Putting a Chronological Time to Mahabharata

The Great War of Mahabharat between the Pandavas and the Kauravas happened in 3139 BC. The Pandavas, after winning the Mahabharat war, ruled Hastinapur for 36 years and 8 months until the beginning of kaliyug in 3102 BC. Since the Mahabharat war and the beginning of kaliyug were important historical events, they have been widely documented in Bhartiya scriptures and frequently referenced by great scholars such as Mahakavi Kalidas, the greatest poet, writer and the literary figure of his time and Aryabhatt, the greatest astronomer and mathematician. There are astrological, natural, geographical, physical, inscriptional and scriptural evidences that unquestionably establish the date of Mahabharat war as 3139 BC and the beginning of kaliyug as 3102 BC.

Mohan-chandrika-2History of Hastinapur

The dynasty of Surya Vansh of Kaushal (Ayodhya) ends with Sumitra (Bhagwatam 9/12/16); the dynasty of Chandra Vansh of Hastinapur ends with Chemak (Bhagwatam 9/22/44, 45); and the dynasties of the kingdom of Magadh flourished up to the Gupt dynasty (80’s BC).

The kingdom of Hastinapur, after Chemak, was constantly ruled by the people who took over the throne. An ancient book describing the date-wise chronology of all the kings of Hastinapur (Indraprasth or Delhi) from Yudhishthir up to Vikramaditya was found by the proprietors of the fortnightly magazine of Nathdwara (Rajasthan) called “Harishchandra Chandrika and Mohan Chandrika” in about 1872 AD. The proprietor of the magazine printed the entire description in two of its issues (called kiran) 19 and 20 of 1882.

The figure above is only a section of the magazine. It gives full date-wise detail of each and every king who ruled Hastinapur from Yudhishthir up to Vikramaditya. This is one of the rarest records that survived through this magazine.

The description is detailed to year-month-days of each and every king who ruled. By adding the total number of years of the four dynasties from Yudhishthir to Vikramaditya, it comes to 3,148 years which is 3111 Kali era or 9 AD, which represents the date when Vikramaditya left this earth planet. Vikramaditya ruled Hastinapur for 93 years from 83 BC to 9 AD. Accordingly, the date for the Mahabharat war comes to (3148 – 9 = 3139 BC).

According to the Bhavishya Puran and Rajtarangini, Vikramaditya lived between 102 BC and 15 AD; and according to the above details his period ends by 9 AD. There is only a difference of 6 years in the date-wise record of 70 kings who ruled Hastinapur for 3,055 years. A discrepancy of 6 years in 3,000 years of record could be a copying or printing mistake, and is thus negligible when dealing with a longer span of years.

The unbroken chronology of the exact dates of all the Hindu kings of the 4 dynasties that ruled Hastinapur (up to Vikramaditya) since the reign of Yudhishthir is the most potent evidence that Mahabharat war had happened in 3139 BC.

Astrological Descriptions

kashiThere is a most prestigious, 48 page detailed date-wise journal (panchang) with all the astrological facts and figures called “Vishva Panchangam”, established in 1925 and published by Kashi Hindu Vishvavidyalaya (Benares Hindu University), Varanasi. It gives all the three eras: Kali era, Vikram era and (Shalivahan) Shak era. It is as thus:
“Vishva Panchangam”
It says on page 3 that 5,100 years have already elapsed before 2056 Vikram year which is 1999 AD. It means that the existing Kali era is 5101 in 1999 AD, which comes to (5101 – 1999) 3102 BC.


The greatest astronomer and mathematician, Aryabhatt, was born in 476 AD. His work in astronomy is an asset to the scholars. He gave an accurate figure for pi () 3.1416. He finished his book “Aryabhattiya” in 499 AD in which he gives the exact year of the beginning of kaliyug. He writes,

“When the three yugas (satyug, tretayug and dwaparyug) have elapsed and 60 x 60 (3,600) years of kaliyug have already passed, I am now 23 years old.” It means that in the 3,601st year of Kali era he was 23 years old. Aryabhatt was born in 476 AD. Thus, the beginning of kaliyug comes to 3,601 – (476 + 23) = 3102 BC.

Lord Krishna ascended to His Divine abode at the end of Dwaparyug and immediately Kaliyuga started in 3102 BC. When Bhagwan Krishna left the earth planet and ascended to His Divine abode a catastrophic rain, storm and sea deluge, that lasted for seven days, totally drowned and destroyed Dwarika town. This catastrophe was also recorded in Babylonia’s ancient town Ur (which was mythologized in the West as Noah’s flood) and the ancient Mayan records. The dates of both are the same.


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  • My one request to Sanskriti team please update your post in Hindi also so that every Indian can understand it properly.

    • There is translation function available on the website to read in the native language, please use it.

      • hindi ka traslate acha nahi bahut hi galtya hai ,jis se arth ka anarth ho jata hai

    • If it is translated to hindi, how will other indians who don’t know hindi do ?

  • Mr Mahesh Patil. What about Indians who cannot understand Hindi. ?????

  • Dear Mahesh Patil, Every Indian doesn’t speak Hindi. only 14-25% of Indians speak Hindi, depending on whether you want to include certain dialects as Hindi.

    Also, excellent study, but still needs further validation to prove the dates are truly accurate. Every piece of history needs validation through certain proofs, which could be a mix of archaelogical, inscriptional, and such. Hope the there will be enough archaelogical findings to support the above hypothesis.


  • I think this is the proof to show to those fools who says these are all myths……

  • All the spiritual scriptures like Upanishad and Puranas deals with the science of mind- manovigyan. This has been perpetuated in form of poetry, prose with episodes small dictum or big like Ramayan and Bhagvatam/mahabaaharat. ONe need not bother, whether all the actors were in fact born and played. We should be more concerned withe message in these that help anyone who desires to uplift himself materialiswtically or spiritualistically. That is all. I have gone through and gained a lot-especially to live the life with peace and bliss irrespective of age, sex, social status or literary status. Good wishes.

  • As per tradition Sri Aryabat is 23 years old after 360 years (60*6 – not 60*60)of Kaliyuga – means 2765 BC. (Sri Varahamihira mentioned Aryabat as his ancestor but as per modern scholars calculations he was older that Aryabat!!! – The Arab scholar Alberuni mentioned Sri Bhaskaracharya the Indian Astronomer and his works but modern scholars places Alberuni precedes Bhaskara !!! and places him in 12th Cen AD but he belongs to 6th Cen AD) . The Astronomers of Ancient India is likely to be in the following order – Aryabat, Vridda Garga, Varahamihira, Kalidasa, Bhaskara etc..,
    It is very unfortunate that we still continuing the same mistakes still now.

  • Dr. N Gopalakrishnan in one of his speeches says that Kaliyug Started on Feb 17, 3102 BC 11:55 pm in the night when all the planets and sun and moon all came in one line at Alpha Aries point, that is when astronomically an Era started. So unlike in other systems In Hindu system the beginning of an era is very scientific