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Mahabharat War 5561 B.C : By Dr.P.V. Vartak (5/5)
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THE SCIENTIFIC DATING OF THE MAHABHARAT WAR
(16th October 5561 B.C.)
by
Dr. Padmakar Vishnu Vartak
(Part-5/5)
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Other points supporting the date 16th October 5562nd B.C.
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Kshaya or Vishvaghasra Paksha
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A fortnight of only thirteen days is told by Vyasa which occured just
before the great War. Such a fortnight comes at the interval of 22
years. Calculations show that at 5562nd B.C. Kshaya Paksha did occur.
It had occured 1962 and 1940. 1962+5562 = 7524 is completely divisi-
ble by 22.
Amavasya confirmed
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Krishna and Karna fixed the day of War on Amavasya (Udyog 142). Vyas
also indicates in Bhishma 2 & 3 that the War started on the day second
Amayasya, because two successive Amavasyas appeared then. Bhishma died
on the day after 67 (58+9) nights from the onset of the War, on the
occasion Uttarayan i.e. 22nd December. So the War must have commenced
on 16th October. Let us see if Amavasya comes on this day.
In 1979, Amavasya was on 21st of October. Amavasyas repeat after the
intervals of 29.53058 days. The Lunar year is of 354.367 days while
the Solar year is 365.25 days. 1979+5561 = 7540 multiplied by 365.25
and divided by 354.367 gives 7771.5616 Lunar years. 0.5616 Lunar year
means 199.0125 days. 199.0125 divided by 29.53058 gives 6.7392005.
This indicates that 6 Amavasyas are completed and 0.7392005 lunar
month or 22 days are left. These 22 days are left for 21st October
and we have to go behind upto 16th October. So adding these 6 days to
22 we get 28 days. After 28 days Amavasya can occur. After 29 days it
always occurs. Thus on 15th and 16th October 5562nd year B.C, there
were two successive amavasyas as mentioned by Vyas.
Another method gives the same conclusion. At the interval of 19 years
the Amavasya falls on the same date. 19x365.25 divided by 29.53058
gives 235.00215. So in 19 years 235 Amavasya are completed. I found
that on 17th October 1963, there was an Amavasya. 1963+5561 = 7524
divided by 19 gives 396. This division is complete, so there was an
Amavasya. Thus it is established that Vyas has reported Amavasya
correctly.
Eclipses
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Vyas has mentioned that there was Solar as well as Lunar eclipses in
one month at the time of Mahabharat War. Calculations confirm that in
October 5561 year B.C, both the Solar and Lunar eclipses did occur.
Rahu and Ketu were in Uttara Ashadha at 273 deg. & 279 deg. so total
eclipse of the Sun took place on the Margashirsha Amavasya day Only
13 days earlier, according to Vyasa, there was Pournirma with lunar
eclipse, causing pallor of the Moon. Thirteen days earlier the sun
would have been 13 deg. behind at (279 - 13 =) 266 in Purva Ashadha.
It was Pournima so the Moon was diagonally opposite at (266-180=) 86
deg. in Punarvasu, just beyond Mruga, so it was Margashirsha Pournima
though it is wrongly or enigmatically told to be Kartika Pournima.
Rahu was at 273 deg., so Ketu was diagonally opposite in Punarvasu, so
the ellipse of the moon was possible which was not total.
A Big comet
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Vyas has mentioned that at the time of Mahabharat War a big comet was
seen just beyond Pushya Nakshtra. There are many comets. Indian Astro-
nomical works refer to more than 500 comets, but big comets are very
few. Haley's comet is one of the big comets which comes at the regu-
lar intervals of 77 years. It was seen in 1910 and 1987. If we add
1910+5561 = 7271. 7271 is divisible completely by 77. Evidently it
seems that it was Haley's comet was seen at the Mahabharat War.
Conclusion
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All the twelve planets confirm their said positions on 16th October
5561 years B.C. along with two Amavasyas, two eclipses, Kshaya Paksha
and a Comet. Thus, in all 18 mathematical positions fix the same
date. Therefore, we have to accept this date of the Mahabharat War,
if we want to be scientific. Please note that all the twelve planets
will come in the same positions again only after 2229 crores of years.
That means it will never happen again in the life of our earth,
because life of the earth is only 400 crores of years. So the date of
the Mahabharat War is pin-pointed as 16th October 5561 B.C.
Hereunder is provided a short table dates of important Mahabharat events
in years. (Dates and Tithis in years in Rama Samvat assuming Shri Rama
Samvat 1st January. 1 equivalent to 1st Jan 7323 B.C. Rama's birth date
has been conclusively proved to be 4th Dec. 7323 B.C.( "Vastav Ramayan").
Event Date
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Going to forest 4th Sept. 5574 BC
Kitmeet Killed 7th Sept. 5574 BC
Going underground 19th May 5562 BC
Keechak killed 1st April 5561 BC
Anukeechak-Massacre 2nd April 5561 BC
End of secret life 9th April 5561 BC
Cows stolen 15th April 5561 BC
Arjuna exposed 16th April 5561 BC
All pandavas exposed 19th April 5561 BC
Marriage of Uttara 4th May.
& Abhimanyu.
Krishna set out for a treaty. 27th Sept.
Stay at Upaplavya 27th Sept.
Stay at Vrukshthala 28th Sept.
Dinner to Brahmins 29th Sept.
Entry into Hastinapur 30th Sept.
Krishna meets Kunti etc. 1st Oct.
Invited for meeting 2nd Oct.
First meeting 3rd Oct.
Second meeting and an attempt 4th Oct.
to arrest Krishna.
Third meeting Vishvaroopa 7th Oct.
Stay at Kunti 8th Oct.
Krishna meets Karna. War 9th Oct.
fixed.
Krishna returns 9th Oct.
Pandavas preparation 11th Oct.
Balaram's visit.
Mahabharat war started 16th Oct.
Abhimanyu killed 28th Oct. 5561 BC.
End of War 2nd November 5561 B.C.
Yudhishthira crowned 16th Nov. 5551 BC.
Bhishma expired 22nd Dec. 5561 BC
Pandava campaign 15th Jan. 5560 BC
for wealth
Parikshita born 28th Jan. 5560 BC
Pandavas return 25th Feb. 5560 BC
Ashvamedh Deeksha. 1st March 5560 BC
Return of Arjuna Horse 15th Jan. 5560 BC
Ashvamedh yajna 22nd Feb. 5559 BC
Dhrutarashtra went to forest 18th Aug. 5545 BC
Pandavas visited Kunti 18th Aug. 5543 BC
Vidura expired
Death of Kunti, Dhrutarashtra, Sept./Oct. 5541 BC
and Gandhari
Yadava Massacre 5525 B.C.
Parikshit Dead 5499 B.C.
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Prasad Gokhale
University of New Brunswick, f0g1@jupiter.sun.csd.unb.ca
Fredericton, N.B. CANADA. f0g1@unbmvs1, f0g1@unb.ca
"Truth can wait, it is used to it". - Anonymous.
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