Vedic Suktas Part II

Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth (CVV) and Chinmaya International Foundation (CIF) bring you the second part of the Vedic Suktas online camp with Prof. Gauri Mahulikar, Academic Director of CIF. The camp will introduce the fourteen Vidyasthanas, especially the Rigveda; a brief idea of the Vedic deities, the personification of natural phenomena; Vedic Suktas praising Parjanya (5.83), Usha (3.61), Ratri (10.127), Surya (1.115) and other solar forms and Aranyani (10.146) the forest deity and the etymology, and translations of the above Vedic Suktas and various interpretations.

Introduction

This online camp will deal with natural phenomena; mainly the light and water principle, that sustain and nourish all beings. The day breaks and natural light comes through various solar forms including early dawn. The Rigveda invokes Usha, her sister the night Ratri, Surya, Mitra, and Savitr with meaningful adjectives and in the most poetic manner. Parjanya or rain phenomena is another life-giving principle, which is praised by Atri. Aranyani or the forest deity that takes care of not only humans; but also the insects, birds and beasts is invoked in the Rigveda.

Facilitator

Prof. Gauri Mahulikar is the Academic Director at CIF. Dr. Mahulikar was the Gurudev Tagore Chair of Comparative Literature Professor and former head of department of Sanskrit at the Mumbai University. She holds a Doctorate in Sanskrit on ‘Vedic Elements in Puranic Mantras and Rituals’. An author, who has published 8 books and over 90 research articles in English, Marathi, Hindi and Sanskrit, Dr. Mahulikar has mentored several doctoral students; seventeen of whom have successfully earned their doctorates.

She was instrumental in launching courses in Manuscriptology, Bhakti Literature and Mysticism in the Sanskrit Department and has coordinated a UGC funded project on ‘Digital Preservation of Palm Leaf Manuscripts’ (2010-2015).

Dr. Mahulikar was awarded the Maneckji Limji Gold Medal for her dissertation on ‘Ancient Greek Dramas and Bharata’s Natyasastra’ from Mumbai University. Some of the many awards that Dr. Mahulikar has been awarded are the ‘Ramakrishna Award’ by the Canadian Education Foundation, Ontario for the propagation of Sanskrit (2003); Guru Gaurav Puraskar by Kalasadan, Mumbai (2011); Kavikulaguru Kalidas Sanskrit Sadhana Puraskar by Maharashtra State Government (2013); Adi Sankaracarya Puraskar awarded by H.H. Sri Jayendra Saraswati Mahaswamigal, the Shankaracharya of Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham (2014); Savitribal Phule Puraskar by Mumbai University (2015); and the Indira Behere Puraskar by Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth, Pune (2015). Recently she is awarded the prestigious Adi Shankara Fellowship (2021-2023) by the Madhya Pradesh Government for her project, “Adi Shankara: Life, Wisdom and Vision”

Objectives

  • Introduction to the fourteen Vidyasthanas, especially the Rigveda
  • A brief idea of the Vedic deities, the personification of natural phenomena
  • Vedic Suktas in praise of Parjanya (5.83), Usha (3.61), Ratri (10.127), Surya (1.115) and other solar forms and Aranyani (10.146) the forest deity.
  • Etymology, and translations of the above Vedic Suktas and various interpretations

Eligibility

Any individual, of any age, desirous to learn the ancient-most literature in the world, the Rigveda and learn more about Vedic deities can join this camp. Though the Suktas are in Sanskrit, lectures will be in English, therefore basic knowledge of English is necessary.

Details

Dates: 12 to 18 December 2021

Time: 6 to 7 PM IST

Camp Donation: ₹ 2500 / US$ 70

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