The Swastika City of Arkaim

The Swastika City of Arkaim

The idea of a lost ancient civilization located at the North Pole at a time when its climate was friendlier to human habitation is suggested in many of the world’s oldest myths and sacred scriptures. 

The Arctic Home in the Vedas is a seminal work on the origin of Aryans presented by Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak, a mathematician turned astronomer, historian, journalist, philosopher and political leader of India during 1880 to 1920. It propounded the theory that North Pole was the original home of Aryans during pre-glacial period which they had to leave due to the ice deluge around 8000 B.C. and had to migrate to the Northern parts of Europe and Asia in search of lands for new settlements. In support to his theory Tilak has presented certain Vedic hymns, Avestic passages, Vedic chronology and Vedic calendars with interpretations of the contents in detail. The book was written at the end of 1898 but was first published in March 1903 in Pune.

The book has about 500 pages containing a Preface by the Author and thirteen chapters named below:

1. ‘Prehistoric Times’
2. The Glacial Period
3. The Arctic Regions
4. The Night of the Gods
5.The Vedic Dawns
6. Long Day and Long Night
7. Months and Seasons
8. The Cow’s Walk
9. Vedic Myths – The Captive Waters
10. Vedic Myths – The Matutinal Deities
11. The Avestic Evidence
12. Comparative Mythology.
13. The Bearing of our Results on the History of Primitive Aryan Culture and Religion.

Bal Gangadhar Tilak (1856–1920), who was given the honorary title Lokmanya (“chosen leader of the people”), was one of the fathers of India’s independence movement in opposition to British colonial rule. He was imprisoned several times for his vocal advocacy of violent revolt against the colonial authorities on the basis of Vedic scripture. His time in prison gave him time to work on his more scholarly projects, such as the above mentioned book. Although he did not live to see the ultimate victory of the movement he had helped to establish, he is widely acknowledged as having been one of the main driving forces behind it due to his influence on leaders who saw his mission through to its end in 1947.

This theory has never gained widespread acceptance among mainstream scholars since it was first published in 1903, Tilak has made a compelling case which is not easily refuted.

With this information in mind, we turn our attention to an amazing discovery in 1987, almost 84 years after the book was published.  Located in the Ural Mountains, the site is said to be the most enigmatic archaeological find within Russia:

Everyone’s heard of Stonehenge.  You could probably venture into the Amazonian jungle and seek out an untouched tribe of hunter-gatherers, spend months gaining their trust and learning their language, fighting off dysentery while you’re at it, and when their chief finally makes you an honorary member of their society, against the emphatic advice of his shaman, you could ask them if they’ve heard of Stonehenge, and the answer would probably be: yes.

Some might say that’s overstating the matter a touch, but the point stands.  The sarsen stones of Wiltshire are famous; they’ve made their way into popular culture the world over.  Though, would it surprise you to know that Stonehenge isn’t the only megalithic stone circle in the world?  Probably not, but most don’t realise that there are somewhere on the order of 5000 stone circles around the world.  Some exist as collections of circles, like the Senegambian circles in Gambia, Senegal, which are counted as one circle in the global list, but which actually consists of more than 1000 individual monuments covering an area of 15,000 square miles.

Great Britain boasts a large number of these Neolithic sites, but they don’t have a monopoly on henges, as they’re called over there.  One of their neighbours actually has quite a few as well.

Standing alongside such geological oddities as Russia’s Manpupuner stone pillars, or the Seven Sleeping Giants, some of the most interesting Neolithic monuments stand within the borders of the former Soviet Union.

Arkaim is one of those sites.  Arkaim, or Аркаим in Russian, is considered by some to be the most important and enigmatic archaeological site in northern Europe.  The site is wrapped in controversy and is sometimes referred to as Russia’s Stonehenge.  It sits on the outskirts of the Chelyabinsk oblast in the southern Urals, just north of the Kazakhstan border.  Though it’s not a stone circle in the way that Stonehenge is a stone circle.

