Astronomical dating of ramayana

It has been believed that there is no evidence to determine the dates of events in the Ramayanic era.

Some historians of the past even refuse to acknowledge that Rama and other characters from the Ramayana even existed.

The description clearly points to the observation of the pair of stars in the Aries constellation (referred to as Aashvin or Asvini) just before sunrise as a ritual to mark the year beginning.Ayodhya 77 mentions that the flags were defaced and damaged due to heat and showers.These descriptions point to the fact that their new year started on the Summer Solstice when heat and rain simultaneously exist.Using Planetarium software, we find that the Winter Solstice occurred on 19 December, 7000 BC at 0735 hrs as shown in Figure 1.This is the earliest reference to Vedic calendar with year beginning at Winter Solstice, found in Rigveda (5-77-1/2; 1-46-14; 7-69-3/2).However, Sage Valmiki has recorded the dates if events in detail, albeit by describing the positions of stars and planets.


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