This blog is the result of 15 years of primary research by the writer on a hugely misrepresented topic 'Ancient Indian History', for which she devised a unique methodology of reading ancient Indian literature and verifying the results with modern sciences.
Top research organizations (like ISRO and ASI), scientists and Sanskrit scholars have contributed towards her work and the findings are expected to add new dimensions to the study of ancient history.
The story of Shri Ram‘s life was
first narrated by Maharishi Valmiki in the ‘Ramayan’ wherein he has made
sequential astronomical references on important dates related to the life of
Shri Ram. By entering the precise details of these planetary configurations
using the software named ‘Planetarium Gold’ corresponding exact dates of these
events can be known.
Date of Birth of Lord Ram -
Baal Kand (1/18/8-10) it has been stated that Shri Ram was born on 9th tithi of
Chaitra month during day time when the position of different planets vis-à-vis
zodiac constellations and nakshatras
was as under: 1. Sun in Aries 2.
Venus in Pisces 3.
Mars in Capricorn 4.
Saturn in Libra 5.
Jupiter rising in Cancer
6. Moon near star Punar vasu (Pollux) in Gemini Constellation
See the sky view below shows exactly similar location of planets, stars and
zodiac constellations on the 10th of January in the year 5114 BC if viewed from
latitude/longitude of Ayodhya (25°N 81°E). By making use of software to convert
solar calendar into lunar calendar, it was found that this date also happened
to be the 9th day of Shukla Paksha in ‘Chaitra’ month and the time was around
12 to 1 noontime. This is exactly the time and date when Ramnavmi is celebrated
all over India till date.
Valmiki Ramayan it is mentioned in Ayodhya Kaand (2/4/18) that Dashratha wanted
to make Shri Ram the king because Sun, Mars and Rahu had surrounded his
nakshatra and normally under such planetary positions the king dies or becomes
a victim of conspiracies. Zodiac sign of king Dashratha was Pisces and his
nakshatra was Rewati. This planetary position was prevailing on the 5th of
January 5089 BC and it was on this day that Shri Ram had to leave Ayodhya for
14 years. Thus he was 25 years old at that time (5114-5089) and there are
several shlokas in Valmiki Ramayan which indicate that Shri Ram was 25 years
old when he left Ayodhya for his 14 years of exile.
Solar Eclipse during
War with Khar-Dushan
refers to the solar eclipse at the time of war with Khar-Dushan in later half
of 13th year of Shri Ram’s stay in the forests. Valmiki has also mentioned that
it was Amavasya day and planet Mars was in the middle. When this data was
entered, the sky view generated by Planetarium software indicated that there
was a solar eclipse on 7th October, 5077 BC which could be seen from Panchvati
(20° N; 73° E) On that date planetary configuration was the same as has been
described by Valmiki i.e. Mars was in the middle; on one side were Mercury,
Venus and Jupiter and on the other side were Sun, Moon and Saturn. (Fig. 2).
mentioned in Ramayan
Kishkindha kaand there is a reference to solar eclipse (4/15/3) on the day Bali
was killed. Software shows a solar eclipse on 3rd April 5076 BC which was the
only solar eclipse during the entire year.
Sunder Kaand there is a reference to lunar eclipse when Hanuman spots Sita in
Ashok Vatika (5/19/14, 5/29/7, 5/35/87). Sky view reveals lunar eclipse
starting from 4.15 pm on 12th September 5076 BC from Colombo (7°N; 80°E).
the planetary references in Valmiki Ramayan correspond to actual sky seen from
the given places around 5100 BC in the same sequence as narrated. The way in
which archaeological, paleobotanical, genetic, oceanographic, geological,
ecological and remote sensing research reports corroborate the astronomical
dates is amazing! These details will also be shared through our upcoming
Lessons from the life
of Lord Ram
story of Shri Ram, when appreciated in its true perspective, would emerge as
the biggest unifying factor for India. He remains unparalleled as an ideal son,
an ideal brother, an ideal warrior and an ideal king; that is why he is
described as Maryada Purushottam Ram!
was a nationalist par excellence who left his kingdom to help the small kings
located all over India to save their kingdoms from being usurped by wicked King
Ravana of Sri Lanka and his relatives and devils like Khar, Dushan, Trishira
and Maarich representing him in India.
Ram moved from place to place to spread the message of unity by showing very
high level of respect for the people from backward tribes and those considered
untouchable. He embraced Guh Nishad who belonged to Kol tribe, considered to be
a lower caste; he gave a strong message against untouchability by eating with
great affection jootha berries of Bhilni (Shabri) of Bhil tribe. He sent his
wife and children to be brought up and educated by Maharishi Valmiki who is
stated to be Shudra but was a great scholar in the ancient world.
Ram tried and succeeded in establishing victory of good over evil. He helped
rishis and munis in living a life of honor. He got the kingdoms of small noble
kings restored to them and acted as the biggest unifying factor. He set the
finest example of a welfare state, in which the supreme duty of the king is
working for the well being and happiness of masses.
all need to strive to establish Ram Rajya in India for rich and poor of all
communities and castes!
