Shrimati Saroj Bala ji claims on her blog that 19 December 3139 BCE was the day of winter solstice and 20 December 3139 BCE was the day of Bhishma Nirvana..
She also claims the following for 20 December 3139 BCE
(1) Day (or day after) of Winter solstice
(2) Nakshatra – Rohini
(3) Lunar month of Magha Shukla Ashtami
Let’s evaluate this claim.
We showed, in the first part of this ‘misadventure’ series https://nileshoak.wordpress.com/2016/02/12/saroj-balas-maha-bharat-misadventure-series-part-1/, that Saroj Bala ji claim for 13 October 3139 BCE as the first day of Mahabharata war can not be corroborated either via Julian calendar computations or via Gregorian calendar computations.
Thus, we have no way of determining what reference calendar she had in mind. Thus, since the first day of war is itself can not be corroborated/validated, it is extremely frustrating to even meaningfully critique her work.
We will try nevertheless.
What I did is tried to simulate her claim of 20 December 3139 BCE, for the day of Bhishma Nirvana (and thus day or day after winter solstice) by checking against both Gregorian and Julian calendar computations.
What I found is:
She could not have used Julian calendar.
Assuming she has employed, albeit in a ad hoc fashion (since her claim for first day of war does not match with either Julian or Gregorian calendar computations), Gregorian calendar computations, then 20 December 3139 BCE is the day after the winter solstice.
However, the nakshatra of the day is Chitra (or Hasta), and thus not what is claimed (Rohini) by Shrimati Saroj Bala ji.
In addition, the Tithi of the day is that of that of Krishna/Vadya paksha 3 (Tritiya). Thus tithi neither falls in the Shukla paksha or that of ‘Ashtami’, as claimed by Shrimati Saroj Bala ji.
Conclusion: Her claim is falsified.
PS: Her other claim is similar to traditional (but illogical and baseless) claim of Bhishma lying on the bed of arrows for only 58 nights. In fact, for her timeline (assuming she meant the war began on 13 October 3139 BCE per Gregorian calendar computations), she keeps Bhishma on the bed of arrows for 60 nights, against her claim of only 58 nights.
Of course those who have read the Mahabharata text (or my blog articles on Bhishma Nirvana) are aware that 21+ specific astronomy and chronology references of Mahabharata text show that Bhishma was lying on the bed of arrows for more than 92 days (at least 92 days).