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Date of the Mahabharata War

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(Veda Vyasa wrote the Mahabharata,

  • while The Saraswathi River was still flowing but not as forcefully as before,
  • after the Bharata war was over, and
  • after Dwaraka was submerged in the ocean,
  • after Sri Krishna died and
  • after the Pandava Mahaprasthanam – walk to Swarga (Indra) Loka. He took 3 years to write it.)

Traditional Date : Vedic Cosmography and Astronomy By Richard L. Thompson

  • On Feb 18th, 3102 BC, at midnight on the meridian of Ujjain, the seven grahas (grav-itational bodies – surya, chandra, kuja, guru, sani, budha and sukra) lined up, on the other side of the earth in such a way that they could not be seen. The chaya (shadow) graha  Rahu was directly overhead.
  • All the 7 grahas were lined up with Revati Nakshatram at this time. This is the start point of the Kaliyuga. Acc. to Aryabhatta, Kaliyuga started at sun-rise (not mid-night).
  • Using Computer programs, it has been determined that, at that time, 5 grahas were within 10 degrees of the Vedic reference star (Revati) , with Mercury (Budha) at 19 deg, Sani (Saturn at -27 degrees) and Rahu being within 18 deg of the position opposite to Revathi.
  • Such alignments or even near alignments are rare. Only 3 ten year alignments have been found from then to now.

Saraswathi River Drying Up Date :

An important factor to consider in dating the Vedas is Geography. See: http://ancientindians.wordpress.com/saraswathi-river/

  • What emerges from a geological analysis is that the Sarswathi which flowed in full form around 9000 BC started drying up from around 5000 BC to 3000 BC. The geological events that contributed to the rise of the Himalayas, also cut off the the tributaries, major and minor, to Saraswati and the march to oblivion commenced around 3000 BC.

Unique Eclipse Pair Combination just before the Bharata War and other events.

See:  Unique eclipse pair combination just before the Bharata War! : based on  “http://www.boloji.com/astro/00325a.htm :  DrS.Balakrishna February 23, 2002

  • The first and oldest eclipse pair from 3129 BC is unique. These fit the Puranic description that Sri Krishna passed away in 3102 BCJ, which is 27 years after the war. The study confirms that Kaliyuga could have started in 3102 BCJ. There are 5 other pairs that may fit the bill, though not as well as this one.

Saptarishi Calendar.

See :

  • The Saptarishi Calendar is a way of naming the centuries after the Nakshatras. Yudhisthira’s period was “Saptarishis in the Magha”,  Nanda was “Saptarishis in Purvashada” and this century is “Saptarishis in Makha”. Based on this calendar, the Bharata war took place about 3100 BC.

Date of the Mahabharata War as per Aryabhatta

It is very important to note that no reference is made either to Saka Era as some claim or to Kaliyuga as others claim. It is also important to note that as per traditional estimates 1/10th of a Mahayuga (Kaliyuga duration) was remaining at the end of the Bharata war and as per Aryabhatta 1/4th of the Mahayuga (Yuga Pada) was remaining at the end of the Bharata War. Brahmagupta did not agree with Aryabhatta on this point. It is certain that Aryabhatta had access to the Bhagavatham and the Bharatam, since he lived after the Bharata war. It is important again to note that the phrase translated as 60 times 60 in the image below is debated and translated as 6 times 60 by one school of thought.

Date of Mahabharata War as per Aryabhatta

Date of Mahabharata War as per Aryabhatta

Winter solstice at Dhanishtha. -1424 BC.

  • Mahabharata War occurs (dated from reference in the Mahabharata citing winter solstice at Dhanishtha, which occurs around this time). (conflicts with the 3139 BC) – I need to verify this….

Kalahana’s Rajatarangini : Date of Mahabharata War

Kaliyuga start date

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May 4, 2009 at 7:35 pm

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  1. […] that the Bhagavad Gita is a collection of all the philosophies at the end of the Dwapara Yuga (approx 3100 BCE), and summarised all the ideas and arguments of the upanishads, with an […]


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