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Chennai, TN: R R Rangarajan aspired to study Vedas as a child but this dream of his couldn’t be realized by him. His dream is now lived by his two sons who are studying in the Kanchi Mahan Vidya Mandir in Rajakizhpakkam.

He believes that he has not forced or imposed his dreams on his sons and his sons are happy in the gurukulam once he aspired to learn in.

According to the couple, this was the wisest decision they took five years ago and they are proud of it. The couple will be complimented for this in a function in the city on Sunday along with the other 300 couples from 70 different places.

Sarma Sastrigal believes that these parents are doing a commendable job at a time when rest of the crowd is chasing towards money and a secure job for their children. He further adds that this is a mum service they are doing towards the Vedas and the country.

Moreover, last year when he was invited as the chief guest at their anniversary function to the Kumbakonam Raja Veda Kavya Patasala, he was driven by the sacrifice of the parents and their children and believed that to be ignored and hence felt the need for it to be exhibited.

Students of the Raja Veda Kavya Patasala at Kumbakonam in Thanjavur district. Image source: thehindu.com
Students of the Raja Veda Kavya Patasala at Kumbakonam in Thanjavur district. Image source: thehindu.com

Nagarajan further observes that this is difficult for the children as well. The module educates them with each and every little thing from maths to physical science, from commerce to the Vedas, scriptures, dramas and many other things. He adds that in the end the final say is of the individual to chase it.

Arvind Bhatt, priest of Dattatreya temple in Gulbarga has his son studying Ghanam at Ramanasaranam, Tiruvannamalai. His son, Nirguna, showed interest in the subject since his childhood. In the beginning he was admitted in a Patsala in North Canara but was not happy with the module there on its completion, so he shifted from there. Here the relationship which he shares with his guru is indescribable. He further plans to graduate in advance level in the subject.

Mr Balasubramaniam of Kumbakonam Kavya Patasala is hopeful that more parents will choose this field for the education of their children. Moreover, he feels that parents have to be encouraged to motivate their children in the right path. However, he feels sad that studying Vedas is never a priority for parents.

He further believes that the energy and memory levels of students while young are unmatchable and they master course with less difficulty. So, the children have to be enrolled in the course when young.

The town echoed with Veda mantras during Mahamagham recited by hundreds of scholars and students from various states and the country. The spirit of the land relies on it and people are trying their best to keep this alive. (Inputs from The Hindu)

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10 Facts about Vedic India map that you probably didn’t know

The Iron Age of India

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Map of Vedic India. Wikimedia commons
Map of Vedic India. Wikimedia commons

Also known as the ‘heroic age’, Vedic Age was the one which laid down the basic foundations of Indian civilization.

A period between 1500 BCE to 500 BCE, this is when early Hinduism emerged and so did the caste system. Here are 10 facts you probably didn’t know about the Vedic India map.

1. The kingdoms in the Vedic India map are same as those of the epic Mahabharata.

The Pandavas were from Kuru kingdom, whereas Draupadi was from Panchala. The antagonist of the Epic, Shakuni, was from the kingdom of Gandhar.

2. This was the time when the Vedas were composed.

The Rigveda, Mantra texts, Samhita texts, and important Brahmana literature were composed around this time.

3. A Vedic map is a transformed version of India after the Indus Valley Civilization.

Most of Indus Valley Civilization was situated in present-day Pakistan. However, the next civilization which came i.e. Vedic civilization was situated around the Gangetic plains.

Mahaveer Swami was part of post-vedic movements against orthodoxy. Pexels
Mahaveer Swami was part of post-Vedic movements against orthodoxy. Pexels

4. The Himalayas, then, were known as Himavani.

The Himalayas have played a major role in India since forever, same was with Vedic India. However, they were known as Himavani then.

5. Vedic India wasn’t a country with ‘specific boundaries’.

Not until 1947 did India had it’s clearly defined borders. It all was based on which ruler is in power.

6. The later Vedic period was the ‘Iron Age’ of India.

Under the rule of King Parikshit, the realm turned towards the Iron Age. Parikshit was the grandson of Arjuna, the protagonist of Mahabharata.

7. Caste system was not based on birth, but capability.

Unlike, the medieval caste system, ancient India caste system at the time when it was originated wasn’t based on birth. It was based on the capability of a person.

The Vedas were composed in Vedic period. Wikimedia commons
The Vedas were composed in the Vedic period. Wikimedia Commons

8. The Kingdoms on the western side of the map are Harappan archaeological sites.

Gandhar, Madra, Sindhu etc, in present-day Pakistan, are archaeological sites where Harappan artifacts have been excavated.

9.  The end of the Vedic period saw the rise of the Mahajanapada’s.

Mahajanapada and Shramana were movements which challenged Vedic orthodoxy.

10. Some say Vedic India was the result of migration of Indo-Aryans.

Since Indo-Aryans were the ones who composed the Vedas.