It is possible that a structure mentioned in the Indian Scripture, the Ramayana, is really the Gympie Pyramid located close to Brisbane in Australia.

Goddess Sita, the wife of the Vedic god-king Lord Rama is abducted by the Lankan celestial ruler Ravana. Plans are made to send search parties in four directions. Sage Valmiki, the author of the Ramayana, describes the route that each of the parties is instructed to take in their search for Sita.

Of the places mentioned along the route that the search party headed east from India is to take, the first one Yava (यव) is easily identifiable as the island of JavaHere is the actual verse from the Valmiki Ramayana (4-40-30):

यत्नवन्तो यव द्वीपम् सप्त राज्य उपशोभितम् |
सुवर्ण रूप्यकम् द्वीपम् सुवर्ण आकर मण्डितम् || 4-40-30

“You strive hard in the island of Yava, which will be splendorous with seven kingdoms, like that even in Golden and Silver islands that are en-wreathed with gold-mines, in and around Yava islands.  [4-40-30]

In the same verse two islands are mentioned,the Golden Island and the Silvern – of which the Golden Island is identified as Sumatra. The ancient Indian name for Sumatra indeed was Swarna Dwipa which translates as- ‘Golden Island’. 

As the search party moves farther east, there are descriptions of a mountain by the name ‘Shishira’ (शिशिर) whose peak ‘pierces the heaven’. (4-40-31). The tallest mountain in the Indonesian islands is located in Papua and may well be the peak mentioned in the Ramayana. Its name today is Puncak Jaya and it stands at 4884 metres. ‘Shishira’ simply means peak or summit.

The Puncak Jaya Peak, Papua, Indonesia.
This is probably the ‘Shishira’ mentioned in the Ramayana

Then there is a mention of ‘rapid red waters’ of the River Shona. ‘Shona’ (शोण) means ‘red’ in Sanskrit. (4-40-33). They are told to proceed to an island called Plaksha and further on to Ikshu Island. They will then confront a furious and tempestuous tide-ripped ocean and its islands. Ahead is another ocean named Lohita. (Lohita means ‘yellow’ but the waters are described as a mix of yellow and red. This is most likely the Coral Sea of Australia. 

यव द्वीपम् अतिक्रम्य शिशिरो नाम पर्वतः |
दिवम् स्पृशति शृन्गेण देव दानव सेवितः || 4-40-31
ततो रक्त जलम् प्राप्य शोण आख्यम् शीघ्र वाहिनीम् |
गत्वा पारम् समुद्रस्य सिद्ध चारण सेवितम् || 4-40-33

After crossing the sea, the author says, becomes visible the tallest ever ‘Shalmali’ (शाल्मलि) tree on an island. The botanical name for the Sanskrit ‘Shalmali’ is ‘Salmalia Malabaricatralia’ and is also referred to as ‘Bombax Ceiba’. It is native to Asia and Northern Australia. The island mentioned by Valmiki is probably somewhere in the region where the Fraser island of today stands. ‘Shalmali’ are tall trees growing up to a height of 80 feet. The Vishnu Purana refers to Australia as ‘Shalmali Dwipa’.

The Shalmali Tree or Silk-Cotton Tree (Bombax Ceiba),
or Kapok as it is known in Australia
is mainly limited to the northern region of Australia today.
Interestingly Kapok may be a variation of the
Sanskrit ‘karpas’ (कार्पास) meaning cotton.

The island mentioned in the verse is most probably in the region near-about Fraser Island. The clue stems from the verse in Ramayana which follows the Shalmali tree. Following the verse about the ‘Shalmali tree on an island’, Valmiki mentions the existence of ‘a gigantic, peak like structure or mansion resembling Mt Kailasha’. (Verse 4-40-40).

The peak like structure, says the Ramayana, was built by Vishwakarma, a ‘celestial’ architect. Vishwakarma may be the name of more than one ‘celestial architect’ because all most all magnificent structures of the ancient world are credited to ‘Vishwakarma’. ‘Vishwakarma’ or ‘the celestial architect’ was responsible for the construction of many gigantic cities and structures (probably the megaliths) around the world.

The Ramayana also says that the mansion belonged to ‘Garuda’, the offspring of ‘Vinata’. (The Kailasha is a peak in the Himalayan Range, and is a pilgrimage point for Hindus to this day).

Here is the verse:
गृहम् च वैनतेयस्य नाना रत्न विभूषितम् |
तत्र कैलास संकाशम् विहितम् विश्वकर्मणा || ४-४०-४०

There built by Vishwakarma, peak like, gigantic, resembling Kailasha, is the mansion of Vinata’s offspring. 4-40-40

The only land that one can reach after crossing an ocean further east of Java and Indonesia is Australia and the Polynesian Islands beyond it, and the structure is possibly the Gympie Pyramid unless there is another ‘peak’ like ancient structure in the Australia mainland or the Polynesian Triangle. The Gympie pyramid site in Queensland is about 120 Km away from Fraser island.

Valmiki, the author then says that after the search party passes this peak-like gigantic structure, they will see a shore sparkling white and shaped like a necklace. This is probably the coast off the shores of Brisbane. 

The Gympie Pyramid
in Queensland, Australia has
been bulldozed by the authorities.

The Ramayana then mentions a Milky Ocean, crossing which a tall mountain by the name Rishaba becomes visible. It is home to a silvery lake called Sudharshana. It is located on a beautiful land inhabited by the ‘devas’, ‘apsaras’ and ‘kinnaras’  This may be New Zealand or one of the islands of Polynesia. For the details of what the ‘vanaras’ would see as they passed this region click here.

The search party is directed to cross many seas, oceans and islands beyond this point, before they reach a place which can only be Peru. The Ramayana describes the Andes in detail and also the Paracas Trident insignia etched on the Andes in Peru. The search party is instructed to head back from the Andes.

As far as the Gympie ruins of Queensland, Australia are concerned, it is unfortunate that the Australian authorities have decided to construct a road right across the Gympie area. 
The Pyramid structure was already in ruins, though the base existed until recently. Many denials were issued regarding the existence of this structure and many debunking theories have been floated. However, the fact remains that artifacts like the Vedic God Ganesha and a Goddess in a Padmasana posture seated on a lotus flower have been found at Gympie, which indicates that the ancient world history might be way different than what we are lead to believe.

In his book “1421: The year China Discovered the World”, author Gavin Menzies states on page 221, ” Until 1920, Gympie remained Queensland’s largest and richest goldfield. Many other artifacts have been found in this area. Two beautifully carved votive offerings are of particular interest: one is of the Hindu god Ganesha, the elephant god, carved i beige granite, the other is of Hanuman, the Hindu monkey God, this time made of conglomerate ironstone…”.

The Vedic Goddess Artifact found at the Gympie site
A Ganesh statute found at the Gympie site

Suggested Links:

1. The Uru Civilization, Australia – The Sanskrit Connection

2. Australian Place Names – The Sanskrit Connection

3. River Yarra, Australia – The Sanskrit Connection

4. 1421: The Year China Discovered the World

5. Australian Archaeological Anomalies

6. The Gympie Pyramid


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