Saturday, December 7, 2019
Identifying Dhruva (son of Uttanapada) in the constellation of Shishumara. (Part 5 critiquing Mr Nilesh Oak's date of Mahabharata)
The 5th video in a series of videos based on my book "Myth of 'The Epoch of Arundhati' of Nilesh Nilkanth Oak" critiquing the date of Mahabharata deduced by Mr Nilesh Oak is now released.
This video can be well understood after going through the previous one (Understanding the equinoxes the Vedic way) on the time-tested Vedic view of the to and fro oscillation of the equinoxes within 54 degree arc in the sky. An extension of that concept is that different pole stars can be sighted only within 54 degrees.
In the immediate time scale, the extent stretches between 1301 BCE and 2299 CE. Presently we are close to 2299 CE mark, where Polaris is the pole star. The video analyses different locations of the NCP for the three equinoctial positions (Pi 3, Ar 0 and Ar 27 deg) and comes up with the revelation that the polar oscillation happens within the expanse of Ursa Minor having Polaris at its tail. This matches with the description of Shishumara at whose tail Dhruva, the son of Uttanapada is located by the Vedic society.
Shishumara is named after the Gangetic porpoise due to close resemblance with it. The body parts of Shishumara named after exalted beings are found to match with Ursa Minor.
Shishumara (Ursa Minor) is hailed as the external form of Vishnu, as “viṣṇoḥ paramam padam” by Srimad Bhagavatam. It is circumambulated by Dhruva and also by other pole stars, Agni, Indra, Kasyapa and Prajapati. The video identifies their location using the description from other sources such as Taittriya Aranyaka, Brahmada purana, Vayu Purana and Vishnu Purana.
From the current knowledge of science it is known that the satellite galaxy of the Milky Way named ‘Ursa Minor Dwarf’ having its evolutionary history straight from Big Bang lies in the region behind the four stars of Ursa Minor. Shishumara lying in the front can be said to hold in its grip the Dhruva Mandala by which the earth, the sun and even the Sapta rishis along with all the worlds are rotating around it.
With the Shishumara concept reinforcing the location of northern Pole stars within 54 degree arc, the video goes on to derive inferences as follows:
1. ‘Dhruva’ always referred to Dhruva nakshatra (Polaris) and not to other pole stars. The Ramayana verse on ‘Dhruvam sarve Pradakshinam’ should therefore refer to Polaris as the pole star at Ramayana times. This places Ramayana at 7000 +/- 200 years before present.
2. Abhijit could have never been a Pole star.
3. Agastya was always visible in the southern sky for most of India at all times.
4. Seasons remained unchanged over the years due to limited equinoctial movement.
5. The ayanamsa variation falling within 27 degrees causes serious implications on dating research that are based on western astronomy software. The date of Janamejaya Grant is taken as case study to prove this.
Video 3: Understanding seasons the Vedic way.