How did Rama fly his Pushpaka Vimana/ Plane?

Picture shows Prof. Bin He pf Minnesota University with his thought powered helicopter.

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Ramayana wonders part -8

How did Rama fly his Pushpaka Vimana/ Plane?

1.This is the first time a flying robot has been controlled by human thought

2.Technique, called electroencephalography, used to record brain waves

3.These recordings then transmitted to the helicopter via WiFi to control it

4.May lead to technology that restores independence of paralysed patients


Kubera, the Lord of Wealth, had an air plane according to Valmiki Ramayana. It was called Pushpaka Vimana. That was the earliest plane that the human beings knew. Ravana confiscated it from Kubera. After Ravana’ death Vibhshana, brother of Ravana, presented the air plane to Lord Rama. This was the fastest plane in those days. How did Rama fly his plane? Who piloted the plane? What fuel did Rama use? Yuddha Kanda , Chapter 123 answers these questions.


An interesting news item in western science magazines throw new light on planes flown by THOUGHT POWER. Now we know the secret of Lord Rama’s plane (Pushpaka Vimana).

Ram flew the plane by THOUGHT POWER! says Valmiki Ramayana.

It took only ONE DAY to cover the distance between Sri Lanka and Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh of India. It flew that fast.


Vibhishana says to Rama (chapter 123, Yuddha Kanda, Valmiki Ramayana):

“ I will arrange for thee to reach that city in one day, O Prince! May happiness attend thee! There is an aerial car named Pushpaka that shines like the sun, which powerful Ravana forcibly took from Kubera, having overcome him in combat. That celestial and marvellous chariot, going everywhere AT WILL, is at thy disposal. That car, bright as a white cloud which will transport thee to Ayodhya in perfect SAFETY, is here”.


This beautiful description gives some idea about the plane that Rama operated. Like modern planes it was in silvery white in colour (shiny). It can fly fast, like modern Boeing or Airbus planes. Normally the jet planes fly 500 to 600 miles an hour during long distance flights. But Rama’s plane took one day from somewhere in Sri Lanka to Ayodhya in North India. We did not know the exact location of Lankapuri  of Ramayana. My studies show that it was devoured by sea in one of the Tsunamis. The distance between the two cities was approximately 3000 miles. Rama’s plane flew low (unlike modern jet planes) only during day time. Vibhishana assured Rama SAFETY! Now a days we hear safety instructions before plane takes off. It was same in Rama’s days! We wish everyone ‘’Have a safe journey’’. Vibhishana said the same to Rama. Anyone who refuses to believe Valmiki, should at least give the credit of First Science Fiction writer in the world to Valmiki! But if you read the following science news, you will believe Valmiki.

volunteers send commands to the helicopter by thinking.

Picture from Minnesota University, US

Interesting Science News from London Metro, June 5, 2013:-

A model helicopter was flown by thought power. The model was flown in an orderly fashion across a college gymnasium, by volunteers wearing caps fitted with electrodes.

Instead of using a remote control to manoeuvre it, they simply thought about what they wanted it to do. The resulting electrical impulses inside their brains were detected by the electrodes and used to guide the helicopter through a series of foam hoops.


For the first time, humans are able to control the flight of flying robots using just their thoughts, sensed from non invasive brain waves, said Prof Bin He.

The breakthrough is perhaps unlikely to provide a solution for weary airline pilots who want to work from home. But the lives of paralysed survivors left unable to speak after accidents could be transformed by the research at the University of Minnesota College of science and engineering, in the U.S.


Using similar technology, they could give wordless orders to robots to fetch and carry for them. Participants in the helicopter experiment—reported in the Journal of Neural engineering—were shown pilot’s view images from an on board camera.

By imagining they were using either their left hand or right hand or both hands

Together, they could make the helicopter turn left, right, lift or fall.

Read my earlier posts on Ramayana Wonders:

1.Ramayana Wonders- 1st part  2.How Many Miles Did Rama walk? ( Ramayana Wonder –Second part  3.Rama and Sanskrit G’ramma’R (Ramayana Wonder part 3), 4.Who can read all 300 Ramayanas? (Ramayana Wonder part 4), 5.Indus Valley Cities in Ramayana (Ramayana wonder part 5), 6.Aladdin’s Magic in Valmiki Ramayana (Ramayana Wonder part 6), 7.Where is Rama Setu (Rama’s Bridge)? 8.Miracles by the Departed Souls from two epics 9.Why Hindus Worship Shoes? 10. சுவர்க்கத்துக்கு நேரடி விமான சர்வீஸ் 11.மாண்டவர் மீண்டுவந்த மூன்று அதிசய நிகழ்ச்சிகள் 12.ராமாயண வினா விடை 13.Maruti Miracle: 600 kilometres per hour! 14.அதிசய அனுமார் சிலை 15.Superman of India: Anjaneya 16.Do Hindus believe in Aliens and ETs? 17. Hindus’ Future Predictions (parts 1 and 2) 18.Time Travel by Two Tamil saints 19. Is Brahmastra a Nuclear Weapon? 19.தியாகராஜ சுவாமிகளுடன் 60 வினாடி பேட்டி 20..நாமும் அனுமார் ஆகலாம் 21.கம்பனுடன் 60 வினாடி பேட்டி 22. Free Charter Flight to Heaven

(Two articles on Subbaraya Shastry, author of Vaimanika Shastra, written by my brother S Nagarajan have been posted in this blog last year.)