Arkaim is the remnants of an ancient settlement, which is basically a village that was fortified by two large stone circular walls.  The settlement covers an area of some 220,000sq-ft and consists of two circles of dwellings separated by a street, with a central community square in the center.  The site was discovered (rediscovered?) in 1987 by a team of Russian archaeologists, and a wave of excitement washed through the world of archaeology.  The site and associated artefacts have been dated to the 17th century BCE and it’s generally agreed that it was built somewhere between 4000-5000 years ago, which puts it in the same age bracket as Stonehenge.

Arkaim has another name, one that’s not exactly kosher.  It’s called Swastika City, or alternately Mandala City.  It has this name for a couple reasons, firstly, if one uses their imagination, the layout of the dwellings around the central square almost looks like it’s in the shape of a swastika.  As we all know the swastika is the misappropriated sign of the Nazis and of the so-called Aryan race, and which has been adopted by modern white-supremacy groups.  The second reason is that the settlement is thought to have been of the Sintashta culture, which is an Indo-Iranian race (actually a language identity) of the ancient Eurasian Steppe, or in common terms, the Aryan race.  So, as you can see, there are those who would like to assert that Arkaim is in fact the birthplace of the superior white race of humans, though few in mainstream science see any value in that line of reasoning.

The site holds more interesting secrets than just its association to a politically incorrect aspect of our culture however.

It has been of great interest to archaeoastronomers, and therein lies the reason for its association with Stonehenge.  It’s long been known that Stonehenge has and was built with astronomical observation in mind.  In fact it’s technically called an observatory.  Stonehenge allowed for, and possibly may still allow for observations of 10 astronomical phenomena using 22 elements, whereas some archaeoastronomers claim that Arkaim allows for observations of 18 phenomena using 30 elements.  This essentially means that certain events in the sky could be observed and tracked by using the site in particular ways and from different positions, and that Arkaim offered more observable events than Stonehenge.

It would seem that Arkaim is an even better astronomical observatory than its namesake.  According to Russian archaeologist K.K. Bystrushkin Stonehenge offers an observational accuracy of 10-arc minutes to a degree, whereas Arkaim offers accuracy of 1-arc minute.[1]  This precision is unheard of in the time frame allowed, and was only surpassed by that documented in the Almagest of ancient Greece some 2000 years later.

It may seem obvious to some, but the fact that these sites were apparently constructed, deliberately, to act as astronomical observatories and even calendars of a sort, before the same expertise was achieved in the great foundational empires of antiquity, like the Egyptians and the Greeks, is seemingly strong evidence for attributing greater development and sophistication to these pre-historic cultures.  The more conspiratorial among us might even say that these sites offer clues to the existence of an unknown or lost civilization in our distant past.

Arkaim is but one example of the rich archaeological bounty hidden away in the Russian interior.  Similar sites have been lost to industrial progress, such as Sarkel, a limestone and brick fortress built by the Khazar culture in 830AD, which was flooded by the Russian government for the construction of the Tsimlyansk resevior in 1952.  Due to the secrecy and lack of academic cooperation during the cold war and possibly to language barriers, many such sites still exist, but have yet to be explored and analysed, and more still are yet to be discovered.

[1] K.K. Brystrushkin. Fenomen Arkaima.  (Russian Language) Beyle al’vy 2003 ISBN-10 5761901722

~ Martin J. Clemens


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  • Nice article.
    In addition to Arkaim, finding of idols of Vedic Gods (Vishnu) near Samara (Straiya Maina), Cudgel find near Kutuluk east of Samara (my FB posting dated March 12, 2015); Pro Bajin town’s corelation to Vajrapur occurring on a Siberian lake island; naming of Karakorum town and mountain range after Kurm-Avtar (my FB posting dated 18.4.2014); practice of Shaman by ancient Russians/ Pagans; finding of Lord Pashupatinath on metal plate in Gundestrup of Denmark; occurrence of ‘Omphalus’ in Grrece and adjoining areas (my FB posting August 4, 2014) , etc. are the known evidences indicating prevalence of Vedic culture in Polar region. We hope to get more and more evidences in future…

  • Lok Manya Bal Gangadhara Tilak was a great friend of Indophile and Aryan invasion kingpin Max Muller.

