Mohenjodaro ‘Dancing Girl’ is Parvati, claims ICHR journal

The author claims that the Dancing Girl is Parvati because “where there is Shiva, there should be Shakti”.

Written by Ritika Chopra | New Delhi | Updated: December 26, 2016 12:07 pm
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The iconic ‘Dancing Girl’ of Mohenjodaro is Goddess Parvati, further proof that people of the Indus Valley Civilisation worshipped Shiva, claims a new research paper published in Itihaas, the Hindi journal of the Indian Council of Historical Research.

The research paper, titled ‘Vedic Sabhyata Ka Puratatva (Archaeology of Vedic Civilisation)’, authored by Thakur Prasad Verma, a retired professor of Banaras Hindu University, makes a case for the Vedic identity of the Indus Valley Civilisation and reiterates the longstanding claim of Right-leaning historians that Shiva was worshipped by the inhabitants of this civilisation. Verma’s interpretation of the Dancing Girl, dating around 2500 BC, as a Hindu goddess – the first such claim – is in line with this argument.

The research paper goes on to say that several artefacts excavated from Mohenjodaro point to Shiva worship in those times. According to Verma, the famous ‘Seal 420’, a seal of a horned figure sitting in yogic posture and surrounded by animals, is strong evidence of Shiva worship. The identity of the figure in the seal has often been the subject of debates. While archaeologist John Marshall in 1931 saw a “prototype of Siva” in this figure, historians have later differed with this interpretation and some have even suggested the figure is of a woman.

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Further, to prove Shiva worship in the Indus Valley Civilisation, Verma states that the trefoil pattern seen on the shawl of the ‘Priest King’, another iconic sculpture excavated from Mohenjodaro, is sign that the king was the follower of a Hindu god. The trefoil pattern, he says, resembles the Vilva or Bilva leaves that are used to worship Shiva today.

The author then goes on to claim that the Dancing Girl is Parvati because “where there is Shiva, there should be Shakti”, a manifestation of the Goddess, though “till date, no one has identified any idol or statue of Parvati in Harappan Civilisation”.

Historian and Jawaharlal Nehru University professor Supriya Verma said this was the first time anyone had said the Dancing Girl could be Parvati. “Till date, no archaeologist has ever interpreted the ‘Dancing Girl’ as a goddess, let alone Parvati. This particular artefact has always been seen as the sculpture of a young girl. It is difficult to say anything more than that. The elaborate terracotta female figurines were described by Marshall as mother goddesses, although he categorised some of the other terracotta female figurines as either toys or as being associated with magic,” Verma said in an email to The Indian Express.

The latest edition of ‘Itihaas’ was released last month. This is the first edition of the journal published during ICHR chairman YS Rao’s tenure. Historian Sachidanand Sahai is the chief editor of the journal.

