12-Astrology in MBH
Eclipses, Solar and Lunar
Both solar and lunar eclipses dates, described in the MBH, have been tried to
find out using the Lode Star Software. Generally 240 Solar and 150 Lunar eclipses
occur in a century and during the period from 3300 BC to 700 BC nearly 6000 solar
and 4000 lunar eclipses took place, though not all of them were visible from Kuru
Kshetra, India. Out of them, 672 were eclipse pairs, or both Solar and Lunar eclipses
within a Lunar month. There are mentions of solar eclipses at 8 places in MBH, out
of which three of them are very important.
(1) The first solar eclipse is mentioned in the Sabhaa Parv.
(2) The second solar eclipse is mentioned in the Udyog Parv to which Karn
tried to draw the attention of Krishn when He was returning from Hastinaapur.
(3) The third important solar eclipse has been mentioned in the Shalya Parv,
that occurred along with two lunar eclipses within a month. Many believe that
there was a total solar eclipse occurred on the 13th day of the War, which has
been allegorically mentioned as covering the Sun by
Krishn with His Sudarshan Chakra to facilitate Arjun to be able to kill Jayadrath.
(4) Three Eclipses Together - Another important mention of eclipses is the
set of three eclipse occurred just prior to the MBH War, a very rare event
of three eclipses occurring just within a lunar month took place: a lunar
eclipse followed by a solar one and then another lunar eclipse. According
to the text of MBH, the solar eclipse occurred just 13 days after the first
lunar eclipse. S. Balakrishna of NASA, USA, has searched all eclipse pairs,
a lunar eclipse followed by a solar eclipse after 13 days, that took place
from 3300 BC to 700 BC, using the Lodestar pro-software. He found that nearly
672 eclipse pairs have occurred within the said period, out of which 27 pairs
have been found to have less than 14 days time gap. And according to Balakrishna,
the eclipse pair of 2559 is the best match with the description given in the text
of MBH. But according to Kalyanaraman, the eclipses occurred in 3067 BC - the
Lunar eclipse on 29th September at the asterism Krittikaa and the Solar eclipse
on 14th October at the asterism Jyesthaa.
--One occurrence of a Solar Eclipse is mentioned at the asterism Jyesth
and a Lunar eclipse at the asterism Krittikaa, just before the beginning
of the War.
Nakshatra and Tithi
Many people say that Nakshatra were not
known in MBH times, so they are not mentioned in it. But this is not so.
Vyaas Jee has mentioned Nakshatra in it, and not only mentioned them in
relation to time but in other senses also. If you want to see where the
word has appeared, use the search method of your browser to search the
word, such as "Hast" ---
The Udyog Parv of MBH narrates that, just before the War,
--Lord Krishn, on His final peace mission, went to Hastinaapur in the
month of Kaarttik. He set out on the day when the Moon was at the asterism
Revatee. On His way to Hastinaapur, Krishn took rest for a day at a place
called Vrik Sthal, and on that day the Moon was at the asterism Bharanee.
--The day on which Duryodhan turned down each and every effort of Lord
Krishn to make peace and made the war inevitable, the Moon was resting at
the asterism Pushya.
--And the Lord left Hastinaapur with Karn, on the day when the Moon was
yet to reach the asterism Uttaraa Phaalgunee. As mentioned above, Karn
accompanied Him to some distance to see Him off and he then described to
the Lord the positions of planets in the sky and expressed his
apprehension that such a planetary configuration stood for very bad omen:
such as large scale
loss of life and drenching of blood.
--Vyaas Jee narrated all these planetary positions in as many as sixteen
verses as if someone was describing it only after visualizing them in the
--It is also well known that during the War, Lord Balaraam went on a
pilgrimage to holy places along the banks of the River Saraswatee and MBH
describes the position of the Moon during the entire course of his
pilgrimage. For example, He set out on the day when the Moon was at the
asterism Pushya and returned on the day when the Moon was at the asterism
Here Vyaas Jee uses the name of "Hast" Nakshatra just to give a simile
to Drone and five Paandav.
Thus the Paandav set to Baaranaavat on the 8th day of the month of Phaalgun when
Rohinee star was in ascendant.
--Krishn, on His final peace mission, set out for Hastinapur when the Moon was at the
--Krishn arrived Hastinapur when the Moon was at the asterism Bharanee.
--The Full Moon and Lunar eclipse at Krittikaa occurred.
--The Solar eclipse occurred at Jyeshthaa.
--The comet Mahaaghor appeared at the asterism Pushya after Bheeshm had died.
--It also mentions the appearance of a comet at the asterism Pushya, on the 8th
day of the bright half of the month of Maagh, when Bheeshm died. On that day the
Moon was at the asterism Rohinee and it was the day of Winter Solstice.
--The day on which Ghatotkach, son of Bheem, died, the Moon appeared at the
horizon at 2 am.
--The epic also mentions the occurrence of a very rare astronomical event that
took place prior to the War: three eclipses, two lunar and a solar, within a
lunar month of 27
--There is also another continuing tradition in this country that says that the
beginning of the present Kali Yug, Kurukshetra War, death of Lord Krishn and
coronation of Emperor Yudhishthir were contemporary events.
--Famous astronomer Aaryabhatt in his celebrated work Aaryabhatiyam had accepted
the said tradition and used the word Bharatapoorvam in the said work very often
and scholars agree that he used the word to refer to such events that occurred
before the MBH War. In 1991, Dr. D. Abhayankar and Dr Ballabh of the Osmania
University calculated that the present Kali Yug began on 7th February, 3104 BC.
But it is now well accepted by the both Eastern and the Western scholars that
the present Kali Yug began on the midnight of 17th and 18th February, 3102 BC.
And hence it can roughly be said that the Mahaabhaarat War took place nearly 5000
years ago from now.