Mahabharat: Truth or Fantasy ?

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Whenever we hear or read about ‘Mahabharat’, some questions which pops up are

Is Mahabharat real ?

Did we had the weapons as advanced as mentioned in this epic in real ?

Well…answers to these questions lies where the epic’s history lies i.e. India. This is the only reason many archaeologists are digging deep in the land of India to unveil its golden history. In hope of extracting the truth behind the Mahabharat and Indian history, they are trying to turn every stone possible with the available technology.

The eagerness to search for the truth and with the advancement in technology, recent new discoveries were made. Let us first look at the discoveries and discuss them in detail :

  1. Submerged city of Dwarka
    After the Kurukshetra war, Gandhari was walking in utmost grief past the dead bodies of her warriors in the fierce battle. She held Lord Krishna responsible for this miserable situation. Therefore, she cursed Lord Krishna

    May you Krishna witness the death of your children and your children’s children. And may you die alone in the forest, hunted down like a beast.

    Krishna accepted the curse without any retaliation and after 36 years of this curse, He along with His entire Yadava clan perished. After 7 days of Krishna’s death, the whole Yadava dynasty along with Dwarka submerged into the sea owing to the heavy rain !

    Mentioning each detail of the demise of Yadava dynasty will be beyond the scope of this article so Click here to read the full story of Yadava clan demise

    In 1988, Marine archaeological department of India explored and excavated a sunken city. The architecture of this sunken city conforms with the description of Dwarka in the Mahabharat. This underwater cultural heritage is discovered 36 metres deep in the Gulf of Cambay off the western coast of India. Marine scientists say that the remains could be over 9,000 years old which conforms with the period of existence of Dwarka in the Mahabharat.

    Sunken city of Dwarka

    To read the details of this sunken city by the Marine archaeological department of India, please follow this article.

  2. Brahmastra : A nuclear weapon
    Brahmastra(or Brahmshirastra) as described in Mahabharat was a very powerful weapon with huge destruction capability.

    It is stated in Mahabharat that the place where Brahmastra is aimed, faced drought and famine for over 12 years. It won’t affect just plants and vegetation but also humans.

    There are clear evidences in Mahabharat that due to the use of Brahmastra, pregnant ladies went through miscarriages.

    Shockingly, in 1945, when US dropped a 15 kiloton and a 20 kiloton atomic uranium bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki respectively has a devastating effect killing nearly 66,000 and 39,000 people.

    brahmastra nuclear weapon

    Many women suffered miscarriages in that region and till date some people are born disabled due to radiation poisoning. The city suffered famine for about 12 years.

    During the excavation of ancient cities of Mohenjodaro and Harappa civilizations, human skeletons were found. Their carbon dating suggests that they were 5,000 to 9,000 years of age. This relates to the period of Mahabharat.

    On further studying the skeletons, archaeologists have confirmed that they had high radiation traces and they died suddenly as if a huge bomb exploded there.

    It is discovered that a place near Jodhpur, Rajasthan has high traces of radioactive element in mud. On further exploring the place, an ancient city was discovered which is 8,000 to 12,000 years of age. It is believed to be destructed by a nuclear blast at that time.

  3. Denisovans
    In 2008, an archaeological team working in a cave in Russia in Denisova discovered a big tooth. The surface area of this tooth is about 2.5 times that of a human tooth.

    This tooth which was believed to belong to a large animal tooth was sent for DNA testing. According to the report, this tooth belonged to a human being.

    It didn’t belong to our species which is Homo sapiens sapiens but they had to give it a new name. So, they gave it a new name Denisovans.

    In the last 11 years, several discoveries have been made upon Denisovans. They lived about 30,000 to 40,000 years ago.

    On further analysis, it was found that all the human population in the green belt displayed in the image below had 2.4% Denisovans DNA.

    Denisovans DNA reach
    So, its a fact that all of us are Denisovans with 2.4% Denisovans DNA.

    A beautiful bracelet has been found which is 30,000 to 40,000 years old. So, it is believed to be made by the Denisovans.
    Denisovans bracelet
    Now, focus on the small hole at the right side of this bracelet. It is 1 millimetre in diameter. The scientific report for this small hole states

    It could have been made only using a high-speed drill, otherwise the stone would have shattered.

    A high speed drill 30,000 years ago clearly points to the fact that advanced technologies existed during that period of time. Most probably, they were even more advanced than the modern science.

    DNA evidences also suggests that at some point Denisovans must have interbred with a still unknown and undiscovered species of human being.

  4. Delhi’s Purana Qila
    Kunti Devi temple of Purana Qila is believed to have been built by the mother of 5 pandavas and is dedicated to Lord Shiva and Durga.This temple if said to be 1,000 BC dated which is 1,500 years older than the fort itself.

    kunti devi temple

    Also, during the excavations in Purana Qila, the archaeologists have discovered black polished ware and grey painted ware dating back to 300 BC which throws a light on the fact that it may be the part of the Indraprastha built by Yudistar with its fairy gates.

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    purana qila excavationpurana qila excavation

  5. Elaborative and detailed explanation of vimanas
    In the epic Mahabharat, the vimanas are mentioned with great explicit details. Their take off and landing specifically draws our attention. If it was mere fiction then how did the writer knew the combustion which occurs during the process.

    Moreover, researchers have translated description of vimanas mentioned in Mahabharat into drawings in 1923.

    shakuna vimanatripura vimana

    If it were mere fiction or unreal or a fantasy then why did the author of Mahabharat emphasised so much on the technical details of the vimanas ? From where did he get the knowledge of how a vimana could function with the most advanced technology ?
    Shocking….isn’t it ?

After going again and again through all the five points listed, I hereby leave the conclusion of my post open. As excavations are still going on and researchers and archaeologists are working hard day and night to find the truth about our golden history of Mahabharat, we never know which part of our history comes back to life again.

I can only say that a lot has been found to establish a blur link to our past but yet a lot is left to uncover to state it as a fact.

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Written by Pradeep Mittal

I run a couple of tech agencies by profession. I like reading and blogging about tales and stories from Mahabharat and Ramayan.


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  1. The points about Dwarka and Denisovans are of utmost importance in this article. Mahabharat definitely happened in this very land of India and this truth can’t be changed.

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