Prof. Srinivas Raghavan proposed 22 November 3067 BCE as the first day of Mahabharata War.
Let’s evaluate this proposal, per the method and steps described here:
(1) Per his proposal, let’s calculate the day Bhishma fell in the battle = 1 December 3067 BCE (10th day of the War)
He also states his proposed day of Bhishma Nirvana = 17 January 3066 BCE
(2) This step is not required as Prof. Raghavan has proposed the day of Bhishma Nirvana
(3) Problem for this proposal begins right away! The day of winter solstice was 13 January 3066 BCE (for Raghavan’s proposed year of Mahabharata war) whereas his day of Bhishma Nirvana is removed by 4 days, i.e. on 17 January 3067 BCE.
What could be motivation of Prof. Raghavan to keep Bhishma waiting for 4 more days beyond the day of winter solstice?
(4) Per proposal of Prof. Raghavan, Bhishma was on the bed of arrows for 47days (1 December 3067 BCE – 17 January 3066 BCE).
(5) Please refer to specific names and descriptions of Mahabharata text observations here.
Mahabharata references 1, 17 and 18 corrborate proposal of Prof. Raghavan (one must be willing to make assumption of Adhika masa in order to corrborate reference 18).
Mahabharata references 2,3, 4 do not conflict/contradict proposal of Prof. Raghavan. I had to invent this new category to deal with criticism for claims by Mahabharata researchers when they did not take into account specific and relevant obserations of Mahabharata text, which they (these researchers) should have taken into account.
(6) Mahabharata references 5 through 15 (11 of them) conflict/contradict this claimed timeline by Raghavan.
(7) Versimilitude (Truthlikeness) score (Raghavan) = 3 (corrborated) – 12 (conflicted/contradicted) = – 9
(8) Mahabharata references 6, 13, 14, 15 and 16 (related to Bhishma Nirvana) FALSIFY proposal of Prof. Raghavan.
(9) AV observation (chapter 6), numerous planetary observations (chapter 7), observations of phases and positions of the moon through 18 days of the War (chapter 8), all of them FALSIFY proposal of Prof. Raghavan.
Chapter references refer to chapters in my book: When did the Mahabharata War Happen?: The Mystery of Arundhati.