Sunday, 24 January 2016


Nimrud is the later Arab name for the ancient Assyrian city originally known as Kalhu or Kalah, located 30 kilometres south of the city of Mosul in the Nineveh plains in northern Mesopotamia. It was a major Assyrian city of the Mesopotamian civilization between approximately 1250 BC and 610 BC.

The Assyrian king Shalmaneser I built the city of Kalah somewhere during his rule from 1274 BC to 1245 B though his capital was at a city named Ashur. His descendant, King Ashurnasirpal II, who reigned from 883 to 859 BC, built a new capital at Nimrud. King Ashurnasirpal's son Shalmaneser III (858–823 BC) built a magnificent palace at Nimrud which far exceeded in opulence than any other palce built by his ancestors.

What is of interest is a particular glaze ceramic artifact found at the Palace of Nimrud dated to 900 BC which at present belongs to the British Museum. The artifact is identified by mainstream scholars as that of Ashurbaipal-II with his attendants! Here is the artifact!! Take a close look.

This artifact from Nimrud Palace, Iraq dated to 900 BC
belonging to the British Museum is identified as that of
Assurbanipal II with his attendants.
But this artifact certainly depicts Sri Rama-Sita-Lakshman.
of the Ramayana.
The fact remains the like the Mesopotamian kings just like the Egyptian and Mittani kings sported Sanskrit names - Ashurbanipal is an example. The same is true of the names of rivers and mountains of Mesopotamia and Babylon. Their cities and major centres of civilization depict a deep influence of Indian culture and philosophy. For more on the Sanskrit connect to the names of Mesopotamian and Babylonian rivers click here and here.

A similar artifact was found in a collection belonging to the Etruscan civilization. Long before the days of the rise of the Roman Empire, Italy was home to the Etruscans - a people far more advanced in civilization than the later Romans.  As early as 1200 B.C. they were living in a part of Italy covering an area equivalent to modern day Tuscany. Here is a sketch of one artifact found amongst the Etruscan collection:

A sketch from a collection of Etruscan artifact.
The Etruscans were a pre-Roman civilization
who followed a pagan religion

For more on Etruscan artifacts that tell the story of the Ramayana and its connect to the Etruscan civilization click here.

Sometimes the truth is obvious. It may not be a coincidence that some of the greatest kings of Egypt bore the name Ramses. The father of Nefrititi, the wife of the Egyptian king Pharaoh Akhenaten was Tushratta (Dushratha), the Assurs or Ashurs derived their clan name from the Sanskrit clan name asura. Akhenaten, who brought the concept of one god into a polytheist society is believed to have named himself 'Eknathan' - or 'one god'.....

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