VEDA RATHA YATRA & VEDIC SEMINAR
ON THE OCCASION OF SILVER JUBILEE CELEBRATIONS OF
SHRI VEDA BHARATHI, HYDERABAD
“Vachaspati”, “Samskrita Mitra” Dr.RVSS AVADHANULU
M.Sc.(Nuclear Physics), M.A.,Ph.D.(Sanskrit), M.A., Ph.D.(Astro Science), D.Litt(Hon),
Retd.Deputy Director (Computers), Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences, Hyderabad,
Chief Executive, Shri Veda Bharathi
The Vedas are a gift of Supreme God to the mankind for a happy and peaceful living of all creatures of the universe. It is the duty of all human beings to know the Dharma and to practise it as ordained. The calamities in the world, like severe droughts and frequent occurrence of earth quakes of very high intensity , devastating conflicts among communities at global level due to religious and regional differences, etc., are results of non-practice of Dharma (right actions), and practice of Adharma (prohibited actions). The Vedas, the only books in the world which clearly state what is Dharma and what is Adharma, provide solutions for all the above problems . For this reason, it is said that “Vede Sarvam Pratishthitam” (Everything in Vedas).
OBJECTIVE OF THE PROGRAMME
With a view to get the glory of Vedas to the notice of the public, Shri Veda Bharathi, a Public charitable Trust of Hyderabad, planned and organized the programme of VEDA RATHA YATRA and VEDIC SEMINAR , in grand way, on 18th & 19th June, 2016, In BHEL Township, Hyderabad, coinciding with its Silver Jubilee Celebrations.
Some Achievements of Shri Veda Bharathi (SVB) during the past 25 years
Shri Veda Bharathi was formed in 1991 with the main objectives of Preservation of Vedic Sabda and propagation of Vedic wisdom, using latest technologies. During the past 25 years, SVB had several achievements, including recording of rare chantings of Rigveda to the extent of about 1500 studio hours, publication of more than 40 books of international repute, teaching of Vedic sciences and Vedic mathematics through TV channels and other social media, and organization of several national and international conferences on Vedic knowledge systems.
THE GRAND BOOK OF VEDAS – “SABDA VEDA”-UNIQUE GIFT TO MANKIND
The Vedic mantras, manifested during the Samadhi state of sages, were segregated into four Vedas, viz., Rigveda, Yajurveda, Samaveda and Atharvveda, at the end of Dwapara yuga.. As the capabilities of people of Kaliyuga were found to be at a highly diminished level, these four Vedas were further subdivided into 1131 branches. The details of the branches are recorded in several holy books, like Bhagavata Purana (12th Skandha) written by Sage Veda Vyasa about 5,000 years ago, Mahabhashya by Sage Patanjali about 2300 years back, and commentary of Shri Vishnu Sahasra nama stotra by Shri Adi Sankaracharya, about 1200 years back. During the last 1000 years of foreign aggressions and alien rule, more than 99% of the above literature is lost, and only 13 branches are traceable as on today. Out of these 13 branches also, only 7 branches are being studied in Vedic schools.
In this background of distressing situation, M/s Prakashan Trust of Jaipur, Rajasthan, ventured for preservation of Vedic text in a classical way. They brought out the presently traceable 11 Veda Samhitas, in a single volume of giant size with a majestic look, with the title of “SABDA VEDA”.
VEDA RATHA YATRA
The procession of the grand Veda book commenced from Sri Kodanda Rama Swamy temple in the BHEL Township. In fact, the Ratha yatra day coincided with the coronation day of Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. En route to Sri Venkateswara Swamy Temple in the township, the procession had a brief stop at Vidya Bharati High School, to receive the blessings and messages of HH Sri Hampi Peethadhipati and Hh Sri Kamalananda Bharathi Swamiji. Several organized teams of various walks of life, like ladies, officials, factory workers, joined the procession in addition to more than 1000 students, teachers, and parents of the wards. It took about two hours for the two kilometer long procession to cross a point.
GRAND DISPLAY OF VEDIC HERITAGE
For enhancing the understanding of our students and public about our rich Vedic heritage, the names of great Sanskrit works like Vedangas, Darsanas, Smritis, Itihasas, and Puranas, , their authors along with the names of highly popular researchers in the fields of Astronomy and Vedic Mathematics of this country spread over the past five thousand years, were displayed through colourful placards numbering more than 250. This feature had been a specific point of attraction of the Ratha Yatra.
The grand SABDA VEDA book, received with full honours by the Temple Committee, was submitted as a Gift by Shri Veda Bharathi to Lord Venkateswara.
HIGHLIGHTS OF VEDIC SEMINAR
Immediately after the Ratha Yatra, the two-day Vedic seminar was held in the temple Conference hall, by Shri PVRK Prasad, IAS (Retd), the former Executive Officer of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams. The programme started with Yati Vandanam to the Swamijis of Hampi and Hyderabad. Other dignitaries on the dias and speakers included Manya Sri Koteswara Sharma, the Central Secretary of Vishwa Hindu Parishad, New Delhi,Sri K.Satyanarayana Murthy, former Law Secretary of Andhra Pradesh Government, Shri Ajaib Singh, IAAS, Accountant General of Telangana and A.P., Smt. J Kedareswari, Deputy Director of Salarzung Museum, Hyderabad, Shri Vasudeva Rao ,Shri B Krihnan,Shri G S Raju and Shri K L Manohar are few among several others.
The Vedic seminar provided a rare opportunity to the elite public of Hyderabad to witness the reverberating Veda Swasti sadas by a huge batch of eminent Vedic scholars led by Mahamahopadhyaya Shri V. Subrahmanya Sarma.
Great Dimensions of Vedic wisdom – Themes of Vedic Seminar sessions
The depth, height and universality of Vedic wisdom were illustratively presented by outstanding scholars of various fields. They included lectures like “Significance of Vedic Mathematics” by Dr.RVSS Avadhanulu, the Chief Executive of SVB, “The Message of Upanishads” by Swami Shri Tattvavidananda Saraswati, “Role of women in maintaining the Vedic spirit in the society” by Smt. G.Satyavani, “Role of Bhagavadgita in spreading the Message of Vedas” by Shri Gangadhara Shastri, and ultimately “ the Need for Restoring the Glory of Vedas and Vedic wisdom” by Dr.MVR SASTRY, the Editor of popular News paper AndhraBhoomi .
Shri B. Krishnan, Additional General Manager of BHEL and also the Secretary of the temple committee, stressed the need for a planned futuristic approach in this regard. The seminar concluded with the closing remarks and vote of thanks by Shri RB Avadhanulu, the Secretary and Correspondent of Vidya Bharati High Schools (BHEL) and Director of BHEL House Building Society.