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This book by Nilesh just goes on to show the hidden truth in those texts. The author takes the time to build the foundation on the Indian system and calendars season etc that will help anyone understand the Indian system better(which will include most of the Indians). I loved the chapter on the star Abhijeet. This is something 99% of the Indians wouldn't know. This chapter is enough to show that there is much more to the ancient texts than mantras. The author then sets out very methodically to lay out all the 90 odd astronomical observations in Mahabharatha and derives at his conclusion. The date of Mahabharatha Per Se may be agreeable to you or not. But there is more to it. The fact that Mahabharatha has this many astronomical observation so cogently captured in it is itself a fact that is lost on many. If people can appreciate that alone more than anything else will be a worthwhile takeaway from this book. That is one good reason why you should buy this book. The author goes about the entire thing with an almost surgical precision. Very easy to understand. The book is well laid out. Arrived on time and is a timeless classic.
Prof. Vartak P.V., theory is based on the fact that the Greek tourist Magasthenis (so called Ambassodor) recorded that 138 generations have passed between Dwaraka King Krishna and the ruler Chandragupta Maurya. Where as only 104 generations (totalling 2811 years from 327 B.C) were identified by the Hindu historians.
Despite so many catastrophes, the ancient Indians kept the Genealogy records very well. The Kaliyuga Raja Vrittanta Purana has the details of the ancient kings from the beginning of Mahabharata war and up to the end of Andhra dynasty in 327 BCE.
Name of the Dynasty No. of Kings No. of years reigned
Barhadradha 22 1006
Pradhyota 5 138
Nagas 10 360
Nandas 9 100
Mauryas 12 316
Sungas 10 300
Kanwas 4 85
Andhras 32 506
The Time of Mahabharata … 2811 + 327 = 3138 BCE
More details in the book "The Ancient History of the Gods and Anti-Gods : Through Agamas and Vedic Traditions"
So, the time line for Mahabharata is the year 3138 BCE
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.
The corroborating astronomical references also need careful evaluation. Many need assumptions that they refer to uranus, neptune or pluto, planets not observable to the naked eye. This needs another speculation that some advanced technology was available to observe and records these events. Other astronomical reference can be subject to differing interpretations. Thus it is possible they will corroborate other dates as well.
As per author's own admission, accepting a date of 5560 BC implies rejecting well known and accepted dates and facts like, domestication of the horse, beginning of bronze age, beginning of iron age, discovery of telescope or technology to observer the skies, no archeological evidence of any pre harappan civilization, etc. In fact it needs rewriting history as we know it.
Lay and casual reader cannot make a call on reserach like this. We can only do a sanity check. The better options would be to present this as a doctorate thesis where it will get scholarly scrutiny. Or present it as a paper at a historical conference, where it will be reviewed by peers.
The book as such is interesting if you are interested in subjects like these. The introduction to astromony is well written. You will be better off if you stop at this point to check out some youtube videos on basic astronomy. Nothing to beat animation, when it comes to understanding complex star motions. It is definitely needed if you want to understanding the theory presented in the book and give it some thought.
I also appreciate the final chapter where author candidly lists out the implications, and problems with the theory.
On the whole, it is worth taking the time to understand the subject and read the book and come to your own conclusions.
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Subject is very difficult to elaborate but write has done excellent job putting his theories with great detail analysis.
The book presents a fresh angle on the age old question of the dating of Mahabharata War.Read more