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Is there really a prophecy about Jesus in the Vedas?

Is there really a prophecy about Jesus in the Vedas?



A recent flurry of articles and website postings have been made to indicate that the fable of Jesus is mentioned in the Vedas [Bhavisya Purana]. Many Vaisnavas have been enthused [confused] by these Vedic findings, confirming Jesus as a messenger of God [Krsna] and a pure devotee. However, a closer look at the prediction of Jesus found in the Bhavisya Purana strongly suggests foul play or interpolation on the part of Christian Missionaries in India during the late 18th century.

Although the Bhavisya Purana is certainly a bona-fide literature, its predictions concerning certain events cannot be taken as absolute because of evangelical interference.

Is there really a prophesy about Jesus in the Vedas?  The Bhavisya Purana is considered to be one of the major 18 Puranas of the Vedic canon. As the name suggests, it mainly deals with future events (bhaviysati). The Bhavisya Purana is also mentioned in the ancient text of the Apastambha-dharma-sutras, so it is to be taken as an original Puranic literature dating from the time of Vyasadeva.

However, there are four known editions of the Bhavisya Purana, each having different predictions from the other, but suspiciously having one consistent prediction – that of Jesus.

One edition contains five chapters, one contains four, another contains three and yet another contains only two. Additionally, the contents in all four editions differ in various degrees – some having extra verses and some having less. Due to these circumstances, it is difficult to ascertain which of the four is the original text of the Bhavisya Purana, if indeed an original text still exists, but suspiciously all four editions do mention Jesus.

The Venkateswar Steam Press edition of the Bhavisya Purana printed in Bombay in 1829 (and reprinted by Nag Publishers in 2003) is probably the most complete version available, containing all the main features of the four manuscripts. Since none of the four editions of the Bhavisya Purana predate British Rule in India, this further suggests a discrepancy, plus the fact that all four versions mention Jesus.

The consistent prophecy in all four editions that seems to indicate an interpolation concerns the so-called meeting of Maharaja Salivahana and Jesus. This is found in the 19th chapter of the Pratisarga-parva. However, in examining this section, certain flaws can be found which betray its dubious origins. The section begins thus:

vikramaditya-pautrasca
pitr-rajyam grhitavan
jitva sakanduradharsams
cina-taittiridesajanbahlikankamarupasca
romajankhurajanchhatan
tesam kosan-grhitva ca
danda-yogyanakarayat

sthapita tena maryada
mleccharyanam prthak-prthak
sindhusthanam iti jneyam
rastramaryasya cottamam

mlecchasthanam param sindhoh
krtam tena mahatmana
ekada tu sakadiso
himatungam samayayau

“Ruling over the Aryans was a king called Salivahana, the grandson of Vikramaditya, who occupied the throne of his father. He defeated the Sakas who were very difficult to subdue, the Cinas, the people from Tittiri, Bahlikas and the people of Kamarupa. He also defeated the people from Roma and the descendants of Khuru, who were deceitful and wicked. He punished them severely and took their wealth. Salivahana thus established the boundaries dividing the separate countries of the Mlecchas and the Aryans. In this way Sindusthan came to be known as the greatest country. That great personality appointed the abode of the Mlecchas beyond the Sindhu River and to the west. One time, that subduer of the Sakas went towards Himatunga (the Himalayas).” (19.19-22)

Is there really a prophesy about Jesus in the Vedas?  At the very outset, this section is fraught with historical inaccuracies. Salivahana was the king of Ujjain (in modern day Madhya Pradesh), and while it is not surprising that Salivahana traveled to the Himalayas, the enemies that he supposedly vanquished in battle before he went, should be looked into more thoroughly. Historical research tells us that the only invading force that Salivahana actually subdued were the Sakas, who entered India from the north-west regions. But as for his defeating the Cinas (Chinese), Bahlikas (Bactrians), Kamarupas (Assamese), Romas (Romans) and the Khurus (Khorasans, or Persians), there is no historical evidence that validates Salivahana doing this, nor is their any historical proof of the Romans and the Chinese ever invading India. The Bactrians (Greeks) came earlier during the Gupta Period and the Persians (Moguls) came later. The people of Assam were simply a small hill-tribe during this period of Indian history [conquering which would not have warranted Vedic verse]. The text continues:

hunadesasya madhye vai
giristhan purusam subham
dadarsa balabanraja
gaurangam sveta-vastrakam

