A reader wrote….
“Just now completed reading both of your books. It was an awesome experience. I had that ‘Ah ha’ moment reading the chapter on ‘The Epoch of Arundhati’. I did have my ‘ah ha’ momement with Ramayana book, too. Still I had hoped (and still hope) there was just one verse or something like that (similar to AV observation) from Valmiki Ramayana that defined ‘Epoch of Ramayana’.”
One has to be careful what one asks for or one wishes for. This is because there is a good chance that one may get it!
Only last week I was discussing this very subject with another seeker. She asked me the very same question. The answer is in affirmative. While AV observation is easy to comprehend (but don’t underestimate people.. many will find simple things confounding!) and requires elementary understanding of the phenomenon of ‘Precession of Equinoxes’, the single Ramayana observation is capable of defining ‘The Epoch of Ramayana’ that also requires understanding of the phenomenon of ‘Precession of Equinoxes’ and additional comprehension of the change in season for a given lunar month over a period of time, also due to the phenomenon of the ‘Precession of Equinoxes’.
The single verse that defines ‘The Epoch of Ramayana’ occurs in Aranaya Kanda of Valmiki Ramayana:
Aranya 16:12 (GP Edition)
निवृत्ताकाशशयना: पुष्यनिता हिमारुणा:
शीता वृद्धतरायामास्त्रियामा यान्ति साम्प्रतम
This verse defines time interval of 11500 BCE – 17500 BCE as ‘The Epoch of Ramayana’.
This observation, as far as defining the epoch of Ramayana is concerned (to be specific: latest epoch of Ramayana, for there is, in theory, at least one more time interval, sometime around 37000 BCE – 43000 BCE, that can not be eliminated based on this one observation alone) is a single Shloka that is as potent (for defining time interval of Ramayana) as AV observation was for defining time interval of Mahabharata.