I am glad to announce the release of my book. “Mahabharata 3136 BCE: Validation of the Traditional Date” on the occasion of the completion of birth centenary of my father today. This book dedicated to my father is released by our Ācārya swami, Sri U. Ve. Ko. Ka. Appan Praṇatārtiharācāriār Swāmi at his Tirumāḷigai near Sri Varadarāja Perumāl temple in Kāncipuram. The first copy is received by our Ācārya Swami Sri U. Ve. Ko. Ka. Appan Dāśarathi Swami.
am privileged to get the manuscript read and fore-worded by three luminaries
from three fields related to the Mahābhārata – astrology, religious literature
and civilizational studies. I am indebted to Sri Niranjan Babu, the Chief
Editor of The Astrological eMagazine and the son of the illustrious Dr. B. V.
Raman for reading the manuscript and giving his valuable feedback. My gratitude
finds no bounds for the foreword given by ‘Pravachana Ratna Mani’, Sri
Dushyanth Sridhar. I am at a loss for words to express my gratefulness to Smt
Sandhya Jain for proof-reading the text and giving her valuable thoughts about
book authenticates the year of the Mahābhārata war as 3136 BCE, embedded in the
Text of the Mahābhārata as the 36th year before Kṛṣṇa left on 3101
BCE when the current Time period of Kali Mahā Yuga began. It is important to
validate this date to position the Mahābhārata in the Indic chronology to
synchronize with the archaeological findings in Harappan settlements. The
appearance of these settlements with advanced city planning and material culture
could not have been sudden but a continuation of a pre-existing civilization.
Mahābhārata offers the link to that pre-history.
book of 18 chapters deals with the problems in dating, particularly with the
use of astronomy simulators in the first Part where the issues around Kali Yuga
date are settled textually and epigraphically. The second Part focuses on
validating the date using the inputs on nimitta-s of terrestrial, atmospheric
and celestial observations and syncing them with the traditional calendric
references given in the text.
surprise revelation of the systematic study of these inputs is the discovery of
a cosmic impact, embedded in the GISP2 temperature graph of the Holocene - that
makes the Mahābhārata a true historical document of mankind's first-ever
eye-witness record of the crash of a fragmented comet on the earth and the moon
simultaneously. The impact caused early Amāvāsyā on the 13th tithi,
that was perpetuated into memory as Bodhāyana Amāvāsyā and pushed the earth
into a longer path causing a delay of Uttarāyaṇa, forcing Bhīṣma to wait on the
arrow bed. The tithi-star alignment changed forever- the changed alignment continuing even now- and is remembered as
Ratha Saptamī. With so many tricky issues concealed in the Mahābhārata requiring
us to follow Lord Gaṇeśa-moment every now and then, this book seeks to solve
the incomprehensible verses to establish the date as the 36th year
before Kali Yuga began.
decipherment continues to uncover the location of Kṛṣṇa’s Dwārakā and the causes
for its loss. The focus then shifts to what happened to the remaining
population of Dwārakā who fled the city after the deluge. The Epilogue gives
the details of their settlements. The early Harappan regions being home to many
Mahābhārata characters including the maternal ancestors of the Kuru-clan, the
home of the son-in law of the Kaurava-s and animal motifs of the Harappan the same
as those of the losers of the Mahābhārata war, the validation of the date of
Mahābhārata gains significance by offering the hitherto unknown two phases of
the Early Harappan, as pre-Mahābhārata and post-Mahābhārata, with the latter
offering continuity to Mature Harappan with fresh settlements of the displaced
people of the Dwārakā-flood, starting the Sarasvatī culture.
The Epilogue further traces the second migration of the Dwārakā-people from the Sarasvatī region around 1500 BCE to Bet Dwārakā and to South India. Yet another migration from the Sindhu region to South India had taken place around 2000 years ago. The Epilogue also offers inputs from the Rāmāyana of Vālmīki on the autochthonous origin of the Yamnaya people in India in the 7th millennium BCE.
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