Open Learning for All (OLA) Sessions on Indian Knowledge Traditions in November 2020

Session 36 (5 November):
Dr. Gopal Desikan, Assistant Professor at Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth (CVV)’s School of Philosophy, Psychology and Social Heritage, spoke on the Kalpa Sutras: Ritual Prescriptions of the Vedas. He expounded on the Kalpa Sutras as ritual prescriptions of the Vedas in general, and the Srauta Sutras in particular. He mentioned the types of Vedic sacrifices, number of priests required to perform yajna and their respective functions. These are manuals of yajnas, based mainly on the Brahmanas and Aranyakas

Session 37 (19 November):
Smt. Sushree Sasmita Pati, former faculty at CVV, now Assistant Professor at the Gangadhar Meher University, Odisha, spoke on Dharmasutras—Discourses and Prescriptions for a Vedic Society. Dharmasutras are a type of Kalpasutra. These are basically the rules and regulations of behaviour and code of conduct; and deal with the structure and classification of society in Varna and Ashrama.

Session 38 (26 November):
Prof. N. K. Sundareswaran, Head of Department of Sanskrit, Calicut University, spoke on Shulbhasutra—The Sourcebook of Vedic Geometry. The Shulbasutra evolved as a supplement to the Srauta Sutras which deal with yajnas. The construction of fire altars and the various shapes of the altars was the main topic of discussion. He also elaborated on the types of altars used for different yajnas.