Scientific dating of the ramayana and the vedas
And India's culture minister, Mahesh Sharma, says his ministry will take cognisance of this information and has sought a report.
The way a poetic description of an astral event in the verses is interpreted is subjective and it lacks scholarly agreement.’ The quest to prove the historicity of the epics by dating them affirmatively is an old pursuit.
In support of his hypothesis, he cites research by veteran geologist KS Valdiya, author of , on paleoseismic activity in the lower Himalayas to trace the approximate time of the Mahabharata.
There exists a long tradition of astronomical dating of Indian epics (done by studying celestial events like eclipses, comets, and planetary positions mentioned in texts), some by scholars, and now with easily available software packages, increasingly by amateurs.
It led to fear among historians that the ICHR would henceforth expend all its energy dating the epics, a field that many historians dub ‘unhistorical’.
According to a recent news report, the ICHR will soon be taking up research projects on new approaches to writing ancient Indian history based on Sanskrit texts, and revisiting the theme of Aryan immigration into India.