Wednesday, September 13, 2023

Mahabharata Quiz - 59

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Question – 59

Could there be any reason for specifically mentioning river Sindhu that it changed the flow from east to west? Which part of the Sindhu runs eastward that it was pushed backward?


The specific mention of the reverse flow in the river Sindhu from east indicates the landing of a meteorite close to the river leaving a devastating effect. The river flows from north to south but travels in many curves, some of them east flowing at certain locations, say, for instance, near the famous archaeological site, Mohenjo-Daro.

The deviations in the flow of the river might have changed over time, but the directional evidence as seen in the above figure of the river Sindhu (google map) shows that the riverine gorge was deep in the eastern direction having survived till date. There is indeed evidence of an impact region in Mohenjo-Daro. Though no evidence of an asteroid hit is found so far in north India in the region between Sindhu and Ganga, there is indeed an evidence in Mohenjo-Daro that resembles a cosmic hit.

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