A leading astronomer proves that India had a thriving civilization capable of sophisticated astronomy long before Greece, Egypt, or any other world culture.
• Provides conclusive evidence that the Rig Veda is 12,000 years old.
• Establishes actual dates and places for many of the events in the Hindu epics.
For more than a century scholars have debated the antiquity of the Vedas and their related literature, the Brahmanas and Puranas. Relying upon a host of assumptions from linguistic theory, anthropology, and archaeology, they have agreed upon 1500 b.c. as the earliest possible date for the Rig Veda, itself the oldest extant example of Indo-European literature. But in this groundbreaking book, astronomer B. G. Sidharth proves conclusively that the earliest portions of the Rig Veda can be dated as far back as 10,000 B.C.
By deciphering the astronomical events and alignments contained in mythical and symbolic form in these ancient texts, Sidharth calls into question many if not all of the assumptions governing Indo-European prehistory. He explores such subjects as the astronomical significance of many Hindu deities and myths, the system of lunar asterisms used to mark time, the identity of the Asvins, and the sophisticated calendar of the ancients that harmonized solar and lunar cycles. Sidharth provides incontrovertible evidence that such "advanced" astronomical concepts as precession, heliocentrism, and the eclipse cycle are encoded in these ancient texts, passages of which make perfect sense only if these astronomical keys are known. Based on internal evidence in the Mahabharata and Ramayana, he also becomes the first to establish likely dates--and even places--for the events described in these famous epics. The Celestial Key to the Vedas is sure to astonish anyone concerned with astronomy, India, or the roots of civilization.
B. G. Sidharth
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I'm not an astronomer and can't validate Sidharth's assumptions but if taken that his assumptions are, in fact, true, then Sidharth continues to provide lucid examples of astronomical examples in the Rig Veda. Sidharth, also refers to archaelogical examples of the spread of Vedic culture to countries like Turkey, and Iran. Sidharth gives very clear cut examples of the dates that astronomical occurences in the Rig Veda mention. Though the date of 10,000 B.C. (or prior) for the Rig Veda may seem preposterous to many scholars, it is a date that is being seriously considered as an accurate date by many scholars, including Western scholars. In my opinion, this book is worth reading for anyone interested in ancient history, astronomy, and archaeology.
The author advances the thesis that the ancient Indian Sanskrit writings, known as the Vedas, are largely allegories which correspond to astronomical phenomena. Of particular interest is the observation that the Rig Veda refers to a mythical era that corresponds to the date of 7300 B.C. This date is shown to "refer to an epoch when the vernal equinox was in Tishya or Pushya" (p.65)--where Tishya and Pushya are Indian lunar asterisms (i.e. constellations). The author's conjecture that the Rig Veda had its origins in a civilization dating back to the 8th millennium B.C. would seem to agree with the discovery of an Anatolian civilization belonging to the same era (p.7). Interestingly, an Anatolian sculpture dating from that era would seem to be that of the clean-shaven head of a Vedic priest, complete with its characteristic pigtail (pp.8,160).
The author provides many examples of what might be interpreted as astronomical phenomena in the Vedas, with over 70...
It presents a lot of data but its not backed up with good referencing. His translations you have to take with a grain of salt.
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