KARNATAKA

Discussion on date of Kurukshetra War

BANGALORE Jan. 3. The Mythic Society will hold a two-day colloquium on "the date of Kurukshetra War based on astronomical data" on Sunday and Monday here in association with the Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts and Sri Babasaheb (Umakanth Keshav) Apte Smarak Samithi Trust.

Suryanath U.Kamath, historian, told presspersons here on Friday that Raja Ramanna, nuclear scientist, would inaugurate the event. The purpose of the discussion was to explore the possibilities of arriving at a concrete start that could form the basis of Indian history from the Mahabharata period. A critical edition of the text of the Mahabharata contained 150 astronomical events. Of these, the most notable was the occurrence of lunar eclipse just 13 days after a solar eclipse. A number of astronomers had examined all astronomical references by respective scientific standards including the latest computer technology and drawn astronomical maps. The colloquium would discuss the issue in detail about various views, he said.

Dr. Kamath said there would be presentation of papers on "The war with reference to Bhishmastami" by S.Kalyanraman, "The date of Mahabharata based on Indian astronomical works" by K.V.Ramakrishna Rao (both from Chennai), "Archaeological evidence for dating Kurukshetra War" by S.R.Rao, "Mahabharata date: a word of caution" by N.S.Rajaram (both from Bangalore), "Year of Kaurava-Pandava war" by P.V.Holay, "The probable date of Mahabharata war" by R.Y.Sane (both from Nagpur), "Puranic and astronomical evidence" by Mohan Gupta (Ujjain), "Two eclipses in 13 days prior to Mahabharata war" by S.Bala Krishna, "Natural cycles in the solar system and the Chaturyuga cycles" by B.N.Narahari Rao, Shambu Shastry, and Venkateshwar Reddy (all from the U.S.).

Kalyanaraman, P.V.Krishna Bhat, M.K.L.N.Shastry, and Haribhau Vaze were present.

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