Imc , (UTC) I'm wondering (but don't know) if the , edit wasn't motivated by POV.It remobved the bit about upper caste and lower Indian identifying with different sides in the Mahabharata orthogonal , (UTC) I think it is better removed because it seems to be only opinion which I personally have never heard at all.
Several scholars put forth their perception and calculated derivations. Analysing the astronomical possibility of Vyasa's statement in Bhishma Parva "Amavasya occured on the 13th day. There have been many attempts to unravel its historical growth and compositional layers.The oldest preserved parts of the text are thought to be not much older than around 400 BCE, though the origins of the epic probably fall between the 8th and 9th centuries BCE.I am currently adding lots more detail for the synopsis of Mahabharat.However I have come to notice that there is a error of some sort in the beginning of the battle of Kurushetra: The battle at Kurukshetra [[Image: Mahabharata2.jpg|right|300px|thumb| Can someone please fix this link? This kind of interpretaion can be applied any story, even Bollywood movies, ..certainly nobody has attributed this kind of glory to Shantanu.Its longest version consists of over 100,000 śloka or over 200,000 individual verse lines (each shloka is a couplet), and long prose passages.
About 1.8 million words in total, the Mahābhārata is roughly ten times the length of the Iliad and the Odyssey combined, or about four times the length of the Rāmāyaṇa.
The next milestone is the era of Buddha and Mahavir, which again defines a new age for Bharat.
Adi Shankar is believed to be about 1000 years later to Buddha. If the date for Buddha is moved, the dates for Adi Shankara, Ajatshartu, Shishunga Dynasty, Maurya dynasty etc. Similarly, many ancient events like the end of Vedic age, the start of Kali, the dates for Upanishadas, the dates for the pre-mauryan dynasties etc. Hence fixing the date for MB is important for the history of India.
His dating which is in almost perfect accordance with the 150 astronomical events described in the epic put the occurence of the war at Nov 12th 3067 BCE.
This has great significance as it pushes human history backwords and makes the possibility of the Ramayan occuring in a different Yuga feasible. But I suspect the names of the books given here, with a final consonant; e.g. The original Sanskrit form would not have the final 'n'.
Scholars from across the world came together, for the first time, in an attempt to establish the 'Date of Kurukshetra War based on astronomical data.' Undoubtedly, it was an amazing collation of information presented in a colloquium, held on January 5 and 6, 2003 at the Mythic Society, Bangalore.