Why is the Zone of Avoidance associated with Mitra?

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There is a delicate balance between forces of affinity (Mitra) and of the freedom to expand (Varuna). This balance keeps everything in place in the universe. Mitra-Varuna device as described in the Agastya Samhita is known popularly as the “Baghdad Battery”. This device also illustrates the complementary natures of Mitra and Varuna. Rishis cognized the play of the Devatas, universal impulses, in every field of existence. Certainly, astronomy is an important science in the Vedic tradition. Rishis therefore assigned different regions of the sky to different Devatas. Besides, they assigned them based on cognizing unique phenomenon in these regions. An example of this excellent cognition is the “Zone of Avoidance” or the “Great Attractor”


They assigned the region close to the galactic center, in the tightly packed galactic bulge, to Mitra Devata. Secondly. stars in this region have to move delicately. They have to avoid the gravitational pull from other stars in such close vicinity. The Vedic name of the region is Anuradha. In summary this names suggests the region to be an area peripheral to another area, where gravity is irresistible. Secondly, scientists attribute another interesting phenomenon to this direction. The “Great Attractor” or the “Zone of Avoidance” lies in this direction.

What is the great Attractor

The “Great Attractor” is a mystery to scientists. However, scientists have suspected about it since the 70s and the 80s. Scientists postulated massive gravity, equivalent to a million billion suns, to be be pulling our galaxy in that direction. However, they had not been able to identify any objects in this direction. This is so because the central region of our own galaxy shields all farther objects from the view of scientists. Recently, a team of scientists have been able to view beyond this shield. They use innovative technologies on the Parkes Radio telescope to map the far side of our galaxy. Consequently, they have identified a combined pull from 883 hidden galaxies. Certainly, this massive gravity constantly pulls the Milky Way galaxy. As a result our galaxy moves at great speed (2 million Km/hour) in the direction of the Zone of Avoidance.

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