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Krishna's Dwarka was not in Jamnagar but in Junagadh: ISRO - New findings by ISRO

dasanudas - Tue, 04 Oct 2005 23:17:57 +0530
Here is recent news from ISRO ( Indian Space Research Organisation ) about their research on Lord Krishna's birthplace. The news can be found here

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

A senior scientist with Space Application Centre of ISRO Dr P S Thakker, who has worked on this project, said "what is interesting is that the findings of ISRO corroborates what is mentioned in the Vedas and 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 ISRO four years back it was confined to abstract papers in the dusty shelf of ISRO.

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.

Thakker said there are nine sites in Gujarat which claim to be original Krishna's Dwarka.

Those sites are the holy 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 is claimant of Dwarka is Jima Durga in Junagadh district.

Descriptions of Krishna's Dwarka mentions 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 matches perfectly with the images of satellite which was taken of Junagadh district, Thakker added.

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

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

In 1988, the sixth Marine Archaeological expedition of the National Oceanography, Goa led by Dr S R Rao, Emeritus Scientist, had discovered hitherto unknown features of a city in Jamnagar which Rao claimed to be 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, Thakker claims this unknown feature of a city discovered by Rao could be any other city settled after 1 AD other than Krishna's Dwarka.
Gaurasundara - Thu, 10 Nov 2005 19:19:15 +0530
Calcutta Telegraph: Krishna in hiding in ‘real’ Dwarka - junagadh village has no temple


A small, shabby shrine with a creaky wooden door and dirty white walls, where someone has painted a mace — surely this can’t be a memorial to Krishna at the proud spot from where he supposedly ruled his Yadav kingdom?

It’s not. This is a Hanuman temple.

So this one must be it — a prosperous-looking temple with a black, shiny floor and gleaming pink walls. Wrong: it’s Shiva who is worshipped here.

Further on, a third temple; but here again, the presiding deity is the very local Khodiyar Mata.

“That’s all,” says 65-year-old Devayat Ahir. “There are no more temples here.”

If this village 30 km from Junagadh town is where Krishna’s Dwarka lies buried, the earth has kept its secret well.

Devayat and 60-year-old Gijabhai Ahir, both illiterate, look puzzled as they are told that a remote-sensing specialist has decided after looking at satellite pictures that Balwala was the site of the “real” Dwarka. They have no idea what satellites and remote-sensing are, and they couldn’t care less. It’s the city people in Junagadh who are agog with Indian Space Research Organisation scientist Prabhulal Sundarjibhai Thakker’s theory.

All that the villagers know for certain is that the Ahirs, who dominate Balwala, “descended” from Lord Krishna. That’s hardly significant, though. The Ahirs belong to the same caste as the Yadavs in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar — and all Yadavs claim to be descendants of the flute-wielding Mahabharata hero.

Thakker, though, is confident that when archaeologists dig up the earth, they’ll find that Balwala — and not the coastal Dwarka town in Jamnagar — is where the Ahirs’ divine clansman lived and ruled.

According to the scientist, a structure with a square base —possibly Krishna’s palace or a fort — lies under the village along with other ruins of his capital, spread across a 15-km radius.

Thakker says the nearby Girnar hills and a hillock corroborate certain passages in the traditional texts describing Dwarka. But the texts also have the mythological city near the sea, which is 80-90 km from this village.

The modern-day Dwarka in Jamnagar, however, is not only a coastal town but also has a Krishna shrine. So why doesn’t Balwala have one?

Ask any Ahir and he doesn’t even have to think before replying. Krishna doesn’t need a temple here; he lives in the people’s hearts. “Krishna is our lord. We belong to his Yadav clan; we are his descendants,” said Devayat Ahir. “He is part of our consciousness and existence. Why should he need a temple?”

It’s a surprising explanation from a people none of whom has studied beyond Class VII, the stage up to which the only village school teaches. The elders are mostly illiterate anyway. The men all work on the land: each family owns from 5 to 11 bighas, where it grows cotton and groundnut.

The Rabaris, the other community in the village, rear animals and sell milk. The two castes live in harmony but don’t intermarry.

However, it was infighting among Krishna’s clansmen — “following a curse” — that destroyed his kingdom before his eyes. The Yadav king later died a dejected old man, shot in the foot by a hunter — as another curse had decreed he would be.

Dwarka, thus, in many ways, represents defeat for the hero after the exploits of Mathura, Vrindavan and Kurukshetra. Maybe the God who always concealed his real thoughts and intentions from mortals prefers to hide the site of his final failure. [<----- mad.gif mad.gif mad.gif ]

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babu - Sat, 12 Nov 2005 03:19:18 +0530
that's so Krishna... hiding his capital city