Gopatha – 23,000 BCE knows Vedāṅga Jyotiṣa, then how old is Vedāṅga Jyotiṣa?

We already discovered and ascertained with logical and scientific acumen that Gopatha was composed around 23,000 BCE.

Evidence of Vedāṅga Jyotiṣa

There is an evidence in Gopatha as it says the number six as well as it as the limbs. Lets look at it.

Gopatha brāhmaṇa (1.1.27)- षडङ्गविदस्तत्तथाऽधीमहे, ṣaḍaṅgavidastattathā’dhīmahe mentions clearly that षडङ्गविद्-“knowing the six limbs” were known by the time of 23,000 BCE. We also saw that saṃvatsara in Gopatha began from Vasanta with its internal evidence (see here).

The conjecture

It is thus correct when I conjecture that since Brāhmaṇās are vedic texts and Vedāṅga is a part of Vedas as one of the six limbs then Vedāṅga Jyotiṣa and its new year beginning cannot be different and will not be assigned for Winter-solstice as every researcher in the past has dealt with.

Interesting Note on the Occurrence of Place Names

One can read that the places mentioned are Kuru, Pāñcāla, Kāśī, Magadha and other northern provinces but not beyond Vindhyā range. My talk and research paper on Agastya crossing Vindhyā during 19000 BCE is thus corroborated even with the help of Gopatha Brāhmaṇa. I had conjectured in my talk that place names started appearing from around 26000 BCE with the help of Jaimini’s – Agastya leaving Kurukṣetra reference. This was the first ever occurrence of place name in vedic texts. (note that Brāhmaṇa, Aranyakās were edited during MBH times)

If the theories are correct then proof will always settle with the truth. We know Vedāṅga Jyotiṣa has two recensions- one Rik and other Yajus (why two recensions?), and now we know that it is older than Gopatha. How old? remains the question. We will solve it sometime in the near future.

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