Bajrapur is mentioned as Vajrapur in the Harivamsa Purana. The story of Vajrapur was revealed by the ruler of Jaiselmer in the 1790s to Lt. Col. James Tod, Political Agent of the East India Company, who was researching the Rajput tribes of India which included the Yadhu tribe, of which Sri Krishna and his son Pradyamna are the most well known.
James Tod had befriended the ruler of Jaiselmer who as a result shared information from ancient Rajput and Yadhu manuscripts that he possessed. In the royal Rajput families of Jaiselmer, the story of Pradymna’s city of Bajrapur in Siberia was well known. Here is a look:
|The ruins of Por Bajin or Bajrapur
surrounded by Lake Tere Kol
1. The ruins of the City of Por Bajin located in Siberia bears an uncanny resemblance to the design of Dwarka City, which was the city that Sri Krishna had built earlier.
|Sri Krishna’s Dwarka
Submerged under the sea, off the coast of Gujarat, India
2. James Todd traced the history of the Rajput tribe ‘Yadhu’ to Sri Krishna’s times. He found that one of his sons, Pradyamna had conquered an ‘Asura’ city in Vajrapura in a foreign land far away in Siberia.
3. The Harivamsa Purana describes the conquest of Vajrapuram in the Vishnu Paran section. It says that an a city was built by ‘builder’ Nikumba for King Vajranabha with the name Vajrapuram (later Bajra Pur). The city was an ‘Asura’ city in a far off land.
4. In his work ‘The Goose in Indian Literature and Art’ (Volume 2 of Memoirs of the Kern Institute), author Jean Philippe Vogel writes that the ancient Vajrapura was surrounded by a huge lake. Por Bajin, as it is called today, is surrounded by a lake called ‘Tere Kol. ‘Kul’ (कूल) in Sanskrit means ‘lake’, ‘pond’ or ‘pool’. Or else, ‘Tere Kol’ may be a distortion of ‘Tri-Kut’ (त्रिकूट) meaning ‘Three Peaks or Ranges’ which maybe a reference to the surrounding Altay, Sayan and Tochi Mountain Ranges.
4. As per various ancient Indian sources, Sri Krishna’s son Pradyamna is known to have extended the Yadhu Empire north of what is present day India. He had attacked the city of Vajrapura and defeated King Vajranabha. Later a truce was called and Pradyamna married the king’s daughter Prabhavati. The poetic versions of this war say that Pradyumna is transported by geese to a land far far away.
Even the poetic versions of this story above, as in Vogel’s ‘The Goose in Indian Literature & Art’, say that the powerful geese fly in military like formations leaving behind what Vogel describes as ‘strips of white sandalwood paste emitted from the golden tips of the wings’. This could well be the description of aeroplanes leaving behind chem trails.
The entire Vajrapura mission of Pradumna is carried out with the help of flying ‘geese’ – but the description of power of their wings is what will appear to the present day reader as equivalent to the power of aeroplanes.
7. The ‘Pingali Surana’ (The Demon’s Daughter), a Tamil version of the story, describes Pradyumna’s quest for ‘Vajrapura’ as if it was entirely a quest for the beautiful Padmavati, the daughter of the King of Vajrapura. The truth is that the Yadus traveled in all directions and expanded the Yadu empire from Turkmenasthan to Samarkhand including Siberia -‘the beautiful land’. Siberia translates as ‘the beautiful land’ from Sanskrit. In Sanskrit ‘Su’ (सु) means ‘good’ or ‘beautiful’ and ‘Pura’ (पुरा), ‘Puri’ (पुरी) or ‘puram’ (पुरम) all mean ‘land’ or ‘city’. It may well have been the beauty of the land, rather than of a woman, that attracted the Yadus to Siberia.
Many rivers in Siberia still bear Sanskrit names – examples: Tara (तारा), Om (ओम्), ‘Apa’ (आप) and the ‘Angara’ (अङ्गार). For a note on the Sanskrit Connection to the names ‘Angara’ and lake ‘Baikal’ click here.
8. According to some ancient Indian history annals, in around 6220 B.C, there existed six Asura cities of which two were in VajraPura and Supura. (Por Bajin and Siberia). These were ruled by the Asuras (not Devas). The Asuras had attacked and defeated the Devas.
But the final battle (the Sixth Devasura Sangrama) between theDevas and the Asuras was fought in Mandranchal Mountains (Tibet) and further north. This battle was won by the Devas, who then took over Vajrapur and Supura. J.P.Mittal describes the details in his History of Ancient India (7300 BC to 4250 BC). To read this book click here.