What happened to Dwarka city? Why did the excavation stop?
Though I do not have ‘to the’ point insights in this matter as it was a very confidential project, the reasons I can think of majorly are corrupted officials involved, selfish interests which did not pan out the way they were anticipated, a fear that the discovery would have challenged the very existence of a lot of other beliefs or they discovered what they were looking for and decided that World is not yet ready to know the truth, maybe it was not stopped maybe it was completed and since they could not share their findings it was never disclosed.
Coming to each one by one: As a fellow Indian, you can relate how easy it has become to have your way by just paying it up with money here. At the end of the day for any kind of excavation within our National Boundary, certain officials need to permit it. So, if they get any kind of pressure from higher officials or a decent enough bribe, stopping an archaeological project is no big deal for them.
Another possibility: The submerged city of Dwarka has all the treasures that were owned by the people living in it and allegedly everything is still there. So, there is a possibility that people who lunged out to excavate it had personal interests which might or might not were fulfilled and to keep this word shush it was stopped abruptly without any documented proof or findings.
Third prospect: It is a possibility that they realized that it was actually not just a city that was overpowered by ocean but it was indeed special. They might have encountered a few things during this time that made them fear of the next outcome. As explained by Mula Hasbara, world is not ready to accept that Hinduism is the oldest religion from which every other religion sprouted, that once Hinduism was the way of life for the entire mankind. So, they might have encountered with the reality in some way and got too afraid to share it with the world.
Final Prospect, the optimistic one: They actually solved the mystery of Mahabharata and realized that, that great war, Dharam Yudh, did happen in the History, they might have found sufficient proof that could make Hindu epics real History books. But then second thought would have entered their mind “World is not ready for this”. So, decided to keep it a secret, continue to work on it without making it public what they found and on what they would be researching further.
Being very optimistic, I hope the final prospect is the reality and soon we hear the public announcement of the discoveries made during the Dwarka excavations!
Money would be an obvious factor, and has mentioned by others.
Plus if you have dived for even like half an hour, you would understand just how extraordinarily complicated archaeological work would be. It is not easy. And surely it wouldn’t be unreasonable to imagine that the ASI simply couldn’t find enough marine archaeologists for the dig.
But one reason I think behind not just the specificity of Dwarka but the way history is treated in our society, is that between two competing sets of zealotry, one which seeks to find proof of nuclear powered missiles in Ancient India so that he can “own” the libs and another, which seeks to make it a complete taboo in finding historical clues in religious texts because his mind hasn’t evolved to a state where he can comprehend using evidence to separate historical bits from mythology.
Both the idiots are among many to be found in India and have been engaging in ideological wars with each other where the goal is to use more twisted versions of history to only justify their own core beliefs. Any deviance is quickly labeled as heresy by the side who fears its core beliefs are being challenged.
Well the only reason that i can think of is the challenge these findings present to the belief system of the historians around the world. So far Mahabharata & Ramayana were considered only a myth but the findings indicate towards the pre-Sumerian civilization and proving every first civilization theory wrong.
Its the same reason why Gobekli tepe excavation was also stopped as the findings showed the signs of a very advance civilization in existence 13000 yr ago.
Dwarka itself shows signs of existence 36000 yrs ago.
I heard from one of my friend’s room mate, who was from a place near Dwaraka, that the archeologists found something, which science could not explain. Like for example, the dating of some artifacts being older than the age of the planet Earth, which would tag them as Extra Terrestrial or something like that!!!
Gulf of Khambat Exploration (Gulf of Cambay)
In 2001, the students of National Institute of Oceanography were commissioned by the Indian Government to do a survey on pollution in Gulf of Khambat, seven miles from the shore. During the survey, they found buildings made of stones covered in mud and sand covering five square miles. Divers have collected blocks, samples, artefacts, and coppers coins, which scientists believe is the evidence from an age that is about 3,600 years old. Some of the samples were sent to Manipur and oxford university for carbon dating, and the results created more suspicion since some of the objects were found to be 9000 years old.
It is indeed overwhelming to find that what had been discovered underwater at the bay of Cambat is an archaeological site, dating back to 7500 BC and older than any previously claimed oldest sites of civilization.
