An ancient harbour at Dwarka: Study based on the recent underwater explorations
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Dwarka, Gujarat, India, an ancient harbour and an important religious centre of the Hindus, has played an important role in the history of maritime activities of Okhamandal region since the early historical period. Gomati creek, located at the eastern side of Dwarka, served as a safe harbour till the 19th century AD. Offshore explorations have brought to light a large number of stone structures, which appear to be the remains of an ancient jetty. This hypothesis is supported also by the discovery of a large number of stone anchors of various types in Dwarka waters. The typology of anchors has indicated that Dwarka was an important port since historical period. Maritime activities increased many folds during the medieval period. This flourishing port and religious capital is believed to have submerged under the sea after the death of Lord Krishna. This paper highlights the results of the offshore explorations carried out during the last two decades in the Dwarka waters.
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