Our reader wrote…
“6.It appears that most of the so-called astronomical evidence is flexible and true for a range of several days or three consecutive Amavasyas. Oak feels the need to have more than 7 days between Krishna-Karna dialogue and the actual commencement of war. For this purpose he pulls the dialogue day further back by one more month, i. e. smack in the early half of rains! If true, it will paint Krishna and those great warriors on both sides as idiots for their accepting Krishna’s endorsement of the time as suitable for the impending big war.”
Our reader is correct when he says that most of the astronomy evidence is flexible and true for range of several days. Reader must keep in mind that some of the ‘astronomy’ evidence is extremely rigid, and I am not at all referring to AV observation. In fact outcome of AV observation is a long interval of ~6500 years, it just that it eliminates 96%+ of all the proposed years for the timing of Mahabharata War.
Our reader is also correct when he states that Oak has assumed ‘7 days + one lunar month’ between Krishna-Karna dialogue and the first day of Mahabharata War, however, wrong with the motive he assigns for my action. This was done in order to reconcile Mahabharata observations related to ‘Tirthayatra of Balarama’ and few other astronomy observations related to when exactly Pandavas (and Kauravas) left for Kurukshetra and when they reached there. The additional reason was the time desired for elaborate war preparations which did not begin some time after Krishna-Karna meeting.
Now, this is the purpose of me pulling day of Krishna-Karna by additional lunar month. Our reader makes it sound like I had random desire to push the timing of Krishna-Karna dialogue. This is not so. If reader had attempted to determine the year and timing of Mahabharata War, he would have faced the same challenge.
Our reader is also correct to state that the timing of Krishna-Karna dialogue, thus falls, according to my proposal, about 2 months before the day of fall equinox.
The problem of rainy season and Krishna’s statment of no mud, clean water and ample grass is been acknowledged by me. Not only that but I have quoted even a statment of Mahabharata text that refers to ‘Monsoon rains’ when Krishna left for Hastinapur on peace mission.
Our reader then states…
“If true, it will paint Krishna and those great warriors on both sides as idiots for their accepting Krishna’s endorsement of the time as suitable for the impending big war.”
What is amazing is not that a 7500 year old text/storyline has contradictions, but rather what is amazing is that good amount of it (astronomy and chronological) evidence makes so much sense, including the famous AV observation (that puts lower limit of 4508 BCE)and Bhishma on bed of arrows for >92 (that puts lower limit of `4000 BCE) on the timing of Mahabharata War.
Krishna’s statement of “no mud, clear waters and ample grass” may contain much truth that I encourage ‘paleo-meteorologists’ to explore and explain Why Krishna might have said that mud is gone, water is clear and grass in plenty’ 2 months before the day of fall (autumnal) equinox.
I may mention that Bhishma refers to months of ‘Margashirsha’ and ‘Chaitra’ as suitable months for the war, and per my proposal (or per the original proposal of Dr. P V Vartak) the war indeed took place during the lunar month of ‘Margashirsha’ (16 October – 2 November 5561 BCE)
Until then, it is ok to treat the problem as unresolved (as was the case with the orbit of Mercury, due to Newton’s otherwise successful theory..and was not solved until Einstein). No need to term Krishna or other warriors as ‘idiots’.