The Story of Revata, First Time Travel Story In The History Of Mankind! (Post No.3706)

Written by S NAGARAJAN


Date: 9 March 2017


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Post No.3706



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by S. Nagarajan

Who has written the first Time Travel Story? Any modern Sci-Fi – Scientific Fiction – writer? No.

It is the great sage Veda Vyasa who has written 18 great Hindu Puranas had written the first Time Travel Story.

Vyasa has been glorified as the great one who has Giant Brain. There is nothing in the world which he has not touched; enumerated! In Devi Bhagavatham, we come across the story of Revata.


The great king by name Ravata was the ruler of Kusasthali. He was the son of King Anartta and grandson of emperor Saryati. He had hundred sons and one daughter by name Revathi.


When the time for Revathi’s marriage came, he was not able to find out a suitable bridegroom for his daughter. So he thought of meeting the creator Brahma who created Revathi. Revathi also accompanied his father to the Brahmaloka, the world of Brahama.


When they enter into Brahams’s place there was some Yaga going on. Revata respectfully worshipped Brahma. On seeing him, Brahma just signed to wait. The Yaga was completed and Brahma asked Revata about the purpose of his visit.

Revata explained that he had come to take his advice in finding out a suitable bridegroom.


Braham told him, “Oh! The time in Brahma Loka and the time in the earth are different. Even though you think that you have waited here for a few minutes, thousands of years have been passed in the earth. See the persons there in the earth. They are all comparatively very much shorter because one Yuga has been completed, whereas beautiful Revathi is very much taller than the earthly men. But don’t worry. You may choose Balabadrarama as your son-in-law. He will do the needful.”

On hearing this Revata was very happy and he came back to earth along with Revathi and met Balabadrarama. Balabadrarama took his spade and with that he pressed Revathi’s head. Immediately Revathi was shortened and attained a suitable normal height as that of other earthly women.The marriage was successfully performed.


Thus Veda Vyasa very beautifully narrates the time dilation theory, that is, the difference in time when you travel in the space to a greater distance.


Now let us compare this with the data provided in “Meyers Handbook on Space’.


Meyers table gives you extents of Time dilation between the spaceship rocket crew hon an intersteller flight and the inhabitants at the rocket launching station in the earth.

Following table gives the years for Rocket Crew and equivalent years of launch station inhabitants, in this case, humanbeings in our earth.


Years of Rocket Crew                           Years of Launch Site at Earth

1                                                1

2                                                2.1

5                                                 6.5

10                                                24

20                                               270

30                                             3100

40                                           36000

50                                        4,20,000


4,20,000 years is approximately equivalent to one Kali Yuga’s duration. This is what Brahma told Revata that one Yuga has been passed.

With a fantastic story Vyasa has narrated the Time Dilation theory in a beautiful manner.


Great scientific theories are all hidden in Hindu Puranas. With the advancement of science we come to know the facts hidden in the epics and become dumbfounded.




Five Beautiful Stories on Hindu Concept of Time

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Akrura’s Vision under Water, Bharat Kalabhavan, Varanasi

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Time is cyclical according to Hindu scriptures and linear according to Westerners. Hindus repeat it in several stories to emphasize that time is cyclical. No ancient culture in the world has bothered about time whereas Hindus have been naming their Gods after TIME.

Lord Shiva is called Mahakala=Great Time or Great Death; also Kalabhaksha= Devourer of Time. Rudram (Yajur Veda) describes him as Kalagni Rudraya= the fire that destroys the end of time. Vishnu is called Bhuta,Bhavya, Bhavat Prabhu= Lord of the Past, the Future and the Past. Vedas say God is beyond Time (kalatrayadita:)

When the world did not know to write the numbers, Hindus taught them to write with 1,2,3….0 without which modern computers would not have been on our tables today. When the western scientists complete the study of Black holes, they will understand the Hindu Concept of (cyclical) Time.

