9. Sugreev informs Vanars that the next landmark, after crossing over a vast province, would be a large lake by the name ‘Vaikhana”. Travelling North of China, crossing the Mongolian province or plateau, one would arrive at the eastern tip of Lake Baikal in Siberia. Its should be noted that ‘Vaikhana’ is also known as ‘Baikaal’ lake of Siberia. Sugreev further added that the other (Western) end of Lake Vaikhana, is a river by the name Shailoda, and if the ‘vanaras’ were to follow its path northward, across many miles ‘they would reach the Northern Ocean’. This is indeed true. Shailoda has been identified as the present day Angara. River ‘Angara’ flows from the western tip of lake Baikaal and after many miles falls into the Kara Sea of North Arctic Ocean.
10. The name Kara has a Sanskrit origin which means tribute or ray of a celestial body. Ancient Indian texts refer to Siberia as Uttara-Kuru. ‘Uttara’ means ‘North’, ‘Kuru’ is the name of the Indian tribe that had traveled north. ‘Kara’, the name of the Sea into which the Angara River falls, is also known to be a distorted form of the ancient Sanskrit name ‘Kuru’. It is also said that ‘Kara’ Sea gets its name from the ‘Kara’ river which falls into it. ‘Kara’ here therefore also refer to the Sanskrit ‘krishna’ (कृष्ण) or ‘kala’ (काल) meaning ‘black. Bamboo Boats were invented by Vanars of Ramayan
11. Sugreev instructs the ‘vanaaras’ to cross Lake Baikaal with the help of the ‘keechaka’ (Bamboo) that grows there. This has reference to the ‘Siberian Bamboo Grass’ which was used by the locals to cross the lakes in this region. Sugreev also tells Vanars that northern lights will become visible as they move northwards from Lake Vaikhana.
12. There is very beautiful description, In Section 43, Verse 36 of Kishkinda Kand, Valmiki says, “Going beyond that expanse of water, you will come upon a sky, which even when devoid of the stars or the moon or the sun is illuminated by rays, as if there is light emitting from the self-luminous, god-like sages who repose there”. The lights which Sage Valmiki is referring to, is seen since thousands of years which only recently is known as ‘Aurora Borealis’. The scientist community has conflicting views on how it occurs but its answer lies in historical Ramayan.
13. The last landmark mentioned in Uttara-Kuru is Mt. Soma. Mt. Soma has to be one of the peaks of the Urals. The highest peak in the Urals is the ‘Narodnaya’ – which in the local language means ‘Mountain of the People’. In Sanskrit too the word has the same meaning- ‘nara’ means ‘people’ or ‘human’ and ‘udaya’ means ‘elevation’..
14. Many rivers and mountains of Siberia have Sanskrit names, including Mt. Mana-Raga, River Kama, Lake Kulind and many many more, proving beyond doubt that Sages once traveled these places to meditate peacefully. Russians claim that all the mountains shaped in pyramid forms are actually built by super natural humans who were technologically advanced again seconding the details given in Ramayan that celestial beings did built these places.
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