For Lithuania’s Romuva community, which traces its traditions back to ancient folklore, it is evidence of a connection to India, Hinduism and Sanskrit that has become a part of their Romuva identity, along with its pantheon of gods and fairly standard pagan rituals.
Of all the European nations, Lithuania held on to its traditional religion the longest. Nearly 1,000 years after the Roman Empire had embraced Christianity, Lithuanians continued to perform their ancient rituals and keep the sacred fires (Ugnė, Skt. Agni अग्नि) burning. The connection between Lithuanian and Sanskrit is well established and the Romuvan religion is similar to the Vedic in many ways.
The connections between Lithuanians and Sanskrit could be explained by the fact that the Vedic people and culture had expanded into the region of Uttara Kuru and Uttara Madra, between the Caspian and the Aral Seas, by the period of the Brāhmaṇas.
Baltic culture is called the Darna, which means ”harmony”. It is identical to the Sanskrit “Dharma” धर्म. Just as in the Vedic world in the Lithuanian world too Dharma defines harmony at the cosmic level.
Jonas Trinkunas a leading founder and priest of modern-day Romuva, performed marriages in the same manner as Hindu Vedic weddings. Mantras and chants were recited and the couple took vows after doing rounds of the fire. He further claimed that Rajputs were the ancestors of a Romuva tribe that once ruled Lithuania for many years and some of their ancient practices are practiced today.
In Lithuania, Europe, there are houses adorned with the motif of
two horse heads. This is a small clue to their ancient Vedic past.
Traditionally, the people of Lithuania worshipped the Asvieniai,
the Divine horse twins (Ashvini kumar twins of Vedanta) related to
the Goddess Ūsinis (Usha meaning Dawn) !They are said to pull
the Sun Chariot through the sky. ! AshviniKumar the Children of
the Sun god Surya, who are summoned by the Goddess Usha
(morning dawn) and appear as the morning and evening Sunlight.
They are practitioners of Ayurveda as Healers of the Devas, Demigods.
Lithuanians have preserved linguistically a great deal from
Ancient Sanskrit, the original Mother Language of Europe.
Below are a few examples of the linguistic similarities between Sanskrit and Lithunian language. Amazing!
*Asva(Lithuanian)= Ashva(Sanskrit) meaning ‘horse’!
*Dievas (Lithuanian)= Dev (Sanskrit) meaning ‘God’, ‘the shining ones’!
*Dumas (Lithuanian)= Dhuma(Sanskrit) meaning ‘smoke’!
*Sunus (Lithuanian)= Sunu(Sanskrit) meaning ‘son’!
*Vyras(Lithuanian)= Vira(Sanskrit) meaning ‘man’!
*Padas(Lithuanian)= Pada(Sanskrit) meaning ‘sole of the foot’!
*Ugnis(Lithuanian)= Agni(Sanskrit) meaning ‘fire’!
*Vilkas(Lithuanian)= Vrka(Sanskrit) meaning ‘wolf’!
*Ratas(Lithuanian)= Ratha (Sanskrit) meaning ‘carriage /Chariot’!
*Senis(Lithuanian)= Sana(Sanskrit) meaning ‘old’! ( Senior )!
*Dantis(Lithuanian)= Danta(Sanskrit) meaning ‘teeth’!
*Naktis(Lithuanian)= Nakti(Sanskrit) meaning ‘night’!
*House in Lithuania : * Our AshwiniKumar in India: (See pictures below)