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Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Lord Krishna’s Dwarka not in Jamnagar but in Junagadh: ISRO

Navhind Times on the Web: India

PTI Ahmedabad Oct 4: Giving a totally new twist to the location of Lord Krishna’s birthplace Dwarka, satellite pictures taken by the Indian Space Research Organisation have indicated that Dwarka did not exist in Jamnagar, as the historians believe, but in Junagadh district of Gujarat.

A senior scientist with the ISRO’s space application centre, Dr P S Thakker, who has worked on this project, said, “What is interesting is that ISRO’s findings corroborate what is mentioned in the vedas and other ancient Hindu scriptures about the geographical location of Dwaraka but contradicts what the archaeologists and modern historians say about the present Dwarka which they claim is in Jamnagar district of Gujarat.”

Though the study was done by the ISRO four years back it was confined to abstract papers on a dusty shelf.

Satellite images can pinpoint things that are not visible to the naked eye. For example, it can indicate the presence of ruins of a city which has been long buried under the soil.

Mr Thakker said that there are nine sites in Gujarat which claim to be the original Dwarka.

Those sites are: the town of modern Dwarka in Jamnagar district, Mul Dwarka near Kodinar in Junagadh district, Muli in Surendranagar district, Panch Dwaraka near Vankaner in Rajkot district, Bet Dwarka in Jamnagar district near Okha and a city believed to be submerged in the great Rann of Kutch.

Another site which also claims to be Dwarka is Jima Durga in Junagadh district. Descriptions of Lord Krishna’s Dwarka mentions the presence of rivers, forests, mountains, gardens having colourful flowers in its environs. But the present-day Dwarka, which exists in Jamnagar, doesn’t match with the descriptions found in literature but what matches perfectly are the satellite images which were taken of Junagadh district, Mr Thakker added.

He said the available literature indicates existence of two different Dwarkas at two different periods. One Dwarka was that of Lord Vasudeva and the other was that of Lord Krishna’s.

Lord Vasudev’s Dwarka, which was submerged in the Arabian Sea about 3500 years ago, and Lord Krishna’s Dwarka were both located in Junagadh district near Prabhash Kshetra, according to Mr Thakker.

In 1988, the sixth marine archaeological expedition of the National institute of Oceanography, Goa led by Dr S R Rao, emeritus scientist, had discovered hitherto unknown features of a city in Jamnagar which Dr Rao had claimed to be Lord Krishna’s Dwarka.

The expedition carried out by Dr Rao had come across inner and outer gateways of the proto-historic port city flanked by circular bastions built of massive blocks of sandstone.

From the inner gateway, a flight of steps led to the Gomati river the submerged channel of which has been traced over a length of 1.5 km in the seabed.

However, Mr Thakker claims this unknown feature of a city discovered by Dr Rao could be any other city settled after he said that the study of the satellite data perfectly matches with the description given in Tri Shasthi Shlaka Purush Charta (history of 63 outstanding personalities) written by Hemchandrachary, a distinguished Jain muni of the 11th century who has given a geographical description of Lord Krishna’s Dwarka built by kuber at Lord Indra’s behest.

Mr Thakker said the presence of Navda village in the vicinity (which means boat) and milollite limestone found in the vicinity of Girnar in Junagadh suggested the presence of a sea in this area.

“Thus it seems that Lord Vasudev’s dwarka which was submerged in the sea as well and the Dwarka of Lord Krishna were located in Junagadh district near Prabhash Kshetra. Excavation and further study is required to get more scientific information on Dwarka,” he added.


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