A billion Hindus believe he did and an unbroken tradition of Rama worship has continued for thousands of years in India.Rama is also a hero in Indonesia (despite it being a Muslim country), in Thailand and in several other South East Asian countries.The idea is to back up astronomical data with other reference points regarding geography (like how many of those eclipses took place over Ayodhya) and reduce the probability of error.Who knows, further research could come up with more surprises.Without the weight of historical tradition and without the stamp of truth, the Ramayana would have been swept by the tidal waves of conquests that swept India.But there are others who argue that there is no proof Rama lived.This is perhaps the first instance in modern Indian history that a historical fact was established through scientific methods. So the Mahabharata was true, and since it mentions incidents from the Ramayana, then doesn’t it prove that Rama also existed?Also, literary references to the characters from the Ramayana Era provide limits after which the Ramayana could not have occurred.
Several of India’s leading astronomers, astrologers and retired nuclear scientists have come together to establish the dates of India’s ancient history. It should be noted that the ancient Indians had a perfect method of time measurement. therefore is the date of birth of Rama, when the four planets exalted. Frankly, only an astrologer/astronomer can make any sense of it.
History of the Holocene (post last ice age) deserves to be rewritten based on multi-disciplinary scientific evidences.