Hindus Invented Helmet and Turban!!(Post No.4072)

Written by London Swaminathan
Date: 11 July 2017
Time uploaded in London- 17-39
Post No. 4072
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Who invented Helmets and Turbans? It is Hindus who invented the helmets and turbans according to the Vedas.

Here is the proof:

Aitareya Brahmana, oldest Brahmana, ends with a remarkable spell. It is used against the enemies.


“All enemies and foes of him who knows this ceremony die round about him. Round him five deities are dying i.e lightning, rain, moon, sun and fire. The rain when fallen is absorbed by the moon which disappears; the moon at the time of the new is absorbed by the sun which disappears and out of fire the sun is born…..From the sun the moon is born………..From the moon the rain is born…..From rain lightning is born. In this way from the the moon the rain is born…..From rain, lightning is born………..In this way he puts his enemy down even should he wear a STONE HELMET (i.e well armed)”


Here the simile ‘Stone helmet’ shows that the Vedic society used it during wars. In the Near East we have some evidence for the use of helmet from 900 BCE. There is no wonder that the Vedic literature, which is older than the Assyrian  also mentioned it.


Helmet is called ‘Sipraa’ in the Vedas. It is found in several places in the Rig Veda and other Vedic books (pages 379 and 380 of Volume 2 of Vedic Index have all the references. But scholars are not able to agree on the meaning.)

Asvins use Ayah sipra (iron helmets) RV 1-101-10

Hiranya (gold) sipra, Hari sipra (Yellow) and Hiri sipra are also mentioned. The references are in the oldest and newest sections of the Rig Veda.

This shows that the Vedic society was a very advanced civilization. They fought wars wearing helmets. They celebrated Yagas wearing turbans. Head gear was an important part of their life. Indus Valley gods have horned crowns.



No Vedic ceremony is done without a turban. The chief (Yajaman) is made to wear a turban. Even in the temple Kumbabishekam ceremonies and Yagas we see the chief priest wears a turban. It is called Usniisa in the Vedic literature. Brahmana literature says that the Vratyas (Siddhas of Vedic days) also wore this Usniisa.

Vedic Index by Keith and Macdonell says

“Usniisa denotes the turban by the Vedic Indians, men and women alike (Aitareya Brahmana 6-1). The Vratya’s turban is expressly referred to in the Atharva Veda (15-2-1) and Pancavimsa Brahmana. A turban is also worn at the Vajapeya and the Rajasuya ceremonies by the king as a token of his position ( Satapata Brahmana 5-3-5-23)

In the wedding ceremonies of several communities we see the bridegroom wearing turbans.


Turbans and helmets are Hindus’ inventions. Sikh community, who are from the land of Vedas, wear this as a religious symbol.




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