An 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.
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”.
“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.
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 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.