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Astronomical Dating of one Rig Vedic Verse

Earth’s axis of rotation “wobbles,” causing constellations, as viewed from Earth, to drift at a constant rate and along a predictable course over a 25,000-year cycle.

How Uttarayanam moved from Makara Sankranthi to Dhanur Masam


Using the same kind of calculations as I have explained in the above links, the Rig Veda has been dated by others at 6500 BC.  Rig Vedic verse that observes winter solstice at Aries can be correlated to around 6500 BCE. Frawley states, “Precessional changes are the hallmark of Hindu astronomy. We cannot ignore them in ancient texts just because they give us dates too early for our conventional view of human history.”

So we know that at least that one verse was composed in 6500 BC.

Below is some info on moving equinoxes: The word originally below refers to western astronomy.

For the Rig Veda It was the WINTER SOLSTICE and not the Vernal Equinox that was in Aries.


“The date (near March 21 in the northern hemisphere) when night and day are nearly the same length and Sun crosses the celestial equator (i.e., declination 0) moving northward. In the southern hemisphere, the vernal equinox corresponds to the center of the Sun crossing the celestial equator moving southward and occurs on the date of the northern autumnal equinox. The vernal equinox marks the first day of the season of spring. The right ascension at the vernal equinox ?originally? was in the constellation Aries and the point of crossing was known as the first point in Aries (now actually in Pisces because of precession Eric Weisstein's World of Physics).

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03-20-1980 11:05 03-20-1990 21:15 03-20-2000 07:25
03-20-1981 16:54 03-21-1991 03:04 03-20-2001 13:14
03-20-1982 22:43 03-20-1992 08:53 03-20-2002 19:03
03-21-1983 04:32 03-20-1993 14:42 03-21-2003 00:52
03-20-1984 10:21 03-20-1994 20:31 03-20-2004 06:41
03-20-1985 16:10 03-21-1995 02:20 03-20-2005 12:30
03-20-1986 21:59 03-20-1996 08:09 03-20-2006 18:19
03-21-1987 03:48 03-20-1997 13:58 03-21-2007 00:08
03-20-1988 09:37 03-20-1998 19:47 03-20-2008 05:57
03-20-1989 15:26 03-21-1999 01:36 03-20-2009 11:46


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Author  of Image: Tauʻolunga




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November 4, 2008 at 10:32 am

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  1. Thank you very much. This is really very interesting, since I also happened to read another article using a different information to date the veda astronomically and arrive at almost the same date mentioned above. We have a lot of ancient history to be rewritten.


    July 21, 2012 at 8:03 pm

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