“This book is not just another story of Mahabharat!” The very first line of this book warns you of what you will not find in the pages ahead. From the author who brought to you a well-researched book ‘Ramayan Retold with Scientific Evidences’, Smt. Saroj Bala now brings to the table an even more interesting dating of the events of Mahabharat, with exact dates based on the astronomical descriptions provided within the text, in her newly launched book.
For the uninitiated, what Mahabharat Retold with Scientific Evidence does is this: Within the Mahabharat text there are
astronomical references related to many of its important events. The author extracted those astronomical references and mapped them using software like Planetarium, generating sky-views, along with their corresponding dates (as per the current Gregorian Calendar).
The author extracted for events that occurred over a period of 52 years, including the day when Geeta was passed on to this world by Lord Krishna, who gave the discourse to Arjun, just before the war started. It also fixes the date for the start of Kali era. In order to remove anomalies, the references were vetted by Sanskrit scholars.
Sample these two dates: The Kali Era started on 19 th February, 3102 BCE. Geeta was passed on to the world on the Shukla Ekadashi of Margshirsha month in 3139 BCE. There is another very interesting find in this book: Sage Vyas, just a few hours before the solar eclipse that occurred on Karkita Amavasya, warns Dhritrashtra of dangerous consequences of the war that was now imminent.
Based on the astronomical description given by Ved Vyas, this date, in Planetarium software, came to 14th September, 3139 BCE. This sky view is not repeated on any other date during 25,920 years before or after 14th September, 3139 BCE; thus fixing the year of the war, almost indisputably, to 3139 BCE.
The author also describes in detail the methodology. In her own words: “A chronology of ancient Sanskrit texts was prepared, and gradually the methodology for determining exact dates of events narrated therein became clear. All astronomical references were sequentially extracted from Vedas and Epics. The corresponding sky views were generated using Planetarium and Stellarium softwares.
Detailed evidence from archaeology and archaeobotany, geography and geology, oceanography and hydrology, remote sensing and genetic studies was gathered and after that was beautifully woven into the story. These support the astronomical date sequence.” In the ongoing discussion on the dating of the ancient events,
Mahabharat Retold With Scientific Evidence adds a completely new dimension.
And the author is aware of it. She has dealt with the findings of other esteemed scholars, including Shri Nilesh Neelkanth Oak (who has dated Mahabharat at not later than 5561 BCE), Narhari Achar (who gave 22nd November, 3067 BCE, as the date of beginning of the war), Dr. Ashok Bhatnagar (dating Mahabharat between 2250 BCE and 1280 BCE), Dr. Iyengar (dating 1478 BCE), and given her own cogent reasons for why these dates may not be right. And, why her date of the year of the Mahabharat, i.e. 3139 BCE, is almost indisputable.
Thus, Mahabharat Retold With Scientific Evidence takes forward the current exciting discourse on the dating of Mahabharat. And, closely related to this date is the other question. If the war happened in 3139 BCE, and the Harappan era sites also correspond to that period, then when we say Harappan civilisation site, are we not looking at Vedic era sites, belonging to the Mahabharat period?
Without doubt, Mahabharat Retold With Scientific Evidence would completely change the perception of our ancient history.
A specially inserted map – marking the territories of Harppan site sand the kingdoms, which participated in the Mahabharat war— show near congruence between these two regions.
In the onerous task of resuscitating our identity, as distinct from the colonized versions, this book certainly adds an important juncture. While for the explorer, this book gives enough to look deep, for the starters, it gives them that happy feeling of seeing ‘history’ in the form of the sky-views.
Seen in the light of her previous book on Ramayan, which gave the dates for Ram’s birth in 5,114 BCE, the book adds further strength to the Indic attempts to own their own history, which the colonialists had dismissed as myths because they did not fit their scheme of things. A collectors’ item, no doubt.