Evidences for ancient City Dwarka
An entire submerged city with its massive fort walls, piers, warfs and jetty has been found in the ocean as described in the Mahabharata and other Vedic literatures.
This sanskrit verse from the Mausala Parva of the Mahabharata, describes the disappearance of the city of Dwarka into the sea.
Indian Marine archaeological findings seem to corroborate descriptions in the Mahabharata of Dwarka as a large, well-fortified and prosperous port city, which was built on land reclaimed from the sea, and later taken back by the sea.
Most prominent underwater discoveries were the massive Dwarka city wall, a large door-socket and a bastion from the fort wall.
A conch – shell seal was also found by Indian marine archeology in the excavations, the three headed motif on this conch-shell seal , corroborates the reference in the scripture Harivamsa that every citizen of Dwarka should carry a mudra or seal of this type.
All these underwater excavations add further credibility to the validity of the historical statements found in the Vedic literatures.
Dwarka excavations by the archaeological department have demonstrated that the rich underwater cultural heritage of India can be successfully explored, excavated, retrieved and preserved.
Marine archaeological explorations have thrown light on a number of structures of different shapes, stone anchors and other artefacts. The exploration has found sandstone walls, a grid of streets and remains of a sea port, some 70 feet beneath the sea. The evidence points to the fact of the existence of a city some 9,000 years ago. Also according to them this was one of the most important and busy ports during historical and medieval periods