While Shrimati Saroj Bala ji has claimed 3139 BCE as the year of Mahbaharata war, and while I wrote few blogs showing how her claims is falsified by not only evidence of Mahabharata text but also by her own claimed evidence…..Shri Amey Modak brought it to my attention that she (Shrimati Saroj Bala ji) might be claiming 3140 BCE as the year of Mahabharata War, even when she refers to it as Year 3139 BCE (This is due to some astronomy software counting year Zero CE/BCE as an year and others not counting it).
We will look at her claims in a series of blog articles.
It is true that 3102 BCE is seen/believed by many in India as the beginning of Kali Yuga, however this remains only a speculation, albeit 1500 year old speculation, with no specific and independent evidence in its support. On the other hand, numerous researchers have questioned this date, e.g. Lokamanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Bharat Ratna and Mahamahopadhya P V Kane, Dr. P V Vartak and many others.
The second belief Shrimati Saroj Bala ji refers is that of Mahabharata war occurring some 36-37 years before that. I have discussed the basis for the confusion of this belief in my blog article here:
Shrimati Saroj Bala ji is correct in stating that proposals for the timing of Mahabharata war have ranged from 6228 BCE through ~500 BCE.
It appears that Prof. R N Iyengar made numerous mistakes in arriving at his proposal of 12 October 1478 BCE. If he began with near-earth phenomena such as eclipses (which are dime a dozen) that was his first blunder. And then if he decided to limit himself to arbitrary period of 500 BCE through 2000 BCE, that was his second blunder.
I did make him aware of my work on AV observation. He has chosen not to respond. This is not limited to, of course, Prof. R N Iyengar, but remains an unfortunate trend among Mahabharata researchers.
I have written at length about the claim of late Prof. Srinivas Raghavan of 3067 BCE as the year of Mahabharata war and subsequent claim of verification for the same by Prof. Narahari Achar.
Recently, Prof. Achar admitted to another Mahabharata researcher (Shri. Prabhakar Phadnis), albeit reluctantly, the force of AV observation and thus accepted falsification of all proposals for the year of Mahabharata war that fall after 4508 BCE.
Shrimati Saroj Bala ji states that Prof. Achar restricted himself to astronomy references of only Udyoga and Bhishma parva. Unfortunately, even this statement is not true. For example, Bhishma and Udyoga parva have more than ~40 astronomy observations and All of them decisively falsify 3067 BCE as the year of Mahabharata war. Readers may note that this observation list does include now celebrated ‘AV observation’.
Shrimati Saroj Bala ji then makes a case for 2200 BCE – 3200 BCE, as the time interval for the search of Mahabharata war. Unfortunately the basis for such an interval is purely tautological and has no basis of any observation of the Mahabharata text.
I will restrict myself to specific claims of Shrimati Saroj Bali ji. I will show that not only they NOT agree with observations of Mahabharata text, but the dates do not agree with even her own claims.
Recently a reader wrote to me, asking what does Shrimati Saroj bala ji thinks of AV observation and its testing for her claim of 3140 BCE (or 3139 BCE).
I have written to her in the past (as far back as 2011 CE) about AV observation and subsequent lower limit of 4508 BCE on the year of Mahabharata war.
I did write to Shrimati Saroj Bala ji, after she published above Mahabharata year claim on her blog. She has chosen not to respond about her position regarding ‘AV observation’.
This should not surprise anyone.
Original blog articles of Saroj Bala ji can be read at her blog site,