I was going to title this article as ‘Celebrating Punya-Tithi of Bhishma’. Then I realized that ‘Tithi’ as is determined in Indian Luni-Solar calendar, deviates from a specific day of Greogian (or Julian) calendar.
The day (per Julian Calendar), extended into antiquity, for the passing away of Bhishma was 31 January 5560 BCE. Thus we are celebrating 7575th Punya-Divas of Bhishma Nirvana (5560 + 2015 = 7575 years ago!)
The determination of this specific event has immense power to assert the timing of Mahabharata War during 5561 BCE! In addition, this determination (not unlike that of ‘AV Observation’) of the day of Bhishma Nirvana decisively falsifies all claims for the timing of Mahabharata War that fall after ~4000 BCE! Of course ‘AV observation’ does the same but with lot more precision, viz. it decisively falsifies all claims for the timing of Mahabharata War that fall anytime after 4508 BCE!
The fact that Indian ‘Tithi’ varies with respect to a specific day of Gregorian (or Julian) calendar is critical to understand these (either ~4000 BCE or 4508 BCE) falsifying walls on the timing of Mahabharata War.
Only clear understanding of this phenomenon coupled with that of the precession of Equinoxes can allow one to appreciate why 31 January 5560 BCE can be the ONLY DAY for the day of Bhishma Nirvana.
This will also make readers understand why there is a pindrop and utter silence from all Mahabharata researchers against my assertion that Bhishma was on the bed of arrows (based on 20+ astronomy and chronology references from the Mahabharata text) for more than ninety-two (>92 ) days. NO IFS and NO BUTS! Therein lies the ‘rub’…. in that silence, it is defeaning! 🙂
In my upcoming book – ‘Bhishma Nirvana’, I present this evidence in meticulous detail. Of course it is already explained, albeit in a compact form, in my book ‘When did the Mahabharata War Happen?: The Mystery of Arundhati’.