Vartak vs. Oak: 5561 BCE – Part 1 of 6

A reader (who is reading through that wonderful classic ‘Swayambhu’ by Dr. P V Vartak) wrote… 1. Year of war claimed by Vartak and Oak is same, 5561BC. In fact Oak has tested by computer use, various astronomical references with this year as a basis and found it correct. Vartak has done the same by…

Bhishma on the bed of arrows (Day of Bhishma Nirvana) – Part 5 of 7

Bhishma-Yudhishthir Samvad continued for 6 days when Bhishma instructed Yudhishthir on various subjects. On the last day of this ‘Samvad’, Bhishma recited ‘Vishnu Sahasranama’. Yudhishthir and his brothers, Krishna, Satyaki, Dhritarashtra, Gandhari and senior ministers of Yudhishthir were present on this day near Bhishma. At the suggestion of Vyasa, Bhishma asked Yudhishthir to return to…

Bhishma on the bed of arrows (Bhishma-Yudhishthir Samvad of 6 days) – Part 4 of 7

56th Day before Bhishma Nirvana (36+X+1 day after Fall of Bhishma) Yudhishthir and his brothers along with Krishna, Satyaki, Kripacharya, Yuyutsu and Sanjay spent this day in the company of Bhishma. Soon, Sun could be seen on the western horizon and assembled sages took leave of Krishna, Bhishma and Yudhishthir. Yudhishthir and his brothers, Krishna,…

Bhishma on the bed of arrows – Part 3 of 7 (36 + X + 56 days & narration continues)

GP edition, Shanti Parva 1:2 तत्र ते सुमहात्मानो न्यवसं पाण्डुनन्दना: शौचं निवर्तयिष्यन्तो मासमात्रं बहि: पुरात (Pandavas lived on the bank of Ganga, outside the city, for a month, in order to purify themselves). — Many sages and others pursued Yudhishthir to return to Hastinapur. GP edition Shanti Parva 37:28 एतैश्र्चान्यैश्र्च बहुभिरनुनीतो युधिष्ठिर: व्यजहान्मानसं दु:खं संतापं…

Bhishma on the bed of arrows – Part 2 of 7 (36 days and counting…)

Bhima, Arjuna and Krishna humbled Ashwatthama, one day after the War was over. Pandavas met Dhritarashtra and Gandhari and Kuru women arrived at the battlefield in search of the bodies of their beloved. Dhritarashtra asked Yudhishthir to look after the final rituals for the dead. GP Edition, Stri Parva 26:23 यान सुपर्णाश्च गृध्राश्च विकर्षन्ति यतस्तत:…