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First Published on: December 26, 2016 3:55 am
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    Jai Kumar
    Dec 26, 2016 at 1:49 pm
    Sometimes a Rose is just a rose.
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      Jai Kumar
      Dec 26, 2016 at 1:47 pm
      To Post on I.E. use names like Abdul Majid etc...
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        Anurag
        Dec 26, 2016 at 5:03 am
        Tone of this article is another example of left leaning tendency that infests most of Indian English media. Where is the discussion on the merits of this 'claim' by this 'right leaning' historian? How is John Marshal's claim or your JNU historian's more believable?
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          BharatVarsh
          Dec 26, 2016 at 7:29 pm
          or have name like Taimur
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            BharatVarsh
            Dec 26, 2016 at 7:29 pm
            that is so true
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              Ramakrishnan.Iyer
              Dec 26, 2016 at 3:01 am
              WHO IS THAT STUPID AUTHOR? Kick him in his . Who are those Stupid readers who are debating based on that stupid author? Kick them out.
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                Indodumb
                Dec 26, 2016 at 1:58 am
                That is true. It is also true that the Aryans invaded the civilizations after being driven out from all their path of migration from Central Asia where they were KICKED OUT FOR EXACTLY WHAT THEY ARE DOING RIGHT NOW TO SOUTH ASIA. Those scoundrels took the help of Darius and his mercenaries to MACRE MILLIONS OF DRAVIDIANS. Those ruthless scoundrels cannot fight themselves and always need somebody else to do their job(like they are seeking the help of Blood-ee Israelites), lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Mohanjedaro and Harappa were Dravidian civilizations. Even before Moguls came to South Asia, blood-e scoundrels Aryans had invaded this pure sacred South Asia.
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                  Michellegt;Vedicgt;human
                  Dec 26, 2016 at 8:25 am
                  All those -S trying to change history should watch video YOUTUBE led ''ISLAM ROOTS"" and ""VEDIC ISLAM"" which also covers pre-islam the origin of CHRISTAINITY and its roots,----and than start talking about HINDUISM,---you -S,-history remains the same as no one like you _S can change history.
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                    Michellegt;Vedicgt;human
                    Dec 26, 2016 at 5:04 am
                    MOHENJODARO was a lord shiva DEVOTIE and was also the person who revived Hinduism,----those -S who are mixing Aryans and Dravidians as origins then why is it not visible and practiced from where they came from????----some thick heads not using their brains keeps shouting Aryans and Sh-it's but yet not realising the fact that they themselves are decendants of GYPSIES which originates from RAJASTAN and HARYANA,---sometimes some -S think from their seems like.
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                      Michellegt;Vedicgt;human
                      Dec 26, 2016 at 5:23 am
                      You -S,----Greek mythology is only 1800 yrs old which stra from Hinduism,---they used to pray goddes on lotus flower whom they shortened the name to SARA from SARA-S-WATI,----and accepted the TRISHUL,----Abraham was a DEVOTIE of BRAHAMA,---from which he took the A from back and put in front and became ABRAHAM,----ISMAEL was a DEVOTIE of lord shiva who's name derives from ISHMAHAL,----you moron watch video you tube of origin of Islam and you'll also find out how CHRIS came out from KRISH how Christmas came out from KRISHNASTAMI and how RAMADAN came out from RAMANAVMI,----no where in bible mentions Christmas tree since it's a pagan thing which first originated as a BODHI TREE under which lord BUDDHA was enlightened 800yrs before even your Chris and MO-HOMO was even born in this world or on this earth,---you moron thick heads.
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                        Rajat
                        Dec 26, 2016 at 12:15 pm
                        It is funny to read the comments of right wind re-tar-ds and lib-tar-ds.
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                        1. रंगा सियार
                          Dec 26, 2016 at 7:22 am
                          Yes. And Qutub Minar is a Shiva Lingam.
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                            Poppat Jamal
                            Dec 26, 2016 at 5:23 am
                            Who said it has to be Sanskrit? Every few hundred miles your language and your dialects changes. And I see Christians like Hitlers taking over media.
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                              Amit Singh
                              Dec 26, 2016 at 10:49 am
                              Its really hilarious that none till date including any historian has been able to decipher indus valley script and then also this botched up rightwing historian is claiming the figure to be of godess parvati. lt;br/gt;This moron need to put all his energy to decipher the script. Instead of giving filmy interpretation to please his political masters
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                                Anupam Rae
                                Dec 26, 2016 at 6:48 am
                                If you read some books by Jain munis, they claim Jainism is much older than the Vedic religion. The figure in the seal is of the first tirthankara. The religion of the Indus valley was primaeval Jainism. No arms and bones of sacrificial animals have been found till date.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;English language was non existent at that time. Abraham word could have not come from Brahama.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Knowledge was flowing both ways - from Greek to India and from India to Greek.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;By writing such comment, you leave no doubt that you are an absolute .
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                                  Chetan More
                                  Dec 26, 2016 at 7:33 am
                                  whatever it is, there is no sanskrit script found anywhere during the time of harappa and mohenjodaro. this is enough to prove that vedic religion or hindu religion is a foreign religion in india same as islam, or christianity. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;After 50 years the archiologists will call hi's statue as that of vaman avtar to prove that vedic religion is indian.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;vedic religion is not indian and not of the general potion.
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                                    Indian
                                    Dec 26, 2016 at 1:00 am
                                    Kareena kapoor?
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                                      Sreenivasan
                                      Dec 26, 2016 at 10:31 am
                                      First he wanted to fix Shiva in a frame and then started searching for 'Parvati', because without Parvati, there cannot be Shiva in his frame. So, the argument is like a question framed to suit an answer. Scientific research is not conducted to satisfy somebody's political leanings.
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                                        hamid
                                        Dec 26, 2016 at 5:20 am
                                        As if the maha mad maulanas were not enough with their moro$nic claims of some1 being last prophet. The Hindu fundamentalists trying to become like them
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                                          hamid
                                          Dec 26, 2016 at 4:49 am
                                          People are learning from maha mad maulanas how to believe in lies such some trickster being the last prophet
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                                            Ashok Kumar
                                            Dec 26, 2016 at 7:15 pm
                                            There is ample historic and archaeological evidence to prove that the entire Indian subcontinent is of Hindu and Buddhist origin for last 5000 years. The invaders from Arab countries and Europe tried to change the culture but only partially succeeded.
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