Shri Phadnis writes…
“Under Exp. 38 Shri. Oak has listed a large number of references where many warriors killed or lying on the ground are compared to moon. All these are mere Upamas and nothing else. Vyasa had no need to see full or nearly full moon in the sky in the night following the event for using the Upamas. Moon is routinely used as a ‘Upamana’ by Sanskrit poets and don’t need to have moon in the sky in front of them for that.
These references prove or disprove nothing regarding the tithi of the day and deserve no verification or further consideration.”
I find nothing in the above passage of Shri Phadnis that I have to disagree with.
Numerous references of Full moon (Upamas- analogies/metaphors, etc.) have nothing, NADA, to do with proving or disproving or verifying the ‘tithis’ of the day.
Of course, they do a fabulous job of corroborating ‘Tithis’ for the 18 days of the War, arrived at, INDEPENDENTLY, by Dr. P V Vartak when he defined 16 October – 2 November 5561 BCE (per Julian Calendar) as the 18 day timeline of the Mahabharata War.