5 Amazing similarities between Mahabharata and Indus Valley Civilization
In this article I will talk about 5 amazing similarities between Mahabharata and Indus Valley Civilization.
From childhood we have been told lies like Indus Valley Civilization being destroyed by invading Aryans or Mahabharata being completely mythological or that Hinduism started only after 1500 BC when Aryans invaded India.
Science has shown that ALL THE ABOVE are wrong. There was NEVER an Aryan invasion. There is a SOLID CORE OF TRUTH in the Mahabharata around which myths and legends developed.
I will prove below that the Aryans were the same people who lived in Indus Cultural zone by demonstrating the amazing similarities between Mahabharata and Indus Vally Civilization.
# 1 Mahabharata and Indus Valley Civilization
In some of my previous posts on the scientific date of Mahabharata War, I have presented scientific evidence that Mahabharata War of northern and north-western India happened between 3500 BC and 2500 BC.
As per archaeological evidence, 3500 BC to 2500 BC in northern and north-western India correspond to Regional Growth Era (5500 BC to 2600 BC) and Integration Era (2600 BC to 1900 BC) of Indus Harappa civilization.
# 2 Mahabharata and Indus Valley Civilization
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Unicorn is one of the most important figures in the mature phase of Indus Civilization.
Both the Mahabharata and the Purana, refer to Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva as ekasranga or the "one horned one".
# 3 Mahabharata and Indus Valley Civilization
In Shanti Parva of Mahabharata, Vishnu's Varaha avatar (boar) is described as having a triple hump.
Triple humped boar is a very important motif of Indus civilization.
# 4 Mahabharata and Indus Valley Civilization
As per geological evidence, the river Sutudri was initially a tributary of Saraswati. Later it became a tributary of Sindhu and broke into several channels.
As per Mahabharata Chaitartha Parva (Chapter 179), Sage Vashishta wanted to kill himself by jumping into Haimavati river. But the river broke into hundred shallow channels and did not allow him to die!
# 5 Mahabharata and Indus Valley Civilization
Indus Civilization over its course of many thousand years moved from west to east, with the focus shifting from Saraswati river to the Ganga.
Chapter 85 of the Vana Parva of the Mahabharata says that in the Treta Yuga the holiest pilgrimage (tirtha) was in Pushkar. In Dvapara yuga it was Kurukshetra and in Kaliyuga it was Prayaga.
All the above 5 points conclusively prove that Mahabharata and Indus Valley Civilization were the one and same.
Please note that poits 2 to 5 have been sourced from Prof Subhash Kak's wonderful article The Mahabharata and the Sindhu-Sarasvati Tradition.
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