Aryan Invasion Theory (AIT), which today having been rechristened as Indo – Aryan Migration (IAM) theory (given that the original position is no longer tenable) is the largest myth that was ever propagated by historians with vested interests that still retain vestiges to their Western paymasters. In this post the scope is restricted to visiting Veda samhitas and Tamil literary works from the Sangam period that render the AIT / IAM theories redundant. This post will also show the integrated, continuous nature of the deities that were worshipped from the now parched Saraswati river basin and the Vaigai river basin in Madura, Tamilnadu. We are taking Tamil as representative of Dravidian languages because, unlike the other 3 Southern states, it is in Tamil Nadu that the political and societal idea of Aryan / Dravidian divide is more vocally and visibly pronounced.

Note: We are merely exploring historical and literary traditions here and do not attempt to analyze any method of worship.

The hoax of Aryan-Dravidian divide

Rig Veda does not give even a shred of evidence of any invasion or migration to have taken place from outside or the Rishis of Vedas having been part of expeditions into India from somewhere else. But Indologists and apologists of AIT / IAM use Rig Veda to try to establish their standpoint.

They use the invocation of Indra by Angiras family of Rishis to slay the likes of Dasyus and Panis as evidences that an invading Aryan army slaughtered the aborigines of India that were Dravidians.

Before we move ahead let us establish what Dravida means.

In Sanskrit, it loosely means liquid like or watery. The root word for this is Drava in Sanskrit.

And importantly, in Tamil, the word Dravidian or Dravida hardly gets mentioned in the Sangam literature of Tamils.

The corpus of Sangam literature is the most authentic chronicling of the life, times, theology, events, wars, business, natural calamities, Tamil grammar etc of the Tamils starting from 600 BC to 200 AD. To put it in another way, if hypothetically the invading Aryans pushed the Dravidians South of Vindyas and killed many Dravidians (based on Rig Veda), the earliest Tamil literary works obviously ought to have mentioned the mayhem in the so called Dravidian literary works of the Sangam age.

The Tamil literary works started using the word “Dravida” only in the 9th century AD but that too only in the context of linguistics. And a Tamil lexicon of the 9th century AD called “Senthan Divakaram” uses Dravidam to denote Tamil.

This itself is sufficient to realize that the whole Dravida story is a modern hoax without any historical basis. In fact it was only in late 19th century that Robert Caldwell, a proclaimed evangelist who came to India for sole purpose of proselytization and spreading Christianity, first used the word ‘Dravidian’ to further his agenda. And then the term took political colors. And once politicized, it is always in benefit of all political forces to keep the myth alive so that they can cook their rotis.

The hoax of evidence from Rig Veda

Now, let us move to understanding how the AIT / IAM apologists use Dasyus to claim that invading Aryans slaughtered the so called native Dasyus and let us also explore a few questions. The apologists point to Rig Veda 10/48, where, Indra is seen to have destroyed Dasyus, Vrtras and Panis with his might, captured wealth and also mentions that those in his company will not be felled.

But what the apologists do not delve into is to understand the characterization of the likes of Dasyus , Vrtras and Panis (the last 2 being a kind of Dasyu) in Rig Veda. Who are the Dasyus?

When we look up Rig Veda 1/33/1 – 10, it becomes obvious that the wealth that Indra captures is actually knowledge.

RV/1/33/1 ends with “gavam ketam param avarjate nah”. It means supreme knowledge of the luminous cows. And the whole verse means – come let us go seeking the cows to Indra, it is he that increases the thought in us, for us, he releases supreme knowledge of the luminous cows.

Let us first understand, in Vedas, those that do the Soma pressing or other Vedic sacrifices for divinities are called yajyu. The divinities to whom these sacrifices are offered are called yajata. The yaju by virtue of his goodwill is sukratu. Sukratus by virtue of their works find the “divine word” and having found the divine word, a sukratu becomes the singer of the word.