“In the middle of the Huna country (Hunadesa – the area near Manasa Sarovara or Kailasa mountain in Western Tibet), the powerful king saw an auspicious man who was living on a mountain. The man’s complexion was golden and his clothes were white.” (19:22)




After Salivahana defeated the Sakas he established his empire, thus the Salivahana period of Indian history began, circa 78 CE. According to this apparently interpolated section of the Bhavisya Purana, at some point after establishing his kingdom, Salivahana traveled to the Himalayas and met Jesus. Yet Christian scholars opine that Jesus was born in 4 BCE and was crucified somewhere between 27 and 36 CE. If we entertain the idea that Christ somehow survived the crucifixion and met Salivahana in the Himalayas, this would make him around 80 years old at that time. Yet surprisingly, the description of Jesus in the Bhavisya Purana does not mention that he was an old man.

The text continues with Salivahana asking Jesus, “Who are you?” to which Jesus replies:

isa-putram mam viddhi
kumari-garbha sambhavam
“I am the Son of God (isa-putra) and I am born of a virgin (kumari-garbha).”(19:23)

The idea common amongst Christians that Jesus was born of a virgin only came into existence several centuries after Jesus and was not part of early Christianity. Thus, it is unlikely that Jesus would have spoken of his birth as such.

The Christian idea that Jesus was born of a virgin is based on the following verse found in the Christian version of the Old Testament in the Book of Isaiah:

“Behold, a virgin has conceived and bears a son and she will call his name Immanuel.”

However, the original Hebrew text of the Book of Isaiah does not mention anything about a virgin:

hinneh ha-almah harah ve-yeldeth ben ve-karath shem-o immanuel
“Behold, the young woman has conceived – and bears a son and calls his name Immanuel.” (Isaiah 7.14)

The Hebrew word for virgin is ‘betulah’ yet it appears nowhere in this verse of Isaiah. The word used is ‘almah’ which simply means ‘a young woman’. Isaiah only uses ‘almah’ once. However, the word ‘Betulah’ is used five times throughout the Book of Isaiah, so Isaiah obviously made a distinction between these two words.

After Jesus has introduced himself to Salivahana he explains that he is teaching religion in the distant land of the Mlecchas and tells the king what those teachings are:

mlecchasa sthapito dharmo
maya tacchrnu bhupate
manasam nirmalam krtva
malam dehe subhasubhamnaigamam japamasthaya
japeta nirmalam param
nyayena satyavacasaa
manasyaikena manavah

dhyanena pujayedisam
surya-mandala-samsthitam
acaloyam prabhuh sakshat-
atha suryocalah sada


“Please hear from me, O King, about the religion that I have established amongst the Mlecchas. The mind should be purified by taking recourse of proper conduct, since we are subject to auspicious and inauspicious contaminations – by following the scriptures and concentrating on japa (repetition of God’s names) one will attain the highest level of purity; by speaking true words and by mental harmony, and by meditation and worship, O descendant of Manu. Just as the immovable sun attracts from all directions the elements of all living beings, the Lord who resides in the Surya-mandala (sun globe) and is fixed and all-attractive, attracts the hearts of all living creatures.” (19:28-30)

Is there really a prophesy about Jesus in the Vedas?  Nowhere in the Gospels do we find in the ministry of Jesus the above teachings to his followers. Furthermore, in this passage, Jesus is advocating the worship of the Sun-god (again, something that is absent in his instructions to the apostles). Japa, meditation, the negation of both good and bad karma, are all concepts that are familiar to eastern religions such as Hinduism and Buddhism, but not to the Abrahamic religions of the west.

