Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Proof of Ancient Vedic roots in and around Kashmir

Proof of Ancient Vedic roots in and around Kashmir.

Kuch Baat Hai Ki Hasti Mitte Nahi Hamare,
Sadion Raha Hai Dushman Doren Zaman Hamara.
Yunaan, Misr, Roma Sab Mit Gaye Jahan Se,
Phir Bhi Hai Baki Namon Nisha Hamara.

Proof of Ancient Vedic roots in and around Kashmir.

Evidence of Stone Age human inhabitants of Gandhara, including stone tools and burnt bones, was discovered at Sanghao near Mardan in area caves.

The artifacts are approximately 15,000 years old. More recent excavations point to 30,000 years before present.

The region shows an influx of southern Central Asian culture in the Bronze Age with the Gandhara grave culture, likely corresponding to immigration of Indo-Aryan speakers and the nucleus of Vedic civilization.
This culture survived till 1000 BC. Its evidence has been discovered in the hilly regions of Swat and Dir, and even at Taxila.

The Kingdom of Gandhara lasted from early 1st millennium BC to the 11th century AD. It attained its height from the 1st century to the 5th century under the Buddhist Kushan Kings. The Hindu Shahi, a term used by history writer Al-Biruni to refer to the ruling Hindu dynasty that took over from the Turki Shahi and ruled the region during the period prior to Muslim conquests of the tenth and eleventh centuries.

Coin of Early Gandhara Janapada: AR Shatamana and one-eighth Shatamana (round), Taxila-Gandhara region, ca. 600–300 BC.

Mother Goddess (fertility divinity), derived from the Indus Valley tradition, terracotta, Sar Dheri, Gandhara, 1st century BC.
Victoria and Albert Museum

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