1. Our Veda Patasala started in 2003 with the prime objective of preserving the vedas and imparting specialised courses in higher studies of the vedas. Five students from the first batch of completed successfully Salakshana Ghana Paatam, the highest in the order of vedic studies. To felicitate them and to bless us in the noble task of veda 'kainkaryam', we sought the grace of Pujyasri Guruji Muralidhra Swamigal, who readily consented to come over and deliver His Anugraha Bhashanam. The function started on 14.1.2006 [Saturday] and came to frution on 16.1.2006 [Monday]. The highlights were the Pravachanams by Swamigal, Divyanama Bhajan led by Him and Unchavrutthi on Monday, followed by Radha Kalyana Mahotsavam.
2. As you may be aware five of our students successfully completed higher studies in Salakshana Ghana Paatam, the highest cadre in vedic studies and they were felicitated by Pujyasri Guruji Muralidhra Swamigal in 2006. This year we are happy to record that four of our vidyarthis have completed higher studies in Jataa and Ghanaas paatam. This time also Pujyasri Guruji Muralidhra Swamigal readily consented to go over here to present testimonials to them and bless us with His Anugraha Bhaashanam on 18.1.2009. With the grace of Veda Maata and our Acharyas as also with the support of lot of well-wishers, our Trust is growing from strength to strength and our humble service to Veda Maata is bearing fruits.
Kritthika Mandala Special Veda Parayanam:
1. The Vedas are considered to be most sacred and the breath of the Lord. It is the general belief that contagious diseases will spread during the rainy and winter seasons. The rain season ends with Karthikai and the winter begins with Margazhi month. The Veda Parayana during these two months will of course relieves the society from infectious diseases.
The human year consisting of 365 days is considered to be a day for devas. Dakshinayana(from Tamil month Aadi to the end of Margazhi) is night for the devas and Uttarayana(from Tamil month Thai to the end of Aani) is day time for them. Margazhi is considered to be the Brahma Muhoortha for Lord Vishnu. The month Karthikai is the period preceding the Brahma Muhoortha which is regarded as most sacred, krithika suddha. Hence we worship the Lord through Veda Parayana during these two months which forms as subrabhata to the Lord.
In the year 2006, our Trust organised such Veda Parayanam for 44 days from 16.11.2006 to 29.12.2006 at our Patashala premises. The portions were from Krishna Yajur Veda Moola Parayanam comprising of Samhita and Shaaksha [Braahmanaa]. The significance is the it was recited with Pratheekam and Anushangam. Eminent vedic pundits alongwith our Trust students participated in the recital.
2. In the year 2007, Kritthika Mandala Veda Parayanam was organised by our Trust at Rama Ganapathy Temple, Raksha-Home of Senior Citizens, Balaji Nagar, Coimbatore from 17.11.2007 to 30.12.2007. Krishna Yajur Veda Moola Parayanam comprising of Samhita and Shaaka [Braahmanaa] were recited by vedic pundits including our vidyarthis.
3. In the year 2009, Kritthika Mandala Veda Parayanam was organised by our Trust at our Veda Patashala premises for 44 days from 16.11.2009 to 29.12.2009. Krishna Yajur Veda Moola Parayanam comprising of Samhita and Shaaka [Braahmanaa] were recited by vedic pundits including our vidyarthis.
Performance of Veda Parayanam and Yagnyam:
1. Masi Makam or Masi Magam is an important festival in the Hindu tradition. The festival falls in the Tamil Month of Masi (February – March). Maham or Makam is one among the twenty seven stars in the astrological system. The makam star in the Masi month usually falls on the full moon day and is considered highly auspicious in many temples across South India.
Once in twelve years the Masi Magam attains even more significance and then Maha Maham is held. Apart from the full moon, during the Maha Maham there is the movement of Jupiter into Leo (singha rasi.) Maha Maham is of great importance at the Adi Kumbeswaran temple in Kumbakonam, one of the holiest places in our country. It is famous for many ancient temples. There is sacred teerth (tank) called Maha Maham here. A holy dip in the tank during that occasion is considered immensely auspicious.
