|JULY 22, 2006 INAUGURATES A FIRST FORMAL vEDik UNIVERSITY IN BHaart (INDIA) - THE LAND WHERE PEOPLES HAVE PRESERVED vED (VEDA) THROUGH ONLY vEDik LIFE|
Posted by Vishva News Reporter on August 13, 2006
SRI VENKATESHWARA VEDIC
INDIA'S FIRST VEDIC UNIVERSITY INAUGURATED ON JULY 22, 2006
AT TIRUMALA, ANDHRA PRADESH STATE
UNDER THE AUSPICES OF
TIRUMALA TIRUPATI DEVASTHANAMS
Andhra Pradesh &:
Hinduism Today & PVAF: Tirupati (AP), July 22:
PROPOSED SETTING UP OF SRI
VENKATESHWARA VEDIC UNIVERSITY:
- Andhra Pradesh Governor Rameswar Thakur today
inaugurated the newly set up Sri Venkateswara Vedic University, under the
management of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD), in the premises
of TTD-run Vedic School at Dharmagiri in Tirumala. Later, he also declared
open a temporary administration wing of the varsity at the TTD complex
- Mr. Thakur also said that it is for the first time that
a university has come into existence with an ordinance. He also advised
the TTD management to change the name of the Dharmagiri, where the Vedic
university has been established, into `Vedagiri'.
- Governor Rameshwar Thakur, who was instrumental in the
formation of the first-ever Vedic university in the country - Sri
Venkateswara Vedic University at Tirumala, presided over the high power
committee meeting organised at Annamyya Bhavan with the following
- The basic formalities to be worked out like obtaining
recognition of the University Grants Commission (UGC), courses to be
offered and other related works;
- directed the members of the committee to prepare a
vision document enlisting objectives of the university and also prepare
a road map for the future development of the institution.
- the committee members to exercise concrete efforts in
formulating the degree and post-graduate equivalent courses to be
offered by the university and instructed them to complete the works
within two months.
- The TTD is to
fund both the establishment and the running of the university, the idea for
which was first mooted by the then Vice-President Shankar Dayal Sharma in
- Significantly, TTD funds and runs many colleges affiliated to the Sri Padmavathi Mahila Vishwavidyalayam, and Sri Venkateswara University in
- This new university project is in line with
what the TTD is already doing to promote Vedic learning, including running
two schools exclusively for this purpose at Tirumala and Keesaragutta in
Ranga Reddy district and funding several other such schools in the state.
- TTD has taken many social service initiatives in areas
like education, medical treatment, and rehabilitation of the physically
challenged and economically backward. It also provides aid to authors and
subsidised equipment to other temples.
- Social Activities
- Educational Activities
- Religious Activities
- Literary Research
is one of the many names of
SHRii Raam, who is the 7th
avtaar (incarnation) of
is the sustainer of this universe in the
vEDik trinity of
who are the first manifestation of creation in the creation cylce
lasting 4.32 billion years.
takes 10 avtaar in this
chtuAR-yug which is a time era
of 4.32 million years.
- As per vEDik
time frame of creation cycle, the current humanity lives in the 5108th
year of 28 kli-yug (of total of
71 chtuAR-yug) in the 7th
mNvNTR (of total of 14 in
bRH`maa-day) of the
svEt-vrh klp of
bRH`maa-day which has a day time
duration of 4.32 billion years. Please click
here to learn about vEDik
time concept on this PVAF web site....
ABOUT Venkateshawar shared by
SHRii Champaklal Dajibhai Mistry of
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada from his vED
library...please visit the NEWS ARCHIVE and other pages on
this PVAF web site to learn more about the above.)
|PURPOSE & MANDATE OF SRI
VENKATESHWARA VEDIC UNIVERSITY:
- The Vedic University would take up the task of
preserving and fostering the ancient system of Vedic recitations and
propagation of the knowledge system contained in Vedic literature.
- The intrinsic values, knowledge and wisdom enshrined in
the Vedas have to be harnessed for humankind.
