आपणास माझे लेखन आवडते आहे असे ब्लॉगला भेट देणारांच्या वाढत्या संख्येवरून वाटते. विषेशकरून कर्णकथेला वाचक पुष्कळ मिळाले. आपल्या प्रतिक्रिया जरूर मिळावयास हव्यात! त्याशिवाय लिहीत राहण्याचा उत्साह कसा टिकून रहाणार?
I changed over from Marathi to English for my comments on Shri. Oak's book recently. I continue to get readers but there are no comments! Wonder whether I am boring!
Sunday, July 19, 2015
Timing of Mahabharat War.
Shri. Oak’s book has dealt extensively with the main topic of timing of Mahabharat War – Year and then Date of commencement. I intend to deal with both aspects together as many of my comments and observations will be common for both aspects.
A large number of scholars have made their own assessments of the timing and Shri. Oak has noted the number. He has straightaway rejected all proposed dates outside of ‘Epoch of Arundhati’. I am of the view that ‘Epoch’ established by his computer technique stands to reason and after examining it in my own way I must accept it.
Shri. Oak has examined only two proposed years, both within the ‘Epoch’, rejecting one by Mr. Lele for reason not specifically stated. He has accepted the year, 5561BC, proposed by Dr. P. V. Vartak. The book deals extensively with examining and verifying a large no. of astronomical quotes from Mahabharat for that specific year.
As far as the year 5561 BCE is concerned, although Shri. Oak's interpretations and arguments are not acceptable in some cases, on the whole, the year 5561BC can be considered acceptable. I have not come across any astronomical reference violently contradicting the year among the various he has examined, except perhaps, Ref 6, second sholka. In any case I don’t propose any other particular year of my own! In the following posts I will deal with specific cases where I have questions!
Any proposed year outside the ‘Epoch’ however, should be assessed and accepted/rejected on the merit of the case made out, based on aspects other than astronomical observations from Mahabharat. Rejecting all such claims, only because they fall outside the ‘Epoch’, without assessment is questionable. However knowing my limitations I don’t hold a brief for any particular year/date claimed by any researcher. I have no comments of my own, on the merit of such claims rejected wholesale by Shri. Oak.
From next post I will examine some of the ‘astronomical quotes’ and Shri. Oak’s comments.