The Yambala people and Shambal Ramal’s name are most likely
a reference to Shambala, a legendary kingdom
described in both Hindu and Tibetan Buddhist traditions. However, teachings and practices related to the Shambala legend predate either religion, and may have been part of an older belief system.
In the Hindu text, the Vishnu Purana, Shambala is described as the future birthplace of Vishnu’s final incarnation, who will lead the world to the ‘Era of Truth’ and 1.7 million years of peace.
The Buddhist Kalacakra Tantra contains a similar prophecy, where Shambala is a utopian society, untouched by the decline of the outside world, until the reign of its 32nd and final king. At this time Shambala will be revealed, and the final king will defeat a great oppressor.
The Shambala legend was often misrecorded by Western sources, changing it from a spiritual concept to a physical lost kingdom. In the 20th century, expeditions in search of Shambala were initiated by high-ranking members of both the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany.