Underwater city of Dwarka in Arabian sea getting damaged

via PTI published on March 17, 2007

By Parag Dave

Ahmedabad, Mar 16 : The excavated city of Dwarka, the pristine abode of Lord Krishna, discovered by the octogenarian archeologist S R Rao under the Arabian sea in the coast of Gujarat is once again getting buried under the sands, thanks to neglect by the authorities.

This “under sea city of Dwarka” lies in close proximity to near the present Dwarka temple in Saurashtra. According to archeologists this under-sea city was the real Dwarka where Lord Krishna lived.

This was discovered by Rao and his team during an underwater excavation in 1994. The excavation had lasted for nearly 14 years.

A proposal by Rao to develop the site as underwater tourist attraction by cleaning up the site, provide support to the structures and shield them from degeneration has remained in the dusty shelfs of the government.

“Sea sand has once again covered the excavated city as it was not preserved. The stones would have been displaced from their original position due to currents and cyclones,” Rao told PTI.

No under sea work has been done to preserve the site since they finished excavation in 1994, Rao who also discovered ancient city of Lothal said.

“We worked hard for 14 years to find the ancient city of ‘Dwarka.’ It was found under the sea waters in the Arabian Sea near the present Dwarka temple town in Saurasthra. We excavated it upto its foundation. It was a tedious task that we accomplished,” Rao who is 86 year old said.

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