History is the Witness of the times – Kota Venkatachalam

“ History is the witness of the times, the torch of the truth, the life      of memory, the teacher of life, the messenger of antiquity”.

Cicero Marcus Tullius (106-43 B.C)


The founder of a new historical rsearch methodology

Sri Kota Venkatachalam is the founder of a new historical research methodology of adducing our puranas as source material and reconstructed chronology of Bharatiya history from the date of Mahabharata war (3138B.C) to 1193A.D. The credit of establishing historical authenticity of the puranas mainly goes to Sri Venkatachalam. He proved that 3138B.C.was the year of Mahabharata war and 1534B.C. was the real date of chandragupta Maurya. There is a difference of 1210 years between the date of 1534B.C. and the date 324B.C. fixed for Chandragupta Maurya by European Indologists. Sri Kota venkatachalam has corrected this blunder by quoting in detail from our puranas as well as from Jain and Buddhist texts. Thus twelve centuries of time after Mahabharata war and ten centuries before that are set right and our entire history has been put on right track again by him through his 24 volumes of monumental research wok. He proved with irrefutable evidence that Chandragupta (Sandracottus) of Gupta dynasty was ruling from pataliputra as his capital when Alexander invaded Bharat.

For a very long Time our historians thought that Gautamiputra Satakarni, Gautamiputra Yajna Sri Andhra Satavana kings mentioned in the puranas were merely mythological persons. But the discovery of inscriptions and coins near Nasik highlighted in the books of Sri Kota venkatachalam has dispelled all doubts and historians began to believe that these kings were real historical persons.

Sri venkatachalm has resolved another major controversy of mistaken identity of Salivahanas and Satavahanas by European historians. Salivahana was a descendent of Panwar dynasty and king of Ujjain. He was grandson of Vikramaditya of 57B.C.  King Vikramaditya of Ujjain  was the founder of Vikrama saka of 57B.C. In 78 A.D. his gr5andson defeated  Sakas ultimately and drove them from our country. He was the Emperor  who started the salivahana Saka. He performed Aswamedha Yaga and conquered countries as far as Persia and received tributes from the Vanquished kings.But the Andhra satavahans were the Emperors of Magadha who ruled from B.C.833 to B.C.327. Their capital was Girivraja. The Andhra dynasty of 32 kings ruled for 506 years. These calculations were based on the movement of the Saptarshi mandala and the figures given as the landmarks from the date of the Mahabharat war to the end of the rule of the Andhra dynasty.

He reconstructed the correct dates of Buddha’s birth and nirvana. Kshemajith, the fourth king in the Sisunaga dynasty ascended the throne in 1892 B.C. During his reign Buddha was born as the son of Suddhodhana the 23rd king of Ayodhya kingdom in 1887 B.C. Buddha took to sanyasa in 1858 B.C. and attained Nirvana in 1807 B.C.

Sri Kota Venkatachalam has incontrovertibly proved the date of Sri Adi Sankaracharya as 509-477 B.C. with the aid of the chronological tables of Sankaracharyas of Gurupetthas of Kanchi and Dwaraka.

Sri Venkatachalam has evolved an authentic account of the dynasties of the kings based on texts of different puranas such as matsya,vayu, bhavishya and Bhagavata puranas.The chronology of the dynasties assigned by him is given below.

The beginning of Kali Era

3102 B.C.

The time of Mahabharata war

3138 B.C.

From Mahabharata war to the coronation Mahapadmananda

1504 years

Mahapadmananda to the Andhra dynasty of

the Magadha Empire

801 years

The reign of the kings of the Andhra satavahana Dynasty

506 years

2,811 years.