But Dasyu is the opposite principle of both Sukratu and Yajyu. Dasyu is also called “A”yajyu (opposite of Yajyu).And interestingly an Ayajyu is a hater of the singer of the divine word (this quality is Ayajyu called brahmadvisa) and IMPORTANTLY an Ayajyu is ANASA (has no mouth to speak) and has no mental faculties (Amanyamana). And across the Vedas the Dasyus like Panis and Vritras withhold the kine (the kine are not physical cows and sheep but they point to knowledge) and this kine has to be forcefully extracted with Indra’s help by man. And in another place in RV, it is stated that Panis (a type of Dasyu), plunders and steals the cows and hides them in his cave. With the help of Indra the knowledge, the luminous cows are secured by man. RV/6/51/14 calls Indra to destroy the Panis and equates Panis to wolf.

And let us also look at a few more items that Indra won by destroying Dasyus, as per western indologists.

RV/3/34/7-10:

7 Lord of the brave, Indra who rules the people gave freedom to the Gods by might and battle. Wise singers glorify with chanted praises these his achievements in Vivasvan’s dwelling.

8 Excellent, Conqueror, the victory-giver, the winner of the light and Godlike Waters,He who hath won this broad earth and this heaven, -in Indra they rejoice who love devotions.

9 He gained possession of the Sun and Horses, Indra obtained the Cow who feedeth many.Treasure of gold he won; he smote the Dasyus, and gave protection to the Aryan colour.

10 He took the plants and days for his possession; he gained the forest trees and air’s mid-region.Vala he cleft, and chased away opponents: thus was he tamer of the overweening.

Indra secures forest trees, mid air, plants and days.

Now, if Dasyus were HUMAN non-Aryan tribes, how come Indra secures the DAYS and MID-AIR from mortals?

The allegory of Dasyus continues in the Rig Veda, where, Indra then actually chases Dasyus out of heaven and earth by the power of his thunderbolt. Indra’s greatness keeps increasing and the luminosity of Indra leaves Dayus with nowhere to hide. Indra recovers the lost Sun and as this Sun rises, it illuminates the caves where Vala (a type of Dasyus) has hidden the luminous cows.

So we clearly have a scenario that completely contradicts the possibility of Dasyus ever being Dravidian tribes that Indra destroyed.

The Rig Veda based attempts to prop up the non-existent AIT/IAM falls flat. Rest assured Dravidians (of AIT/IAM) do have noses and are able to speak and are intelligent people unlike the Dasyus of Rig Veda.

For more on Vedas and Dasyu, please refer http://agniveer.com/vedas-dasyu-hinduism/

Evidence from Sangam Literature

Now let us travel to Tamil / Dravidian land to see if Tamils were really people that were completely different from the so called Aryans and if they showed signs of being brutalized by invading Aryans.

While there are extensive works that fall under the Sangam literature, let us pick some of the most important works to see what the Dravidians worshipped as their deities.

It is important to note that Sangam literature categorizes land into Mullai (forests), Kurinchi (hills), Marudam (Farm lands), Neidal (Sea Coast) and Palai (Barren).

Tolkappaiyam mentions the following as the presiding deities of these lands – Mullai: Tirumal (Vishnu), Kurinchi: Seyon (or Kumara / Murugua/Kartikeya), Marudam: Vendan (Indra), Neidal: Varunan (Varuna) and Palai: Korravai (Shakti).

Another key Sangam literary work called Purananuru talks about the legend of Lord Shiva destroying the three cities (Tripura Samhara). Shiva is said to have taken the lofty Meru mountain in his hand as bow and with the terrific serpent as bow string and a single arrow destroyed the cities sending them into into flames. And the deity of Seyon (Kumara / Kartikeya), is repeatedly seen across Purananuru and Ahananuru as being the progeny of Shiva.

This ties us back to Agni,the Kumara, template of the Puranic  Kartikeya, being an aspect of Rudra.

Some AIT / IAM apologists try to make Shiva to be an exclusive Dravidian deity to keep the theory running.

Shiva of Puranas is derived from aspects of Rudra of Vedas.

In Vedas, if you delve deeper into attributes of Rudra, across Rig Veda or the Rudram / Chamakam sections of Yajur Veda, a common set of attributes is easy to be seen.

