DU Sanskrit dept to fix dates of Vedic literature.
AFTER initiating a project to prove the claim that Aryans were indigenous to India and established the Saraswati Valley civilization, the Sanskrit department of Delhi University is going to start work on a project to " fix the dates and chronology" of Vedic literature.
This includes Vedas, Upanishads, Mahabharat and Ramayan. The aim is to put to rest the varying dates ascribed to these literary works by various historians.
The department will also write to Indian Council of Historical Research ( ICHR) to seek its assistance for the project. ICHR chairman Y. S. Rao, who is involved in a project to fix the date of Mahabharat, had expressed his interest at a recently- held memorial lecture organised by the department.
" The problem with Sanskrit and Vedic literature is that there is always some controversy arising on account of dates and chronology. Max Muller puts the date for Rig Veda to be around 1500 BC, while Bal Gangadhar Tilak, based on astronomical alignments, puts the period to around 8000- 10000 BC and Yakobi puts it to be around 5000 BC," Ramesh Bhardwaj, head of the Sanskrit department, told M AIL T ODAY . He said the department will write to scholars from across the world, inviting them to be a part of the project. There would also be a chronology expert committee which will approve the dates given by the experts.
" These scholars would base their work on various tools like textual evidences, archeological evidences, linguistics, comparative religion and comparative folk literature," said Bhardwaj.
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