Here are five stories to illustrate the cyclical nature of Time:

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Story 1

In an episode in the Vishnu Purana, one reads of Vishnu accompanied by the divine sage Narada, stopping at one point in the course of their wanderings, and asking Narada to fetch him some water from a nearby village. While he waits at the edge of the forest, Narada goes to the village , knocks at the door, falls in love with the young woman who answers, marries her, founds a family, and lives happily with his wife and children for years until a flood comes and inundates the village sweeping everything before it. Narada too is washed away by the current and is thrown perchance at exactly the point where he had parted company with Vishnu. As he lands there, he is greeted by Vishnu who asks him for the water that he had gone to fetch.

The pace at which TIME has moved for Vishnu and Narada is very different.

Story 2

In Balagopalastuti of Lilashuka there is a famous verse in which Yashoda, Krishna’s foster mother, recites the story of Ramayana to young Krishna while she puts him to bed. The narrative reaches the point where the demon Maricha, assuming the guise of a golden deer, lures Rama away from his forest-hut in the hermitage, leaving Sita exposed to danger. As Yasoda speaks of the evil of Ravana’s arrival on the scene to abduct Sita, suddenly young Krishna, half asleep, jerks into action and shouts aloud: “Lakshmana! Where, Oh where, is my bow?” It is as if the memory of an earlier incarnation of himself as Rama, the seventh, overtakes Krishna in his present life, as the eighth incarnation of Vishnu.

Suddenly Time moves in a loop.


Narada from Chidambaram Temple

Story 3

Another story in the Brahmavaivarta Purana speaks of humbling of Indra’s pride. As the king of the gods sits majestically in his, self-satisfied and aware of his own importance, into this assembly moves a phalanx of ants that takes everyone by surprise. Only one man in the assembly, seeing his strange vision, laughs aloud. When asked by Indra what causes him this laughter, he says that each of these ants was an Indra in a previous birth.

Countless cycles of Time are hinted at.


Story 4

When Narada visits Krishna’s kingdom at Dwaraka, as narrated in the Bhagavata Purana, he enters the inner apartments. As he approaches the senior most queen of Krishna, he finds her attending upon Krishna with chowri (fly-whisk) in her hand. Greeting the divine pair, Narada withdraws and moves into the next chamber to pay his respects to the wife of Krishna next in seniority and, as he enters, sees her playing a game off dice with Krishna. In another palace he sees one of Krishna’s queens massaging the soles of Krishna’s feet while he lies on a bed. Amazed Narada moves further on, and finds, in each chamber a queen in Krishna’s company, serving him food, helping him with oblations, and so on.  In chamber after chamber Narada encounters Krishna, and is greeted by him each time as if he had seen the sage just then.

Simultaneous presences of the same person at different places are being spoken of

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Story 5

In the Bhagavata Purana, again, Akrura, the great devotee of Krishna, is described as being entrusted with the responsibility of escorting Krishna and Balarama to Mathura. On the way, Akrura feels the need to refresh himself by taking a bath in the Yamuna along the banks of which they are moving. With the permission of the two brothers, Akrura halts his chariot, enters the water, and dips his head only to see, below the surface of the water, Krishna and Balarama seated in the chariot exactly as he had left them on the river bank. Greatly confused, he lifts his head out of the water, and sees them again on the bank, in the very same chariot. Disbelieving, he takes another dip: this time, under the water, he sees Krishna as Vishnu lying on the serpent couch of Sesha, Krishna and Balarama having assumed their true forms. Akrura suddenly sees, in this vision, the identity of Krishna and Vishnu, Balarama and Sesha. But when he lifts his head, he sees on the river bank Krishna and Balarama again as youthful boys engaged in conversation.

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With a sense of wonder, the elusiveness of time and appearances is put across.

Tales like this, presenting the many aspects and hues of time, can be multiplied. What emerges from these is time moving in a cyclic fashion, making bends and loops, turning back upon itself, rising spiral like, splitting itself, assuming different tempi for different people – mercurial, illusive, elusive.

The above five stories are reproduced from Picture Showmen, Edited by Jyotindra Jain, Marg Publication.

I have already written about Arjuna’s travel to alien worlds and the Theory of Time dilation. I have already written about the Time Travel by two Tamil Saints.

Please read my articles:

TIME TRAVEL by TWO TAMIL SAINTS, posted on 14-2-2012

Do Hindus believe in ETs and Alien Worlds?, posted on 28-1-2012

Is Brahmastra a Nuclear Weapon?, posted on 5 June 2011

Hindus Future Predictions Part 1 (posted 20 May 2012)

Hindus Future Predictions Part 2 (Posted on 20 May 2012)



What is Time Travel?

