The mythological heroes of Ramayana and Mahabharatha period really existed in those days? This is the million dollars question, moving from South to North, East to West in Indian sub-continent. However, a recent study by the Institute of Scientific Research has revealed astonishing facts about the date of birth of Lord Rama and also the war-time of Mahabharatha. According to their study, Srimadramayana period was five thousand years before Christ (BC) and Mahabharatha was three thousand years BC. Here are the questions and also answers, provided by the Institute of Scientific Research.When was Lord Rama born? It was January 10, 12.05 hours (noon), 5114 BC. When did the war in Mahabharata start? It was started on October 13, 3139 BC. And when did Lord Hanuman meet Sita in Ashok Vatika? The meeting had taken place on September 12, 5076 BC.
What historians, here and abroad, say is impossible to establish, that has been accomplished by this Institute of Scientific Research. The same has been claimed by its ongoing ‘Unique Exhibition on Cultural Continuity from Rig Veda to Robotics’. Union culture minister, Mahesh Sharma, who has launched the exhibition, said that his ministry will take cognizance of this information and has sought a report.
Now, the big question is as to how this dating done? “Considerable research” and a software procured for around Rs 7,000 from the US were the keys apparently. Certainly, it is an astonishing fact that software worth just seven thousand bugs had helped in finding the dates of Ramayana and Mahabharatha. Planetary information from the Rig Veda, Ramayana and Mahabharata was used to find the exact dates, said Saroj Bala, director of the institute.
Explaining the institute’s method, the director said that the epics gave precise information about which planet was placed where when Lord Ram was born. They simply mapped it on to the software that yielded a skyview and finally the exact date and time of birth. The institute used the same for dating of the exile of Pandavas, the Mahabharata war, the birth time and date for Bharat, Shatrughan, etc, the exact date when Bali was killed and so on.
It may be recalled that the Madhya Pradesh High Court has asked the state archaeology department sometime back, to study certain sites in Chitrakoot area of Satna district where according to the Hindu mythology Lord Ram spent his 14-year exile and decide if they should be preserved. A division Bench of Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice J K Maheshwari passed the order on August 17 in response to a petition by Nityanand Mishra.
Mr Mishra, citing references in Ramcharit Manas and Ramayana, has demanded that certain places in Satna district are associated with Ram’s exile and they be conserved as archaeological sites. On November 21, 2007, the Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister had announced that the sites associated with Lord Ram will be preserved and developed, which underlined their significance, says the petition.