Discovery of Shri Prabhakar Phadnis

Shri Prabhakar Phadnis discovered something very interesting in the pages of Mahabharata.

In the GP (Gorakhpur Press) edition of Mahabharata he found two references (GP Drona Parva 192:64 and 193:43), where age of Drona at the time of War is mentioned as equal to 85 years.

The corresponding chapter/sholk in BORI critical edition are as follows. In fact I found repetition of one of the shlok, in both GP and Critical edition.

BORI Critical edition: Drona Parva 101:69 (GP 125:73), Drona Parva 165:49 (GP 192:64) & Drona Parva 165:103 (GP 193:43)

AkarNapalitaH zyAmo vayasAzItikAt paraH
raNe paryacarad droNo vRddhaH SoDazavarSavat

आकर्णपलितः श्यामो वयसाशीतिकात्परः |

रणे पर्यचरद्द्रोणो वृद्धः षोडशवर्षवत् ||६९||

AkarNapalitaH zyAmo vayasAzItipaJcakaH
tvatkRte vyacarat saMkhye sa tu SoDazavarSavat

आकर्णपलितः श्यामो वयसाशीतिपञ्चकः |

त्वत्कृते व्यचरत्सङ्ख्ये स तु षोडशवर्षवत् ||४९||

AkarNapalitaH zyAmo vayasAzItipaJcakaH
raNe paryacarad droNo vRddhaH SoDazavarSavat

आकर्णपलितः श्यामो वयसाशीतिपञ्चकः |

रणे पर्यचरद्द्रोणो वृद्धः षोडशवर्षवत् ||१०३||


Thus, if Drona was 85 years old at the time of the Mahabharata War, Krishna and Arjuna, who were of the same age, can not be more than 65-67 years old.

Shri Prabakhar Phadnis had arrived at this conclusion (Krishna and Arjuna around 65 years old, at the time of Mahabharata War) based on his other conjectures and calculations.

Dr. P V Vartak has also estimated ages of Krishna/Arjuna to be around 65 years, at the time of Mahabharata War.

The above finding of Shri Prabhakar Phadnis corroborate claim of Krishna and Arjuna being ~65 years old at the time of Mahabharata War. This also means total duration of Krishna’s life would amount to about (~65+36 = 101 years).

I had estimated/claimed age of Krishna (and thus Arjuna) to be around ~80 years old at the time of Mahabharata War. My claim certainly does not make sense in the light of this discovery of Drona’s age (85) at the time of Mahabharata War.

My original blog where I claim Krishna to have lived for ~116 years is here.

https://nileshoak.wordpress.com/2015/03/07/krishna-lived-for-116-years/

That claim is naturally in trouble, however, the astronomy reference based on which I had asserted length of Krishna’s life, is still of paramount importance, as far as ancient Indian tradition of meticulous documentation of astronomy observations is concerned.

I will elaborate on that astronomy reference in due course of time.

But for now, It is time to thank and congratulate Shri Prabakar Phadnis, for his discovery, and also for moving the Mahabharata research further.

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