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Dwarka - The Underwater City

We have read and heard much about Dwarka, the land where Krishna grew up and later ruled. Did you ever imagine you could actually see the ruins of this lost city we hear so much about

Diving along the waters off Dwarka and the island called “Beyt Dwarka” you can see some of the recently unearthed ancient Dwarka ruins. Beyt Dwarka is just off the coast of Dwarka in Gujarat and some recently launched archaeological expeditions are said to have discovered ancient Dwarka ruins. The beaches of these two cities have recently opened for visitors to explore the ruins.  

The Ancient City Of India “Dwarka” 

As one of the seven sacred pilgrimage sites of India, the city of Dwarka is of archaeological as well as religious significance. Referred to as the ancient kingdom of Krishna in the epic Mahabharata, this ancient incarnation of the city stretched for about 84 km as a fortified city where the Gomti River meets the Arabian Sea. According to the text, after Krishna's death, the ancient city sank into the Arabian Sea.  In the second half of the last century, archaeologists sought to find physical evidence of a sunken city off the coast of present-day Dwarka to prove its existence beyond reasonable doubt. As a result, many relics were found underwater, including stone blocks and pillars. However, the exact age of these discoveries is still debated. Archaeologists are now planning underwater excavations to look for the foundations of the old city walls. Locating the exact location of the settlement is of great historical importance to India. 

A Sunken City Dwarka -  Myth Or Fact 

According to the scriptures of Srimad Bhagavatam, the city of Dwaraka was built in response to Jarasandha, the ruler of Magadha, who constantly attacked Mathura. To prevent further attacks on his clan, Lord Krishna decided to found another city on the west coast of India.The great architect Vishwakarma brought this concept to life. According to ancient texts, Dwarka was built near a place called Kshasthari by Krishna. The city rapidly grew in importance and became the unstoppable hub of Lord Krishna's mission with about 900 palaces and thousands of palaces. The city was heavily fortified and could only be reached by ship. The lost city of Dwarka quickly became the talk of the world, causing awe and wonder.

According to the 23rd and 34th stanzas of the Mahabharata, on the same day that Krishna left the earth and joined the spiritual world, the city was flooded with the Arabian Sea, marking the beginning of the Kali period. The sea god reclaimed the land and sank the lost city of Dwarka, but Lord Krishna's palace was saved. The lost city of Dwarka is said to have been attacked by the flying machine Vimana. Accounts of the battle seem to imply that they fought using advanced technology and powerful weaponry, possibly even from orbit, thus evoking interest in ancient alien theories. launched an attack on the city using an energy weapon resembling lightning. The attack was so devastating that much of the city was reduced to ruins. 

The first excavations began around 100 years ago in the 1930s around Bett Dwarka Island, about 30 km north of present-day Dwarka in the Jamnagar district of Gujarat. Further excavations were carried out in the 1960s, but the results were inconclusive. In 1979, the Archaeological Survey of India conducted another excavation and excavators uncovered earthenware from the 2nd millennium BC.

Archaeologists have discovered what appears to be a fortified foundation on which, between 1983 and 1990, the walls of the ancient city must have been built along the river bank. Over 500 antiques have been unearthed at this site. Some samples and date elements strongly establish the year 2000 cultural order. Stone blocks, pillars and an irrigation system have been found, but the actual dates of these discoveries are still debated.  

The Archaeological Finding

According to one theory, the lost city of Dwarka was built on landfill some 3,500 years ago and drowned when sea levels rose. Scientific studies show that sea levels in this region rose and fell several times before reaching their present levels in the year 1000 AD. These changing sea levels can be caused by anything from geological disturbances to coastal erosion.

Numerous anchors have been found at this site, indicating that Dwarka was a historic port and must have played a role in trade contacts between India and the Arab region from the 15th century to her 18th century. increase. An anchor used by ships. The word 'dwarka' is a Sanskrit word meaning 'portal' or 'door', suggesting that this ancient port town may have served as an entry point for foreign seafarers coming to India. Archaeologists are currently preparing underwater excavations to search for the foundations of the ancient city walls. 

Conclusion And Where Is The Lost City Now 

Several recent studies in the region have disputed Rao's identification of underwater remains. They claim that Krishna's kingdom was not located on the banks of the Gomti River, but in the area of ​​Kambey Bay, also known as Kombat Bay, and that the ruins date to the Middle Ages, not between 3000 and 1500. B.C.

In any case, the story of Krishna and his lost city of Dwarka has long been considered a mythological legend, but ongoing archaeological discoveries may prove otherwise. 


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