Did Agasthya Discover Electricity?

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Did Agasthya Discover Electricity?

What all have the great Siddha tradition given to us?

Great traditions of higher thinking have been built on the foundations of the knowledge systems like Varmakali, Kalaripayattu, Silambattam, Siddha Vaidya, Marma Chikitsa, Rasavathavidya etc. Those who ignore this treasure trove of knowledge as the path towards the Ultimate realization, continue to hide behind belief systems.

Thousands of years before Benjamin Franklin’s famous kite experiment, the Egyptians used to call the electric eels the lightning of Nile. Michael Faraday is credited as the inventor of electricity. But what if technology for creating electricity from chemical reactions had been known in India first? The “kumbhasambhava” Agasthya’s chemical experiments indicate that India had known electricity for 4000 years. Agasthya Samhitha tells us that Agasthya is indeed the father of this technology. He showed us how chemical reactions in a pot can produce energy. This incredible knowledge is clear in a few slokas of Agasthya samhitha.

Along with the ancient battery technology, we also find the information that water can be split into hydrogen and oxygen. It is amazing that modern batteries use the same Agasthya technology. Batteries create and store energy.

Agasthya Samhitha states:

Samsthapya Munpayapaatre

tamrapatram susamkritam

chabhechyaghreevan chardarbhi


bhasthaloshtra nibhathyayum

paradachabhi thasthathaha

soyogajayathe thejo

mitravaruna samkhyabham.

Meaning: Place a copper plate in a mud pot with wet sawdust and copper sulphate.Place a mercury coated lead plate also to create “Tejas” or bright energy created by Mitra and Varuna.

Tamrapatram =Copper plate

Mitra =Cathode

Varuna =Anode

Shikhigreeva means head of a peacock. Not literally. The name for copper sulphate derived from its splendid color like a peacock’s neck.

Bhasthaloshta =Lead

Mitravaruna shakti =Electricity

“Anen Jalabhamgoshti

Prano bhaneshta vayushta

Evam shathanam kumbhanam

Samyoga karya krithasmrithaha”

When water can be split into pranavayu (oxygen) and udanavayu (hydrogen). When 100 such pots can be connected, energy is created.

Another shloka indicates the use of hydrogen balloons for air travel.


nibadho yanmashtake

udanaha syalahuthave

bebharathya kakshayanakam

If Udana (hydrogen) can be trapped in a cloth, it can be used to travel through air, says Agasthya, the father of chemical experiments.

Mitravaruna shakti is a thought-provoking name. According to legends Mitra and Varuna are fathers of Agasthya and Vashishta. After being aware of the electricity connection, we can link this to the story of Agasthya’s birth.

Agasthya was born in a pot by the combination of Mitra and Varuna. Thus, he has the name Kumbhasambha, Kumbhatmajan, Kumbhayoni representing the bright energy and strength. Agasthya was born to bring light.

According to mythology, the Adityas were born to Aditi to create revolutionary changes in the universe. Prominent among the Adityas are Mitravarunas, Vivasan (Sun), Arya, Dasthya, Savithr, Bhaga, Datha, Amsha, Pushan, Indra and Vishnu. These 12 progenies of Kashyaprajapati are named in the Rig Veda. They are the source of electromagnetic force that moves our universe. And Agasthya continues to brighten our path with electrifying knowledge.