Hollow Earth in the Puranas

By Dean Dominic De Lucia

The Puranas offer several short narrations in relation to the hollow Earth which, although they are brief, should not be taken lightly. One such Puranic narration has to do with the Kalki Avatar - 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 the miscreants on the surface of the globe. Afterwards, the general Puranic version goes that Vedic culture, the culture of the celestials, will be re-settled on the surface of the Earth from the hollow portion 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.

There are other prominent Puranic narrations which openly make reference to the hollow portion of the Earth such as the one relating to the Avatar Parasuram, which may be found in the Ninth Canto, Sixteenth Chapter, Verses 19 - 21, of the Bhagavat Purana. The 19th verse states that Parasuram confronted 21 different warrior castes and 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.

hus, the wording, contrast and story line of this narration about the Avatar Parasurama is directly indicative of the Hollow Earth Theory.

Another narration is that of the Sons of Maharaj Sagara. It seems that the King of the Celestials, Indra, had stolen the sacrificial horse meant for the ashvamedha sacrifice (a type of fire ceremony). As the story goes, the Sons of Sagara went searching after the horse and came to a northern ocean, which they traveled over, and entered into, the interior of the Earth through the polar orifice, the opening. The Bhagavat Purana doesn’t go into as much description as other Puranas do; the Bhagavat simply mentions that the Sons of Sagara went in a northern 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 by hollow earth investigators, who place it in the Arctic Ocean between Ellesmere Island and the Russian Peninsula Severnaya Zemlya. In this way, a coincidence exists in that hollow earth investigators indicate the existence of orifices near the polar regions of our planet, and support such allegations with various evidences, for example, anomalies such as polar warming, 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 coincidental.

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? Well, first of all, because they manhandled a rishi, we can conclude that the sons of Maharaj Sagara were a rough bunch indeed!

A more pertinent 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 Jens, 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 as being 12 to 14 feet tall, with life spans of almost 1,000 years, who spoke Sanskrit and worshipped the Sun, albeit the interior sun.    

An obvious question arises, however - why don’t the Puranas just come out and explain to us about the existence and location of the 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 the hollow portion 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, the Puranic evidence is actually very useful 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 hollow earth more frequently for this reason.

The Puranic hollow Earth content hasn’t been much recognised in the western world because we have always experienced the Puranas through the filter of westernized Indologists, 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.

These comments about the hollow Earth must have passed them by, as did many of comments in the Vedic literature. When the British first studied the Vedic literature after their invasion into India around 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 celestial 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 Comments   Aryan Invasion Revised   Vedic Culture Remains in Hollow Earth   

Sons of Sagara in the Hollow Earth   Hollow Venus   Pyramids   Halls of Shambala   

Seven Days North of Tibet   Olaf Comments on Sanskrit   Rakshasha Influence

You Could Learn a Lot from a Daitya!   Arctic Home of the Vedas   

Abduction of Duryodhana   Nagas   Ossendowski on Tibet  

Krishna´s Jump, and the Geode Model

Thunderbirds!   Flying Snakes

Maricha and Other Shapeshifters

Prince Ritudwaj


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