And Shiva is all but one aspect of Rudra that is mentioned in Rudram / Chamakam. While the usage of Rudra has been replaced at large by Shiva, the attributes of Vedic Shiva / Rudra and those described in works like Periya Puranam of Tamil literature are the same.

In places like Tiruvannamalai or Chaidmabaram, in addition to Thevaram, Rudram / Chamakam is also recited, if Shiva of Tamils and Shiva or Puranas / Vedas are different.

If anything, the Taittriya Samhita of Yajur Veda (where Rudram / Chamakam occurs) is a tradition that is living primarily in Tamil Nadu, AP and Karataka, today.

Conclusion

From this small attempt to put things in perspective, it is very easy to understand that the AIT/IAM, based on Rig Veda and the premier Tamil Sangam literary works is a farce. If anything, it is easy to see that this great land has been inhabited by people that belong to the same Vedic family.

Differences based on linguistics, skin color, local culture, cuisines etc are being played up by vested interests today, as it were done 150 years ago.

To repeat it, this land was inhabited by followers of the same Vedic Dharma until the early part of last millennium.

P.S: We have not even touched the theological works of Alwars (Vaishnavites) and Nayanmars (Shaivites) to establish the oneness of the Vedic dharma of this land. If one reviews the entire hoax of AIT and Dravida-Arya divide would fall flat as creative fantasies of a drowsy mind after an extra peg!

This post is also available in Tamil at http://agniveer.com/aryan-invasion-ta/

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Hindu
@MAC, Another out of the box thinking from my end 🙂 During Mauryan period indian sub continent or greater India which is 3% of total land area of globe, was home to 33% of humanity. Herodotus says that in known worlds (which include china) Indians are the largest group. Second… Read more »
saroj
i am taking th liberty to add a few more verses throwng light on dasyus from Rig Veda. Rik Veda 5/14: 1. ENKINDLING the Immortal, wake Agni with song of praise: may he bear our oblations to the Gods. 2 At high solemnities mortal men glorify him the Immortal, best… Read more »
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Akanksha

@Mac
NASA uses Sanskrit language to program Artificial Intelligence.

http://nanotech2day.blogspot.com/2013/10/nasa-uses-sanskrit-to-program.html

Antony V

Bcoz Sanskrit is not a natural language but it is only an artificially created code language

It is Dravidian intellectuals who have produced Sanskrit language in India

Source: http://www.iasministries.in/concept_10.php

Akanksha

Hi Mac
I would like to suggest you to read NASA scientist Rick Briggs’ views of Sanskrit.
http://www.spiritualquest.co.in/science/vedic-science/nasa-article-sanskrit/

Mac
You don’t have to believe a scientist to know the originality of Sanskrit. You have to believe what the world renowned linguists and historians says. If you go by clues in religious matters, it simply means that you DO NOT have any clue to begin with. Bible is a complete… Read more »
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How come the Indo-Aryans and the Dravidians were majorly following the same religion (i.e. Hinduism)? True that the Hindu relegion presently most accepted was developed through the Vedic senses cultivated by the so called Aryans. But here Aryan term was just coined by the British Historians during their rule in… Read more »
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I get surprised by the number of Indians (mostly from North and North West) who are adamantly clinging to the Aryan Invasion Myth and thereby feeling superior to the Southerners. I will direct all of them to this page. Btw, it’s “Rik Veda” when the words are separated, and “Rigveda”… Read more »
chou

How do you explain genetic evidence which supports the migration of Aryans.

http://genome.cshlp.org/content/13/10/2277.full.pdf+html?sid=3449ec7f-cb65-4bd9-ac3c-c46ab4f196ee

harish

Aryan-Dravidian divide a myth: Study
http ://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes .com/2009-09-25/india/28107253_1_incidence-of-genetic-diseases-indians-tribes

Dogra

There is a difference between migration and where vedas were written:
http://www.boloji.com/history/019.htm

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Vimal

Nice propaganda article ! I don’t know why Aryan Invasion theory is accepted all over the world except India ?

