Great Exodus -Yadavas’ Migration to Gujarat from Uttar Pradesh (Post No.7544)

Ivory Krishna

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Post No.7544

Date uploaded in London – – 6 February 2020

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Great Exodus -Yadavas Migration to Gujarat from UttarPradesh

There is a very interesting historical anecdote in Puranas and Harivamsa which is an annexure to Mahabharata. This is a major event in Indian history which is ignored by many, probably to keep the good name of Lord Krishna. This happened 5000 years before our time and 2000 years before Moses who is associated with the Biblical Exodus.,

Why did Krishna run away from Mathura to Dwaraka with his group ?

Why did all the Yadavas travelled 800 miles with all the beds and boxes to go to Dwaraka?

Who is Kala Yavana , the Black Greek, who attacked Lord Krishna along with Jarasandha?

How come Krishnan shuttled between Dwaraka and Mathura, a distance of 1291 kilometres, 800 miles in ancient times?

Was there a Bullet train or a Helicopter?

The answer for all these questions is in amazing Harivamsa, part of Mahabharata.,

In addition to the answers there is a very interesting Ant and Snake anecdote.


Exodus forms the second chapter in the Old Testament of the Bible. It describes the exodus of Jews under the leadership of Moses from Egypt to Israel. Jews were delivered from slavery. Though there is no historical or archaeological proof for Moses until this day three great Semitic religions believe in him. The Exodus was written around sixth century BCE .There are two striking similarities between the Bible and the Bhagavata. Bhagavata is the life story of Lord Krishna. Like Red Sea divided into two parts and gave a safe way to Moses, river Yamuna separated into two parts during very heavy rains and floods to give a safe exit to Vasudev who carried child Krishna in a basket.

Another striking similarity is the great exodus of Yadavas from Mathura in Uttar Pradesh to Dwaraka in Gujarat. It may be compared with Moses exit from Egypt to Israel,


There are other similarities like ‘killing the first born child’ and ‘floating a child in a basket’, ‘Adam and Eve story’ and ‘parables of Upanishad and Jesus parables . Christians copied all thse stories through Greeks, who were well versed with Hindu stories. And the Greek Bible was translated into English 1600 years after death of Jesus. Let me stop there and continue with the historical EXODUS incident.

From Harivamsa

“Kala Yavana came with a big force to attack Mathura. He was the son of Gargya Rishi. Since Yavana king had no issues when he died, Kala Yavana became king.

Hearing of the approach of huge army, Vasudeva, the leader of the Vrshnis and Andhakas addressed his kinsmen saying,

Great is the calamity that has befallen descendants of the Vrshni and Andhaka races. For this enemy is unslayable by us on account of the boon conferred on him by the holder of the trident (Lord Shiva). I employed all other means as conciliation etc to win him over. But he wishes for battle worked up with pride. ‘I am to live here’, this Narada said to me. I too tell you this. The emperor Jarasandha is not forgiving towards us; and the other kings too, assailed by the Vrshni discus and on account of the destruction of Kamsa, have been displeased with us and sought refuge with the Magadha king. Under the protection of Jarasandha they want to obstruct us and many kinsmen of the Yadavas were slain by them. What more we will never acquire prosperity if we live in the city.,

Saying this, and desirous of retreating Keshava, sent an envoy to the  king of Yavanas. In order to terrorise the Yavana king the highly intelligent Krishna . put a deadly poisonous snake in a pot and sealed it. It looked very black like the collyrium. He then sent it to the Yavana king through his own emissary. He told the emissary to tell the Yavana king Krishna is like this black serpent. The emissary showed the pot with the serpent to Kala Yavana and said Krishna sent this. Kala Yavana undetood that Krishna is threatening him. He placed ants into the pot and filled it. The innumerable ants with sharp beaks ate the snake completely. He sent it back to Krishna. This baffled Krishna. He left Mathura and went to Dwaraka with his people. When Yadavas settled there, he went all alone to Mathura to confront Kala Yavana. When the waiting Kala Yavana  pursued Krishna he could not catch him. Krishna did all these things with a purpose.

Narada told him a secret about one king called Muchukunda, son of Mandhata. He prayed for long and peaceful sleep and the god also gave him that boon. He also asked another boon that whoever wakes him from sleep must be burnt alive by his look. Having learnt all this from Narada, Krishna slowly entered the cave where Muchukunda was sleeping. Without disturbing him, Krishna sat near his head. Kala Yavana, who pursued Krishna also entered the cave and Muchukunda looked at him when Kala Yavana touched his feet. He was burnt like an insect falling in to fire. Then Krishna told Muchukunda all that happened during his sleep”,


This story is in Hari vamsa ;in another place it was told that the emissary should be sent by an aerial car it is told as a passing remark. So we can conclude that aerial cars or helicopters were used by kings on special occasions.

This Yadava exodus must have taken place just before Mahabharata war. We know that after the war, Krishna was killed by a hunter and Yadavas fought among themselves and Dwaraka went under the sea in a Tsunami. It is proved by submarine excavations. We may safely conclude it happened before 3102 BCE.,

tags- Kala Yavana, Gargya, Exodus, Dwaraka, Mathura, Yadavas, Migration


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  1. Apart from the Puranic accounts, the actual historical aspects of Krishna’s encounter with Jarasandha and Kalayavana are dealt with in a recent [2018] book, “Krishna Rajya” by Prafull Goradia and Jaganniwas Iyer. Krishna led his clans out of Mathura, when Jarasandha sought to invade it for the 18th time, after he had been defeated earlier. This time his preparations were mighty, and Krishna knew that the Yadavas could not match the might of Jarasandha, in combination with Kalayavana.. Instead of risking a war which they could not win, and which would involve much suffering, Krishna decided to retreat- as a strategy. This time they would leave Mathura for ever, as it had already lost much of its wealth due to the previous engagements with Jarasandha. Krishna thus deliberately chose to avoid war and give the slip to the enemy, earning the epithet “Ranchod Rai”.
    Years later, Krishna told Yudhishthira: ” In consultation with the 18 Yadava clans we arrived at the conclusion that even if we were to fight Jarasandha continuously for 300 years, we would’nt be able to overcome his army, so vast it was. O Yudhisthira! this was not just my opinion, that of many other kings.” [ Mahabharata, Sabha Parva, chapter 14, shlokas 30-35, quoted in the above book, page 124.] So, Krishna was not a blind fighter, but a Statesman and strategist. The book also carries a quotation [ on page 125] from Dr.Koenraad Elst about the possible identities of Yavanas.
    One idea that Goradia suggests is that Krishna knew that being a foreign invader, Kalayavana would not be satisfied with winning a small war and taking a small territory, but would surely aim far higher. Krishna therefore sought to outwit him totally. And this is what he did achieve in the end..

  2. Thanks. very informative reply. i must read that book.

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