Scientific dating of ramayana
Scientific dating of ramayana
In her History of India, academician Romilla Thapar describes the celebrated Rig-Veda as “primitive animism”, the Mahabharata as the glorification of a “local feud” between two Aryan tribes, the Ramayana as “a description of local conflicts between the agriculturists of the Ganges Valley and the more primitive hunting and food-gathering societies of the Vindhyan region” (sic).But the Ramayana, Mahabharata, and other ancient Indian texts like the Vedas, Puranas and Upanishads are true records of Indian history, interwoven with mythology, philosophy and spirituality.
The Catholic Church had to accept (the Pope admitted it only in 2009) that the earth was not the centre of the universe, a discovery made by Galileo 400 years ago (and which the Hindus knew thousands of years before that). A billion Hindus believe he did and an unbroken tradition of Rama worship has continued for thousands of years in India.Rama is also a hero in Indonesia (despite it being a Muslim country), in Thailand and in several other South East Asian countries.For determining the precise time of the Ramayana events, scientists use astronomical calculations. To decipher the astronomical encodings has not been a trivial task, and not many have attempted to do so.Several of India’s leading astronomers, astrologers and retired nuclear scientists have come together to establish the dates of India’s ancient history. It should be noted that the ancient Indians had a perfect method of time measurement. therefore is the date of birth of Rama, when the four planets exalted. Frankly, only an astrologer/astronomer can make any sense of it.Whether such dating finally places Rama’s reign to 10,000 or 5000 years ago is immaterial.
Yes, a final closure would be welcome but what cannot be wished away is that religion currently is not based on facts, but is a matter of faith.They recorded the 'tithis', days according to the nakshatra on which the moon prevailed, the months, the seasons and even the different solstices. I’m not in the habit of quoting passages I don’t understand but Dr Vartak’s passages illustrate to the reader how dating can be done with sufficient information.By noting a particular arrangement of the astronomical bodies, which occurs once in many thousand years, the dates of the events can be calculated.” Dr Vartak has taken hundreds of illustrated passages from the epic to establish dates. No guesswork or computer number crunching can come up with these dates.The British and their acolytes like Max Muller were primarily responsible for the prevailing stereotypes about Indian history, religion and culture.Muller, who was in the pay of the East India Company, went so far as to describe the Vedas as childish poetry.Valmiki records the birth of Rama as Chaitra Shuddha Navami (9th), on Punarvasu Nakshatra and five planets were exalted then; Sun in Mesha up to 10 deg., Mars in Capricorn at 28 deg., Jupiter in Cancer at 5 deg., Venus in Pisces at 27 deg. Events – such as an eclipse, planetary or astral positioning or a comet sighting – mentioned in an epic like the Ramayana may have occurred subsequently or prior.