    Tilak wrote in his newspaper Kesari that as per Bhagavad Gita, no blame could be attached to anyone who killed an oppressor without any thought of reward. 

    Promptly , on 22 June 1897, Rand and another British officer, Lt. Ayerst were shot and killed by the Chapekar brothers .

    Tilak was sentenced to 18 months of jail. 

    Indophile, German Jew and Rothschild agent Max Müller went all the way to meet Tilak and gave him his translated copy of his second edition of the Rig-Veda, as he would be having lot of spare time.

    He wrote the book “The Arctic Home in the Vedas”, in 1903, where he wrote in a SHOCKING AND DESH DROHI MANNER that our Vedas were written in the Arctic. 

    He made a hash of calculating the time of Vedas by using the position of different Nakshatras. 

    He was released prematurely after 12 months in jail due to a grateful Max Muller’s efforts.

    Tilak was a great patriot BEFORE Rothschild put him in Mandalay jail. He was a bitter critic of Gopal Krishna Gokhale , the British stooge, who was Gandhi’s mentor.

    When Khudiram Bose, threw a bomb on a horse carriage at Muzzafarpur, to kill the Chief Presidency Magistrate Douglas Kingsford, he was caught. 

    Tilak supported Bose in his newspaper Kesari, and was arrested for sedition. 

    The stooge Parsi judge Dinshaw D. Davar gave him 6 years from 1908 to 1914, in Burma’s horrible Mandalay jail, so that he can be arm twisted into supporting the Aryan invasion theory.

    Indians agreed that Tilak was one of the greatest scholars of India— title of LOKMANYA mean this “accepted by the aam admi”

    There he got diabetes and when he came out he has entered into an arm twisted plea bargain ,just like Veer Vinayak Savarkar. 

    Tilak cabled the English crown and offered his services to recruit soldiers for the 1st World war.

    He reconciliated with the moderate Indian National Congress, toeing Gopal Krishna Gokhale’s line.

    First of all he is absolutely wrong in his book , about the end of the quaternary ice age.

    These ice ages happen due to irregularities in Earth’s orbit known as Milankovitch cycles , where the inclination, or tilt, of Earth’s axis varies periodically between 22° and 24.5°.

    We are living during an interglacial period called the Holocene that started about 12000 years ago. 

    For more information, read :

    • Manya Bal Gangadhara Tilak’s theories are wrong. It is already a proven fact the nearly all of the migrations had taken place from Bharath to outside. Arkaim should be seen as a further Vedic extension of the developmental expansion of Bharath into Central Asia and Europe. If it is found outside of Bharath, then it should also be noted that it can easily be due to Vedic developmental expansion from its epicentre (the Sapta Sindhu and the Ganga ji Regions) to further North and North West or the cow theory, genetics has already proven that the cow (in the form of the Zebu cow which is the oldest out of all the species) originated from Bharath and spread to the rest of the planet (the so-called fertile crescent included).


  • north pole is still called meru in indian language.hindu mythology states that meru parvat is at the centre of the earth.

      • It is parvat not in the sense of the peak of a mountain range like kailash ,kanchenjunga or everest,but in the sense of the highest point on the top of the world.

  • The vitally important factor is that this should not be a ground where Bharath’s civilisation is unfairly claimed by the others who have inherited this civilisation from Bharath itself. This is an extension of Bharath’s Vedic Arya civilisation which was centred in the Sapta Sindhu and the Ganga ji regions and spanned all the way from Maharashtra to the the regions of the North Pole by the Vedic colonialists who ventured out from Bharath.