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Traditional dates vs scientific dates

From: K. Srinivasan (srini_at_ireq.ca)
Date: Fri Dec 15 1995 - 05:56:53 PST

One of  thirumangai aazhvaar's paasuram uses the word "pallavan". So the
historians tend to place him after the pallavas. Two possibilities:
(i) There were earlier pallavas whose history is now lost.
(ii) pallavas could have meant king in some generic sence.

Indus valley civilization seem to have been unaware of Rama, Krishna,
Azhvaars etc. Yet all evidences indicate that it existed until 1500 BC.
So there is also a belief that all the yugas are between 1500 BC and 500 BC.
Not 3102 BC for Kaliyuga etc.

The main point is, one should be consistant. If you believe that Dvapara yuga
was before 3102 BC, Kaliyuga started in 3102 BC etc, then you are
consistant with believing that Azhvaars were in 4000 BC etc...

If you however believe that Azhvaars existed from 5-th to 7-th century AD,
then you should also believe that Krishna was in 700 BC. etc..

Srinivasan K.