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    Chronology Markers and History of Indian Heritage :

    India is a storehouse of rich heritage. The architectural sites, scientific researches, literary observations, spiritual traditions,cultural practices, and much more, aspropoundedby visionary Indian seers. The unique and the enriched heritage of India have always attracted seekers of ancient Indian wisdom. By chronology marker, we mean dating of events using internal references to astronomical calendars traditionally provided with the texts of India, both ancient and modern by cross verification.

    The Project
    The aim of this project is to formulate a chronological context of ancient Indian knowledge and verify them with the traditional assumptions.Starting with the oldest literature we have, i.e., ṚgVeda upto the Epics and Puranic literature, the comparative analysis of the texts is part of this comprehensive study.Approach of this project sometimes may lead to interdisciplinary studies such as ayurveda, astronomy, history, geology,etc. For example – if we want to know the origin, development and modification about "Dev-Pitru-Uttara-DakshinAyan", we need to explore all relevant aspects like astronomical, social, and astrological information. This vast study includes various observations on seasons, lokas, time-cycles, constellations, planetary movements, months, polestar, etc. Taking up this project is relevant in modern era, as it gives us opportunity to explore centuries old available texts.
    Initial efforts are being made to date Indian epics, Ramayana and Mahabharata. Current findings based on textual interpretation and astronomical computations are challenging many previous held wrong notions of the history of Indian culture and traditions. It is expected that comprehensive scholarship in such studies will open doors to consider several fundamental issues about the origin and utility of Indian values and knowledge system.

    Scholars:

    1. Nilesh Nilkanth Oak, Institute of Advanced Sciences.

    2. Aparna Dhir, PhD, Institute of Advanced Sciences.

    3. Bal Ram Singh, PhD, Institute of Advanced Sciences.


    Publications:

    1. Nilesh Nilkanth Oak, When did the Mahabharata War Happen?:The Mystery of Arundhati, 2011, Danphe (in paperback and in kindle, on Amazon)
    2. Nilesh Nilkanth Oak, The Historic Rama – Indian Civilization at the end of Pleistocene, 2014, Bhima (in paperback and in kindle, on Amazon)
    3. Aparna Dhir, Yajurvediye Brahamano mein Jyotish ke Tattva, Pratibha Prakshan, Delhi, 2013

    Presentations:

    1. 1st Mahabharata Manthan International Conference, IGNCA, Delhi. Topic : Astronomy Observations of Mahabharata (19-21 July, 2017).
    2. Swadeshi Indology conference-2, New Delhi, India (Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts & Infinity Foundation India.) Topic:A Critique of Pollock's 'self-evident claims' for the chronology of Mahabharata & Ramayana AND Assertion for the dating of Mahabharata & Ramayana events based on the internal astronomy evidence (18 February 2017)
    3. International conference on Sarasvati River, Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra, India. Topic(s): (1) Deciphering Sindhu-Sarasvati Script (with Suzanne Redalia Sullivan) and (2) River Sarasvati of Rigveda, Ramayana & Mahabharata (with AshwiniParagSahasrabudhe) (29-30 January 2017)
    4. World Ramayana Conference, Jabalpur, India. Topic: When did the Ramayana happen? (19-23 December 2016)
    5. WAVES Conference, New Delhi, India. Topic: Astronomy Poison Pills (16-18 December 2016)
    6. Press Club of India (Srijan Foundation), New Delhi, India. Topic: Dating of Ramayana and Mahabharata (10 December 2016)
    7. Pune Study Circle, Pune, India. Topic: Antiquity of Indian astronomy (8 December 2016)
    8. BahushrutaVyakhyanmala, Gopal High school & College, Pune, India. Topic: Chronology markers for Mahabharata & Ramayana (7 December 2016)
    9. JyotirvidyaParisamstha, Pune, India. Topic: Applied Astronomy- Lessons from Mahabharata & Ramayana (6 December 2016)
    10. UtkarshaMandal, Vile Parle, Mumbai, India. Topic: Fixing chronology of Mahabharata & Ramayana (4 December 2016)






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