Gandhinagar: During the Mahabharata period, Lord Krishna ruled from the city of Dwarka. It is mentioned in the Mahabharata that when he left Dwarka, the city was submerged in the sea.
Presently Dwarka Nagar is located in Saurashtra region of Gujarat on the Arabian Sea. The Dwarkadish temple there is one of the 108 Divyadeshas of Tirumala. Dwarka, a submerged city in the Arabian Sea, was explored in 1930. Later, after 1960, the excavations of Dwarka city have been continued. More than 500 artifacts were found during this research.
In 2007, the Archeology Department of India conducted a survey of the underwater city of Dwarka. According to the book written by Alok Tripathi, who led the study, the remains of stone buildings were found under the sea. Stone anchors were found to prove that Dwarka was a major port. He mentioned that a huge wall, a circular stone structure, bronze, copper, iron and pottery items were found.
Britain’s University of Oxford estimated that these objects could be around 7,500 to 9,000 years old when they were analyzed by carbon dating. In this context, the Gujarat government has decided to implement a spiritual tourism project to visit the city of Dwarka in a submarine. Harid Shukla, Principal Secretary, Gujarat Tourism Department said:
We have contracted Mumbai-based Masakan Shipbuilding to build a special submarine to explore the submerged city of Dwarka in the Arabian Sea.
This submarine is air-conditioned. 30 people can travel in the submarine at a time. 24 tourists will be allowed in this. They will be accompanied by 2 sailors, 2 swimmers, a guide and a technician.
The submarine carries life-saving equipment including emergency medicine, oxygen masks, and scuba suits. State-of-the-art telecommunication facilities will be set up to keep in touch with the control room.
The submarine will travel 300 feet under the sea. Glass windows are installed in the submarine for tourists to enjoy the beauty of Dwarka city. Not only the city of Dwarka but also marine life can be seen and enjoyed. During the upcoming Krishna Jayanti or Diwali festival, the diving spiritual tourism project will be launched. This was said by Harith Shukla.