Heliocentrism:Known to Vedic Age People
Heliocentrism :Known to Vedic Age People
The most ancient hints of an outlandish thought that it is the Earth that is really moving and the Sun that is at the focal point of the nearby planetary group (subsequently the idea of heliocentrism) is found in a few Vedic Sanskrit texts written in ancient India. … The Vedic Sanskrit text Aitareya Brahmana likewise has a reference in this regard.
Excerpt of Surya Siddhanta
The Surya Siddhanta also makes a reference to planetary measurements and other cosmic elements.The Surya Siddhanta portrays rules to compute the movements of different planets and the moon comparative with different heavenly bodies, and ascertains the orbits of different cosmic bodies.The text is known from a fifteenth century CE palm-leaf manuscript which was maybe replicated from a more old palm leaf composition.
It is perhaps the most seasoned composition on cosmology.
Heliocentrism is the astronomical model in which the Earth and other planets revolve around the Sun at the center of the Solar System. Historically, heliocentrism was opposed to geocentrism, which placed the Earth at the center.
While Copernicus (1543) rightly observed that the planets revolve around the Sun, it was Kepler who correctly defined their orbits. This is what the present day history books say….
But when we try to explore VEDA, (composed in Vedic Sanskrit, the texts constitute the oldest layer of Sanskrit literature and the oldest scriptures of Hinduism) , we find that there is a verse in Rig Veda which proves that the Vedic people were aware about the “Heliocentrism” and the so called “Gravitational force” . There are four Vedas: the Rigveda( considered as the oldest , at least 3500 yrs back), the Yajurveda, the Samaveda and the Atharvaveda.
From Verse 10.149.1.
Savita Yantraih Prithiveem Aramnaat Dyaam Andahat Atoorte Baddham Ashwam Iv Adhukshat (10.149.1)
Translation : “The sun has tied Earth and other planets through attraction and moves them around itself as if a trainer moves newly trained horses around itself holding their reins.”
How best the concept has been explained taking the help of such a peculiar example!!!
Dr. Manoj Mishra