The Mahabharata war is famous for its 18 days. However, the number of days the Ramayana war lasted isn't so popularly discussed as the Mahabharata war.

So, for how many days was the Ramayana war fought?

On which tithi (lunar day) did it start and finish?

  • According to Padma Purana, duration of war is 87 Days in which 15 Days there was no war. So, actual war fought for 72 Days. If you want, then I can post answer on it. (But personally, I do not believe this description because according to this theory, the war didn't end on Vijayadashami.) – Triyugi Narayan Mani Aug 5 '16 at 7:24
  • @Triyugi Narayan Mani yes, just after posting this question... I read that Padma Purana says Ramayana happened for 87 days... but I didn't posted it as answer because it contradicts many things like Vijaya Dashami, also astronomical dating... living period of Sita in palace of Ravana... etc.. so I didn't posted as answer... however if you want you can post it as answer... – Tejaswee Aug 5 '16 at 8:04
  • @Triyugi Narayan Mani but one more interesting thing of that part of Padma Purana is that it describes in very detail... it gives every tithi in great detail... butI also think war ending on Vijaya Dashami may just be a rumour or be in previous Kalpa... because Rama was given 14 yrs vanavasa just in his birth day... sohe returned Ayodhya in just 14 years (exactly)... so he should return on Chaitra shukla Navami... but if he won Ravana in Vijaya Dashami he would return earlier... – Tejaswee Aug 5 '16 at 8:07
  • @TriyugiNarayanMani also I don't know which type of calendar he used... solar or lunar... if lunar calendar then 14 yrs may complete earlier.. so Vijaya Dashami might be possible... also I don't know how they counted Adhika Maasa and Kshaya maasa... – Tejaswee Aug 5 '16 at 8:09
  • Yes, and also they are starting month with Shukla Paksha instead of traditional Krishna Paksha. – Triyugi Narayan Mani Aug 5 '16 at 8:40

On Phalgun Krishna 2nd, Rama's army seized the gates of Lanka. Angada proceeded as Rama emmisary on a peace mission to Ravana's court. However, any peace proposal was rejected by Ravana and the next day (Phal.Kr. 3rd), Rama-Ravana war commenced.

The great war spanned 13 days and concluded on Phalgun Krishna Amavasya, with the death of Ravana. The very next day, Chaitra Shuddha 1st was celebrated as a Victory Day. This tradition still continues to be a New-Years's Day and is marked by hoisting flags.

15th November 7292 B.C was then Phalguna Amavasya. Valmiki states that Ravan came out for the last battle on the Amavasya day (Yudh. 93/66) and was killed. In the description of the battle, Sage Valmiki writes, "Kosala's nakshatra Vishakha is aspected by Mars" (Yudh. 103/37). The annual motion of Mars is 191.405 degrees. In 14 years, it will progress by 159.58 degrees. At the time of Rama's exile, Mars was at 303 deg. 159 deg. added to this provides Mars at 102 deg. in Pushya. From Pushya Mars could cast its fourth-sight on Vishakha. So, the calculations presented so far seem to be correct. It also shows Valmiki's minute observations and time recording capabilities
Thus, the date of the last battle of the War is 15th November 7292 B.C.

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    Why downvote for this answer? Reason please – S.LAKSHMINARAYAN Apr 15 '16 at 13:09
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    I'm not the downvoter but i think this could be due to specific year 7292BC. According to Hindu Mythology, Rama Avatar happened during 24th Treta Yuga. – The Destroyer Apr 16 '16 at 9:12
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    @TheDestroyer I agree with you and there is one more point missing here,Ravan Killing is popularly Attributed to Dusshera festival, which is in Ashwin Shuddha Dashmi, after completion of Shardiya Navratri. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vijayadashami – Yogi Apr 28 '16 at 19:25

The war between Rama and Ravana lasted for seven days. 'rama ravanayor yuddham rama ravanyoriva' sang Valmiki. "the struggle between Sri Rama and Ravana can be likened only to the struggle between Sri Rama and Ravana." We have seen only portions of it from the angle of Ravana. The glory of it is yet to come.

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