Many Skipped Event Among other notable invitees at the exhibition were Archeological Survey of India Director-General Rakesh Tewari and Delhi University Vice-Chancellor Dinesh Singh. Bala said HRD Minister Smriti Irani did not respond to an invitation.
"We were very keen that the HRD minister also come, but they did not respond," the director said.
He also said he was open to looking at this issue afresh.
We are hopeful the culture ministry will take this into account," Bala said.
Explaining the institute's method, the director said: "The epics give precise information about which planet was placed where when Lord Ram was born.
The minister told ET: "We have asked them to compile all of this information and submit a report on this important issue.
Hosted at Delhi's Lalit Kala Akademi, the institute's 'findings' have been submitted to the Union culture ministry. Sharing the spotlight with him was RSS Joint General Secretary Krishna Gopal.
"Planetary information" from the Rig Veda, Ramayana and Mahabharata was used to find the exact dates, said Saroj Bala, director of the institute.
"I spent a good one-and-ahalf hours at the exhibition and there is a lot of material there which merits attention," Sharma told ET. "Considerable research" and a software procured for around Rs 7,000 from the US were the keys apparently.
And India's culture minister, Mahesh Sharma, says his ministry will take cognisance of this information and has sought a report.
What historians, here and abroad, say is impossible to establish, has been accomplished by one Institute of Scientific Research — or so the institute claims in its ongoing 'Unique Exhibition on Cultural Continuity from Rig Veda to Robotics'.
There have been allegations and questions raised about the very existence of Mahabharata and Ramayana.
This exhibition gives scientific basis for all of this." The minister's comments made earlier to a TV channel on the late APJ Abdul Kalam being a nationalist despite being a Muslim created a controversy on Friday.