CHAPTER – 22
Vymanika Shastra, known to be one of the forty chapters of the
Yantra Sarvasva, is available with some study centers, while the
mother work itself is mysteriously untraceable. It could be a matter
of conjecture that this Encyclopedia on machines might have
accompanied Vedic Sciences into Western countries.
English translation of the work features six chapters while the
preface talks only of three chapters. This anomaly is to be
The treatise narrates sophisticated features of
Basic features of aeroplanes such as main planes, rudder, elevator,
fuselage, cockpit layout, flight controls, landing gear and related
systems find sporadic mention.
Ground systems to support aviation such as control tower,
communication and navigation aids, runways or airstrips do not
appear in the text.
Even though both Vymanika shastra and
describe flying machines, strangely both the treatises make no
reference to each other.
Out of four vimanas mentioned in the work,
Tripura vimana does not
find place in the list of Vimanas prescribed for the current Yuga.
Similarly, Soubha vimana referred to several times in Mahabharata
does not appear in the list of 56 vimanas of Dwapara Yuga.
The last few sections of the closing chapter dealing with four types
of representative vimanas lack clarity. It looks as though a need
was felt by the author to short-close the work in a hurry. Customary
manner of conclusion and closing frills are conspicuous by their