It’s possible that “history” as we know it might be overturned as new revelations are made public—here’s one of those groundbreaking discoveries that date back to prehistoric times. Though when word was spreading that it could “rewrite history,” the Indian government mysteriously put a full stop to any further excavations and closed the case.

A lost city, Krishna’s Dwarka, or Dvārakā, once believed to be mere myth, was confirmed to be found 36 meters (120 feet) underwater in the state of Gujarat, northwestern India. The accidental and startling discovery saw a change in perspective for skeptics.

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According to a BBC Article, “The vast city—which is five miles long and two miles wide—is believed to predate the oldest known remains in the subcontinent by more than 5,000 years.”


An ancient Indian text that documents the fabled city and the undertakings of Krishna, a demigod figure who’s said to have resided there, is a big part of the stories concerning this sunken sacred city.

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India’s science and technology minister, Murli Manohar Joshi, announced on May 19, 2001, that ruins were discovered in the Gulf of Khambhat by a team from the Marine Archaeology Unit of India’s National Institute of Oceanography (NIO).

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Multiple followup investigations were conducted in 2001, 2003, and 2004. For further analysis and carbon dating, the collected samples were sent to laboratories in the United Kingdom and Germany, including several institutions within India.

The underwater buildings and artifacts in the Gulf of Khambhat led to the conclusion that this indeed was the lost city of Dwarka.

Relics found and carbon-dated confirm an ancient civilization that predates our current one. Some artifacts and debris, including human bones, beads, walls, and sculptures, found date back 7,500 years, while others date back 9,500 years. The city is believed to have thrived some 12,000 years ago.

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In light of the find, Author Graham Hancock stated, “The whole model of the origins of civilization will have to be remade from scratch.”

However, when things were getting exciting, the Indian government abruptly forced the excavation team to halt their project.

One overseas researcher, Amish Shah, tried following up on the Indian government’s odd decision to pull the plug, and received a response stating, “Our views are totally different then [sic] yours.” Moreover, they dismissed his eagerness to find out more about the sunken city by adding that they don’t want “to work for any pre conceived idea.”

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“What are they trying to hide?” the researcher asks in the documentary Dwarka: Atlantis of the East.

“As my search for the truth got stronger, I couldn’t hold myself back anymore,” he says, adding that he decided to fly to India to investigate for himself.

He asked one archaeologist in Gujarati, “why did it all stop?” “If this was true, why wouldn’t you excavate more and get as much information as you can?”

The response he got was “everyone just quit.”

Interestingly, the man who tried to take the investigations further after S.R. Rao, who led the first excavation, mysteriously disappeared.

He later was advised by a professor in a university, who didn’t want to appear on camera for fear of retaliation, that the project stopped on account of “politics.”

Despite the controversy, a 2017 report in the Khaleej Times indicates more efforts to explore the sunken city, using robots.

An account that is said to date back almost 12,000 years details a war in which King Salva attempted to destroy Dwarka, the city of Krishna. Ancient texts claim flying machines known as “Vimanas” were used in the battle by King Salva, and were apparently more advanced than those of today, the weapons too.

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The tale goes on to say that Krishna retaliated with his own weapons that “struck like fire and the sun and were as intolerable as snake venom,” which destroyed the aircraft, but King Salva managed to escape. Then King Salva rushes toward Krishna, who then kills him with a “brilliant discus.”

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“Dr. Richard Thompson of Cornell University, in 1993, is one of the few scholars to have given the subject a look,” the researcher says. “He wonders, if this is mythology, how did these authors of ancient India so brilliantly describe rocketry, ray weapons, and flying machines, and highly sophisticated aircraft?”

Whilst the incredible tales may not be believable to some, at the very least—there’s a very large ancient city underwater in that part of the world, and the mysteries it holds remain undisclosed to this day.

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