Dating of mahabharata
Therefore, this statement in the Ashramavasika is incorrect.Rather, in the 16th year after the war the Pandavas started not on a visit to the old people, but on their last journey.There is no mention of Parikshit’s marriage, which would have occurred later.
Various methods have been used, using historical references in the Puranas, language conditions, archaeological findings etc. Vartak from Pune carefully studied the astronomical references in the Mahabharata and corroborated the same with historical and archeological evidences. Vartak are more accurate than the various other dates propounded by other scholars who have been carried away by the statements made by Western scholars.
A few have used astronomical methods to determine the time of the Mahabharata. All in all, it is possible to state that the dates as derived by Dr. They have been prejudiced against the richness of the Indian Civilization in the past and have always tried to attribute much later dates and consequently lo denigrate the glorious past of India. Vartak has derived the date of the initiation of the Mahabharata War to be 16th October 5562 B. This proposed date has been examined by a few scholars and has been verified.
It is possible to determine the date of an astronomical reference by considering the movements of the planets including the Sun and the Moon in the various constellations of the sky, the movement of the Earth with its axis inclined to the ecliptic and the precession and nutation of this axis as well as the seasonal changes referred to in the text. This may prove to be a break-through in deciding the chronology of the events in the history of India (and probably the World). Vartak has also derived the dates of Ramayana and the Vedas which has also been published as a book.
On the other hand, the Bhagavatayana Parva states that Kali began at the time of the war itself.
The Ashramavasika Parva states that when 15 years had expired after the war, Dhritarashtra, Gandhari and Kunti left for the forest.
In the 16th year after the war, the Pandavas visited them along with Uttara who had recently become a mother and had her child in her lap.
Now, Parikshit was in the womb during the war (Sauptika Parva), hence he could not have been an infant in the 16th year after the war.
One would like to know if any reactions to Aiyar’s research were published in the "Indian Review". An abridgement is presented in Aiyer's own words as far as possible.] – Pradip Bhattacharya~*~ According to the Mahaprasthanika Parva and the Vishnu Purana, the Kali age would not affect the earth so long as it was touched by Sri Krishna’s holy feet.
C.” Aiyer had published a previous paper in the same journal fixing the date of the beginning of the Kaliyuga from four different sources: Aiyer concluded that the Kaliyuga began with the winter solstice immediately preceding the commencement of the Kollam Andu, or at the end of 1177 B. The Mahabharata War, he proposes, was fought a few years before the beginning of the Kaliyuga.