We know that two-third of the Earth’s surface is covered with water and this water has a lot of secrets hidden beneath its layers. People have found some traces of lost cities submerged under the water. After seeing today’s situation, we can say that there must be some cities that were a part of the land but now lie on the beds of water.
So What is Today’s situation?
Well, if we take a look then human activities are responsible for climatic changes which is then responsible for melting of glaciers leading to rise in ocean level and this rise is responsible for the sinking of coastal regions. If it is a threat to the present cities then it is proved that there were normal cities which are now submerged in water.
What are those cities?
Is it important for us to find those cities?
What will we get from it?
Well, there are a lot of cities which were submerged and are now out of water, but there are still a lot of cities that are submerged and even vanished.
First, let’s talk about the top 3 ancient cities that are still submerged under water:-
1. Dwarka, India
Dwarka was a city situated in Gujarat’s west coast. It is around 36m underwater and is 9,000 years old. It is said to be a city ruled by Lord Krishna.
According to folklore, it submerged because of the curse of Gandhari, mother of the 100 sons. When her 99 sons died, Krishna went to give his condolences but Gandhari was angry with the fact that Krishna could have stopped the war if he wanted so she cursed him that his “Yaduvansh kul” will also face this pain. As a result a little quarrel started between the “Yaduvanshis” and it evolved into a massive fight. All the sons of Lord Krishna and Balram, his elder brother died and the city was burnt into ashes.
When Krishna and Balram went to a forest, Krishna was struck by an arrow. By the end of Mahabharat, the city was submerged into water. Scientific reasons are still not clear behind the sinking of Dwarka but it has been believed that there must be sudden increase in sea level.
Was the reason behind the sinking of Dwarka Gandhari or the sea level? What do you think?
2. Cleopatra’s Kingdom, Alexandria, Egypt
Great palace on the island of Antirhodos is found under water after 1600 years. This palace was of the last Queen of Egypt and 400 years after her death this palace was submerged into water due to earthquakes and tsunami. This island was found in late 1990s.
The whole island was a master-piece. There was a way from the shore to the Queen’s place which was fenced by great pillars, each adorned with crown. The palace was very beautiful and was surrounded by sphinxes and statues of goddesses. The wooden foundation of Cleopatra’s Palace was carbon dated, indicating that it was constructed 200 years before Cleopatra’s birth.
Approximately 20,000 relics have been extracted from that location, but the Egyptian government intends to bring this island back to life by creating an underwater museum.
Will the government be able to make an underwater museum for a whole island?
3. Pavlopetri, Greece
This city was located on the southern coast of Lakonia, Greece. It is about 5,000 years old and is thought to be the oldest underwater city in history. It was discovered in 1967. It is up to 3-4 meter underwater. A rare prehistoric residential town with many buildings, streets and even squares are discovered there.
According to the research it is found that the Pavlopetria firstly inhabited in 2800 BC, while the buildings and streets are from the Mycenaean period but later on it was revealed that those buildings were much older and the elements were of bronze age. This was submerged due to a series of three cataclysmic earthquakes which occurred around 1000 BC.
It is important for us to know about the civilization of those cities so that we can know more about our history. History allows us to know about our past which in turn allows us to know more about our present. It helps us to know more about our culture.