Findings at the Dwarka excavation site
Marine archaeological explorations off Dwarka have brought to light a large number of stone structures. They are are semicircular, rectangular and square in shape and are in water depth ranging from inter tidal zone to 6 m. They are randomly scattered over a vast area. Besides these structures, a large number of varieties of stone anchors have been noticed along the structures as well as beyond 6 m water depth.These findings suggest that Dwarka was one of the most busy port centers during the past on the west coast of India. The comparative study of surrounding sites indicates that the date of the structures of Dwarka may be between Historical period and late medieval period.The ruins have been proclaimed the remains of the legendary lost city of Dwarka which, according to ancient Hindu texts, was the dwelling place of Krishna.
The underwater excavations revealed structures and ridge-like features. Other antiquities were also found. All the objects were photographed and documented with drawings – both underwater. While underwater cameras are used for photography, drawings are done on boards – a transparent polyester film of 75 micron fixed with a graph sheet below. The graph sheet acts as a scale. One or two divers take the dimensions and the third draws the pictures. The Public Works Department routinely conducts dredging in these waters to keep the Gomati channel open. This throws up a lot of sediments, which settle on underwater structures. Brushes are used to clear these sediments to expose the structures.
* Seals, inscriptions, which have been dated to 1500 BC.
* Pottery, which have been dated to 3528 BC.
* Stone sculptures, terracotta beads, bronze, copper and iron objects.
Until recently the very existence of the city of Dwarka was a matter of legends. Now, that the remains have been discovered under water, and with many clues seeming to suggest that this, indeed, is the legendary Dwarka, dwelling place of lord Krishna, could it be that lord Krishna and his heroics were more than just a legend?
Findings at the Gulf of Khambat excavation site
On the other hand explorations conducted in the Gulf of Cambay waters revealed sandstone walls, a grid of streets and some evidence of a sea port 70 feet under water, and artefacts dating back to 7500BC. Among the artifacts recovered were a piece of wood, pottery sherds, weathered stones initially described as hand tools, fossilized bones, and a tooth. Artifacts were sent to the National Geophysical Research Institute (NGRI) in Hyderabad, India, the Birbal Sahni Institute of Paleobotany (BSIP) in Lucknow, India, and the Physical Research Laboratory in Ahmedabad, India. The piece of wood was carbon dated to an age of 9,500 years old.
NIOT returned for further investigation in the Gulf from October 2002 to January 2003. During these excavations, NIOT reported finding two paleochannels flanked by rectangular and square basement-like features. Artifacts were recovered by means of dredging, including pottery sherds, microliths, wattle and daub remains, and hearth materials. These artifacts were sent for dating at the laboratories of Manipur University and Oxford University and were concluded to be 9000 years old
Mainstream scientists maintain that ancient Indian culture/civilization goes back some 4-5 thousand years. Yet the ruins below the Gulf of Cambay go back at least 9 thousand years proving that the ancient indian civilization is much older than originally believed.
How did carbon-14 dating on the submerged Dwarka (12000 years old contradict history and logic)?
The City of Dwarka had existed from 32,000 to 9,000 BC??
The modern city of Dwaraka is to be found in Saurashtra and is a great pilgrim center since our scriptures declare it to be the seat of the Yadava clan and Lord Krishna’s capital. However according to the stories mentioned in many of the Puranas like, the Mahabharata, Harivamsa, Vishnu Purana etc. that fabled city of Dwaraka had been washed away into the sea. Soon after the Lord left his mortal body, the city was washed away as he had predicted, the scene of which has been graphically described above.
Wood and pottery chards were found that can be dated back to 32,000 years again proving that the time limits set in ancient Hindu scriptures might be true even though most westerners dismissed it as being absurd. But now with these findings they cannot help but believe, if they want to believe. For many years now western Indologists have shut their eyes to the glory that was ancient India. The city had existed from 32,000 to 9,000 BC.
Dwarka – an ancient city supposedly mythical – was accidently found submerged in sea near the coast of Bay of Khambat:+
At the end of Ice Age, 32000 years ago, melting ice raised the level of seas and the flourishing city of Dwarka sank into sea. It means Sri Krishna’s city Dwarka was flourishing during the Ice age.