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Sunday, January 07, 2007

Vishnu Idol Found in the Most Ancient City of Russia!

This really makes me wonder about the reach of Hinduism at its zenith.
And why it seemed to have faded - as it is currently concentrated in India, Nepal only.
With the influx of Indians throughout the developed world - which my web watch stats indicate - what are the ramifications of that? There are Indian temples being built all over now. Africa and South America is where seemingly there is lesser concentration of Indians (or is it just purely indication of internet spread and availability).

I will try to do some research on the current % of world religions and how this has evolved over time, would be interesting stats.

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This is incredible! Russia is almost unreachable by foot due to it distance from India and the Himalayas in between. I strongly believe that the kind of rigor that goes into the excavations and archeological work in determining the Christian and Jewish past - even a fraction of it has not gone into that of the Hindu past! In fact if anyone even suggests to work on Hindu past he or she is termed a Hindu Nationalist.. which essentially in "intellectual" circles means someone divorced from science! That is the greatest dis-service done to the Indian past!!

Ancient Vishnu idol found in Russian village

Moscow, Jan 06: An ancient Vishnu idol has been found during excavation in an old village in Russia’s Volga region, raising questions about the prevalent view on the origin of ancient Russia, say the reports.

An ancient Vishnu idol has been found during excavation in an old village in Russia's Volga region, raising questions about the prevalent view on the origin of ancient Russia.

The idol found in Staraya (old) Maina village dates back to VII-X century AD.

Staraya Maina village in Ulyanovsk region was a highly populated city 1700 years ago, much older than Kiev, so far believed to be the mother of all Russian cities.

"We may consider it incredible, but we have ground to assert that Middle-Volga region was the original land of Ancient Rus. This is a hypothesis, but a hypothesis, which requires thorough research," Reader of Ulyanovsk State University's archaeology department Dr Alexander Kozhevin told state-run television Vesti.

Dr Kozhevin, who has been working in Staraya Maina for last seven years, said that every single square metre of the surroundings of the ancient town situated on the banks of Samara, a tributary of Volga, is studded with antiques.

Prior to unearthing of the Vishnu idol, Dr Kozhevin has already found ancient coins, pendants, rings and fragments of weapons.

He believes that today's Staraya Maina, a town of eight thousand, was ten times more populated in the ancient times.

It is from here that people started migrating to the Don and Dneiper rivers around the time ancient Russy built the city of Kiev, now the capital of Ukraine.

An international conference is being organised later this year to study the legacy of the ancient village, which can radically change the history of ancient Russia.

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