Pedra da Gávea is a mountain in Tijuca Forest, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. At 2,769 ft Paedra da Gaeva is one of the highest mountains in the world that end directly in the ocean, therefore making it a beacon, both from the skies and the ocean. When the Portuguese sailors landed on Brazilian shores in 1502 from the Atlantic Ocean, they named the mountain ‘Gavea’, which means ‘topsail’ – the sailors saw the shape of a mast in the silhouette of the mountain!
|Pedra da Gaeva, Brazil|
Pedra da Gaeva is located in a forest by the name Tijuca not far from the city of Rio de Janeiro. It is said that the word ‘Tijuca’, in the native Tupi language, means ‘marsh’ (just as they say that Pindorama’, the native name of Brazil, means ‘Land of the Palms’), but in Sanskrit, a variation of Tijuca is ‘Tajika‘ and that is the name of Lord Indra. Mysterious inscriptions on the mountain give evidence of an extinct language and therefore the presence of a civilization in this part of Brazil.
|Ancient inscriptions on the wall of the Pedra da Gaeva.|
One theory propounded by Peter Lacaz do Amaral, an experienced mountaineer guide who climbed the rock several times, states that the mountain was a burial place of a Phoenician king. However there is much debate on the credibility of this de-code, because the Phoenicians did not call themselves Phoenicians, they called themselves Canaan.
|Ancient inscriptions on the wall of the Pedra da Gaeva
dismissed by ‘scholars’ as ‘natural erosion’.
Not only have mainstream scholars rejected Amaral’s decode, they have also argued that there are no inscriptions, and what one sees are the marks of natural erosion. But the fact remains that the second argument cannot be deduced from the first.
We not turn to the Valmiki Ramayana for some insight about what it has to say about this region – mainly Peru and beyond the Andes- travelling inland from the South Pacific Ocean towards Peru, the Amazonian Forest and Brazil.
We join the story of Ramayana at the point when Sugreeva, the ‘vanara‘ commander, sends a search party (for the abducted Sita) eastward from the shores of what is now called India, to Java, Sumatra and ahead crossing five oceans over a period of one month. After crossing the five oceans the vanaras are told they will reach the shores of a land mass from where they can see the ‘shining three-branched palm tree etched on a mountain‘, which has been identified as the Paracas Trident of Peru. It is located on the northern face of the Paracas Peninsula at Pisco Bay in Peru on the South Pacific Ocean.
|Pisco Bay, Peru
“A golden pylon resembling a palm tree with three branches is established on the peak of that mountain as the insignia of that great-souled Ananta, and it will be lustrous with a golden podium“.
[Valmiki Ramayana 4-40-53]
And then the Ramayana states that when the ‘vanaras’ move inland ahead from this ‘shining three-leaved palm constructed as a compass by the celestials’, they reach the glorious Udaya peak or Mt. Sunrise, and beyond that to another peak by the name Mt. Saumanasa where Lord Vishnu set his foot when he first came to the earth.
But, now the interesting part about Mt. Udaya (after which the Andes range probably gets its name). The Ramayana states, “In the beginning Brahma, the Creator, ordained this Mt. Sunrise to be the gateway for the earth to heaven….”. –Valmiki Ramayana, Book 4- verse 64.
The location identified by the Ramayana seems to be in Peru, though there are additional verses that mention about ‘celestial activity’ in the area beyond the Udaya Mountains.
Thousands of miles away from India, in Peru and beyond it in Brazil where no one would have heard of this verse from the Valmiki Ramayana, local legend has it that there are three portals to other subterranean worlds. Paedra de Gaeva seems to be one of these portals.
|The ‘portal’ found on the left side of the Pedra da Gávea. The Valmiki Ramayana speaks of at least
one ‘gateway to heaven’ in this region.
Observations of many mountaineers and trekkers about the strange activity and appearance of bright lights on Pedra da Gavea mountains has been rejected and dismissed as hoaxes by the authorities. But how does one explain the following verse in the Ramayana.
Verse 66 of Kishkinda Kand says, “Beyond Mt. Sunrise the eastern quarter is impassable. It will be hemmed in with celestials or gods since it is the gateway to heaven, and everything is imperceivable hedged in oblivion..” –Valmiki Ramayana, Book 4- verse 66.
According to the Native Americans’ legend there is an inter-dimensional doorway hidden deep within the Andes Mountains. In her book ‘Markawasi, Peru’s Inexplicable Stone Forest’, author Kathy Doore says, “The native indians of the region had a legend that spoke of ‘a gateway to the lands of the Gods‘, and in that legend, it was said that in times long past great heroes had gone to join their gods, and passed through the gate for a glorious new life of immortality, and on rare occasions those men returned for a short time with their gods to “inspect all the lands in the kingdom” through the gate.” One particular stargate is known to be located about 35 km from the city of Puno in Peru.
|The ancient Mayan ‘stargate’ in Puno, Peru,
is the location of many strange activities.
Is this the ‘gateway to heaven’ which the Ramayana mentions?
The city of Puno is located on the shores of the mystical lake Titicaca. The Ramayana states the land of the Saumansa Peak is known as Sudarshana, named so after the Sudarshana Lake. It is impossible in any way to verify this information. Lake Titicaca has a rich and mystical history, even today it is the largest lake by volume of water in South America. And if any ancient lake of this part of the world were to be mentioned in the Ramayana, it would be lake Titicaca.
Beyond Peru, going inland, one would only encounter the massive Amazon rainforest. Of this the Ramayana says in the last verse of this chapter, “It is possible for the vanara-s to go only up to there ….. and we have no knowledge of those sunless and boundless realms available far and beyond“. Valmiki Ramayana, Book 4- Verse 68.
The details about the sea-route from India to Peru described in the Ramayana makes it obvious that the route via the South Pacific Ocean was well known. But not much is written about the route from the Atlantic Ocean on which Paedra de Gaeva is located in Brazil. But Valmiki was well aware of the ‘celestial activity’ that occurred in the region!
|The approximate route that the ‘vanara commandoes’
are directed to take in the Ramayana.