Saturn at Rohini and Mars at Jyestha with two eclipses – a Lunar eclipse at Kartik and Solar eclipse at Jyesth.
In support of his hypothesis, he cites research by veteran geologist KS Valdiya, author of , on paleoseismic activity in the lower Himalayas to trace the approximate time of the Mahabharata.
Mahabharata is the closest epic to our time and is replete with many references to the astronomical phenomena.
Krishna’s Bhagvat Gita is the most unique philosophical gem; but it would be interesting to see if it came from a real person and time.
Kalyan Raman clarified the purpose of the colloquium in his introductory remarks. Suryanath Kamath, in his Presidential address explained the objective as an ' exploration of the authenticity of dates using planetary software and textual evidences containing over 150 references.' He felt that 'chronology was most important for the history of any society since history without chronology is like a body without a skeleton.' He also gave a detailed explanation of the development of the Mythic library and the collections.
He stated the possibility of 672 eclipse pairs, ten 'thirteen day lunar first' eclipse pairs and concluded that 2559 BC eclipse pair was nearest to the text of Mahabharata.
He then looked for eclipses within that period, and one by one, he says, it all fell into place.
“According to my research, the war would have started on 14 October 1792 [1793 BCE].” A balding middle-aged man with the benign manner of one who spends a large part of his time behind mounds of data, Bhatnagar now works as the technical director of the Delhi chapter of I-Serve (Institute of Scientific Research on Vedas, an NGO).
The opening session set the tone for the mind stirring sessions with various interpolations found in the Mahabharata. Balakrishna (NASA, USA) proved the occurrence of 'two eclipses in (a span of) 13 days prior to Mahabharata'.
Sc., Bangalore) systematically dealt with "Internal consistency of eclipses and planetary positions in Mahabharata".
A whole new science called “Archaeoastronomy” has now evolved.
Eclipses have become very predictable and accurate now, and are a great tool to date the past events.