The time of Alexander’s invasion

327   B.C.

Gupta Chandragupta’s coronation,

The Gupta dynasty rule for a period of 245 years

326   B.C

The coronation of Vikramaditya of the

Of the Panwar dynasty in Ujjain

82   B.C.

Vikramaditya conquered Gupta EmpirE

82   B.C.

24 kings of this dynasty reigned for a period of 1275 years from

82 B.C.193 A.D. with Ujjain asm capital

82    B.C. to

1193 A.D

Misrepresentations brought to light by Sri Venkatachalam

The Bhagavata says that the Nanda dynasty of nine kings simultaneously ruled for a period of 100 years. But William Jones tells us that Bhagavata assigns 100 years for Nanda alone. Having misrepresented Bhagavata in this way he began to condemn it as containing absurdities. Here he created a pretext for rejecting Bhagavata and for reconstructiong the history of Bharat according to his own conjectures and imagination. All the western historians had to commit a number of distortions to cover up a gap of 1212 years between the actual date of Chandragupta Mauryas (1534 B.C.) and the date assigned to him them (322B.C.). They have discarded Vikramaditya of 82 B.C. and salivahana as mythical persons. This is one of the most glaring distortion of our history.  This is one of the most glaring distortion of our history. The existence of Vikramaditya in the 1st century B.C. does not fit in with the chronology they have assigned to Maurya dynasty beginning with 322 B.C.. So they have denied the historicity of Vikramaditya . Again they have to meet with Malava Gana Saka which too went against them. They arbitrarily brought malavagana Era from 725 B.C. to 57 B.C. and proclaimed that this was identical with Vikrama Era. The Sri Harsha Era of 457 B.C. was brought down to 606 A.D. and was wrongly called as Harsha Siladitya Era. Again as these British historians misplaced the Anhra Kings in the 1st century B.C. they had to oust Vikramaditya from that period and portray him as fictional mythological.According to sri Venkatachalam this curtailment and reduction of our history has been upto the extent of 2825 years. For Example, the rule of Barhadraha  king after the Mahabharata war was 1006 years. William discarded this as mythological. Thus he has curtailed 1006 years. The pradyota dynasty started in 2132 B.C. But by a mere whim Jones was disinclined to accept this and arbitrarily fixed 317 B.C. as the starting year of the pradyota dynasty. Thus he curtailed 1815 years. The difference between Pradyota and Nanda dynasties as Jones indicated was 4 years. Jones pushes the dynasties given in the puranas backward and forward and compresses them in the small space of about 1300 years (from 650 B.C. to 650A.D), while as a matter of fact they extended over a period of 5144 years from from the Mahabharata war to the present day. Thus we find that William Jones and his western followers distorted historical facts and concocted fraudulent theories, their sole aim being to curtail the ancient history of Bharat.

Sri Kota venkatachalam through his 24 volumes research study has endeavoured successfully to reconstruct a continuous and consistent account of the reigns of different dynasties of kings from Mahabharata war 3138 B.C. to 1193A.D. based on the evidence of our puranas.  William Jones and other western scholars arrogantly brand all our puranas as mythological and unsuitable for purpose of writing history. They have distorted and rejected  the texts of the puranas to bring their theories and conjectures into agreement with their baseless preassumptuous assumptions which were blatantly false. These foreign  historians have no knowledge of our traditions and disregard Vikrama  and salivahana sakas that are in vogue in our panchangams and calendars for thousands of years. They questioned the historical existence of these two epoch-making emperors of eminence. The historic time has come to write our history in our traditional perspective and reconstruct objectively our history, giving proper and rightful place to our own sources of information and data available in our puranas, itihasas, kavyas and literary sources available in our classical dramas.


16 thoughts on “History is the Witness of the times – Kota Venkatachalam

  1. m s reddy says:

    it is great of you for bringing out the contribution of kota venkatachalam, who deserves bharat ratna for his indegenious and genious work. at least there must be chairs constituted to do research further on his works

  2. Rajiv Chandran says:


    Thank you for the very informative write-up. It seems increasingly clear that enormous amount of distortions have been introduced into the traditional history of the Indic people. Independent studies on the subject over different time spans are now converging with amazing regularity to throw light on the problem. My own experience was with Shri K.D Sethna’s work on various problems including the shortened chronology and the aryan invasion hypothesis converging with more recent studies on the subject.

    Only recently have I become aware of Pandit Venkatachalam’s pioneering work. Unfortunately it seems his work is exceedingly rare and only available and accessible to a very small group of people. In fact as interest in India’s past grows and the movement to correct India’s history widens there is likely to be increased interest in Pandit Venkatachalam’s work. I believe such work can be a handy reference for many a researcher into this topic. I understand that Pandit Venkatachalam’s work is out of publication. Would you know if it may be possible to obtain his work in English. Additionally would you know how his work can be brought back into publication again. I was wondering if it would be possible to join forces with interested parties in bringing about the re-publication of this most important of works on Indian history.