Considering the above anomalies and the fact that no edition of the Bhavisya Purana can be found prior to the British period in India, we can only deduce that the Bhavisya Purana was tampered with by the Christian missionaries who added the chapter on Jesus. Their motive is obvious – to make the personality of Jesus acceptable to the Hindus, in order to convert them to Christianity.

In 1784, the famous Indologist Sir William Jones wrote the following letter to Sir Warren Hastings, Governor General of India, confirming our suspicions.

“As to the general extension of our pure faith in Hindoostan there are at present many sad obstacles to it… We may assure ourselves, that Hindoos will never be converted by any mission from the church of Rome, or from any other church; and the only human mode, perhaps, of causing so great a revolution, will be to translate into Sanscrit… such chapters of the Prophets, particularly of ISAIAH, as are indisputably evangelical, together with one of the gospels, and a plain prefatory discourse, containing full evidence of the very distant ages, in which the predictions themselves, and the history of the Divine Person (Jesus) is predicted, were severally made public and then quietly to disperse the work among the well-educated natives.” (Asiatic Researches Vol. 1. Published 1979, pages 234-235. First published 1788).

It may also be noted that throughout the Pratisarga-parva of the Bhavisya Purana we find the stories of Adam and Eve (Adhama and Havyavati), Noah (Nyuha), Moses (Musa), and other Biblical characters. These we also consider to be added by zealous Christians.

In conclusion, the Bhavisya Purana may well be a genuine Vedic scripture prophesying future events, but from the above analysis we can say with certainty that the Jesus episode of the Bhavisya Purana is not an authentic Vedic revelation.

~ Swami B.V. Giri

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18 Responses to "Is there really a prophecy about Jesus in the Vedas?"

  1. Yogi Baba Prem  July 2, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    I am not aware of anyone that considers the Puranas Vedic. The Vedic texts themselves consists of the Vedas, and supplementary works of the Brahmanas, Aranyakas and Upanishads. There is a great deal of debate as to the Mahabharata being a 5th Vedas, but there is no consensus. The author does make important comments about the Bhavisya Purana having been influenced for potential nefarious purposes.

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  2. Vikram Gupta  July 7, 2014 at 5:58 am

    There’s a lot that you don’t know, in that case, Yogi Baba Prem. The Chandogya Upanishad itself refers to the Puranas and Itihases as the fifth Veda. All traditional sampradayas also accept that claim and use smriti in order to further the understanding of shruti, which is often terse and cryptic. Neo-Hindus have adopted a different stance, but they’re not the reference. Traditional scholars/acaryas are. Check the Chandogya reference (7.1.2).

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    • Yogi Baba Prem  April 16, 2015 at 9:46 pm

      This is somewhat problematic, as the Chandogya Upanishad is one of the oldest Upanishads, yet the dates for most of these works are not known in reality. As dating of the Vedas is obviously incorrect with astronomical references indicating dates to 6500 BCE. Therefore, one must resolve the dates of the Puranas, epics, itihases relative to the Chandogya Upanishad to verify the information is correct. And this simply has not been proven possible, and clearly dating by western scholarship is absurd at best. Likewise, it is quite evident that the ‘Bhavishya Purana’ has been likely tampered with, as the style of writing changes frequently. It is suspect that some texts have had alterations with additions given for the coveted title of ‘Fifth Veda’. But comprising the Itihases, Epics and Puranas as a ‘Fifth Veda’ is some illogical given the history of the Vedic texts.

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  3. gaurav  August 3, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    Attempt to convert people to christianity will fail since such cooked up methods only show the frustration and insecurity and arrogance of a mind which is corrupt. why are these people not able to access non christians as humans is beyond me and this weakness will lead to the downfall, such manufactured and concocted texts cannot take away the existence of vedic hinduism or vaishnavism.

