The question is related to when (e.g., 500 BC or 100 BC or 10,000 BC) did Valmiki, the creator of the Ramayana, live?

I saw a discrepancy in this:

  1. According to Wikipedia:

    The Vālmīki's Rāmāyaṇa is dated variously from 500 BC to 100 BC ... He is the author of the epic Rāmāyaṇa

  2. It is also known that Valmiki lived in the era of Ramayana, as he met Sita and taught Ramayana to Lava and Kusha. Here is the discrepancy, because Ramayana is quoted here (by Dr. P. V. Vartak) to have taken place in 7600 BC:

    Therefore, Ramayana must have occurred 9600 years ago, which is 7600 B.C approximately.

Question: How can Valmiki write Ramayana in 200-500 BC when he was also present during Ramayana in 9600 BC? Isn't it a huge discrepancy of about 9000 years?!

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    Don't believe in Wikipedia. Wikipedia is like garbage bin where anyone can throw some crap. – Vipul Hadiya Jul 29 '15 at 21:04
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    Most of Hinduism on Wikipedia is written by 'neo-orientalists' - western scholars that are Judeo-Christians that look down on Hinduism. See this free online book - rajivmalhotra.com/books/invading-sacred – Swami Vishwananda Jul 30 '15 at 2:29
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    But still, the doubt remains, because if valmiki has written Ramayana in the recent era, how can be be present during the Ramayana itself? – Saurabh J Jul 30 '15 at 3:36
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    Ramayan is a compilation of stories coming down through ages. Somehow the name Valmiki has stuck to it due to the word's dictionary meaning, ant-hill. Just the way many ants make an ant-hill similarly many people have helped compile this story which is why many bits sound a bit illogical. – Sona Parivraj Dec 4 '17 at 15:25
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    The Vedas were composed around 5,000 years ago, so the Ramayana obviously has to be written after that. Hinduism on Wikipedia is actually mostly written by South Asian Hindus, there's no "Western conspiracy". You can see the page history; it's mostly Hindu usernames. – Aryaman Jan 3 '18 at 20:42

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