Synchronous with that occasion, a one week programme of SAMHITA HOMAM was organised by our Sri Chandrasekhara Bharathi and Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswathi Veda Vidalaya Trust for the welfare of not only all living things on the earth, but all living entites in the whole universe. It can be more elaborately described as 'KRISHNA YAJURVEDA SWAAHAAKAARA YAGNYAM'. It extended from 1.3.2004 to 6.3.2004 [Mahamakam day]. With the blessings of Thippirajapuram Veda Guru Brahma Sri Seetharama Ghanapatigal, the following Homams with their respective vedic manthras were conducted: Soma Yagam, Vajapeyam, Garuda Sayanam, Rudram, Chamakam, Aarunam, Raja Suyam, Putrakameshti, Nakshatra Ishti, Kamyeshti, Acchidra Aswamedam, Ekagni Kandam, Swayambhuva Kandam, Uttharanga himam, Vasordhara, Purnahuti.
2. GOKARNA KSHETHRAM is one of the ancient holy places in Karnataka, where temples of Mahableshwar, Parvathi Devi and Maha Ganapathy exist. Our Ithihasas and Puranas mention highly about this place. Our Trust conducted a SEMINAR ON HUMAN WELFARE AND KRISHNA YAJUR VEDA GHANA PARAYANAM art Gokarnam extending over 26 days from 11.5.2005 to 5.6.2005, for the sake of universal well being, in tune with our Sanathana Dharmam declaration 'Lokaa: Samasthaa: Sukhino Bhavanthu'.
Vedam comprises of eight vikruthis and Ghanam is the ultimate of all. Its recitation is inspiring and mere listening to it even without any knowledge of it, gives one immense thrill and sublime thoughts. The experience is exhilarating, unique and beyond description. The Ghana Parayayanam on all the 26 days, both in the morning and evening was led by our Adhyapakar Nallichery Brahmasri Jambunatha Ghanapatigal alongwith other vedic scholars as well as his desciples. A special mention must be made about the first five students who completed Salakshana Ghana course under our Guru in 2003. We also place on record our gratitude to Shri Ksethra Gokarna Brahmana Parishad and Shri Vishnu Sabhahith of Tiruvannamalai for their dedicated support and for making the best arrangements. The programme was welcomed by all.
3. Ghana Vikruti Paata is said to be the most prominent and famous Vikruti Paata in Krishna Yajur Veda. What was originally just six words in the Samhita expand into about sixty words in the Ghana format. That gives an idea of how complex the chanting can become with larger sections of the manthras.
With the grace of Acharyas and Veda Mata our Trust organised the first part [first Paadham] of this Ghana Parayanam comprising of Eleven Psannas from 7.1.2007 to 14.1.2007 [8 days] at Sri Sadguru Sadashiva Brahmendral's Adhishtanam, Nerur. Several vedic scholars alongwith ten students of our Patashala participated in the recital.
4. The Sri Rudram chant is an ancient Vedic hymn, and is the oldest example of a listing of various names of Lord Siva. Through the chanting of Sri Rudram, Lord Siva's various attributes and aspects are invoked and worshipped. Chanting the Rudram is considered to be of great benefit. The Rudram chanting can be done with or without the accompaniment of a Vedic yagna ritual. When accompanied with the Vedic fire ritual, it is called the Rudra Yajna.
Srirudra Patam contains 11 Anuvakas. After each chanting of One round of Rudram one Anuvaka Each of Chamakam (out of 11 Anuvakas of chamakam) is chanted. Eleven recitations of Rudram followed by one recitation of Chamakam is called Ekadasa Rudram. This constitutes one unit of Rudra Homam. Eleven rounds of Ekadasa Rudram makes one Laghu Rudram. Eleven Laghu Rudra Chantings make one Maharudram and eleven Maharudram recitations is the Atirudram.
Thus in the Atirudra Mahayajna,the Srirudram hymn is chanted in all 14,641 times.
The Rudra Yajna is the Most sacred and powerful among all the Maha Yajna's encompassing two Nishkama Karmas, namely, Deiva Yagna (worship of Shiva and Other divinities), and Manushya Yajna (performed with Large devotees who partake prasadam or grace of the Lord).
