Scientific dating of mahabharata war
It is indeed amazing that the Bible mentions numerous fantastic events like the Great Deluge, Pillar of Fire, instantaneous healing of cut-off ears, is full of sexual imagery including incest and is yet considered a history of Christianity and Jews, while the ancient Indian texts are considered “mere” mythology.The unfortunate part is that many secularists, brown sahibs and Macaulayites – a class of Indians who are English in outlook and Indian only in looks – readily agree that India’s epics are pure mythology and gleefully bow down to the verdict passed by their former white colonial masters.In their view, because the British averred that Indian epics do not pre-date the Christian Bible, then it must necessarily be true.Science comes to history’s aid Science, however, is not parochial.Follow the clues The wonderful thing about the Ramayana is that when Valmiki wrote the epic, he made it idiot-proof.(For fun let’s assume Valmiki being a prescient sage knew that secularists, communists, India haters, British invaders and Macaulayites would exist in the future and try to run down his historical opus.) He packed so much information about the various planetary positions of those days, the geography of the areas mentioned in the epic, the seasonal events, and about the genealogy of various kings that modern astronomers and scientists can have a crack at the dates on which those events occurred. Haran, “In no other nation and no other religion in the world, true history is so meticulously documented, supported by umpteen evidences.Palaces, pillars, fort walls, a port, anchors and various artefacts have been discovered.
They recorded the ‘tithis’ (days) according to the nakshatra (star) on which the moon prevailed, the months, the seasons and even the different solstices.On the other hand, most of those trying to prove the epics are history are scientists.For instance, at a global colloquium ( jointly organised by The Mythic Society, Bangalore, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts and Sir Babasaheb (Umakanth Keshav) Apte Smarak Samithi Trust on January 5 and 6, 2003, the late Dr Raja Ramanna, the father of the Indian nuclear bomb, said the “best clock for dating was the sky itself and the position of stars”.Without the weight of historical tradition, the Ramayana would have been swept away by the tidal waves of conquests that India suffered over a period of 1300 years.But there are others who argue that there is no proof Rama lived.
Also, literary references to the characters from the Ramayana Era provide limits after which the Ramayana could not have occurred.