If you want to go from Madras to London you travel by aeroplane. It is covering a vast distance – ie through three-dimensional space. But if you want to travel from 2011 to 1000 AD, the time when Raja Raja Chola built the Big Temple in Thanjavur, you have to travel through time. Or if you want to travel to the future, for example, 2050 then again you have to travel through time.

This concept already exists in the Hindu epic Mahabharata. But it became very popular through the writing of HG Wells and films based on his book, The Time Machine. In recent years we have lots of science fiction TV serials. If we can invent a time machine then we can sit inside and travel back even to the days of Emperor Asoka or the Rig Veda.

One question often asked is whether we would just be observers or whether we could participate in the events that happened 1000 years ago. Suppose I travel back in time with an AK 47 gun and shoot down Raja Raja Chola. What would happen to history as we know it after his death. He had a son by the name of Rajendra Chola. Would he still exist in history after I shot Raja Raja? This paradox is commonly known as the Grandfather Paradox. There are various theories about parallel universes to answer this question.

Two strange miracle stories indicate that our Tamil saints travelled back in time for the sake of their devotees. Not only did they go back in time and but they also interfered with events and changed the course of “history”. There is no such story in anywhere else in Hindu mythology.

I have already mentioned in my article Do Hindus believe in Aliens and ETs?  The story of Revati, the episode of Arjuna’s travel to Indraloka (heaven) and Sambandhar reviving a dead person were dealt with in that article. India is full of mysteries and miracles. Just around Chennai there are more than 50 Siddhar Samadhis. Each Siddhar performed a lot of miracles. But what Sundarar and Tiru Gnana Sambandhar did 1000 years ago is baffling.

Often, we hear of stories where a person that was bitten by a snake is revived by a miracle man. At least here we may interpret that the person was bitten by a non-poisonous snake and may have fainted out of fear rather than died. But in the story of Sambandhar and Sundarar, two of the Four Great Saivite Saints, no such interpretation is possible.

This is what happened: Anecdote 1

Sambandhar visited Madras 1300 years ago. He was welcomed by a rich merchant called Sivanesar. Sivanesar was very sad and cried when Sambandhar met him. When the saint asked the reason for his sadness he narrated what happened to his daughter Poompavai several years ago. When she went to pluck some flowers in the garden, she was bit by a snake and fainted. All the efforts to revive her failed and she died. Sivanesar kept the ashes and bones in an urn after cremating her body. When Sambandhar visited Kapaleeswarar temple in Mylapore, Chennai, Sambandhar asked him to bring the urn containing the ashes and bones. The saint sang a hymn beginning with the Tamil words “Mattitta Punnai”. Even before the saint finished the tenth song, the pot broke open and a beautiful twelve year old girl came out and stood before them. She was none other than the girl Poompavai, Sivanesar’s daughter. When he offered her hand to Sambandhar he politely declined the offer by saying that she was like his own daughter because he revived her. The mystery in the story is that Poompavai  had grown since her death. This means Sambandhar went back in time and revived her at that point of time and brought her back with full growth to compensate the lost years. Another interesting thing about this hymn is all the important festivals of ancient Tamils such as Onam, Karthikai lamp festival, Arudra day, Thai Pusam,  Masi sea  bathing and Panguni Uththiram are mentioned in the decad, providing a unique record of their existence.

Anecdote 2

The second story is about Sundarar reviving a boy who was devoured by a crocodile. There lived a boy called Avinasi Lingam, Son of Gangadharan, in Avinasi, a town in Tamil Nadu. One day Avinasi Lingam went with other boys to a tank to bathe. It was a beautiful lotus tank. Suddenly Avinasi Lingam’s feet were caught by a crocodile and he cried for help. The boy who lived next door to him ran back to town and brought the elders. But Avinasi Lingam disappeared and nobody dared to step in to the tank. The most famous Hindu saint Adi Shankara was also caught by a crocodile, but he came alive after his mother promised him to give him second birth in the way of Sanyasam.