- This university shall be comparable to the
historic Nalanda University and
(Taxila) University during times when
vEDik lifestyle was flourishing in the region where
current India-Pakistan-Afghanistan is.
Both these universities do not exist today....
- Nalanda University
located in Bihar Kashmir area of India was established around 5th
century BC. Nalanda was the very first and the largest campus and
dormitories of learning that the world had ever known. During its days it
was a flourishing residential university with over 10,000 students and
1500 teachers. Click
for a backgrounder on Nalanda Vedic University.
Vedic University was established around 6th
Century BC in the area of Indus Valley in the Punjab region of
Pakistan. Generally, a student entered Takshashila at the age of sixteen.
The four Vedas (Rig-Ved, Sama-Ved, Yajur-Ved, Atharva-Ved) and the
Eighteen Arts were taught, in addition to law, medicine and warfare.
Skills such as dhanushvidya (Sanskrit for archery), hunting and
elephant-lore were also taught. Please click
for a backgrounder on Taxilaa. Also click
here to have a
backgrounder on the city of Taxila where the university was located.
- the university is to preserve, foster and promote oral
traditions of Vedic and related literature, with focus on the right
intonations, to bring out the depth of rational approach and the
scientific temper present in the Vedas.
- The University was set up after an ordinance in this
regard was promulgated by the Andhra Pradesh State administration. It is
for the first time that a university has come into existence with an
- The new university's ambitious plans include translation and
publishing of the Vedas in all modern Indian languages, preparing digital
editions after developing required software and networking with institutes
that promote the learning of the Vedas and Sanskrit.
- The objectives of the university are to preserve, foster and promote oral
traditions of Vedic, agamic and cognate literature with focus on right
intonations, to bring out the depth of the rational approach and the
scientific temper present in the Vedas in the context of pursuit of
knowledge and realization of higher levels of consciousness.
- Six faculties
- The university also shall have six faculties,
including Vedadhyana, Agama, Sroutha and Smartha, Vedabhyasa, Vedic
studies, Vedanga and related sastras.
- As a preliminary move, courses in Rig Veda, Krishna
Yajur Veda, Sukla YajurVeda, Vaikhanasagama, Apasthamba Proyoga shall be
Governor Rameshwar Thakur and his wife Narmada Thakur participating in a
`Homam' at Tirumala on July 22, 2006 as part of the establishment of Sri
Venkateswara Vedic University.
YOU can click here to
visit the TTD web site which has information on TTD and its activities about
Sri Venkateshwara Temple at Tirumala
As more than fifty thousand pilgrims visit the Sri
Venkateswara Temple every day, TTD has organised efficient systems to ensure
the smooth movement of pilgrims.
The temple of Sri Venkateswara has acquired
unique sanctity in Indian religious lore. The Sastras, Puranas, Sthala
Mahatyams and Alwar hymns unequivocally declare that, in the Kali Yuga, one
can attain mukti, only by worshipping Venkata Nayaka or Sri Venkateswara.
Sri Venkatachala Mahatmya is referred to in several Puranas, of which the
most important are the Varaha Purana and the Bhavishyottara Purana.
The benefits acquired by a piligrimage to Venkatachala are mentioned in the
Rig Veda and Asthadasa Puranas. In these epics, Sri Venkateswara is
described as the great bestower of boons. There are several legends
associated with the manifestation of the Lord at Tirumala.
The temple has its origins in Vaishnavism, an ancient sect which advocates
the principles of equality and love, and prohibits animal sacrifice.
Please click on the line at the end of this write-up to continue reading more
- the beautiful holiness and unique one of the only 3 natural
rock formation several million years old of
Tirumala-Tirupati Region where the
SRI VENKATESHWARA VEDIC UNIVERSITY
is located. It is believed that Lord Sri Venkateswara
enjoys festivals (utsavams), and therefore, every moment in Tirumala is
considered a festive occasion.....The most important festival is the
- addtional news
historic news of vEDik milestone in
the vEDik time era we currently live
in called kli-yug... this milestone
proves all that has been published continually on this knowledge-sharing PVAF
web site.... that vED (veda) are
eternal..... and is the complete science knowledge with which
creator bRH`m manifests all the
creations, sustains all creations and cyclically re-creates all creations....
