India and Russia – two different nations, different c u l t u r e s , d i f f e r e n t languages and yet, here emerge seemingly out of nowhere, some curious similarities…Take, for example, the name Narad.
People on this side of Himalayas know him as one of the greatest sages of yesteryears, and an rdent devotee of Lord Vishnu. People in Russia have named a river and mountain in their country as Narada. Could it be that the mountain and river drew their names from the great sage Narada…maybe?
th th A 2007 Times of India report, informed us of the discovery of a 7 – 8 century statue of Lord Vishnu in the Staraya Maina village in the Ulyanovsk region of Russia. The village, it said, dates back to more than 1700 years back – so far the mother of all Russian cities. Clearly there were the devotees of Lord Vishnu in 7 century Russia, perhaps these devotees also revered Narad Muni…
The Russo-India connect does not end here, Adin Dwa Tri Chitri Peyas Sheshtha…goes the Russian counting. Eka dwi tri chatur pancha shash…is the counting in Sanskrit! Russians were well versed with Indian counting system, as is evident from the fact that Russian chemist and inventor, Dmitry Mendeleev, who gave the world the law of periodicity of elements and the famous Medeleev Periodic Table in 1856, used the prefixes of eka, dvi and tri in the naming of his predicted eight elements. Noting that there are striking similarities between the periodic table and the introductory Śiva Sūtras in Pānini’s grammar, Prof. Kiparsky said:”The analogies between the two systems are striking. Just as Pānini found that the phonological patterning of sounds in the language is a function of their articulatory properties, so Mendeleev found that the chemical properties of elements are a function of their atomic weights.”
Linguists from across the world note further similarities in Russian and Indian dialect. To quote more examples, · Russian rivers with Sanskrit names: Cala (black), Lala (red), Padma
(lotus), Sagara (ocean), Harina (goose). · In ancient Russia and in India the cities were built as forts for defence against an enemy. Such cities were called gorod or grad in Russian and garh in Hindi. Hence the names of cities – Leningrad (the city of Lenin), Peterograd (the city of Peter) and Bahadurgarh (the city of the brave). · The famous Russian ‘vodka’ derives its name from the Sanskrit word ‘udaka’ meaning water. Many more common words in our dictionaries include ‘griva’ for neck, ‘dever‘ for brother-in-law, ‘mer/mri’ to die, and so on.
The antiquity of Sanskrit dates back to thousands of years ago, it seems Russians shared close kinship with the vedic Indians in their distant history, the discovery of Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu statues in Central Asia and Russia point in the same direction.
Linguist W.R. Rishi, ”India & Russia: Linguistic & Cultural Affinity
Linguist S. Zharnikova, Science & Life
Russian scientist and academician AI Sobolewski, ‘The Names of the Rivers and Lakes of the