9000 years back, at the beginning
of winter solstice (Uttarayan), pair of
Ashwani nakshatras was seen in Aries Constellation just before sunrise, whereas
8000 years back, Ashwanis were no more visible on the horizon at Uttrayan
beginning; instead Chitra nakshatra could be seen on the opposite side. Look at
the two sky views along with the relevant Mantras from Rigveda –
Absolutely amazing final outcome of intensive Research carried out for more than Six years – Skyviews of all almost all Astronomical references in 18 parvans of Mahabharta verified during the period from 600 BC to 6000 BC
Absolutely amazing final outcome of intensive Research
carried out for more than Six years – Skyviews of all almost all Astronomical references
in 18 parvans of Mahabharta verified during
the period from 600 BC to 6000 BC
Finally the sequence
spanning events of more than 60 years observed and verified sequentially has
Mahabharata war actually started on 13th October,
3139 BC on Amavasya in Jyestha Nakshatra and Kali era conjunction was actually observed
in the sky on 22 Jan 3101
History of the Holocene (post last ice
age) deserves to be rewritten based on multi-disciplinary scientific evidences.
Aryan invasion theory was propagated based on linguistic guesswork, religious
hearsay and old outdated archaeological reports. Christianity has long back
discarded its 18th century beliefs that world got created on 23rd October, 4004
BC, Biblical flood occurred in 2400 B.C. and that civilizations started
expanding and migrating in around 1500 B.C. It is almost unanimously accepted
by the scholars and scientists that there have been several cycles of
civilizations and that last ice age ended around 10000 B.C., ushering in the
beginnings of Holocene i.e. Nutan Yug.
The melting of ice caps naturally got
started near the Equator, resulting in discharge of huge quantities of water
which first flowed in the form of rivers in South India. The civilizations
developed, populations multiplied over hundreds of years resulting in water scarcity.
More adventurous started migrating northwards - initially towards central India
and later on towards the Himalayan rivers in the North. Thousands of years of
water security provided by Saraswati, Indus and Ganga river systems and world's
most fertile planes cultivated around them naturally facilitated the
extra-ordinary development of culture and civilization from around 8000 B.C. After
thousands of years water supply from ice-caps started depleting, tectonic
movements resulted in drying up of rivers like Saraswati, trade relations
flourished and more adventurous people started moving towards Central Asia and
Europe. Thus there was neither any end of Vedic civilisation due to imaginary
Aryan invasion theory nor were Dravidians 'aboriginal savages' of North India.
The rise and fall of Vedic Civilisation is thus attributable to ecological
cycle post last ice age and not to any 'Aryan invasion'
views in Rigveda
There are 53 references in Rigveda as
prayers offered to Aswinis at dawn. The description clearly points to the
observation of the pair of stars in the Aries constellation (referred to as
Aashvin or Asvini) just before sunrise as a ritual to mark the year beginning.
Using Planetarium software, we find that the Winter Solstice occurred on 19
December, 7000 BC at 0735 hrs as shown in Figure 1. This is the earliest
reference to Vedic calendar with year beginning at Winter Solstice, found in
Rigveda (5-77-1/2; 1-46-14; 7-69-3/2). Heliacal rising of Ashwini Nakshatra
(Aries) can be seen to occur on 5th January, 7000 BC, marking the year
beginning (Fig. 1).
Fig. 2:Sky on Jan 05, 7000 BC, 0649 hrs shows heliacalrising of Asvini Nakshatra after Winter Solstice, marking the year beginning
A thousand years later, Winter
Solsticeno longer occurred near Aries (Asvini)
due to precession. As a result, Ashwinis were no longer rising heliacally as
before. They were still below the horizon at sunrise around Winter Solstice time.
The Winter Solstice had moved to Revati by 6000 BC. Thus the precession of
Equinoxes and Solistices was being observed by Rigvedic Scholars. The Sky of 19th December,
6000 BC at sunrise on the Winter Solsticeday
shows that Ashvini gave way to bright star Chitra (α Vir) on opposite side
(Western horizon). A full Moon in Chitra Nakshatra provided a new time
marker in the sky and heralded the lunar month naming system-Chaitra,
Vaisakha etc. (Rigveda: 5-74-1,2 and Tait Samh. 7-4-8). See Fig. 2 -
Winter Solstice opposite Citra - Sky of 19 Dec 6000 BC at sunrise
shows that Asvini gave way to bright
star Citraon opposite side
(western horizon). It began to be used for determining the year beginning. A
full Moon occurring in Citra heralded the lunar month naming system-Caitra,
Vaisakha etc (Tait. Samh. 7-4-8).
amazing is the fact that reference to Agastya Muni (who composed some Slokas of
Rigveda) first observing star Canopus (star Agastya) from Vindhyas refers to
the sky view of 18th Dcember, 5100 BC. Lord Ram also visits Agastya Muni's
Agnishala and sequential astronomical dates of important events in Shri Ram's
life also are of around 5100 BC! Recommended Readings: 1. Saroj Bala and Kulbhushan Mishra. 2012.Historicity of Vedic and Ramayan Eras: Scientific Evidences from the Depths of Oceans to the Heights of Skies.Institute of Scientific Research on Vedas. Abridged editions also available inEnglishand Hindi.