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When Did The Mahabharata War Happen? : The Mystery of Arundhati [Kindle Edition]

Nilesh Nilkanth Oak
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Book Description

In a drastic re-evaluation of astronomy observations from Mahabharata, using high-tech tool of modern astronomy and low-tech tool of the logic of scientific discovery, Nilesh Oak’s extraordinary book presents ordinary theory of astronomy observations that would lead to a quantum jump in our understanding of the Mahabharata War:
• How a theory based on single unifying idea corroborates 100+ astronomy observations
• Where to search for the year of the Mahabharata War – Epoch of 6500 years & Compact time interval of 3000 years
• How a single observation, previously known but unexplained, falsifies 96% of all proposals for the year of the Mahabharata War
• Why does it matter how long Bhishma was lying on the bed of arrows
• How ancient is the tradition of meticulous astronomy observations.

Acceptance of his theory leads to surprising conclusions about our current understanding of world civilizations, domestication of horses, dating of Ramayana or Vedas and antiquity of meticulous astronomy observations. Rejection of his theory would compel us to search for the likes of Newton and Lagrange, among the Sages of India, at least thousand years before Sir Isaac Newton & Joseph-Louis Lagrange.

Praise for 'When did the Mahabharata War Happen?: The Mystery of Arundhati'
"You have done a great job. I requested astronomers to consider if Arundhati had gone ahead of Vasisth in 1971, when I published 'Swayambhu' . But nobody cared. You are the first to do the great job!"
- P V Vartak (Author of 'Swayambhu' & 'Wastav Ramayana')

"A very interesting book to read. Author has approached dating of Mahabharat from a very innovative angle. He accurately predicts the date of the war. This book also gives a very good explanation of the nakshatras and their positions. It is facisnating to see the detailed research. A scientific approach in debunking all the theories so far. I highly recommend this book."
- M.S., A reader from USA, Online review

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About the Author

Nilesh Oak was born in India. He received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from UDCT, Mumbai University. He immigrated to Canada, where he received his M.S. in Chemical Engineering from University of Alberta. He received his executive MBA from Emory University. He works for a Fortune 500 company. He is interested in Astronomy, Archaeology, Anthropology, Quantum Mechanics, Economics, Mythology and Philosophy. Nilesh Oak resides in Atlanta, Georgia.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Validating the basic premise March 17, 2013
By Nitin
Format:Kindle Edition
This is an interesting and thought provoking book. The author takes the reference made in Mahabharata that Arundhati (Alcor) is ahead of Visistha (Mizar) and uses the latest software to find the time period in the past when this was true. His research finds that this was indeed the case between 13000 BC and 4000 BC. He then goes on to use other astronomical references in Mahabharate to pin the date to 5561 BC.
Let us look at the basic premise itself. The reference to Arundhati goes like this. (Quoting from the book). Vyasa tells Dhritarashtra, day before the Mahabharata War: "My dear King, Arundhati (saintly wife of Vasistha) who is revered by the righteous all over the three worlds, has left her husband Vasistha behind". The remark indicates that Vyasa is refering to a recent observable event, that is not the norm. According to Author's own research, in 5561 BC, Arundhati was already walking ahead of Vasistha for the past 7500 years. Why would Vyasa consider it abnormal and an evil omen? Next, according to the author again, it takes a 9000 year cycle for Arundhati to go ahead or fall behind Vasistha. Hardly an observable event. Vyasa is clearly refering to something that has happened in the recent past, either days or weeks, that is a sign that war is emminent. We are not told of any other reference that lead the author to his interpretation. The basic premise itself then becomes questionable.
In this context, Vaidya's proposal in his book "The Mahabharata: A Criticism" that all astronomical references were added to the original text by Sauti, to swell the list of evil omens, becomes more convincing. In Sauti's time Arundhati was behind Vasistha, and she walking ahead of Vasistha would certainly be considered an evil omen.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Astronomy's Veridical Use September 7, 2011
Now that I'm through reading the book 'When did the Mahabharata War Happen?' I am very impressed with the hard science in back of Nilesh Oak's ideas. By an ingenious use of astronomy software, he has verified P. V. Vartak's date of 5561 BC for the Mahabharata War, also systematically excluding the possibility of various other dates that have been offered. He has computer reckoned the possible dates for certain arrangements of planets as described in passages of the Mahabharata at the time of certain incidents. The book is not for someone who quails at learning new things about astronomy or Sanskrit, or one who resists new theories and ideas. Indeed it is difficult going, but well worth it.
What improvements could be made in this book? The science of archeology has made addresses to the problem of dating such events as the sinking of Dwarka (contemporary with Krishna's death), and how the Ramayana and the
Indus Valley Civilization fit into the puzzle of south Asia's history. If Nilesh Oak decides to revise his book so as to add an epilogue, I'd like to see some mention of new finds that either corroborate or cast doubt upon his findings. For instance, he could cover the Graham Hancock/Glenn Milne thermoluminescence dates from Dwarka, and the recent discovery of domesticated horse remains dated 9,600 years ago from Saudia Arabia, or the DNA evidence presented by Steven Oppenheimer, which tends to support the out-of-India theory.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rewind the night skies! August 31, 2011
When did the Mahabharata war happen? Answer is in the stars!

