Date of Mahabharata War from 7 Astronomical Sources

In this post, I will discuss in detail the Date of Mahabharata War from 7 Astronomical Sources.

The Date of Mahabharata War is a very perplexing historical issue.  A lot of research has been done on this and there is no broad consensus. There are 4 sets of dates  - 3100 BC, 2500 BC, 1500 BC and 900 BC.

In one of my earlier posts Date of Mahabharata War from 7 Amazing Sources, I have concluded that the date of Mahabharata War is likely to be around 2800 BC. I had arrived at this date of Mahabharata War based on 7 sources ranging from science, archaeology to astronomy.

In this post, I will discuss in detail the Date of Mahabharata War from 7 Astronomical Sources.

1. Date of Mahabharata War as per Planetarium Software - 3126 BC

Date of Mahabharata War as per Planetarium Software - 3126 BC
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As per Ramesh Panchwagh, using Cyber Sky Planetarium program based on JPL (Jet Propulsion Laboratory) ephemeris 404, the date of Mahabharata War is 3126 BC. This is based on a number of astronomical references one of which is the 7 planets lining up together and solar eclipse.

Hence date of Mahabharata War as per Planetarium Software is 3126 BC. Source.

2. Date of Mahabharata War as per Prof Narhari Achar - 3067 BC


Date of Mahabharata War as per Prof Narhari Achar
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As per Prof Narhari Achar of Dept of Physics, University of Memphis, date of Mahabharata War is 3067 BC. Source.

He arrived at this date using Planetarium software based on occurrence of eclipse, full moon and other references in Udyoga Parvan and Bhishma Parvan of Mahabharata.

3. Date of Mahabharata War as per P V Holey - 3143 BC


Date of Mahabharata War as per P V Holey
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As per P V Holey in a session "Date of Kurukshetra War based on astronomical data" in 2003 in Bangalore, date of Mahabharata War is 3143 BC. Source.

This is based on important  events with planetary positions after comparing astronomical dates based on nakshatra, the Julian and Gregorian systems.

4. Date of Mahabharata War as per Prof Raja - 3067 BC

Date of Mahabharata War as per Prof Raja
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As per Prof Raja, a participant in the Vidur Ashrama Seminar, the date of Mahabharata War is 3067 BC. This is based on the position of certain stars and the position of the sun in the zodiac.

Source: Delhi, Ancient History. Upinder Singh.

5. Date of Mahabharata War as per Dr Mohan Gupta - 1952 BC

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As per Dr Mohan Gupta in a session 'Date of Kurukshetra War based on astronomical data' in 2003 in Bangalore, the date of Mahabharata War is 1952 BC.

This is based on astronomical references in Mahabharat and Puranas. Source.

6. Date of Mahabharata War as per Prof R N Iyengar - 1478 BC

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As per Prof R N Iyengar of IISc Bangalore in a session 'Date of Kurukshetra War based on astronomical data' in 2003 in Bangalore, the date of Mahabharata War is 1478 BC.

This is based on all possible double eclipses between 3000 BC to 500 BC. Source.

7. Date of Mahabharata War as per Lodestar Pro Software - 2559 BC
 Date of Mahabharata War as per Lodestar Pro Software
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As per Dr S Balakrishna of NASA, the date of Mahabharata War could be one of 3129 BC, 2559 BC, 2056 BC, 1853 BC, 1708 BC and 1397 BC.

This is based on all possible double eclipses with 13 days gap between 3300 BC to 700 BC ascertained using Lodestar Pro software. Source.

Conclusion

Based on all this overwhelming astronomical evidence, using a statistical mode, we can say that the date of the Mahabharata War is around 3067 BC.

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Comments

  1. Interesting compilation. Most of the sources point to the date as approx 3000 BC.

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    1. Thanks! Yes, 3000 BC seems to be the verdict based on astronomy.

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  2. Amazing! Thanks for sharing this :)

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  3. Interesting facts. Loved reading this.. :-)

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  4. Interesting article with facts. :)

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  5. Hats off to you on the research on dating the greatest epic of India ..excellent !

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    1. Thanks for the appreciation. Glad you liked it.

      There will be more posts on this, as I continue doing my research. :)

      Since you enjoyed this post on dating Mahabharat War based on astronomy, you may also like the previous part on dating Mahabharata War based on several different sources:
      Date of Mahabharata War from 7 Amazing Sources

      Thanks!

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