77. Ages Ago Indians Reached American Shores

The landing of Columbus in 1492 undoubtedly created a new life on the continents, but it neither created nor discovered a new world. Many centuries ago Asian migrants had come to the western shore in substantial numbers.

The Mayans of Gautemala - representative of the Maya civilization that flourished during the first millennium AD in Central America - believe their ancestors came from eastern continents, 20,000 years ago. One of the most dominant ethnic groups, Kekichi Maya, has always had special attraction for India in the past as their forefathers have told them that the "Naga tribes of Nagaland" were one of the four original branches of the Maya civilization. It is for these reasons and the similarities between the Aryan and Mayan civilizations, the people of Gautemala for long have been trying to establish contact with Indians and have a cultural dialogue.

"Ships of size that carried Fahien from India to China (through stormy China water) were certainly capable of proceeding all the way to Mexico and Peru by crossing the Pacific. One thousand years before the birth of Columbus Indian were far superior to any made in Europe up to the 18th century".

Both the Hindus and Americans used similar items in their worship and rituals. They both maintained the concept of four Yuga cycles, or cosmological seasons, extending over thousands of years, and conceived of twelve constellations with reference to the sun as indicated by the Incan sun calendar. Royal insignias, systems of government, and practice of religious dance and temple worship all showed remarkable similarities, pointing strongly to idea that the Americas were strongly influenced by the Aryans.

The ancient Puranas and the Mahabharata make mention of the Americas as "Kuruvarsha", lands rich with gold and silver. Argentina, which means, "related to silver". Is thought to have been named after Arjuna (of silver hue).