Temples in Tirumala -Tirupati Region
Several Millions Year Old Rock Arch Silathoranam:
Silathoranam is a natural rock formation in the form
of an arch, near the Chakra Tirtham. Geologists have identified the rocks
on the hill as pre-Cambrian, and this arch formation suggests an antiquity
of several million years to the Tirumala hill.It is said that there are
only two other natural rock arches of such great antiquity in the world.
Swami Pushkarini Teertham
Swami Pushkarini was originally in Vaikuntam and belonged to Sri Maha
Vishnu. It was set on Earth by Garuda, for the sport of Sri Venkateswara.
It is adjacent to the Sri Venkateswara temple. Pilgrims bathe here before
entering the main temple. The mukkoti of Swami Pushkarini (the merging of
over three crore teerthams in Swami Pushkarini) occurs on Mukkoti Dwadasi
(the twelfth day of the fortnight of Dhanur Masa). Therefore, it is
believed that bathing in the Swami Pushkarini on this day, is equivalent
to bathing in the holy river, Ganges.
On the western bank of the Swami Pushkarini is the Sri Varahaswami temple,
while on its southern bank is the Sri Venkateswara temple.
The wooden-float festival of Lord Sri Venkateswara in the month of
February/March and Avabhrudhasnanam or Chakrasnanam during Brahmotsavam
takes place in the Swami Pushkarini.
A visit to the Tirumala-Tirupati region is an enchanting
experience. Nestled in the verdant Eastern Ghats - a mountain range that
runs along south-eastern India - the region is a treasure-house of ancient
temples, waterfalls and other places of interest.
TTD manages temples in the Tirumala-Tirupati region and some temples in
the Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh. For pilgrims, there is a wide
choice of places to visit.
India's first Vedic University:
Sri Venkateswara Vedic University
At Tirumala, Andhra Pradesh
Hindu: TIRUMALA: July 23, 2006: Staff Reporter
Governor Rameshwar Thakur formally inaugurated the prestigious Sri
Venkateswara Vedic University -- the first of its kind in the country --
here at Tirumala on Saturday.
The inauguration of the long-cherished university was celebrated with the
performance of `yagna' on the premises of S.V. Vedapatasala at Dharmagiri,
about two kms from here.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Thakur said that even though the idea of
setting up a Vedic university at Tirumala was conceived during a national
conference organised by the TTD on Vedas and shastras way back in 1992, the
project did not take off.
Mr. Thakur and the then Vice-President late Shankar Dayal Sharma had taken
part in that conference.
The Governor said that it gave him immense pleasure of being the first
Vice-Chancellor of a Vedic university.
In his presidential address, TTD Executive Officer A.P.V. Narayana Sarma
said the university, to be run absolutely with TTD funds, would be developed
into a model university.
Chancellor of R.S. Vidyapeetha, Tirupati, V.R. Panchamukhi, Vice-Chancellor
of SLBSKS Vidyapeetha, New Delhi, Vachaspathi Upadhyaya, Vice-Chancellor of
Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan, New Delhi, V. Kutumba Sastry and others spoke.
Governor Rameshwar Thakur formally declared open the administrative block of
the proposed Sri Venkateswara Vedic University at the Purandaradasa complex
on Prakasam Road here on Saturday.
Earlier, he laid the stone for the varsity at Dharmagiri on Tirumala Hills.
The Governor, accompanied by his wife Narmada Thakur, lit a lamp and
inaugurated the administrative office of the varsity amid chanting of hymns
from Vedas and traditional beating of drums.
TTD Executive Officer A.P.V.N. Sarma and his deputy G. Balaramaiah explained
to the Governor the proposals being prepared to establish the unique centre
of higher Vedic learning and the way the various Sanskrit and Veda-related
activities would be brought under a single roof to ensure proper
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