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    • rkp  January 1, 2016 at 10:58 am

      Evangelical Christians would not have introduced Jesus Christ as alleged in the article. The reasons are:
      1) Jesus dies on the cross was buried, rose from the dead on the third day and ascended into heaven to be seated at the Right hand of God the Father. To say that Jesus escaped death etc is anti-christian.
      2) Sun worship etc. are concepts against the God of the Bible.

      So it is clear that such things are not done by Christians as it is against Christ.

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  4. Ramananda  September 20, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    Thank you for such a big analysis

    There are majorly two damages are done on vedas by two diffrent emperor,
    1. Mughal emperor; they injected some concept that our saints in olden days they were eating meat.
    2. British emperor; they continued the same and introduce the jesus connectoin to India.
    after analyzing both are been disproved by so many people.

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  5. Naresh  December 28, 2014 at 6:06 am

    With so much contamination in the Vedas, which one should we look up for actual guidance?

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  6. Rohit  December 29, 2014 at 5:13 am

    The Vedas with Upanishads may be the Aranyakas are Shrutis all other are Smritis (written by humans) and are supposed to be changed with time depending upon the situation. Jesus definitely did not come to India ever! period. Hence any such reference must be fabricated.

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  7. Rathan  December 29, 2014 at 9:11 am

    Simple .. the blood line if seen of his father and mother.. states that they both are brother and sister in relation.. Our vedas did say the decline of human race starts with Kali Purush..who is born to a brother and sister.

    May be that Kali might be Jesus and that is from when our country and human race saw decline in every aspect of tradition and religion. Might not be correct but I could make it up by using some sense.

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  8. Dr. Sachidanand Das  December 29, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    Who is the gainer and who is the loser in this game? And who are the people behind this?

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  9. Sidhu  January 30, 2015 at 3:24 pm

    Even a layman with no basic education of vedic knowledge knows one thing… We have one god and we worship in different forms. We see god in every living & non-living things and most importantly evil is destroyed and good wins. They protect us and are always undefeatable, no evil can ever defeat or kill any of the gods. All said I do respect Jesus as a good soul who sacrificied himself for his people. If he was an avatar of Krishna then he would never got himself killed in the evil hands of those kings. He would have simply ended the evilness and bought balance in the kingdom. Period.

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  10. Satish  February 12, 2015 at 2:33 pm

    Jesus is not the avtar of krishna. but swami vivekananda in his book “PROBODA RATNAKAR” printed by ramakrishna mission says that JESUS is the omkar swaroopa. To understand Ultimate GOD we have to understand JESUS. If we say that our vedas are manupulated how can this swami vivekananda or His mission get manupulated. According to Vedas one should sacrifice animal to get rid of his sins. lord INDRA sacrificed OX and thought that his sins were redeamed(yajurveda). Even PURUSHA SHUKTHA(part of RIG VEDA available in rama krishna math) also conveys that the yajna as the highest dharma in vedas. which means BRAHMA himself becoming as YAJNAPASHU. Who is the god that was sacrificed for the sins of the people. Please let me know the truth.

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  11. MURALI  February 12, 2015 at 5:26 pm

    MOST OF THE CHRISTIANS ARE RELIGIOUS EXTREMISTS, CHRISTIAN MILITANTS , AND CHRISTIAN TERRORIST …
    THEY ARE INTOLERANT TO OTHER RELIGIONS AND READY TO KILL PEOPLE WITH BEING KNOW TO PEOPLE …..

    IN INDIAN ITSELF WE CAN SEE LOT OF CHRISTIAN SHOWING THEIR CHRISTIAN EXTREMISM ..

    CHURCH TOLD THEM TO HATE HINDUISM AND HATE THEY DIRECTLY ON THEIR FACE ITSELF …
    AND THEIR CHRISTIAN EXTREMISTS DO THAT… TOMORROW THEY CAN KILL HINDUS AS CHURCH TELLS THEM…..
    THAT IS WHY I CALL CHRISTIANS AS CHRISTIAN TERRORIST ………
    CHRISTIAN EXTREMISTS ARE MOST DANGEROUS PEOPLE ON EARTH…….

