In my search for detailed information on Sanatana Dharma, I notice some curious points and I follow the thread.
And I get startling information.
Some of my thoughts are childish, some idiotic , and at times even stupid.
But the results are worth the doubts.
I wondered about the Colour of Rama and Krishna, who are described as Black.
Rama is from Central India, Ayodhya and Krishna from Dwaraka, West of India.
People of these Geographical areas are fair-skinned while the Dravidians from the South of Vindhyas are dark-skinned.
I found that the ancestor of Rama, Satyavrata Manu migrated from South India.( Please read my post-Rama’s ancestor, Dravida?)
On Krishna I am still searching, though I found He married a Pandyan Princess from Madurai, which is in Tamil Nadu and had his daughter married to a Pandyan Prince!
Now I wonder about the Bengalis, (of Indian State of Bengal and Bangladesh) and Tamils.
I have noticed some similarities.
Both are, in general,dark skinned, dusky.
Both consume Rice.
Rice is consumed in South India, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka in large quantities when compared to other states of India, especially North India.
As a matter of fact, These Southern states along with Odisha and Bengal consume more of Rice.
These states form an arc on the eastern seaboard of India.
And like the Tamils, Bengalis are attached to their Language Bengali and like Tamils are highly emotional.
This set me to search for the origin of Bengalis and Bengal.
I found that like the Tamils, they were called as Dasyus, those who were different from the Vedic people in worship.
‘Some references indicate that the primitive people in Bengal were different in ethnicity and culture from the Vedic people beyond the boundary of Aryandom and who were classed as “Dasyus”. The Bhagavata Purana classes them as sinful people while Dharmasutra of Baudhayana prescribes expiatory rites after a journey among the Pundras and Vangas. Mahabharata speaks of Paundraka Vasudeva who was lord of the Pundras and who allied himself with Jarasandha against Krishna. The Mahabharata also speaks of Bengali kings called Chitrasena and Sanudrasena who were defeated by Bhima and Kalidasa mentions Raghu defeating a coalition of Vanga kings’.
Tamils were called Dasyus because they did not worship fire, though they were following the other tenets of the Vedas and had a parallel system of Shiva worship.
Please check my posts on Pre Sanatana Dharma in Dravida.
I appears that Bengal was the Kingdom of Vali’s adopted son.
The exact origin of the word Bangla is unknown, though it is believed to be derived from the Dravidian-speaking tribe Bang/Bangathat settled in the area around the year 1000 BCE.
Other accounts speculate that the name is derived from Vanga (Bôngo), which came from the Austric word “Bonga” meaning the Sun-god.
According to the Mahabharata, a number of Puranas and theHarivamsha Vanga was one of the adopted sons of King Vali who founded the Vanga Kingdom.
The Muslim accounts refer that “Bong”, a son of Hind (son of Hām who was a son of Prophet Noah/Nooh) colonised the area for the first time.
The earliest reference to “Vangala” (Bôngal) has been traced in the Nesari plates (805 AD) of Rashtrakuta Govinda III which speak ofDharmapala as the king of Vangala. The records of Rajendra Chola I of the Chola dynasty, who invaded Bengal in the 11th century, speak of Govindachandra as the ruler of Vangaladesa. Shams-ud-din Ilyas Shah took the title “Shah-e-Bangla” and united the whole region under one government.
An interesting theory of the origin of the name is provided by Abu’l-Fazl in his Ain-i-Akbari. According to him, “[T]he original name of Bengal was Bung, and the suffix “al” came to be added to it from the fact that the ancient rajahs of this land raised mounds of earth 10 feet high and 20 in breadth in lowlands at the foot of the hills which were called “al”. From this suffix added to the Bung, the name Bengal arose and gained currency