1. A thread to discuss another set of proofs regarding the tithi of the last day of the Mahabharata war.
2. After Duryodhana's thighs are broken, Ashwathama, Krupa and Krutavarma head off to the forest. They perform their sandhyavandana as evening approaches.
3. Mahabharata says night started to set it. Initially the stars were spotted in the sky. Then, the text says "praaptaa ghoraa cha sharvaree" or "terrible night (darkness) set in".
4. If the first day of the war was Amavasya, as claimed by 5561 theory, 18th day would be Krishna tritiya (or dwitiya). Moonrise would be sometime after sunset. Therefore, Mahabharata should have actually said that the sky became bright after some time.
5. The text says the exact opposite. It says the night became extremely dark. Only possible if 18th night was Amavasya.
6. In the Mahabharata Tatparya Nirnaya, Sri Madhwa describes how the charioteer of Dhrishtadyumna escapes slaughter by the trio. He tries to run away from the camp. Gets caught by Krutavarma who swings his sword at him.
7. Even before the sword hits him, he falls down and acts dead. Sri Madhwa says Krutavarma fails to notice this mistake because it was extremely dark. Such darkness not possible if it were Krishna dwitiya/tritiya. It would have been extremely bright!
8. Sri Madhwa also describes the dream that Dhrishtadyumna sees every day after Drona's death. In that dream, he saw Ashwathama and the 'kAla rAtri' which means 'night of death' or 'very dark night'.
9. All of these evidences add to the already existing mountain of evidences that the last day of the great war was an Amavasya.
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