The Institute of Scientific Research on Vedas (I-SERVE) on Thursday last week launched the ‘Unique Exhibition on Cultural Continuity from Rigveda to Robotics’ at the Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi. A unique exhibition going on at the Lalit Kala Akademi provides “astronomical references and scientific evidences” which dismiss the Aryan invasion theory and argue that the Mahabharata and Ramayana are historical texts, not mythological epics.
The Institute of Scientific Research on Vedas (I-SERVE) on Thursday launched the ‘Unique Exhibition on Cultural Continuity from Rigveda to Robotics’ at the Akademi, in the presence of Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma, RSS joint general secretary Krishna Gopal and classical dancer Sonal Mansingh, who were the chief guests.
The show “Cultural Continuity from Rigveda to Robotics,” at the Lalit Kala Akademi uses different fields of study like astronomy, archeology, paleo-botany and oceanography among other science disciplines in an attempt to establish a synergy between ancient Hindu scriptures and modern sciences.
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”.
To be more specific on dating, When was Ram born? January 10, 12.05 hours, 5114 BC. When did the war in Mahabharata start? October 13, 3139 BC. And when did Hanuman meet Sita in Ashok Vatika? September 12, 5076 BC.
What historians, here and abroad, say is impossible to establish, has been accomplished by one Institute of Scientific Research — or so the institute claims in its ongoing Exhibition on ‘Rig Veda to Robotics’. And India’s culture minister, Mahesh Sharma, says his ministry will take cognisance of this information and has sought a report.
How was this dating done? “Considerable research” and a software procured for around Rs 7,000 from the US were the keys apparently. “Planetary information” from the Rig Veda, Ramayana and Mahabharata was used to find the exact dates, said Saroj Bala, director of the institute, I-SERVE, Delhi Chapter. As per report, the institute has been submitted its ‘findings’ to the Union culture ministry. The Union Minister said, “I spent a good one-and-a half hours at the exhibition and there is a lot of material there which merits attention.”
Sonal Mansingh said she got “goosebumps” when she heard about the exhibition. “As a systematic conspiracy, scholars like Wendy Doniger have written about our ancient saints being sex maniacs to belittle us. Yet, we only read the history written by these people”.
Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma said it was important to hold such an exhibition, which was based on “scientific facts”. “The next generation may say that somebody wrote Ramayana and Mahabharata sitting in their bedrooms, so it is necessary to collect scientific basis for their historicity,” he said.
Krishna Gopal, the RSS ideologue, said that “Christian scholars” could not imagine history older than 4,000 years and the idea of continuity from Rig Veda till the present times was unimaginable for many. “Even Max Mueller could not go beyond 5,000 BC,” he said.
“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,” said Saroj Bala, director, Delhi Chapter of I-SERVE.
While most Indians have been known to worship Ganga as a holy river since time immemorial, the ancient Indian text Rigveda has a different story to tell, according to I-SERVE. “We were very surprised that there was no mention of the river Ganga in the first nine mandals of Rigveda. All 22 rivers were mentioned in a geographically correct way with not a single mistake. But the great river Ganga was not mentioned until the tenth mandal of Rigveda,” says Saroj Bala, Director, Delhi chapter I-Serve.
The Rigveda mentions Saraswati, which is often believed to be a mythical river, to be “the most celebrated river.” A poster put up by I-Serve stated that around 6000 BC, efforts by Suryavanshi kings Sagar and Bhagirath helped to facilitate the flow of Bhagirathi waters into Ganga, thus vindicating its description as the holiest river in post Rigvedic literature, while Saraswati becomes non-perennial.
“While Ganga is referred to as a holy river in the Ramayana, in Mahabharata it is said that it remains dry in some places. In this exhibition we have tried to present the entire story,” says Bala. According to organisers, the exhibition aimed to carry out research into the authenticity and historicity of events narrated in ancient books by making use of modern scientific tools.
We wanted to know the truth through the means of pure scientific medium and find out whether these scriptures contain any true events,” says Bala
Through the process of scientific dating, the exhibition also says that indigenous civilisation has been developing in Indian sub-continent for last 10,000 years and that Aryans were originals of India. “There was no Aryan invasion. It is often believed that the Dravidians were pushed down south, but there was nothing like that” says Peeyush Sandhir, Associate director, I-Serve.
Sky views of important events in Ramayana and Mahabharata including determining the date and time of birth of Lord Ram and the infamous game of dice where the Pandavas lose to Kauravas have been showcased.
Besides astronomical evidences, the show also presents archaeological evidences in form of utensils, ornaments, weapons and infrastructure that support dates of references in these scriptures. The exhibition supported by the Culture Ministry is set to continue till September 23.