Explorer Josh Gates to explore Dwarka in Discovery’s new show ‘Expedition Unknown’
MUMBAI: Explorer Josh Gates is set to embark on an epic adventure in India in search of the truth behind the fabled city of Dwarka – India’s very own Atlantis.
Are the ancient manuscripts purely myths or could the legendary city of Dwarka be based on a real place? Josh Gates is going to join a team of scientists who believe that they may have discovered something under the water that could rock the foundations of history as we know it.
Viewers will be able to witness the story of Dwarka unfold in the episode of ‘Expedition Unknown’ on 12 July at 9 pm on Discovery Channel.
According to scripture, Dwarka was an expansion of Lord Krishna’s energy. It was described as a utopian city with opulent buildings gilded in gold. Per the legend, Lord Krishna summoned divine powers to erect the towering city, which rose up out of the ocean, surrounded by a massive stone wall to protect the city from invaders. But in the wake of Lord Krishna’s death, the glittering kingdom sank into the Arabian Sea and its glory faded into myth. Now, Josh is teaming up with world-renowned researchers who are dedicated to unearthing the truth behind the fabled city.
“The story of ancient Dwarka is an important religious tale, but as we examine submerged ruins surrounding the modern city by the same name, we’re discovering that the legend may be based on something historic,” said Gates, as he dives into the waters of the Arabian Sea.
After investigating the coast of modern Dwarka, Josh heads to a dig site on Bet Dwarka, an island to the north, with a team of Indian archeologists who have recently discovered intriguing relics including the remains of a wall, pottery, and an enigmatic stamping-seal.
“Archaeologists have barely scratched the surface on this island, but the evidence is already mounting that there was a significant settlement here. The items we’ve uncovered and especially the ancient seal demonstrates a vibrant culture here and strong indications of ritual and ceremony. But is it ancient Dwarka?” he asked.
Speaking about his experience, Gates said, “I leave India entranced, swept up in thousands of years of myth, devotion and celebration. In time, archaeologists may find irrefutable proof that Dwarka isn’t just a religious parable in an ancient text. I’m eager to see what archaeologists turn up next, but for the citizens of modern Dwarka and of the nearly billion Hindus around the world, this legend is more than just real. It’s divine.”