Surprising similarities between Hindus and Mayans! Did Indians found America thousands of years before Columbus?

The Indian culture has its imprint almost on every part of the world. From the times of Ravana, to the Cholas, Indians had historic trade relations with far west and Eastern islands.

There is a hypothesis that, it was Indians who founded the land of America, 1000s of years before Columbus. Why is it said so? Let’s see..

In the book ‘Hindu America’ of Chaman lal, we can see few historic records made by American historians,

“those who first arrived on the continent, later to be known as America, were group of men driven by the mighty current that set out from India towards the east.”

History of Mexico, Mexican government publication.

Professor Raman Mena, curator, National museum Mexico writes,

“the Maya human types are like those of India. Their irreproachable techniques of their reliefs, the sumptuous head gears, the system of construction all speak of India and orient”.

“hindu merchants brought to Mexico the eighteen months of the year of the Pandavas, and the custom trade guild and Indian bazaar”

-Hewitt Primitive traditional history, 83/36

These are few references which clearly states, Hindus reached America before any Europeans did. Let’s see some interesting similarities in the cultures of Hindu and Mayans, which is the proof of influence of Indian tradition in Mayan history.

The Maya believed in the existence of a trinity with knowledge of the three universes composed of the Jaguar (material), the Serpent (mind) and the Bird (spirit). According to them, there were thirteen layers of heaven and nine underworlds, each with its presiding god, while the ancient Hindu texts talked about thirteen Lokas (worlds) above the earth and seven Lokas below the earth.

In Hindu philosophy, the existence of the universe is governed by the Trimurti of Brahma (the Creator), Vishnu (the Sustainer) and Shiva (the Destroyer). The parallels between the Hindu Brahma-Vishnu-Shiva Trinity and the Mexican Ho-Huitzilopochtli-Tláloc Trinity are very impressive too.

Like the Hindu culture, the Maya had a large number of gods, many of which have similarities to the Hindu deities.

Friar Diego de Landa, a Franciscan monk who burned all Maya manuscripts (containing priceless information on ancient history, mythology, medicine, astronomy, science, religion, and philosophy) and idols in Yucatán, in his book – Relación de las cosas de Yucatán wrote: “They had a very great number of idols and temples which were magnificent in their own fashion and besides the community temples, the lords, priests and leading men also had oratories and idols in their houses where they made their prayers and offerings in private.”

The Maya made idols of not only gods but also of animals and insects. They also believed in immortality of the soul and afterlife. All this sounds very similar to Hindu worship and beliefs.

Finally, just like the Islamic and Portuguese conquerors built mosques and churches over vandalized and destroyed Hindu temples in India, the Spanish constructed churches over destroyed Maya temples in Mexico.


Even today there are a number of words in the Maya language which indicate a relation to the Vedic culture. The Maya word “Kultunlilni” refers to the divine power and has obvious similarities to the Sanskrit word Kundalini which also refers to the life energy and the power of consciousness. Kultunlilni is the vital life force empowering all human growth and development. It refers to the power of God within man which is controlled by the breath which is similar in meaning to the Hindu Kundalini.

Chakras, in the yogic tradition, are the psychic senses or centres. In the Maya language, these chakras are called chaclas,

Yoga / Yok’hah

The Sanskrit term yoga can be found again in the Maya word “yok’hah” which means higher truth from the combination of yok’ (above, higher) and hah (truth).

Yok’hah Maya or the Maya yoga is a system of knowledge and practices based on profound understanding of subtle energy dynamics and an expansive cosmology.   The ancient Maya used these yogic practices for controlling energy, expanding.

Drawings in Maya codices, on ceramics, sculpted figurines, carved panels and stele depict priests and rulers in poses (k’uhatha), using hand signs (xock’abmudra), chanting vedic hymns (manlamantra) or doing breathing exercise (k’iik’pranayama).  Many works of art show people seated for meditation and in trance postures. Depictions of intertwined serpents (k’ultanlilni – kundalini) and vision serpents indicate that the Maya worked with this energy and attained altered states of consciousness just like the Hindus.

Ayurveda / Maya Medicine

Maya Medicine, like Ayurveda, was practiced by priests who inherited their position and received extensive education. The ancient Maya were aware that the mind was very important, and they placed great emphasis in their approach to medicine on the connection of the mind and body. They used instruments made of bone, and leather (for enemas). They sutured wounds with human hair, reduced fractures, and used casts. Obsidian blades were used to perform surgeries thereby promoting more rapid healing with less scar tissue.

Over 1500 different plants were used as herbal prescriptions. Some of them served as anesthetics for performing operations.

Both these similar sciences of medicine are widely popular in the respective countries till today.

World is still full of mysteries, discoveries will definitely break away domination of European countries. As the world culture thrived well with inter relationships before Europeans barbarically destroyed every heritage.

SOURCE: “Mexico: A grand voyage through the fascinating land with ancient links to India” by Swarupa.

Dr Sindhu Prashanth