Did Vasco Da Gama discovered sea route to India?
"Vasco Da Gama Discovered" Sea Route to India..... (May 20, 1498)
This is "preached to Indian Kids".
Route taken by Vasco Da Gama.......(In Black colour) and the trade route (silk route) that Indian traders were using, as per European Historians (in orange and Green). As per these history twisters, Indians did not know the route between Africa and India. Indians also sailed along India/Pakistan coast to reach Oman. (This point is to discredit Indians, as Deep sea navigation was the biggest hurdle for Europeans).
It is also inferred that, Vasco Da gama was a " visionary, pioneer and a great discoverer".
Actually this is the greatest "Lie" that has been told to Indian kids to brain wash them....Let us look at the proof....
1) Wikipedia, spreads the same lie....here
Please see the message in the box. They are saying, they have no "citation". Why not produce the evidence? Absence of evidence, suggests that, the claim , "Portuguese discovered sea route to India" is a bogus & empty claim. Why there are no evidence for such a wonderful accomplishment? Don't we need to ask this question? After all Vasco-Da-Gama, did sail from Portugal and landed in Kerala. There is no dispute to his travel. Why not produce the evidence?
Fact of the matter is, there is enough evidence for Vasco-da-Gamas travel. Infact, the evidence speaks more than his journey. So, it is not produced to Indians. There are ample evidence that, Vasco Da Gama did not discover sea route to India...Let me present one such important counter evidence.
1) Note the date of Vasco da gama landing on Indian shores. It was 20th May 1498. Now look at,
Moodabidari Town (Near Udupi) in Coasatl Karnataka. In this town, we can visit a famous monument called 1008 pillar Basasdi (also called Tribhuvana Tilaka Chudamani Jain Temple). This is a Jain temple. But the land grant and finances were arranged by "Hindu" Vijayanagar Kings.
The temple construction was started in 1430 CE. Construction was finished by 1496 CE and temple was opened for public. The temple is functioning even today. The dates are engraved in the temple inscriptions. So, there is no dispute. All the sculptures, especially the ones on the foundation stones are without doubt, per-existed by the time of Vasco-Da-Gama's Landing in India. Now let us see , how the "proof" from this temple disprove, Vasco-Da-Gama was the first to undertake deep-sea-navigation.
Description of the place with construction dates. The details are extracted from the old Kannada inscriptions that are spread out on 2 big walls on either side of the Garbha Gruha. The plaque was put up by the Jain Math that exists next to the temple.
Name of the monument that is painted on the entrance door.
Interesting sculptures at the base of the temple...
Sculpture A - A foreign soldier
The picture depicts a Roman warrior (from whom, European soldiers were represented). This is evident from the "Leather" Armour and head band. Hindu and Jains were opposed to killing of cow and associated animals (like bufallow). So, they never used "Leather Armoury". For comparison, Indian soldiers from the same temple is given below. It shows, a commander (or leader), a Bow man and a swords man.
The Portuguese discoveries monument, Lisbon, Portugal, depicts soldiers with short knee length robes too.
The European Centaur was also sculpted in the temple.
Not Just Centaur, other mythical animals used else where in world were also sculpted. Probably, Indians were looking forward to bring them to india, so that, they could be trained as war animals.
Only Giraffe was shown with an attendant. This clearly shows, Giraffe was captured and brought to Vijaynagaram empire. All other mythical animals were sculpted to train navigators to seek and capture those animals. We can identify GandaBerunda (Mythical two headed Bird with elephant in its cusp), Horse with Elephant tusk (Horse + Elephant power combination), Lion that can breathe fire (Lion+Dragon power), Horse that can breathe fire (Dragon + Horse combination). These animals may be myths that were rumored to scare away invaders.
So, Indians definitely knew "Europeans" before Vasco-Da-Gama.
2) Well, since Indians traded via land route, it is not a big deal to know European soldier. After all, Alexander came to India via land route. Here is the catch..Check the following images
Sculpture B - Chinese Dragon
Sculpture C - African Giraffe
This is the most stunning image. It shows a "Domesticated" Giraffe. The man holding Giraffe is an Indian. This shows lot of thing. It means, a Giraffe must have been brought to get domesticated to Karnataka. An Indian "GowPalaka/Sheppard" was taking care of it.
Compare how Giraffe sculpture with a photograph. The ears will not be visible, only horns will be visible.
Just imagine, how can a Giraffe be brought from Africa to Karnataka? It is impossible to bring a giraffe by walk, as the silk route from Africa to india, passes through dessert and cold mountain passes (like karakorram). The animal will not survive this journey. This means, the animal must have been brought here over sea. What should be the "size of Ship" to transport a Giraffe successfully over Arabaian sea route from Africa to India? It must be really very big.
1) Indians, that too Kannadigas had very big ships that could transport a Giraffe
2) Centaur, Giraffe and Dragon prove that, Kannadigas (Indians) were sea farers. They practiced deep ocean ship navigation sailing directly to Europe, China and Africa. The Ships were plying in open waters between Karnataka and Africa./China. So the navigation was not "coast hugging route", the way Vasco-Da-Gama used from Europe to Africa.
3) Vasco-Da-Gama did not had the means to roam over deep sea. He had only a small ship, that navigated by sailing close to the coasts. He could cross the Indian ocean from Africa to Kerala, only with the help of Indian "Navigators".
If Indians were "Navigating" in deep sea with Big ships and showed the way, how come we say, Vasco-Da-Gama "discovered" sea route to India? So, it is a White lie. Next time you hear anybody speaking this lie, try to explain things. If S/he is adamant, mark him as a "Brain washed fool".
There is an account of Zhang He, Chinese explorers travel. It describes, The pet giraffe of the Sultan of Bengal, brought from the Somali Ajuran Empire, was later taken to China in the thirteenth year of Yongle (1415). So, Indians brought Giraffe and might have tried to sell it to Chinese emperor. Bringing a Giraffe in to Asia well before Vasco-Da-GaMa, will very well weaken the story built to support Portuguese and European invasions. (as something great for Asians).
See What History channel says....they have recognized the "Truth". It is time for Indian public to come out of these "Lies"
In fact, National Geography now calls Vasco-Da-Gama as a "Pirate", who was engaged in looting "Arabian Ships". They acknowledge the fact that, VascoDa-Gama Hired experienced Indian "Navigators" to reach India. If Indians showed the way, how come Indian text books still call it a "European Discovery"?
AMAR Chitra KATHA
Amar Chitra Katha also depicts, an Indian sailor guiding the route to India for Vasco-Da-Gama.
The picture in Kerala shows Vasco-Da-Gama presented "a small gold vesset", which was a pittance seek trade permission at that time. Indian and Arabic merchants offered large amount of gold for trade protection.
Actually, Vasco-Da-Gama was refused permission. So, Vasco-Da-Gama captured few Indian fishermen and went back. He "Looted" arabian ships on his way back, to show, he was a successful explorer. He assembled an European band and came back to fight Indians. Vasco-Da-Gama was a "Pirate" and a "looter". He has been projected as a "Great Discoverer". This is nothing but a great Insult to India and Indians.