“This will surely open a new horizon in the history of the Kathmandu Valleyâ??â??
When it comes to Emperor Asoka’s children, the standard line in most textbooks is about how Mahinda and Sanghamitta were sent to Ceylon to spread Buddhism. There is not much mention about his other children and what they did.
He had other sons named Kunala and Tivara. Apparently he also had a daughter named Charumati, and recently one stupa constructed by her was found in the Kathmandu Valley.
Archaeologists at the Department of Archaeology, a government institution to conserve and protect ancient monuments of the country, said this is the first time something has been found in the Kathmandu Valley written in Brahmi script, which was prevalent in 300 BC.
Only two inscriptions have been found so far in Brahmi script in Nepal â?? one in Lumbini and the other in Lignihawa, both erected by emperor Ashoka.
â??We were just enlightened. We could not believe when we found bricks with a word in Brahmi script. This will surely open a new horizon in the history of the Kathmandu Valley,â?said senior archaeologist Prakash Darnal.
The brick has a Dharma-Chakra emblem, two Swastikas, a word â??Cha-ru-wa-tiâ?in Brahmi script and also two other words in the most ancient form of Nepalbhasa script, Bhujimol.
â??Till date, historians believe that the sixth century AD inscription of Mandeva at the Changu Narayan is the oldest inscription found in the Valley and a statue of Jaya Barma, found at Mali Gaon, is regarded as made in the second century ADâ?, he said.
â??What we have found in Chabahil may prove that Kathmandu has a 2,300-year-old written history,â?Darnal said. But he also added that the evidence is not yet scientifically tested and the word could have been written later in Brahmi script that was extinct by the second century in Nepal.
â??The word â??Charuwatiâ?proves the legend of Charumati, said to be Ashokaâ??s daughter, and this has some grounds in the historyâ?, he said.[2300-year-old inscription found in Chabahil]
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Harmanpreet – Consider this – A lot of seals discoverd in the Saraswati/sindhu valley civilization depict unicorns – does that mean they had unicorns. The absence of horse images on seals does not preclude the existence of horses. Also, only seals depicting bulls (not cows) were found in SSVC. Does that mean they had no cows.
Regarding languages – The whole PIE/Indo-European languages is a construction of european historians. BTW, there is no PIE – people just think that it may have existed.
There are numerous other bits of information that refute AIT. I dont want to go through them but you can visit http://www.india-forum.com/ and check out some of the threads dealing with Indian history. There are some very knowlwedgeable people who post on that forum.
Lastly, consider this – Our ancestors have left us more manuscripts (such as the vedas, upanisads, brahamanas, various smritis and sutras) thatn any other civlization in the world. None of them mention any invasions and migrations (except those out of India).
Ask yourself, do you really believe that Sanskrit was developed by some tribe in central russia as AIT posits. All recent credible genetic studies do not support AIT. It is only a matter of time before that polemic theory bites the dust