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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    arshad sadiq
    Jun 13, 2017 at 4:38 pm
    In my comment of 13 Jun for "Marble am" read "marble am"
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      arshad sadiq
      Jun 13, 2017 at 4:29 pm
      I agree with author Prasad Verma's interpretation of the dancing Girl as an avatar of goddess Shakti, and would like to add that the Priest King was an avatar of Shiva both in human form. Another start discovery points towards their matrimonial relationship that resulted in the birth of a child. The above facts are based on engraving on an Indus Valley marble am found from the vicinity of Mohenjodaro, and is presently displa in the Arsh Gallery, Islamabad. The portrayal on the am, inter alia, depicts the face of the Priest King on top of the Dancing Girl while on the reverse is a seated image of Shiva in his familiar crossed legged posture, with another image of a goddess, seemingly Shakhti, seated beside him. A silver moulded image of Priest King with Dancing Girl and their child is also displa in the Arsh Gallery.
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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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