Mahabharata war dating
The 1966-batch retired IAS officer emphasised on the archaeological evidence found from excavations at Hastinapur and Kausambi (Uttar Pradesh) to drive his point further. "Hastinapur was abruptly destroyed by a flood, forcing inhabitants to flee.The excavations at Hastinapur was conducted in the early 1950s by renowned archaeologist B. The event has been dated back to about 800BC ( /-) 50 years.Similar is the case with astronomical calculations, epigraphic evidence and literary sources.Therefore, the archaeological proof could be relied upon with reasonable amount of certainty," said Dubey. 31: The most acceptable date for the Mahabharat war based on archaeological evidence is about 950BC, former Bihar and Jharkhand chief secretary V. Dubey claimed today in his lecture at KP Jayaswal Research Institute.
On help from literary sources, Dubey claimed there was no mention of the Mahabharat war in the four Vedas or even in the early Upanishads.
In the text also, there is a reference to Hastinapur being destroyed by a flood forcing its ruler Nichakshu to abandon the city and shift his capital to Kausambi near Allahabad.
Nichakshu was the sixth ruler starting from Yudhishthira, who ruled Hastinapur immediately after the Mahabharat war.
The Great War of Mahabharat between the Pandavas and the Kauravas happened in 3139 BC.
The Pandavas, after winning the Mahabharat war, ruled Hastinapur for 36 years and 8 months until the beginning of greatest poet, writer and the literary figure of his time and Aryabhatt, the greatest astronomer and mathematician.