It is very rare that a Yajna of this significance and magnitude can be witnessed. Equally rare is the opportunity for the people to actually participate in the worship. It is also done particularly for the sake of washing away ones sins and afflictions, for bringing peace, prosperity and happiness, along with family togetherness.
We are happy to record that our Trust conducted ATHI RUDRA MAHA YAGNYAM in the holy shrine of Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi at Ramanashramam, Tiruvannamalai for 8 days from 15.3.2009 to 22.3.2009.
Our Patashala Adhayapakar Brahmasri Nallichery Jambunatha Ghanapatigal led the conduct of the programme with our Vidhyarthis and many other vedic scholars. Everyone who attended the programme got the blessings of Apeethakuchamba Sametha Arunachleswarar as well as Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi. The event was memorable and it motivated many philanthrophists to actively partake in the noble activity of veda samrakshanam.
Other Spiritual/Cultural/Social Activities:
1. Samskritham is the mother of all languages. It is being universally hailed as the most perfect in its diction, grammar and expression. It is the key to know and propagate great scientific truths hidden in our ancient scriptures. Till the advent of English education, it had been the lingua franca in our ancient Bharat Varsha. Peace, plenty and prosperity prevailed as long as the vibrations of that holy tongue reverberated in the country.
It is a pity that even after attaining political independence we continue to depend on a foreign language for our living as a result of which we tend to ignore all the traditional wisdom that our saints and sages have bestowed on us out of their unbounded love.
Thus, revival of Samskritham is revival of our past pristine glory. Keeping this in mind, our Sri Chandrasekhara Bharathi and Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswathi Veda Vidalaya Trust sponsored a SAMSKRITA BALA KALOTSAVAM conducted by SAMSKRITA BHARATI, COIMBAROTE, On 17.8.2003 FROM 8.30 A.M. TO 5.30 P.M. at PATODIA AUDITORIUM, SRI NEHRU VIDYALAYA, ROBERTSON ROAD, R.S.PURAM COIMBATORE- 2
Competitions among school students, involving recitation of Gita chapters, singing songs in Samskritham, Quiz competition, Vedic mathematics exercises and practice in spoken Samskritham were held.
2. SPIRITUAL LECTURE ON INDIAN CULTURE & MANKIND By Brahma Sri Kumaraswami, Mysore At Ramar Temple, Ram nagar, Coimbatore
From 22.5.2004 to 23.5.2004 from 7.00 p.m. to 8.30 p.m.
On 22.5.2004 and 23.5.2004, at Ramar Temple, Ram Nagar, Coimbatore,Professor Kumaraswami, an erudite and eminent scholar fom Mysore, under the auspices of our Trust, delivered a talk on our culture and values. Highlighting those aspects in our Sanathana Dharmam, he focussed on the duties of each section of the society in everyday activities. The lecture was well attended by our vidyarthis as well as general public. We are happy to record that our service is not confined to propagation of Vedas alone but for guiding everyone in living a noble life.
3. FREE EYE CARE CAMP: Our Sanathana Dharmam is down to earth practical. Our culture and tradition guide us as to how to lead a noble life, not only for one's own upliftment but for the welfare of all the members of the society as well. Our Trust, in association with 'The Eye Foundation', R S Puram, Coimbatore, organised a FREE EYE CARE CAMP on 17.4.2005 at Mahdvarayapuram. Treatment for cataract including operation, IOL lens, medicines, free stay etc. were arranged. Diabetic patients, children with squint eye problems, long sight, short sight were all given free teatment. The camp received very good response. We are happy to involve ourselves in such beneficial activities to the society at large.
4. SRI BHAGAVATHA SAPTHAHAM: Our Trust organised SRI BHAGAVATHA SAPTHAHAM and Sri Krishna Charithra Pravachanam by Brahmasri Sundarkumar from 5.3.2009 to 12.3.2009 for world peace and prosperity at our Veda Patashala premises. Bhagavatha parayanam was fro 7 a.m. to 11.30 a.m while pravachanam was from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Lot of devotees attended the programme and were benefited with Lord Krishna's blessings.