Two years after this incident Sundara visited the Brahmin street where one house was celebrating happily the Punul Kalyanam (Sacred Thread ceremony for the boy), but the opposite house was engulfed in sadness. When he came to know about what happened two years ago, he went straight to the tank and prayed to Lord Siva to return the boy. The crocodile came and spat the boy out. The boy, not only came alive intact but also aged to compensate for the lost two years. This is another instance of Time Travel by a Tamil saint. He went back in time by two years and changed the course of “history”.

The people who wrote about these anecdotes clearly expressed surprise when the boy and the girl were grown to compensate the years they lost in “death”. If it is instant revival we can find many reasonable scientific explanations. Here there is no ambiguity or exaggeration.  Sundarar’s miracle decad begins with the Tamil words “Etraan Marakeen Ezumaikkum”. Avinasi is forty kilometres from Coimbatore.

(Please read my article Do Hindus believe in Aliens? Where in I have explained how Hindus view Time. We believe there is more to it than what Einstein had discovered)

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Do Hindus Believe in ETs and Alien Worlds?

By S Swaminathan

Do Hindus Believe in ETs and Alien Worlds? YES is the answer. We have plenty of evidence in Tamil and Sanskrit literature to confirm this. We have got evidence of Travel in Time and Dilation of Time in Mahabharata. We have clear description of aliens and Extra Terrestrials (ET) in our scriptures. The Laws of Physics declared by Newton and Einstein fail in their world. Scientists also agree all the laws of physics don’t work inside the black holes. Scientists also agree that in the world of quantum physics even an observer can influence the results of experiments he or she does.


Hindus see time as cyclical. Modern scientists see it as linear. When Arjuna asked Krishna how come he existed at the time of Vivaswan (Chapter 4-5, Bhagavad Gita), Krishna explained to him that soul is eternal. Everyone existed at that time and they will exist in future as well. He also showed him what is going to happen in the war (Vibhuti Yoga, Bhagavad Gita), again travel in time.


The more scientists explain Time and Black holes, better we understand our own scriptures. Till we read about black holes, worm holes and quantum physics ,all the miracles in our scriptures sound mumbo jumbo to us. Hindus believe that they can even influence the events happened in the past. We see it in several stories involving saints. The most famous Tamil Saivite saint Tiru Gnana Sambandhar of seventh century AD did lot of miracles like changing the sex of the Palmyra tree etc. But the most remarkable of all his miracles is bringing back a girl several years after her death. The girl was killed by a snake bite when she was a little girl. When the saint visited that spot the father of the girl cried and told him what happened several years ago. He asked him to bring the pot of  funeral ash. Gnana Sambandhar not only brought the girl alive from the pot of ash but also as a teenage girl. She had grown up to twelve. That means they can influence the past. Even in her death her normal growth was maintained. Though she died as a child she came back as a teenager to make the time she lost.

One of the Indian saints has explained beautifully well how the Hindu saints view past, present and future. They see it from the top of a mountain like a river flowing down. They go up (beyond time or above time) and view it as an observer. They interfere in it in extreme cases.

The story of time dilation


Arjuna was taken to Indra Loka by Matali in his special chariot (may be a spaceship). When he asked about the stars he saw in the sky he was told that they are holy spirits. Hindus believe that the seven great saints (Sapta Rishis) are in Ursa Major constellation. They have separate stars for Agastya (Canopus), Tri Shanku (Southern Cross) and Dhruva (Pole Star). The theory of Time dilation is explained in the story of Arjuna’s travel to Indraloka where Arjuna got a magical weapon.

Revati story : The Bhagavatha Purana story of Revati also explains time dilation. When his father went to see Brahma to find a suitable boy for her because she was so tall, Brahma laughed at him. Brahma told him that he had already lost thousands of years because the time scale was different in Brahmaloka and earth. When they came back to earth, the human beings were more shrunk. The story showed that our forefathers understood time dilation.

In Einstein’s Theory of Relativity, time dilation is an actual difference of elapsed time between two events as measured by observers either moving relative to each other or differently situated from gravitational masses. An accurate clock at rest with respect to one observer may be measured to tick at a different rate when compared to a second observer’s own equally accurate clocks. This effect arises neither from technical aspects of the clocks nor from the fact that signals need time to propagate, but from the nature of space time itself. You can indeed travel  very near the speed of light for a short time and come back to Earth, where some millions of years have passed.  Light travels at the speed of 186 000 miles per second. No one can exceed this limit. With all the modern space science we are nowhere near the speed of light. But if one can travel at the speed of light he will be a Markandeya for ever (Sweet sixteen for ever).

