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. 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.
Just because they talk about battles between gods and demons is no reason to dismiss their accounts of kings and other contemporary developments as great story telling. Thankfully, science is not parochial. Just like the laws of motion cannot be questioned, scientific evidence is incontrovertible. Science also has a habit of shaking up the deepest foundations if they rest on a bed of lies. The Catholic Church had to accept the Pope admitted it only in that the earth was not the centre of the universe, a discovery made by Galileo years ago and which the Hindus knew thousands of years before that.
In the late s divers of the National Institute of Oceanography, Goa, led by leading archaeologist S.
Palaces, pillars, fort walls, a port, anchors, and various artefacts have been discovered. This is perhaps the first instance in modern Indian history that a historical fact was established through scientific methods. It establishes the fact that Krishna existed. Also, literary references to the characters from the Ramayana Era provide limits after which the Ramayana could not have occurred.
For example, Valmiki is referred to in the Taittiriya Brahmana dated to BCE and therefore Ramayana must have been written before it was composed. The wonderful thing about the Ramayana is that when Valmiki wrote the epic, he made it idiot-proof. He packed so much information about the various planetary positions of those days, the geography of the areas mentioned in the epic, the seasonal events, and about the genealogy of various kings that it is virtually a no-brainer to establish the dates on which those events occurred.
Genealogical links and archaeological findings provide clues to the dating of the Ramayana era.
This may be my conjecture but it has the support of Rgveda which states '"out of the seven which arose simultaneously, Adilya the Sun came into existence independently, others came into being later. Let us tally the date by another method. I can't wait until the next step in my life and will be contacting him again for more help in other areas. But we should not take 25 years for royal generation because the name of a prince is included in the genealogy only if he ascends to the throne. The first excavation at this site was conducted by BB Lal in ; he found traces of PGW, which he then corroborated with the Mahabharata. There are people, however, who are committed to delving deeper for answers by applying imaginative cross-disciplinary ways of thinking and analysis to the epics.
According to writer B. Any ancient history is supported with evidences of architecture and literature.
The Sangam literature is the documented evidence for the existence and ruling of Tamil kings, and similarly, Ramayana and Mahabharata are the documented evidence for Rama and Krishna. Questioning Ramayana and Mahabharata is like questioning the very existence of India. For determining the precise time of the Ramayana events, scientists use astronomical calculations. So how is astronomical dating done?
Says eminent historian Dr P. To decipher the astronomical encodings has not been a trivial task, and not many have attempted to do so. So how is astronomical dating done? To decipher the astronomical encodings has not been a trivial task, and not many have attempted to do so. It should be noted that the ancient Indians had a perfect method of time measurement.
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. Bala Kanda 18, Shloka 8. December 4, BCE, therefore, is the date of birth of Rama, when the four planets exalted. Ramayana occurred over years ago.
Frankly, only an astrologer or astronomer can make any sense of it. 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. Over a period of say, 20, years, a particular type of event could have happened several times.
Stars shift position too vis-a-vis the earth so the star field we see in the night sky is not what the ancients saw years ago. This is called precession and has to be factored into all calculations. The idea is to back astronomical data with other reference points such as geography for instance, how many of those eclipses took place over Ayodhya in order to reduce the probability of error.
The Daily Pioneer http: It has found that the Bhils, Gonds and the Kols communities are the true descendants of characters featured in Ramayana. The Kol tribe, found mainly in areas like Mirzapur, Varanasi, Banda and Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh, are the descendants of the Kol mentioned in the Ramayana, the study says. Guha, the Nishad king, who helped Rama cross the Ganga during his journey to the forests, is the ancestor of the present day Kol tribe. Who knows, further research could come up with more surprises.
For, unlike the secularists, Macaulayites and communists who are unanimous that Rama never existed, the scientists are not adamant that the date is fixed. Unlike Krishna, who had the 16 kalas or qualities that makes one perfect, Rama had mastered only 14 kalas. The prince of Ayodhya is, therefore, imperfect and he shows it on several occasions, most starkly when he asks his wife to undergo a chastity test. Krishna would have probably publicly mocked and shamed the citizen instead of banishing his own queen. Flaws aside, Rama is loved by Indians because he takes sacrifice to a new level.
He is a warrior prince who cheerfully gives up the greatest empire of the day so his step mother would not have the slightest reason to complain.
He is a husband who lets go his wife because one man — just one —among his millions of subjects objected to her presence in the kingdom. Looking at things from the perspective of the modern era — where we instinctively genuflect before politicians — Rama was taking it too far, but for the king of Ayodhya his own comforts or that of his family mattered little.
So how could he have even one unhappy citizen, howsoever boorish that person may be? In their moving and brilliant translation of the Ramayana, William Buck and B. Rama was well-honoured and well-loved. His presence filled the heart. Fame and wealth never left him. When he was king men were long in life, and lived surrounded by their children and grandchildren and all their families. The old never had to make funerals for the young.
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