    BE CAREFUL WITH CHRISTIAN TERRORIST

    CHRISTIAN MILITANTS

    NO INDIAN SHOULD FORGET ONE THING , THAT , WE PEOPLE OF BHARAT OR HINDUS ALONG WITH MUSLIMS GOT OUR FREEDOM FROM THIS CRUEL CHRISTIAN OR BRITISH DOGS , WHICH KILLED US LIKE ANIMALS IN JALIYANWALA BAGH …….

    DOWN DOWN CHRISTIAN MILITANTS

    JAI BHARATH MATHA KI

    JAI BHARATH MATHA KI

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  12. R.S.Gadasalli  July 10, 2015 at 10:22 pm

    As you have said, the church adopts everything, all sorts of tricks to fool people to bring them under the Bible belt. Few decades,ago few so called scholars dug up a story, did Jesus live in Kashmir? can we account for the un accounted years of Jesus life in the Himalayas? was he in Tibet? was he a monk and all that kind of story only to support the things they stole from Buddhism like the ten commandments, monk hood ,nun hood , non violence, mediatation, rudraksha etc.They had come with books that were Titled CHRISTA VATARA to fool the innocent and attract them to church in South India.They had put some idols made in Tamilnadu with some made up documents in a road construction site near Shabari Malai hills to claim the original church existed next to temple etc. The crook in madras who was creating fake coins and documents for the church was caught and the mission was abandoned.The church also wanted to out Jesus or Mary’s tall statue in the place where Swami Vivekananda statue stays now. They had brought so many obstructions to the construction of Vivekananada Rock memorial. Please do not use the word aryans as it has been proves that it was a fictional creation of German church to claim dominance over the native adivasis. It has been proven that all the peopke lived around Ganga,Sindhu, Saraswati are all natives and no body came to Bharath from any where. if the Vedas predicted some one coming with a divine message, it has been applied for Bhagwan Budda and no body else. We need to make sure the right scriptures are printed and promoted and circulated. Dharmo Rakshati rakshitaha. all who protect dharma will be protected by Dharma. let us not forget that.

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  13. Sreenivasan Nair  September 18, 2015 at 2:28 pm

    Some Muslim evangelists like Zakir Naik..also quote from bhavishypurana. There are some verses in some copies like ” Muhammad namE marusthala nivasi.. ete etc .. in conversation with Bhojaraja. A book published from Karachi – “Prophesies about Islam” states that.
    Need to demolish that myth too..

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  14. Ashok Grover  May 25, 2016 at 2:35 pm

    Yes Mr. Nair you are right.
    Recently I saw one of his video – a sort of dialogue held at Banglore between Dr. Zakir Nayak and Sri Sri Ravishankar on whose God is well-defined in respective religious texts, in front of large audience.
    Dr. Nayak having good memory remembering all versus of Veda and Kuran. He quoted so cleverly about Allah that our Ravishankar jee could not defend due to poor study of sacred Vedas. I felt so bad about it and thought that any Shankaracharya should have been there who is much learned than Art of Living Guru.
    Dr. Nayak belongs to one Islamic Research Foundation like many such organisations world over. They are engaged in taking good things, like those of Christians, from other religious texts and putting in Kuran.
    Unfortunately we never thought of this/ never needed; so do not have such research foundations even to defend preachings of our sacred texts. But time has come probably to initiate on these lines.

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  15. Gerald Sarvas  May 26, 2016 at 1:52 am

    If there is no mention of “Jesus” in the Jewish scriptures, why then, would there be any mention of him in the Vedas? The entire story of Jesus is a fabrication

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  16. Grant Nevin  October 1, 2016 at 4:41 pm

    There were 353 prophecies fulfilled by Jesus and 44 messianic prophecies, therefore, to say that Jesus was not mentioned in the Jewish scriptures is not true. In addition who wrestled with Jacob, who was the “one that had the appearance of the son of man”?
    Deuteronony 18:15
    Malachi 4:5-6
    Psalm 2:7

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