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Tuesday, August 16, 2016


Year of Mahabharata War.
I have no access to any software for Astronomical Research on this subject. If I can get it, how will I go about trying to determine the year? My line of action will be as follows.
1. I would concentrate on the period when Arundhati was maximum ahead of Vasishtha, based on data generated by Shri. Nilesh Oak, say 7000BCE to 5000 BCE, to begin with.
2. Then note down the years within this range when Saturn was in Rohini. As Saturn takes more than one year to cross a nakshatra, the years so noted +/- 1 would also suit.
3. For any year taken up for further verification, the date of Winter Solstice and Autumnal Equinox get established.
4. Working backwards from date of Winter Solstice, based on the fact that Bhishma spent 57 days on the bed of arrows, the date of his fall and the date of commencement of war will be established.
5. With the first day of war thus fixed, I will verify whether it was an Amavasya day or not later than 3rd day after Amavasya.
6. If that is satisfied, I will check the previous Purnima. Was there a total or near total Lunar Eclipse on that day?
7. If so, what was the length of the Paksha? It should be short, at least not exceeding 14 days. (A paksha of 13 days as described by Vyasa appears difficult to find.)
8. If ok so far, which is the Revati day, after the Purnima? That will be the day for Krishna to start from Upaplavya. It has to be, say, not later than 2 or 3 days after Purnima so that Krishna returns on 4th day and both armies move to Kurukshetra on Pushya day, 8th day from Revati day.
9. Was there a solar eclipse on the Amavasya? Need not be,
10. If all above are satisfied, the motion of Mars will have to be checked for Vakra or Apasavya motion, position on the first day of war etc. vis a vis description in the Text.
11. Similarly, Jupiter’s motion prior to first day of war and end position should be checked. Does it end up in Shravan?
12. Movement of Venus also needs to be checked similarly for comparing with what the text says.
13. If any year under verification meets the above requirements, it can be considered as a Candidate year.
14. If no year can be determined as a Candidate, I would go further 500 years back (in desperation), and then give up!
15. I would still call the qualifying year or years as only Candidates and offer them to researchers and others for developing a consensus.
I would welcome views of interested readers on this program!

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