Why 5114 BCE or any date +/- 4000 years is WRONG for the timing of Ramayana

Many continue to ask if I have analyzed work of Late Shri Pushkar Bhatnagar ji and his claim of 5114 BCE as the timing of Ramayana.

The same claim is being repeated, by likes of Shrimati Saroj Bala or Shri D K Hari and Shrimati D K Hema Hari, in recent times.

I have analyzed, in detail, the claim of Late Shri Pushkar Bhatnagar ji, in my book ‘The Historic Rama’ (not be confused with ‘The Historical Rama’ by DK Hari & DK Hema Hari!)

Below is falsification of 5114 BCE as the timing of Ramayana, simply based on seasonal descriptions of Valmiki Ramayana vs. wrong interpretation of late Shri Pushkar Bhatanagar which in turn was due to his confusion about change in seasons with respect to Indian lunar months, driven by precession of equinoxes.

I have brought this problem (and many others) to the attention of Shrimati Saroj Bala & also Shri H K Hari & Shrimati H K Hema Hari.

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One thought on “Why 5114 BCE or any date +/- 4000 years is WRONG for the timing of Ramayana

  1. Dear Nileshji. I tend to agree that Ramayana may have been a narration of events that took place in 10,000 BC. But are they physical events that can be dated archaeologically ? I tend to think otherwise, my hypothesis runs like this:

    All Ramayana and Mahabharata characters are personification of inner traits within in all of us and the narrative about its evolution – the tussle between light and darkness ie dharma ( righteous living) vs (unrighteous living) arrogance/ hostility. The history of Human evolution when our inner consciousness, (Ram) arose and developed the ability to overcome the “I” sense (Ravana) is one point. Hence theses iti-hasa is not a geography tagged events, maybe astronomy is the marker and may have happened 10,000 BC.

    Ramayana is also a story about three inner Kingdoms, Ayodhya (our inner spiritual kingdom), Lanka (our inner Kingdom ruled by the senses and ahamkara) and Kishkinda (the kingdom of the Vanaras – monkey like mind). Vanaras can be interpreted as “Ras in the Vana”. Rasa – “exhilaration in the forest of life” monkey-like pursuits we all tend to get engaged . At its pinnacle the devotional mind (Hanuman) discovers Ram and pursues actions to fulfill Ram’s purpose.

    Sita is faith (Faith that keep us in the path like the furrow of a plough) She rightfully belongs to Ram but Ravana wants to own her!

    Thus Ramayana can also be considered as the journey of our inner Faith and consciousness …During this quest we pursue the golden deer and get abducted to be shackled in the unsustainable Ashoka Vana – the make believe world of sense and ego.

    In the end, just as in real life, we (not all) overcome our ego . But we cannot keep faith (Sita) … the dhobi’s represent “doubt” the cause of the second banishment. However, the continuing tradition (Luv and Kush) will keep this journey alive, hence Ramayana lives to this day!

    The Balakanda and Aranyakanda is about how Ram eliminated cannibalistic tendency (Tadaka) ,the grip of lust (Ahalya) in this evolutionary journey. May be there are many astronomical ques on many events ….

    Once these emerge, they may even challenge the Western theory of character development like Freud/Jung/Sarte’s etc,

    May be planetary linkages Like Amavasya, the role of Saturn, Mars and Jupiter are factors.

    I found you scientific explanation very precise. Wish you success into exploring more.
    Please let me know what you think of this hypothesis?

    Ramesh Krishnakumar

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