Refutation of Nilesh Oak’s dating of ancient texts

Part 10 of 10 — The Fatal logical Error in the Vartak-Oak Hypothesis

“If the facts are contrary to any predictions, then the hypothesis is wrong no matter how appealing.” — David Douglass

As I have stated in my earlier articles, Vartak proposed that the grouping of seasons and lunar months changes by one month every 2,160 years due to precession, and this hypothesis was adopted by Oak, who uses a period of 2,000 years for the change of one lunar month [1–3]. I have called this hypothesis the “Vartak-Oak hypothesis” [1]. According to this hypothesis, seasons consist of different pairs of luni-solar months as time changes. However, as I have shown in…


Refutation of Nilesh Oak’s dating of ancient texts

Part 9 of 10 — The Grouping of Seasons and Lunar Months from the Vedic age till Now

In the previous eight articles of this series, Oak’s dating of the Rāmāyaṇa to 12209 BCE has been refuted. There are four Astronomy Poison Pills for the dating of the Rāmāyaṇa according to Oak [1]. The first Astronomy Poison Pill of “Caitra being in the Śarad season” was refuted in Part 2 [2]. I pointed out that according to the evidence in the Rāmāyaṇa, Caitra was in the Vasanta season. I refuted the second Astronomy Poison Pill — that of “Āśvina month…


Refutation of Nilesh Oak’s dating of ancient texts

Part 8 of 10 — Bluffing and the Game of Numbers

In the previous seven articles of this series, Oak’s dating of the Rāmāyaṇa to 12209 BCE has been refuted. There are four Astronomy Poison Pills for the dating of the Rāmāyaṇa according to Oak [1]. The first Astronomy Poison Pill of “Caitra being in the Śarad season” was refuted in Part 2 [2]. I pointed out that according to the evidence in the Rāmāyaṇa, Caitra was in the Vasanta season. I refuted the second Astronomy Poison Pill — that of “Āśvina month being part of the Vasanta season” in…


Refutation of Nilesh Oak’s dating of ancient texts

Part 8 of 10 — Bluffing and the Game of Numbers, Appendix: Details of Error Elimination — Experiments

There are 71 “Error Elimination — Experiments” in the book “The Historic Rama”. Here are my comments on each one of them.

Error Elimination — Experiment 1: Caitra — month in which forests bloom (pp. 57–60)

This was refuted in Part 2 [2].

Error Elimination — Experiment 2: Setting Sun near Pushya (pp. 60–61)

This was refuted in Part 3 [3].

Error Elimination — Experiment 3: Brightly shining North Pole Star (pp. 61–63)

This was refuted in Part 5 [5].

Error Elimination — Experiment 4: Comet afflicting Moola (pp. 69–74)

This was refuted in Part 6 [6].

Error Elimination —…


Refutation of Nilesh Oak’s dating of ancient texts

Part 7 of 10 — A bridge to NOWHERE — A tale of two Laṅkās

In the previous six articles of this series, Oak’s dating of the Rāmāyaṇa to 12209 BCE has been refuted. There are four Astronomy Poison Pills for the dating of the Rāmāyaṇa according to Oak [1]. The first Astronomy Poison Pill of “Caitra being in the Śarad season” was refuted in Part 2 [2]. I pointed out that according to the evidence in the Rāmāyaṇa, Caitra was in the Vasanta season. I refuted the second Astronomy Poison Pill — that of “Āśvina month being part of…


Refutation of Nilesh Oak’s dating of ancient texts

Part 6 of 10- The Comet observed by Lakshmana CANNOT be identified

As I described in previous four articles of this series, Oak claims that he has sets of evidence, which he calls “Astronomy Poison Pills,” that make it impossible for the date of the Rāmāyaṇa to be later than 10000 BCE. There are four Astronomy Poison Pills for the dating of the Rāmāyaṇa according to Oak [1]:

Both epics have linchpins. The linchpins come from what I call ‘astronomy observations’ due to long term phenomenon of ‘Precession of Equinoxes’. … Ramayana does not have ‘UNIQUE’ evidence like AV observation. …


Refutation of Nilesh Oak’s dating of ancient texts

Part 6 of 10- The Comet observed by Lakshmana CANNOT be identified; Appendix 1–30 instances of Halley’s comet in Mūla nakshatra between 17500 BCE and 10000 BCE based on Voyager 4.5 software

Table: Details of Halley’s Comet in the Mūla nakshatra between 17500 BCE and 10000 BCE using Voyager 4.5 software
  1. Jan 9, 10216 BCE

Refutation of Nilesh Oak’s dating of ancient texts

Part 6 of 10- The Comet observed by Lakshmana CANNOT be identified; Appendix 2 — 23 instances of Halley’s comet in Mūla nakshatra between 17500 BCE and 10000 BCE based on Stellarium software

Table: Details of Halley’s Comet in the Mūla nakshatra between 17500 BCE and 10000 BCE using Stellarium software
  1. 21/12/-10162

Refutation of Nilesh Oak’s dating of ancient texts

Part 5 of 10- Brahmarāśi is NOT Abhijit (Vega) star

As I described in Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4 of this series of articles, Oak claims that he has sets of evidence, which he calls “Astronomy Poison Pills,” that make it impossible for the date of the Rāmāyaṇa to be later than 10000 BCE. There are four Astronomy Poison Pills for the dating of the Rāmāyaṇa according to Oak [1]:

Both epics have linchpins. The linchpins come from what I call ‘astronomy observations’ due to long term phenomenon of ‘Precession of Equinoxes’. … Ramayana does not have ‘UNIQUE’ evidence like AV observation. …


Refutation of Nilesh Oak’s dating of ancient texts

Part 4 of 10- Āśvina month was NOT in the Vasanta season during Rāmāyaṇa time

As I described in Part 2 and Part 3 of this series of articles, Oak claims that he has sets of evidence, which he calls “Astronomy Poison Pills,” that make it impossible for the date of the Rāmāyaṇa to be later than 10000 BCE. There are four Astronomy Poison Pills for the dating of the Rāmāyaṇa according to Oak [1]:

Both epics have linchpins. The linchpins come from what I call ‘astronomy observations’ due to long term phenomenon of ‘Precession of Equinoxes’. … Ramayana does…

Dr. Raja Ram Mohan Roy

Vedic Scholar, Materials Scientist, Author of books on Vedic Astronomy, Jain Astronomy, and Ancient Indian History

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