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!

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Saturday, July 18, 2015

Epoch of Arundhati Contd. ...

I gave a talk on this subject to a group of friends in Vile Parle in May. Though most were unfamiliar with Astronomy, I could convey the gist of the matter to them with the pictures and some more. See below. (I could not arrange for projecting PPT slides so used large size prints).
The picture shows the position as we see today, when Saptarshis go accross the meridian line. Vasishtha is on the meridian, Arundhati is a little behind.
The picture shows the position as was seen at Mahabharata time. Arundhati has gone beyond meridian and Vashishtha is on meridian.
After the talk, one friend raised a question whether the time of the war could be stretched far back, at the start of the Epoch of Arundhati. I e-mailed him later giving my view that it should be somewhere near the time when Arundhati was maximum ahead of Vasishtha.
In my view, since the time people started taking note of Saptarshis (and Arundhati), Vasishtha-Arundhati were far too close together to conclude who was ahead. Saptarshis got their names, probably some time after Rama era. (Vasishtha, Atri, Arundhati were on earth at Rama times). When slowly but surely, Arundhati moved ahead sufficiently, people may have started questioning who is ahead. Vyasa or someone else, a keen observer, became convinced that she was definitely ahead, by the time of Mahabharata war and Vyasa recorded that conclusion. This has to be somewhere around the time of maximum aheadness, which is just about half minute. What Vyasa recorded was the observation, ‘no longer together, but now, definitely ahead’. Mahabharat war cant be stretched back to the beginning of the Epoch of Arundhati on the basis of what he has said.
I end my comments on this topic with this post and will take up the next one.

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