Krsna Bharata War and Vedic and Puranic Lore in The Indus-Saraswati Seals
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Krsna Bharata War and Vedic and Puranic Lore in The Indus-Saraswati Seals

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Item Code: NAZ680
Author: Ranajit Pal
Publisher: Research India Press
Language: English
Edition: 2021
ISBN: 9789351711957
Pages: 272 (Throughout B/W Illustrations)
Cover: HARDCOVER
Other Details 9.00 X 6.00 inch
Weight 500 gm
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About the Book
Ranajit Pal takes the seal language to be a blend of Sanskrit and Dravidian and draws upon the matchless Indian tradition. The script is assumed to be logo-syllabic and is linked to Brahmi. Not waiting for bilinguals, Pal seeks clues through parallels in Persia, and Sumer.The sign is given the value `Siva'. The Proto Siva seal and the seals of a Mahakal temple at Mohenjo-Daro are discussed. Also illustrated are seals citing Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati. Pal reads the symbol as Yuddha' and discusses seals, presumably linked to the Bharata war and the Bhagavad Gita. Early Mathura is fixed at Bhagwanpura, probably on the paleo-Yamuna. A portrait of the long-haired Krsna is detected in a Cemetery H painting and Krsna's seals are marked through his wheel symbol. The sign is read as 'Chandra' and seals of Harischandra, Visvamitra, and Trisanku are given. There are also seals of Arjuna, and Renu, grandfather of Paragurama. The Bara tribe is deemed to be Aryan-like.

Meticulously researched, analysed in depth, and an assiduous effort at challenging the bastions of falsehood, this labour of hard work is likely to be a game-changer linking Indian ancient tradition with the seals and archaeology.

"Indeed I enjoyed reading your monograph. There is no question of my disagreeing with you in any matter. We all seek Truth in our different ways and no one has a monopoly on truth. I have long learnt to value and respect different views in academic matters. Please accept my good wishes for the success of your research endeavours".

About the Author
Ranajit Pal (alias Ranjit Kumar Paul) received a Ph. D. degree from IIT Kharagpur in 1973. His teachers were S. Datta Majumdar who worked with the Nobel Laureate P. A. M. Dirac and Rev. Fr. F. Goreaux who worked with Einstein. Dr. Pal has written several papers and books on physics and ancient history.

Gotama Buddha in the West (in Japanese, translated by T. Sato) Toho Shuppan, Osaka, 1995.

Non-Jonesian Indology and Alexander, Minerva Press, N. Delhi, 2002.

Amen the Forgotten Name of Jesus: History of Christianity from Archaeology, Virgil, Strabo, Plutarch and Dio, Kolkata, 2019.

Preface
Some forty years ago I first decided to study the seals. I was trained as a scientist but the seals appeared to me as fine works of art which also call for a scientific analysis. My teacher Prof. S. Datta Majumdar, an algebraist of world-wide fame, warned me that the project was characterized by controversy and dispute and also that an intractable problem can kill a researcher, yet he had some kind words for me. I started with J. E. Mitchiner's little monograph on the seals and admired his neat approach. Sanskrit is the soul of India's culture and I was certain that there was a Sanskritic component in the language of the seals. But I was also aware of the Dravidian heritage of the Indus-Saraswati civilization and concluded that the seal language is a mix of Sanskrit and Dravidian. I got hold of G. R. Hunter's book on the seals and agreed with his opinion on Brahmi. His depth of thinking appeared to be impressive although I did not accept some of his broad conclusions.

The first break came after about fifteen years when I identified the most common symbol as the bull (Ukshan). After examining a frequently occurring seal text which was also replicated on copper tablets, I concluded that there was a world famous Mahakal temple at Mohenjodaro Daro. I also focused on a very common sign-triplet and linked it to the Vedic-Puranic tradition. I wrote my first paper on the seals, which was warmly praised by Mr. I Mahadevan. This gave me the much needed impetus and I continued my studies with renewed vigour. My work on the seals was also acclaimed by Prof. B. N. Mukherjee and Prof. R. N. Dandekar. Prof. A. K. Narain praised my views on Asoka and Palibothra. In the absence of bilinguals, there is a speculative element in decipherment, but as A. Parpola confirms, the endeavour is of crucial importance. Fortunately, confirmation comes from parallels in the Persian and Sumerian cultures. Prof. S. H. Langdon emphasized the Sumerian parallels.

Krsna is the kingpin of the Mahabharata and I have identified Bhagwanpura as the early Mathura of Krsna. But now I dearly miss the expert guidance of Prof. B. N. Mukherjee or Prof. A. K. Narain. In a way, Dr. R. S. Bisht's suggestion of a link between Sanauli and Bara culture was a prime motivator of my research. This seems to open up new vistas in the search for the Aryans. Another eye-opener was Prof. R. N. Iyengar's work on the Rigvedic 'Irina'. I thank Prof. Deena Bandhu Pandey for discussions and help in the publication of my papers. Thanks are also due to Dr. S. Kalyanaraman for drawing my attention to problems related to the seal messages. Lastly, I thank Mr. Suman Kumar Pathak of Research India Press for shouldering the responsibility of making my work available to a wider section of readers.

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