was an ardent apostle of Ayurveda and Mechanical Sciences.

He had described three categories of flying machines:
1.) One that flies on earth from one place to another.
2.) One that travels from one planet to another and
3.) One that travels from one universe to another.

His designs and descriptions have impressed and amazed aviation engineers of today. His brilliance in aviation technology is further reflected through techniques described by him:

1.) Profound Secret: The technique to make a flying machine invisible through the application of sunlight and wind force.

2.) Living Secret: The technique to make an invisible space machine visible through the application of electrical force.

3.) Secret of Eavesdropping: The technique to listen to a conversation in another plane.

4.) Visual Secrets: The technique to see what's happening inside another plane. Through his innovative and brilliant discoveries, Acharya Bharadwaja has been recognized as the pioneer of aviation technology.


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