Himalayan Skeleton Lake has been a mystery. Nobody knows what is the origin of human bones in Himalayan Skeleton Lake. 1942, a remote valley deep in the Himalayas, an India forest range named Harish Kishan Madhiwal made the morbid discovery. At an elevation of 4800, he came across a small glacial lake, with something strange visible in its clean water.The human skeleton lake was full of the human skeleton.

He had discovered the infamous Lake Roopkund or skeleton Lake. The authorities feared the remains belonged to a group of Japanese soldiers who tried to infiltrate the British controlled India.    

However, the lake was full of 500 skeletons and they were too old to be Japanese invaders. In the decades since, a variety of theories have tried to explain the mysterious origins of the bones.

Some have said skeletons were those of the Indian ancient army returning across the mountains from battle.

Others have suggested an epidemic was responsible for the dead.

An intense hail storm has also blamed. A popular local folk song tells the story of a disrespectful group of pilgrims traveling to the nearby Hindu shrine of the mountains of Goddess Nanda Devi incensed by their behavior, the goddess is said to have hurled balls “as hard as iron”  at the deviants.

Some of the bones have a sign of trauma consistent with hit by a round object.

No weapons were found, but bits of religious jewelry and clothing was.

The skeletons were a mix of men women and children of good health. This is an indicator they were not target by epidemic or warfare.

Thus researchers concluded that the dead were probably plagiarism of South Asia origin that died in the ninth century.

However, a recent DNA sample of 38 skeletons showed they came from three genetically distinct groups, 23 had ancestry related to people from present-day India.

One had South East Asian ancestry. And most shockingly, 14 had eastern Mediterranean origins.

This could be explained by the existence of the Graeco- Indo kingdom in the era between the first and centuries B.C.

However, carbon dating conclude that none of the bones are from this period. The data and timings of all groups varied.

It is possible that the lake was a makeshift graveyard which would explain the diversity of bones. Ultimately there is still no conclusive evidence explaining how the skeleton of Roopkund came to be.

Every year, with the arrival of spring the frozen lake melts again revealing the bones but no their origin.

Now the mystery of skeleton lake prevails.


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