The 1000 Year Old Lost-City Belonging To Indians?
Recently, viral posts proclaiming the glory of Indians proud of Angkor Wat in Cambodia and Borobudur in Indonesia. Another possibly older monument of Indian history is believed to have been located in the dense jungles of Johor.
Kota Gelanggi potentially the first capital of the ancient Empire of Srivijaya. It is one of the oldest Kingdoms on South East Asia’s Malay Peninsula. The city was raided in 1025 by South Indian Chola Dynasty conqueror Rajendra Chola 1.
The meaning of Kota in Tamil is ‘Nagaram’ which stands for City. Kota Gelanggi was mainly a trading post and a centre of sacred learning. The Srivijaya maritime and commercial kingdom flourished between the 7th and the 13th centuries in the Malay Archipelago,” says local researcher Raimy Che-Ross. He added with that museum had earlier sent teams to locate the site but had failed each time.
Now the lost city is a forest reserve. And no one can enter without the permission of the authorities. Though museum authorities, on the other hand, have indicated interest in studying Kota Gelanggi but nothing much has transpired since then. Lack of funds, inaccessibility, and the possibility of different locations – have been cited till date to undertake a serious study.
The Kota Gelanggi Caves of Jerantut and The Kota Kelanggi is different. But, do they have connections? The discovery of an ancient bronze vessel near a river which closes to Mentakab may have linked with Johor’s Kota Gelanggi.
No matter what, I can cite for one reason -i.e. – History, sometimes, can be painful, threatening, and embarrassing. So why care to bring this upon you? By the way, what happened to the many Indian history professors at University Malaya, who used to extol their great academic achievements? Issue the Sri Maha Kaliamman Temple, Angkasapuri’s’s committee.
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