Scientific dating of ramayana
In the late 1980s divers of the National Institute of Oceanography, Goa, led by leading archaeologist S. Rao discovered Krishna’s sunken capital Dwarka, precisely at the place in Gujarat where Krishna mentioned it was located.Palaces, pillars, fort walls, a port, anchors, and various artefacts have been discovered.They recorded the 'tithis', days according to the nakshatra on which the moon prevailed, the months, the seasons and even the different solstices. I’m not in the habit of quoting passages I don’t understand but Dr Vartak’s passages illustrate to the reader how dating can be done with sufficient information.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. No guesswork or computer number crunching can come up with these dates.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 2009) that the earth was not the centre of the universe, a discovery made by Galileo 400 years ago (and which the Hindus knew thousands of years before that).For determining the precise time of the Ramayana events, scientists use astronomical calculations. To decipher the astronomical encodings has not been a trivial task, and not many have attempted to do so.
Like I said earlier, when it comes to Hindu matters, it’s open season for everyone.Without the weight of historical tradition and without the stamp of truth, the Ramayana would have been swept by the tidal waves of conquests that swept India.But there are others who argue that there is no proof Rama lived.This is perhaps the first instance in modern Indian history that a historical fact was established through scientific methods. So the Mahabharata was true, and since it mentions incidents from the Ramayana, then doesn’t it prove that Rama also existed?Also, literary references to the characters from the Ramayana Era provide limits after which the Ramayana could not have occurred.