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Noahs Lineage or Casta is renamed Aryan tales in India. ”God shall enlarge Japeth (European Christian), and he shall dwell in the tents of (Arab Muslim); and Canaan ( Indian, african, chinese, american, australian) shall be his servant – 9.27 Genesis What is Noahs lineage? Noah had three sons, Shem… Read more »
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Sunil Bajpai

The latest genetic research is the final nail in the coffin of Aryan Invasion Theory.
http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report_new-research-debunks-aryan-invasion-theory_1623744
If you wish you can download the original research paper from the site of the American journal.

Arun

But unfortunately Indian newspapers still talk as if such an Aryan invasion or the more benign term “miration” happened. http://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/science/caste-system-an-indigenous-invention-in-south-india/article4290662.ece

Arun

Meant to write “migration”

Sunil Bajpai
The latest genetics has proved that there has been no intermixing of races in India at least for the past 20000 years. Please look at : http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report_new-research-debunks-aryan-invasion-theory_1623744 The original research paper can be downloaded for free from the site of the American journal. This is the final proof against the… Read more »
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Excellent work Apollo Reach! Very informative. However, I’d like to add something. One of the families that ruled the Jaffna Kingdom in Sri Lanka were the Aryacakravartis. They were Tamil and hailed from Tamil Nadu. Now surely, if the so called ‘Aryan Invasion Theory’/’Indo-Aryan Migration Theory’ is true, no Tamil,… Read more »
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Ankur

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jj

I had read somewhere that what some people interpret as COW actually means something else, something related to knowledge. Can’t remember the exact word. You may want to look that up.

krishnarao
Namaste JJ, So I did some research on the topic and what I found was interesting. I didn’t find anything hard about the word “knowledge” being the same as “cow”, but I did find that Aghanya is generally the word used for scared cow. Aghanya is the actual word used… Read more »
krishnarao
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Satyen

@ Krishna Rao jee, I agree with you 100% for Sanskrit education.

krishnarao

Namaste jj,

If you can find me the source for that, I would love to look into it.

Best,
Krishna

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Kit Kittappa
If Aryan is a myth, who are the people who spoke Sanskrit? Didn’t Brahmins consider for a long time and very possibly now too that their mother tongue was Sanskrit? Not long ago only Brahmins were privileged to study Sanskrit. Sanskrit and pundits would not teach Sanskrit to non Brahmins.… Read more »
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Dear brother Kit Kittappa, I am sure you will accept the fact that you have no formal education of Sanskrit language. In this situation, you should not propagate such blunders. Forgive me, I am not criticizing you, but just advising as your brother. In Sanskrit, order of words hardly matters.… Read more »
Kit Kittappa
You are wrong in saying there is no word order in Sanskrit. Your statement actually degrades Sanskrit as a primitive language with no proper grammar. Consult a Sanskrit pundit. If you say, “Gajam hatah Aswathama” with no stress on any word or no special intonation, it would mean an elephant… Read more »
Satyen
Dear brother Kit Kittappa, I say it again the same . For this simple case, I don’t need any Sanskrit Pandit. I have fprmally studied the language till the seconday school. Those who have studied Sanskrit, know it as its one of the basic facts unique to Sanskrit. Sanskrti has… Read more »
GOD IS GREAT
Mr. Kit Kittappa! Sorry to have some addings here, Life wasn’t possible in Europe before 2500 BCE. All those who were alive before that were actually savages and nothing else. Mesopotamia and Babylonia were all there but still their civilizations were in primitive states. India was civilized way before that.… Read more »
GOD IS GREAT

CONCLUSION:
Sanskrit is not foreign to India but was foreign to Europe when their languages were in primitive states. Regarding Aryan Invasion, that is proven false by many scholars worldwide. Even Britishers today, call it a myth. What’s the worry?

Dr.vuppunuthula M.reddy
Dr.vuppunuthula M.reddy

eally speaking vedas are not a philosophis alone it is the shruthi of great parampara of our maharshis who enlightened us of sanathana dharma. vedas are not religion oriented but mother to all religions.

