The Historic Rama: Indian Civilization at the End of Pleistocene
Createspace Independent Publishing Platform, Jan 28, 2014 - Astronomy - 284 pages
From the author of 'When did the Mahabharata War happen? The Mystery of Arundhati'.
Employing tools of Archeo-astronomy and the logic of scientific discovery, coupled with fantastic intuition, Nilesh Oak tests, with scientific precision, observations from the oldest epic of humanity - Valmiki Ramayana. He takes us on an exciting tour from the present, into remote antiquity of human civilization.
Here is the book for everyone who is interested in antiquity of civilizations, Ramayana, ancient Indian history and Archeo-astronomy
Praise for 'The Historic Rama'
It was a fascinating ride. The pictures helped enormously. It is funny, logical, unapologetic, interesting, thought-provoking and most importantly, it requires a higher amount of reader participation. This is not a book for reading before bed or in a leisurely mood. This book is best read with a pen and a paper nearby.---
Congratulations for an amazing, meticulous and painstaking work. I salute your devotion and hard work. I have no knowledge or appreciation of arguments connected with astronomy. I had read Pushkar Bhatnagar's book and also heard his lecture. Your book has prompted me to read books by Vartak, Yardi and others. I had found Bhatnagar's dates very attractive because they tally with the anthropological history of India. A date of 12000 BCE will need pushing back the history of agriculture in India to almost 5000 years earlier than its documented evidence. However, who knows, some new discoveries are waiting to be made as has happened in case of the use of iron.---
As I was reading, I got transported to Rama's time and went through the journey. I liked your set of questions that the dating of Ramayana does to the world history. Overall I am impressed and this will do a lot to revive interest in Ramayana and lend credence to the epic just as the discovery of Troy did to Homer's Iliad.---
The book is excellent. I also enjoyed the last appendix on the 'origins of weekday names and division'. It seemed like a relief when I reached the appendix, but ended up re-reading it in order to fully comprehend the gist of it.---
Thank you so much for the work you have done to unearth the timelines of Ramayana. Reading the book gives me Goosebumps. I never had such an experience before. Hindus were blamed for not keeping track of time. Your research disproves it totally, clearly showing how the use of motion of celestial bodies serves as the ultimate timekeeper.---
I love the quotations you give at the beginning of every chapter which sets the tone of that chapter.---
It is a great piece of work! Some parts I enjoyed more than others, particularly, the re-appearance of Brahma-Rashi. If it truly refers to star Abhijit (Vega), then description of it 'shining brightly' is clearly explained. An excellent observation indeed!---
It was an incredible experience to read your wonderful book. I did not realize that our tradition and history went so far back! Thanks again for this wonderful book. I am looking forward to reading your next book.---
I had a wonderful evening today explaining to my family how the 24 hour day, the 7 day week, the names of the weekdays, the sequence of weekday names, are all based on a system founded on logic of astronomy observations. And the week had an Out-of-India migration just like the Zero! So next time some AIT-Nazi talks you down, ask him what weekday it is! Nilesh ji, a big thank you to you, Sudarshan Bharadwaj and Shri Suhas Gurjar.---
BHARAT is REBORN, as its most famous son, Lord Rama, has finally found a throne on world's timeline! And it is an open challenge from Nilesh Nilkanth Oak to the world to try and dethrone Lord Rama from that throne if they think they are intellectually up to the task.---
The book is gripping, fascinating and hard to put it down.