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It is widely accepted that

  • Lord Rama existed 5000 BCE
  • Sage Valmiki wrote Ramayana epic in 500 BCE
  • Valmiki taught Lav and Kush(twin sons of Lord Rama)

The problem is pretty clear. Is it that westerners came up with wrong date?

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    "It is widely accepted that" - accepted by whom ? All current acharyas accept that Rama lived towards end of Treta Yuga. Kali Yuga started in 3102 BC. Dwapara Yuga was before Kali. And Treta was before Dwapara. Those dates you read are written by westerners.
    – mar
    May 26 '20 at 2:49
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    @Wikash_, correct. just like Jesus is a mythology and Hitler will be a mythology in a few hundred years time.
    – mar
    May 26 '20 at 4:44
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    @ram no Hitler will remain a fact since we have lots of proof that he existed. Yes I agree Jesus is mythology.
    – Wikash_
    May 26 '20 at 5:09
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    @Wikash_, there are already many people who deny the holocaust. just give it time.
    – mar
    May 26 '20 at 7:55
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    @ram Don't bother . Its very clear that Ramayana and Mahabharata are Itihasa(history) but some people will keep on using the term mythology either due to ignorance or sometimes due to some prejudice against Hinduism.
    – RishX
    May 26 '20 at 12:13

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