Princess Asha never suspects that she is anything other than an 'ordinary princess' until she ventures away from the palace just before her sixteenth birthday. Her life changes beyond recognition when she meets a farmer, who explains that the young princess is a descendant of a God who walked upon the earth thousands of years ago.Asha learns that it is her destiny to save the people of India from the darkness that they have suffered through for millennia. She embarks upon a quest with her beloved calf, befriending a wise owl and a spirited horse along her travels.Join Asha on this courageous journey, where she will have to overcome her own insecurities to defeat those trying to stop her from bringing light to the darkness, facing trials and climbing mountains to finally reach the west coast of India. It is only then that she can call upon the Sea God to raise the lost city of Dwarka and bring hope. Will Princess Asha save her people from the darkness of Kali? Is she really the pure of heart? The chosen one?
Since 1983 the Marine Archaeology Unit of the National Institute of Oceanography is engaged in the offshore exploration and excavation of the legendary city of Dwaraka in the coastal waters of Dwaraka in Gujarat. Brief accounts of the findings of the underwater search for the lost city have appeared in 1987, Progress and Prospects of Marine Archaeology in India, and in 1988, Marine Archaeology of Indian Ocean Countries. A brief account of the discovery of the submerged city of Dwaraka of Mahabarata fame and the salient features of the structures exposed as a result of underwater excavation conducted at Dwaraka and Bet Dwaraka by the Marine Archaeology Unit of the National Institute of Oceanography under the direction of Dr. S.R. Rao from 1983 to 1987 appeared in 1988 (40 years of Research - A CSIR Overview). Offshore exploration of the legendary city at Dwaraka was resumed in 1988 and continued through 1990 (see the Journal of Marine Archaeology, 1990), further seaward of the Temple of Samudranardyana (Sea God) at Dwaraka with a view to trace the plan and extent of the port-city and the purpose of the massive stone walls built on the banks of ancient Gomati. It was also necessary to ascertain whether its architectural features were in conformation with the description of the city of Dwaraka given in the epic Mahabharata. A second object was to obtain more corroborative evidence for reclamation referred to in the epic. Thirdly, the nick point where the ancient Gomati river joined the sea had to be determined. Lastly, the cause of submergence of the city was another problem that needed further investigation. Dwaraka was a city-state extending upto Bet Dwaraka (Sankhodhara) in the north and Okhamadhi in the south. Eastward it extended upto Pindara. The 30 to 40 meter-high hill on the eastern flank of Sankhodhara may be the Raivataka referred to in the Mahabharata. The general layout of the city of Dwaraka described in ancient texts agrees with that of the submerged city discovered. Four enclosures are laid bare; each one had one or two gateways. The port Aramda on way to Bet Dwaraka was the first gateway in the outer fortifications. The bastions flanking gateways of submerged Dwaraka resemble those of Kusinagara and Sravasti carved on the Gateways of Sanchi Stupa. The prasada referred to in the epic must be the high fort walls of Dwaraka, a part of which is extant. The epic says that flags were flying in the city of Dwaraka. This can be corroborated by the stone bases of flag posts found in the sea bed excavation. Umashankar Joshi is of the view that antardvipa in the region of Kugasthali referred to in the Mahabharata must be Bet Dwaraka. The Bhagavata Purana says that before leaving his mortal frame Sri Krishna put the ladies and children in boats and sent them to Sankhodhara. The buildings built of smaller fraction stone blocks are razed to the ground leaving only small portions of the thick fort walls, bastions and protection walls (built with massive stones) which are too heavy to be moved by tides and currents. From the structural remains in Dwaraka and Bet Dwaraka waters, it is possible to visualise that the city-ports were large and well planned. Every significant antiquity that corroborates a statement of the Harivamsa is the seal bearing the motif of a three-headed animal representing the bull, unicorn and goat. The Harivamsha says that every citizen of Dwaraka had to carry a mudra as a mark of identifications The seal (mudra) found in the excavation belongs to 15th-16th century B.C. Nearly two decades after marine archeologists found the lost city of Dwaraka off the coast of Gujarat the state government continues to drag its feet on a proposal to establish the world's first underwater museum to view the remains of the city submerged in the Arabian Sea.
Other locations around the world have also been considered as a possible location for Atlantis. Some of these locations include Turkey, the Black Sea, Indonesia, the Caribbean Sea, Morocco, and even Antarctica. Some geologists have even suggested that Atlantis was actually the city-state of Troy. Although many proposed sites have been suggested as the lost city of Atlantis, if the tales are believed to be true about the fated city, Atlantis remains lost.
The narrative of the antagonist viz. Bhauma Narakasura, the lord of Kamarupa (Guwahati, Assam) and his pair viz. Dhatri are beautifully developed in another thread starting with the initial chapters of the book, passing through wonderful twists and turns and finally ending at an amazing climax. Dhatri is introduced in the beginning as a helpless woman who wanted to save her love-life, but was under attack by a conservative, orthodox society. Through her transformation into the chief Yogini of Kamarupa, the author reveals to the reader the Vamachara, Shaktha, Yogini-Tantra traditions of Hindu Dharma as well as the glory of the Great Goddess and her famed Kamakhya Temple at Kamarupa. This is a lost spiritual tradition which was prevalent worldwide and is now lost. It is described in literature as sacred-sex and grossly misunderstood by the denizens of 21st century. The idea that sexual experience offers a valid means to attain spiritual ascend is now lost to the modern world. 2b1af7f3a8