The book presents a fresh angle on the age old question of the dating of Mahabharata War. I found it an interesting read, although by no means an easy read.

While I appreciate the author's zeal in providing references and cross references to back up his theory and research, I also feel that too much referencing breaks the flow and pace of the book; by the time you get to the really good parts such as the Epoch of Arundhati and the Fall of Abhijit, you lose track of the argument. Personally, I feel that wordy explanations of the need for conjecture, how a theory works and how it can be proven right or wrong etc etc. are not really needed.

However, sections such as "My theory", "My Proposed Timeline" and "My Key Contributions" are clear, concise and very helpful in summarising the findings.

As a visual person, I have found the use of diagrams and illustrations very helpful in understanding complex theories and concepts of astronomy. Written in a scholarly language with detailed depictions of the context from the epic Mahabharata, Nilesh Oak makes a strong argument for his proposed date for the Mahabharata War.

I also enjoyed reading about the author's many attempts at simulations to
"rewind" the night skies thousands of years back!

All in all, an informative book with fascinating findings.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I first saw Mr. Nilesh Oak's videos online, which showed how astrological software was able to go back in time and confirm descriptions of the night sky, its planets, stars and constellations as they were recorded in ancient Indian literature, specifically the Mahabharata.
The Mahabharata describes the 18 day epic battle of Kurukshetra that took place in North-Western India many millennia BCE.

The range of dating of this battle by scholars is quite large.
The following is taken from Wikipedia:
. Most widely accepted date is 10th century BCE or 950 BCE, according to archeological evidences.
. S. Balakrishna concluded a date of 2559 BCE using consecutive lunar eclipses.
. R. N. Iyengar concluded a date of 1478 BCE using double eclipses and Saturn+Jupiter conjunctions.
. B. N. Achar states a date of 3067 BCE using planetary positions listed in the Mah'bh'rata.
. P. V. Holey states a date of November 13, 3143 BCE using planetary positions and calendar systems.
. P. V. Vartak calculates a date of October 16, 5561 BCE using planetary positions.
. K. Sadananda, on November 22 3067 BCE, Kurukshetra War started.

Mr. Oak confirmed Dr. Vartak's dating: October 16, 5561 BCE...

When I got a hold of this book I found it a very informative and absorbing read, as I knew very little about these kind of astronomical issues. The way it is written I could also use it as a primer.
The interesting and most important part of the book is of course how the writer arrived at the battle's date... but he did this in a different manner than the way Dr. Vartak did, thanks to this very graphic software. It so well describes the back-and-forth movements of Arundhati through the skies.
What stuck in my memory was how Mr.
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