Wednesday, January 05, 2005

 

History has it. Dwarka inundated by tsunami in 1500 BC!

__________________________________________________________________________________

The Times of India
By Prashant Rupera
January 04, 2005

VADODARA, Could a tsunami have struck the coast of Gujarat in 1,500 BC to drown the ancient city of Dwarka?

Experts and others closely associated with the discovery of the lost city off the coast of Saurashtra don't discount this possibility.

They speak of the Mahabharata talking about the sea suddenly engulfing the city after Lord Krishna's death and Arjuna taking Krishna's grandsons to Hastinapur.

Well known marine archaeologist SR Rao worked on Dwarka for 14 years with the National Institute of Oceanography, Goa. Talking to TOI from Bangalore, Rao says, "We can't rule out the possibility of a tsunami drowning ancient Dwarka as the town was inundated by some sea activity.

There are shlokas which talk of the suddenness of the incident and the gravity of the calamity". "The Bhagvat Purana mentions ‘Ete ghora mahotpata Dwarvatyam yamaketavaha. Muhoorthamapi na atra no yadu pungava'. The literal translation is ‘This calamity itself became a symbol of death. The Yadavas should not stay here even for a moment'.

The suddenness of the present tsunami has caused similar devastation to what seems to have happened at ancient Dwarka and its inhabitants." But he also says that "there are three texts including the Harivansha, the Matsyapurana and the Bhagvat Gita, which state that it took seven days to vacate Dwarka before it was submerged by the sea.

"If we suppose that Dwarka submerged due to a tsunami, the gradual movement of the sea can't be explained".

Director of the state archaeology department YS Rawat, too, believes that a tsunami could well have done to ancient Dwarka what it did to Aceh.

"It is just that in the ancient times such sea activity was not known as tsunami. It is possible that large waves like that of a tsunami struck Dwarka and drowned it," he says.

"In fact, near the sea of today's Dwarka, one can find remnants of Harappan culture during low tide." Swami Sadanand Saraswati, the secretary of the Shardapith Dwarka says, "Yes, Dwarka was devastated by the sea.

According to the Bhagvat Gita, the Ekadash Skand mentions Krishna sending a message to the people of Dwarka. He told them that once he leaves this world, there would be no one on this earth to save Dwarka. The sea would finish Dwarka and hence he asks the 56 crore Yaduvanshis to leave Dwarka".

(With inputs from Himanshu Kaushik in Rajkot and Anil Pathak in Ahmedabad)




Comments: Post a Comment



<< Home

This page is powered by Blogger. Isn't yours?