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takes place at Moola. Thus a shift of 10 nakshatras has occured since the Ramayanic Era.Precession has a rate of 960 years per nakshatra. Therefore, Ramayan must have occured9600 years ago, which is 7600 B.C approximately.
Shri Rama's Date of Birth
Now we shall proceed with the astral route. Valmiki records the birth of Rama as ChaitraShuddha Navami (9th), on Punarvasu Nakshatra and five plants were exalted then; Sun inMesha upto 10 deg., Mars in Capricorn at 28 deg., Jupiter in Cancer at 5 deg., Venus inPisces at 27 deg. and Saturn in Libra at 20 deg. (Bala Kanda.18/Shloka 8,9).Ayodhya 4/18 states that Sun, Mars and Rahu were at Dasharatha's nakshatra. It was themonth of Chaitra, so the Sun was in Revati, Ashwini or Bharani. Naturally, either Rahu andKetu was in any one of these nakshatra (Rahu and Ketu are diagonally opposite).The planetary positions on 16th October 5561 B.C., the date of commencement of theMahabharat War, have been calculated and known [Dating of the Mahabharat, by Dr. P.V.Vartak]. Therefore, calculating further backwards for the astral combination noted above, thedate concludes to be 4th December 7323 B.C. On this date, Saturn was at 205 deg., Jupiterat 94 deg., Mars between 283 and 298 deg., Rahu at 179 deg. and Sun at 2 degrees. 4thDec. 7323 therefore is the date of birth of Rama, when the aforementioned 4 planetsexalted. Venus is always within 47 degrees from the Sun, and might be in Pisces in anexalted state. Thus Rama's date is confirmed.
The Date of Exile
Rama completed 17 years of age (Ayodhya 20/45) and his coronation was fixed on ChaitraShuddha 9th on Pushya day. However, he had to proceed to the forest on the same day, atthe behest of Kaikeyi. At this time, Dasharatha states that Rahu, Mars and Sun weredisturbing his nakshatra (Ayodhya 4/18). Calculating 17 years from Rama's birth date, thelocation of Mars can be determined at 303 degrees in Dhanishta nakshatra. From here,Mars casts its fourth-sight on Krittika. Rahu, after 17 years had been at 211 degrees inVishakha, and so was in opposition to Krittika. Being Chaitra masa, the Sun was at Mesha