Dating of ramayana
Thus a shift of 10 nakshatras has occured since the Ramayanic Era. Therefore, Ramayan must have occured 9600 years ago, which is 7600 B. Shri Rama's Date of Birth Now we shall proceed with the astral route. Ayodhya 4/18 states that Sun, Mars and Rahu were at Dasharatha's nakshatra. Therefore, calculating further backwards for the astral combination noted above, the date concludes to be 4th December 7323 B. On this date, Saturn was at 205 deg., Jupiter at 94 deg., Mars between 283 and 298 deg., Rahu at 179 deg. Venus is always within 47 degrees from the Sun, and might be in Pisces in an exalted state. The Date of Exile Rama completed 17 years of age (Ayodhya 20/45) and his coronation was fixed on Chaitra Shuddha 9th on Pushya day.Valmiki records the birth of Rama as Chaitra Shuddha Navami (9th), on Punarvasu Nakshatra and five plants were exalted then; Sun in Mesha upto 10 deg., Mars in Capricorn at 28 deg., Jupiter in Cancer at 5 deg., Venus in Pisces at 27 deg. It was the month of Chaitra, so the Sun was in Revati, Ashwini or Bharani. However, he had to proceed to the forest on the same day, at the behest of Kaikeyi.Dasharatha's nakshatra appears to be Krittika. Valmiki has beautifully described the sky (Ayodhya 41/10), when Rama left for forest exile.He states, "Crux (Trishankhu), Mars, Jupiter and Mercury have cornered the Moon. Crux is on line with Hasta (Corvus) on the southern side. Calculations show that Jupiter was in Poorvashadha at 251 deg.By therefore noting a particular arrangement of the astronomical bodies, which occur once in many thousand years, the dates of the events can be calculated. Before coming to the astronomical method, it should be noted that the Mahabharat has recorded a number of facts about Ramayan (and not otherwise). For example, Guru Valmiki (the author of Ramayana) is refered to in the Taittiriya Brahmana (dated to 4600 B.
This the planetary positions agree with Valmiki's statement.
It should be noted that the ancient Indians had a prefect method of time measurement. Vartak has thus attempted to calculate the dates of important incidents that occured during the Ramayanic Era. Genealogical links available from the Mahabharat and Puranas, Yuga calculations and some archaelogical findings also provide clues to the dating of the Ramayanic era.
They recorded the 'tithis', days according to the nakshatra on which the moon prevailed, the months, the seasons and even the different Solstices. The correct astronomical records goes to show that Valmiki's has chronicled an account of a true story and also, that the an advanced time measurement system was known to the Hindus (Indians) atleast 9000 years ago. Vartak's celebrated book "Vastav Ramayan" for further reading. Also, literary references to the characters from the Ramayanic Era provide limits after which the Ramayan could not have occured.
However, Sage Valmiki has recorded the dates if events in detail, albeit by describing the positions of stars and planets.
To decipher the astronomical encodings has not been a trivial task, and not many have attempted to do so.