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Mahabharata date as per K. D. Abhyankar


Quoted From : http://www.ias.ac.in/currsci/dec252005/2174.pdf

“It is stated that Bhisma died on Maga S 8 on the winter solstice day, i.e. at the start of Uttarayana. At present, this tithi occurs between 20 January and 20 February, which differs from the date of winter solstice, 22nd December, by 29 to 60 days. This difference is caused by the precession of the earth’s axis around the ecliptic poles in the retrograde ircuit in 25,725 years, as stated earlier. It causes a slow backward shift of equinoxes and solstices with respect to the nakshatras and the lunar months at the rate of one day in 71 years. As it would take 2060 to 4260 years to produce a shift of 29 to 60 days, the date of Bhisma’s death and consequently that of the Mahabharata war would be 1200 ± 1000 BC. This date can be pushed back to the Krtttikâ epoch of 2300 BC, if we put the beginning of Dhanisthâ exactly opposite to Maghâ (Alpha Leonis).”

See Also : Nakshatras,

Equinoxes and Dating Vedas

Equinoxes and Dating Vedas: The Data

Astronomical Dating of the Vedas as per Tilak.

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April 19, 2009 at 1:34 pm

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