The Paracas Trident of Peru, is a geo-glyph in the Andes Mountains and is regarded in the native folklore as the ‘Lightening Rod’ of God Viracocha, a pre-Incan god of Mayan Civilization.

The etymology of Paracas:

The name Paracas has a Sanskritic nuance. So lets first take a look at the name ‘Paracas’. A direct translation of its Sanskrit cognate ‘prakash’ (प्रकाश्) is ‘light’, ‘lustre’, or ‘brightness’. Thousands of years back the Trident etched on the mountain shone brightly due to the peculiarity of the mineral composition of the mountain. In ancient times, the shining trident would have been visible from high up in the skies, therefore it sometimes is regarded as a guiding beacon for ancient UFOs or ‘vimanas’.

Another, and even closer, cognate of ‘Paracas’ is the Sanskrit ‘parakash’ (पराकाश) which means ‘distant view’, also appropriate for the ‘Paracas Trident’ is visible from the high skies even to this day, when the lustre of the shining mineral has eroded considerably.

Paracas Trident, Peru
Associated with God Viracocha

The evidence in Valmiki Ramayana:

In the Vedic and Hindu tradition, the Trident has a prominent place. Lord Shiva wields the Trident (Trishul). Goddess Durga also holds the Trishul, as one of her many weapons. The Trident in Hinduism represents Creation, Maintenance and Destruction. It also represents Time – Past, Present and Future. In the ancient annals of Peru, the Trident of Paracas is associated with God Viracocha. His name itself is a distortion of the name Virochana, a Vedic god who’s lore appears along with Indra.

However, the biggest clue and proof lies in the Valmiki Ramayana itself. In the Kishkindakanda, after Goddess-Queen Sita is abducted, Sugreeva readies four vanara-commando search parties to scour for Sita around the world. The party that heads east from India crosses many oceans, travels through Java and Sumatra, Shalmalidweepa (Australia)and many oceans ahead from there. 

Once the mighty ‘Soft Water Ocean’, which has been identified as the Pacific, has been crossed the ‘vanaras’ are told by Sugreeva that they would then reach the Udaya Mountains where they will see Jaat-Shila-Rupa (which translates as Golden Rock Peak), etched on which is a ‘golden pylon resembling a palm tree with three branches with a golden podium’.

Sugreev continues, “That pylon of palm tree is constructed as the easterly compass by celestial gods beyond which lies the Udaya Adri.” (Verse 4-52). The Udaya Adri mountains are the Andes of South America. And in the Andes range of Peru is the ‘Shining or Golden Trident’. Today it is known as the ‘Paracas Trident’. It shines to this day and is visible from the skies.

‘The ‘Shining Trident’ beyond which lies the
‘Udaya Adri’ (Sunrise Mountain)’ is described in
Chapter 40 Verse 52 of the Valmiki Ramayana.

Suggested Links:
1. God Viracocha – The Sanskrit Connection
2. New Zealand and the Paracas Trident of Peru


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