The Mahabharata epic is full of the time references right up to the war that Dwapar Yuga (the 3rd part of the 4 Yuga system) is ongoing and the Kaliyuga (the 4th part) would be coming soon. Again, as written in Mahabharata, Bhishma, the grandfather of both the Kauravas and Pandavas, passed away on a winter solstice day at midnight, when the moon was in Rohini (Alderberan) star.The Surya Sidhanta, a very ancient treatise on the Indian astronomy, mentions that when a new Yuga starts, will line up along the ecliptic (the Earth’s annual path) in the constellation Pisces, just before Aries on a Phalguni Amavasya day (the last day of the year). The Prajapati Smriti and the Matsya Puran provides the same prediction. Bhishma declares that it has been 68 nights since the war started, and 58 nights, since he was lying on the bed of arrows.The closest recorded grand conjunction recorded, was in China in 1953 BCE, of 5 planets. The night before the war, Sage Vyas, who made several astronomical observations, mentions that he has seen the Lunation periods 14, 15, 16 days apart but never 13 days apart (tithis to be exact.With the establishment of the accepted Kaliyuga start date, the dates for Mahabharata War which were after 3102 BCE, are not applicable. A day is not a tithi, since a tithi is based on the lunar phase at the sunrise and when the difference between the Sun and the Moon is 12 degrees).Quite a number of efforts have been made by various scholars to find the date of the Mahabharata War.
Like all scholars, I also took 36 years per the Gandhari’s curse, added to 3102 BCE to find the eclipses around November, from the program, “Lunar Phases and Eclipses”.
Description: Quite a number of efforts have been made by various scholars to find the date of the Mahabharata War.