“This book is not just another story of Mahabharat!”
The very first line of this book warns you of what you will not
find in the pages ahead.
From the author who brought to you a well-researched book
‘Ramayan Retold with Scientific Evidences’, Smt. Saroj Bala
now brings to the table an even more interesting dating of the
events of Mahabharat, with exact dates based on the astronomical
descriptions provided within the text, in her newly launched book
Mahabharat Retold with Scientific Evidence.
For the uninitiated, what Mahabharat Retold with Scientific
Evidence does is this: Within the Mahabharat text there are
astronomical references related to many of its important events. The
author extracted those astronomical references and mapped them
using software like Planetarium, generating sky-views, along with
their corresponding dates (as per the current Gregorian Calendar).
The author extracted astronomical references for events that
occurred over a period of 52 years, including the day when Geeta
was passed on to this world by Lord Krishna, who gave the discourse
to Arjun, just before the war started. It also fixes the date for the
start of Kali era. In order to remove anomalies, the references were
vetted by Sanskrit scholars.
Sample these two dates: The Kali Era started on 19 th February, 3102
BCE. Geeta was passed on to the world on the Shukla Ekadashi of
Margshirsha month in 3139 BCE.
There is another very interesting find in this book: Sage Vyas, just a
few hours before the solar eclipse that occurred on Karkita
Amavasya, warns Dhritrashtra of dangerous consequences of the war
that was now imminent. Based on the astronomical description given
by Ved Vyas, this date, in Planetarium software, came to 14th
September, 3139 BCE. This sky view is not repeated on any other
date during 25,920 years before or after 14th September, 3139 BCE;
thus fixing the year of the war, almost indisputably, to 3139 BCE.
The author also describes in detail the methodology. In her own
words: “A chronology of ancient Sanskrit texts was prepared,
and gradually the methodology for determining exact dates of
events narrated therein became clear. All astronomical
references were sequentially extracted from Vedas and Epics.
The corresponding sky views were generated using
Planetarium and Stellarium softwares. Detailed evidence from
archaeology and archaeobotany, geography and geology,
oceanography and hydrology, remote sensing and genetic
studies was gathered and after that was beautifully woven into
the story. These support the astronomical date sequence.”
In the ongoing discussion on the dating of the ancient events,
Mahabharat Retold With Scientific Evidence adds a completely new
dimension. And the author is aware of it.
She has dealt with the findings of other esteemed scholars, including
Shri Nilesh Neelkanth Oak (who has dated Mahabharat at not later
than 5561 BCE), Narhari Achar (who gave 22nd November, 3067 BCE,
as the date of beginning of the war), Dr. Ashok Bhatnagar (dating
Mahabharat between 2250 BCE and 1280 BCE), Dr. Iyengar (dating
1478 BCE), and given her own cogent reasons for why these dates
may not be right. And, why her date of the year of the Mahabharat,
i.e. 3139 BCE, is almost indisputable.
Thus, Mahabharat Retold With Scientific Evidence takes forward the
current exciting discourse on the dating of Mahabharat.
And, closely related to this date is the other question. If the war
happened in 3139 BCE, and the Harappan era sites also correspond
to that period, then when we say Harappan civilisation site, are we
not looking at Vedic era sites, belonging to the Mahabharat period?
Without doubt, Mahabharat Retold With Scientific Evidence would
completely change the perception of our ancient history.
A specially inserted map – marking the territories of Harppan sites
and the kingdoms, which participated in the Mahabharat war— show
near congruence between these two regions.
In the onerous task of resuscitating our identity, as distinct from the
colonized versions, this book certainly adds an important juncture.
While for the explorer, this book gives enough to look deep, for the
starters, it gives them that happy feeling of seeing ‘history’ in the
form of the sky-views.
Seen in the light of her previous book on Ramayan, which gave the
dates for Ram’s birth in 5,114 BCE, the book adds further strength to
the Indic attempts to own their own history, which the colonialists
had dismissed as myths because they did not fit their scheme of
A collectors’ item, no doubt.