Deva’s three qualities:


Nala and Damayanti story: When Damyanti’s swayamvaram was announced , even the celestials wanted to marry her. Swayam waram is choosing a man independently from among the assembled kings and princes. This was practised by kingly caste in ancient India. But Damayanti was warned to avoid the four celestials and choose her own favourite prince Nala . She was given some clues to identify the celestials. She was told the celestials

Feet Don’t touch earth (floating)

Eyes Don’t Wink

Garlands Never Wither Away (ever fresh);

Other qualities attributed the celestials: No Gender Difference, No aging and their Life Span is very ,very long compared with Human beings .They are always happy; they enjoy Life. The description of the Devas/celestials showed very clearly there are different worlds for humans and super humans alias Devas.

Concept of Time:

Deva’s  life span is very different from ours. It may sound strange to us. But if we understand the life span of other living beings on earth then we can understand it better. Look at the following example:

The life span of a fly is just one day, that is 24 hours. Two flies were talking to each other:

Son (fly): Mum who are those tall guys we are sitting upon now?

Mum (fly): Oh! They are human beings. They live 100 years.

Son: What is 100 years, Mum?

Mum: We will die in 24 hours, what they call a day. But they live for hundred years. That means they are going to be here for 365 days X 100 yearsX24 hours.

Son: Mum, I can’t even imagine that number. It is incredible.  I see a big creature coming there. What is it Mum?

Mum: Now we are in a Zoo. They are tortoises. They live 350 years. That means 365 days X 350 years X 24 hours.

Son: Mum, it is interesting and unbelievable. So they live very, very long.

Mum: I will show you more.  Look at this. This is called sea clam. Clams live up to 450 years in human calculation. Look at that tree. It is called Methuselah. Human beings have calculated its age as 5000 years and it is still alive. It is in California, USA.

Son: Mum, amazing. That means the tree lives 5000 years X 365 daysX100=1825000 000 times of our life span. I don’t want to multiply by 24 hours because the number will be huge. Mum ,are there any creatures who live longer?

(The number 100 in the above is to compare it in a fly’s life span)

Mum: Yes, of course. On the other day I listened to two Hindus talking about Brahma, their God of Creation. His life span according to Hindus is huge. He lives 311 trillion human years.

Son fly: Where is Brahma and his world?

Mum fly: I don’t know. Look above. There are millions of stars. May be he is there. Hindus always say that the Gods and angels are in the seven worlds above them. My darling, stop talking. My life span is almost finished. We will have a good feast before I die. Take care. You will also be here only for few more hours. But the eggs your wife have laid will be hatched soon. So, don’t worry.


Brahma’s Age

The life span of Brahma is 100 Brahma years or 72,000 kalpas or 311.04 trillion human years. At the end of Brahma’s life all the worlds are dissolved. Great deluge follows. Two Kalpas make the day and night of Brahma. A Kalpa is equal to 4.32 billion human years according to our mythology.

Nasadiya Sukta of Rig Veda explains the origin of universe. The universe came in to existence from the “WORD”. In short Hindus believed in Big Bang and Big Shrink. It is like blowing a balloon and letting out the air, blowing it again.

Let us stop for a minute and think. Even if the calculations are exaggerated we must at least agree that they knew different time planes. Human years are very different from divine years. More over like the example of a fly and Methuselah tree we know they can exist at the same time on earth with a huge difference in life span. If we compare ourselves to Brahma’s life span we see such a difference. But if we are in different worlds we may not even realise it.


King of Tele Transportation

Hindu mythology is full of stories about Narada, the greatest Time traveller. He is Triloka Chanchari-one who travels between the three worlds. He can tele transport himself  in a fraction of a second. Hindus believe that we can travel faster than light. We call it Mano Veha- speed of the mind. By thinking we can travel billions of light years and if you have enough Yogic power you can physically present yourself there. Einstein will be disappointed to know that we will beat him soon.