    • kmrao says:

      Sri Kota’s historical research volumes comprise 9 volumes in english, 15 volumes in telugu. These books are available with hi son KotaNityanandan Sastri Whose address am giving below,
      Kota Nityananda Sastri, 23-14-18, 1st floor, Manepallivari street, Lakshmi Nagar, Sn Param, Vijayawada 530011 A.P
      ph: 0866-653146
      His grandson’s Mobile n.o, Rivath : 9247369422
      You can get xerox copies of his main works. history of ancient-Hindu History-Part I and Part II. The Plot in Ancient Hindu History.
      Apart from this I have edited memorial volume on Sri Kotavenkatachalam which comprises all his main contributions. They are available in the same blog of mine now you will get all majorHistorical contributions of Sri. K.V you can contact his son Nityanand Sastri for full Information.

      • Rajiv Chandran says:

        Dear Sir

        Thank you very much for your reply and the information therein. I shall try to contact Mr Sastri as soon as viable.

        Thank you also for the edited memorial volume that you have published on your blog. May I inquire if there are plans to publish the full memorial volume through some publication house. If so I would be thankful for details.

      • Nitin says:

        I’m sorry, it’s difficult for me to understand your reply.

        I have several questions.

        (1) Based on another entry (http://bit.ly/adOleC), I’ve gathered that the “Main Works” you mention are:

        (a) Ancient Hindu History – Part I
        (b) Ancient Hindu History – Part II
        (c) The Plot in Indian Chronology

        (2) Is the commemorative volume you mentioned given in the link above?
        (3) Is this somehow related to the following press release:
        Which includes these people:

        (4) Is there anywhere I can attain a copy of the commemorative volume(s) mentioned above that is/are formatted and readable? Book(s) would be preferred.

        (5) Overall, out of all the work of Sri Venkatachelam, would you recommend getting the 3 books listed above, and the commemorative volume(s)? Is there anything else you would recommend?

  3. If only I had a quarter for every time I came to kmrao.wordpress.com! Amazing article!

    • kmrao says:

      The comemorative volume is put in the blog only. It has not been printed and has not been brought out in book form. If you want it you can down load it.The articles are excerpts from the 3 volumes written by various scholars from all over India.

      The five asterics means ,end of that article.
      Hope Iam clear.

  4. Rajiv Chandran says:

    The following blogger has done some excellent work in posting pdf versions of Sri Kota Venkatachalam’s out of print works

    1. Age of Mahabharata War

    2. Age of Milinda, Buddha, Amtiyoka & Yugapurana

    3. Chronology of Nepal

    4. Chronology of Kashmir reconstructed.


    Excellent as Dr K M Rao’s blog is I am hope this link would benefit those seriously interested in pursuing indigenous narratives of Indian history by allowing them to access Sri Venkatachalam’s orginal works.

  5. Rajiv Chandran says:

    Another link to Shri Venkatachalams important book

    A Plot in Indian Chrionology can be found here


  6. laxminarayana says:

    pl i want the oshadi vignanam by kota sir pl send address or ph no am staying at hyd pl reply

  7. m.k.nehru says:

    I am deeply thakful to sh; kota venkatachalam and to Dr km rao for their contribution to rectify the history misunderstandings.Could i get the books if yes how and where especially chronology of kashmir reconstructed

  8. Palanki Sathya says:

    Is it possible to pinpoint the ruler of Magadha at the time of Alexander’s invasion?Was it the last Andhra ruler or Chandraguptha Maurya?

  9. Palanki Sathya says:

    Sir I realized that I made a mistake. I should have written as follows.
    Is it possible to pinpoint the ruler of Magadha at the time of Alexander’s invasion?Was it the last ruler of Andhra dynasty or the first ruler of Guptha dynasty,Chandraguptha?

  10. palanki sathya says:

    Is it possible to pinpoint the ruler of Magadha at the time of Alexander’s invasion?Was it the first ruler of Guptha dynasty or the last ruler of Andhra dynasty?

  11. praveen says:

    sir will you please elaborate about how ashoka was bauddh if buddha was born in 700 bc approx

  12. drshailesh says:

    Is it possible to have all his 24 vol work here on net? Kindly guide.

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