Did Pandavas truly complete 13 years of exile?

Another seeker asked…
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My arguement in the last part of Virata parva is this.

If Bhisma calculated using the concept of adhikamaasa that the Pandavas had the exile period five months earlier than the Uttara Go grahana, then Kichaka vadh/Draupadi’s harrassment 15 days before that was not needed. Also why didnt Bhisma say this before they started on the mission to ‘out’ the Pandavas?

Also did the calender change in that period of exile? Why was there a discrepancy between the bad guys and good guys?

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My response….

This is an interesting question. I scratched my head for last few days/weeks but could not come up with an answer. I still don’t have it. May never have it.

It appears that certainly there was confusion. There is a reference in MBH where Bhima asks for patience of Draupadi for ~15 days (fortnight…or even a month) and thus per Bhima’s calculations ‘time of Go-grahana’ was exact end of 13 years. But then this contradicts Bhishma’s calculation of Pandava spending 4+ months beyond 13 years (based on lunar year calculations).

Bhima’s statement from Virata Parva.. referring to 15 days remaining for completion of 13 years. The timing of this is the timing of Kichaka-Vadha (or day before).

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In effect..Time was more than 13 years (per lunar year calculations) and shorter than 13 years (per solar year calculations). Bhima’s assertion seems to match with the exact time of ‘Go-grahana” = completion of 13 years. Question arises.. What calendar Bhima was following and rationale behind it? Mystery only deepens.

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