Agartha (sometimes Agartta, Agharti, Agarta or Agarttha) is a legendary city that is said to reside in the earth's core. It is related to the belief in a hollow earth and is a popular subject in esotericism.
Alexandre Saint-Yves d'Alveydre published the first "reliable" account of Agartha in Europe. According to him, the secret world of "Agartha" and all of its wisdom and wealth "will be accessible for all mankind, when Christianity lives up to the commandments which were once drafted by Moses and Jesus," meaning "When the Anarchy which exists in our world is replaced by the Synarchy." Saint-Yves gives a "lively" description of "Agartha" in this book as if it were a place which really exists, situated in the Himalayas in Tibet. Saint-Yves' version of the history of "Agartha" is based upon "revealed" information, meaning received by Saint-Yves himself through "attunement."
The explorer Ferdynand Ossendowski wrote a book in 1922 titled Beasts, Men and Gods. In the book, Ossendowski tells of a story which was imparted to him concerning a subterranean kingdom which exists inside the earth. This kingdom was known to the Buddhists as Agharti.
Connections to mythology
Agartha is frequently associated or confused with Shambhala, which figures prominently in Vajrayana Buddhism and Tibetan Kalachakra teachings and revived in the West by Blavatsky and the Theosophical Society. Theosophists in particular regard Agarthi as a vast complex of caves underneath Tibet inhabited by evil demons called asuras. The Roerichs, whose teachings closely parallel Theosophy, see Shamballah's existence as both spiritual and physical.
In modern media
In 2012, Italian DJ Congorock released a song called "Agarta" along with "Monolith" on Ultra Records. The songs were both featured on the compilation album "Cavo Paradiso" which was mixed by fellow Italian DJ, Benny Benassi.
Head of Wantastiquet, the solo project of Paul LaBrecque, included a track entitled "Return To Agharti" on the album Dead Seas in 2010.
The 2012 Funcom game The Secret World features Agartha as the open region of the hollow Earth and home to the giant World tree, maintained in a warmer environment by the bees which nest in it, whose many branches reach off in different directions providing portals to different locations (and times) across the surface world.
The video game Final Fantasy IV features an above-ground city, Agart (a reference to Agartha), which leads to a subterranean world.
The game Castlevania: Lords of Shadow includes Agharta as an advanced but now dead civilization; their surviving technology plays an important role in the game.
The video game Dominions 3: The Awakening includes Agartha as one of the playable civilizations, a group on giants who dwell underground.
The video game Call of Duty: Black Ops includes Agartha as in the main Easter Egg in the map Shangri-La, where the two explorers get lost looking for it and stuck in Dr. Richtofen's tomb.
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- On Edward Bulwer-Lytton: Agharta, Shambhala, Vril and the Occult Roots of Nazi Power, by Joseph George Caldwell.
- Map/diagram of Agharta and the Hollow Earth, based on writings of Raymond W. Bernard
- Saint-Yves d’Alveydre and the Agartthian Connection, by Joscelyn Godwin