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Karnataka Bhagawatha – Bhagavad Purana in Kannada

The Bhagavad Purana is one of the most important Puranas that narrates about the divine actions of Lord Vishnu. It is one of the Mahapuranas and is also noted for its philosophical discussions. Karnataka Bhagawatha is a 16th century translation of the Bhagavad Purana by Nityatma Sukhayogi in Kannada. It was written on palm-leaf manuscripts by Ramannaiah. Now the entire Karnataka Bhagawatha composed in 11,682 poems on 232 palm leaves has been published in book form by Holalkere R Chandrasekhar. Ramannaiah was one of the forefathers of H R Chandrasekhar. Holalkere R Chandrasekhar is a professor of Physics in the University of Missouri in Columbia and transcribing, translating and editing the mammoth book took more than a decade. The original palm leaf manuscript had to be microfilmed then transferred to computer and then edited into print format. Karnataka Bhagawatha is in two volumes and each volume contains more than 700 pages along with illustrations and color plates. It is in poetry…

Book on Underwater Archaeological Studies at Dwarka and Somnath

Underwater search for Lord Krishna’s Dwarka on Gujarat coast on the west coast of India is an ongoing process and occasionally Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) comes with vital clues regarding the existence of an ancient city, which was swallowed by sea. A new book titled ‘Underwater Archaeology of Dwarka and Somnath’ by National Institute of Oceanography, Goa, India, details the scientific analysis of systematic explorations carried out in Dwarka and Somnath. The book is writeen by A.S.Gaur, Sundaresh and K.H.Vora and they have published several other research papers on the same topic. Epic Mahabharata mentions about the phenomenon of sea level rising and the total destruction of Dwarka as predicted by Lord Krishna. Many people scoffed it as wild imagination and fiction. But today sea level rising and swallowing land is a common phenomenon and it is happening around the world. Once oceanography accepted sea level rising as a fact, large-scale excavations have been taking place to…