New Delhi: An institute has claimed that the Mahabharata and Ramayana are historical texts, not mythological epics.
In its 'Unique Exhibition on Cultural Continuity from Rig Veda to Robotics' at Delhi's Lalit Kala Akademi, the Institute of Scientific Research came up with what historians say is impossible to establish.
The institute established that Lord Ram was born on January 10, 12.05 hours, 5114 BC, the war in Mahabharata started on October 13, 3139 BC, and Hanuman met Sita in Ashok Vatika on September 12, 5076 BC.
Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma, RSS joint general secretary Krishna Gopal and classical dancer Sonal Mansingh were the chief guests at the exhibition.
Talking to The Economic Times, Sharma said his ministry would take cognizance of the information and has sought a report.
"I spent a good one-and-a-half hours at the exhibition and there is a lot of material there which merits attention," Sharma said.
Some of the other issues explored in the exhibition are the “earliest evidence of dentistry at Mehrgarh in 7000 BC”, astronomical charts displaying the lunar eclipse at the time when “Hanumanji met Sitaji in Ashok Vatika” in 5067 BC, a solar eclipse of 3153 BC when the “Pandavas left for 13 years of exile after losing everything in a game of dice” and the identification of “63 predecessors and 59 successors of Ram”, reports The Indian Express.
"Considerable research" and a software procured from the US for around Rs 7,000 helped the institute establish the dates.
Saroj Bala, director of the institute, said that "planetary information" from the Rig Veda, Ramayana and Mahabharata was used to find the exact dates.
“Our history is at least 10,000 years old, much before Muslims and Christians arrived.We found that planetary formations mentioned in Ramayana and Mahabharata corresponded to actual formations at the time. We have also studied genealogy which proves that Aryans were indigenous,” added Bala.