Dr.vuppunuthula M.reddy
Dr.vuppunuthula M.reddy

eally speaking vedas are not a philosophis alone it is the shruthi of great parampara of our maharshis who enlightened us of sanathana dharma. vedas are not religion oriented but mother to all religions.

Dr.vuppunuthula M.reddy
Dr.vuppunuthula M.reddy

eally speaking vedas are not a philosophis alone it is the shruthi of great parampara of our maharshis who enlightened us of sanathana dharma. vedas are not religion oriented but mother to all religions.

Arya Pathik
From Bukhari Vol. 1, #490 Narrated ‘Aisha: “The things which annul the prayers were mentioned before me. They said, “Prayer is annulled by a dog, a donkey and a woman (if they pass in front of the praying people).” I said, “You have made us (i.e. women) dogs. I saw… Read more »
Arya Pathik
From Bukhari Vol. 1, #490 Narrated ‘Aisha: “The things which annul the prayers were mentioned before me. They said, “Prayer is annulled by a dog, a donkey and a woman (if they pass in front of the praying people).” I said, “You have made us (i.e. women) dogs. I saw… Read more »
Arya Pathik
From Bukhari Vol. 1, #490 Narrated ‘Aisha: “The things which annul the prayers were mentioned before me. They said, “Prayer is annulled by a dog, a donkey and a woman (if they pass in front of the praying people).” I said, “You have made us (i.e. women) dogs. I saw… Read more »
Shashank Kumar
nice info…dravidian is the word fabricated by the imperialistic britishers with a missionary zeal in the mid 19th century….its true that mughals ruined vedic culture-it was just a religious dominance but its a hard truth that missionaries from the west in just 150 years had a massive intellectual,cultural dominance…..impact is… Read more »
Shashank Kumar
nice info…dravidian is the word fabricated by the imperialistic britishers with a missionary zeal in the mid 19th century….its true that mughals ruined vedic culture-it was just a religious dominance but its a hard truth that missionaries from the west in just 150 years had a massive intellectual,cultural dominance…..impact is… Read more »
Shashank Kumar
nice info…dravidian is the word fabricated by the imperialistic britishers with a missionary zeal in the mid 19th century….its true that mughals ruined vedic culture-it was just a religious dominance but its a hard truth that missionaries from the west in just 150 years had a massive intellectual,cultural dominance…..impact is… Read more »
Kalki Sharma
Now the disrobed Witzel and Farmer have no option but to slander the emrging out-of-india theory from a nondescript yahoo group…their only followers from India are Xtian evangelists who want to keep the aryan-dravidian hoax alive for reasons known to all 🙂 India is the Mother of Wisdom ,Language, Sciences… Read more »
Kalki Sharma
Now the disrobed Witzel and Farmer have no option but to slander the emrging out-of-india theory from a nondescript yahoo group…their only followers from India are Xtian evangelists who want to keep the aryan-dravidian hoax alive for reasons known to all 🙂 India is the Mother of Wisdom ,Language, Sciences… Read more »
Kalki Sharma
Now the disrobed Witzel and Farmer have no option but to slander the emrging out-of-india theory from a nondescript yahoo group…their only followers from India are Xtian evangelists who want to keep the aryan-dravidian hoax alive for reasons known to all 🙂 India is the Mother of Wisdom ,Language, Sciences… Read more »
Surya Salian

You r right..There is nothing like dravidians & aryans…We are 1

Surya Salian

You r right..There is nothing like dravidians & aryans…We are 1

Surya Salian

You r right..There is nothing like dravidians & aryans…We are 1

Kalki Sharma

Agniveer ji, brother Vajra Arya ..i have to humbly submit ..thats not my coinage ..Rajiv Malhotra coined this term to scare the hell out of pseudo scholars like Witzel :))

but an article is in order indeed 🙂

Kalki Sharma

Agniveer ji, brother Vajra Arya ..i have to humbly submit ..thats not my coinage ..Rajiv Malhotra coined this term to scare the hell out of pseudo scholars like Witzel :))

but an article is in order indeed 🙂

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