Tamil Nadu Governor K. Rosaiah on Wednesday launched a Vaikhanasa Vedapatasala at Jaigopal Garodia Vivekananda Vidyalaya, Avadi.
The Vedapatasala is set jointly by Adi Shankara Institute of Cultural Research and Training and Jaigopal Garodia Vivekananda Vidyalaya.
Jaigopal Garodia Vivekananda Vidyalaya, Honorary Correspondent, A. N. Ramesh Babu, said, “The Vedapatasala is started under the blessings of His Holiness Sri Jayendra Saraswati Swamigal and Sri Vijayendra Saraswati Swamigal of Kanchi Kamakoti Shankara Mutt. The Management of Jaigopal Garodia Vivekananda Vidyalaya will provide free boarding, lodging facilities, and education to Vaikahanasa students.”
Dr. K. Rosaiah, said, “I am pleased to learn that for the first time that a Veda Patasala to nurture ‘Pooja rituals’ in Vaishnavite Temples is conducted in this Temple of learning. Our Vedas, Bhagvad Gita and other scriptures dating back more than thousand years have taught us the value of life and the way we have to live with tolerance adopting ‘Dharma’”.
“‘Vaikhanasa’ philosophy, which deals with rituals done in the temples, to the deity and purification ceremonies, a priest or ‘Bhattachari’ must undergo to qualify and serve in a temple.
It is befitting that this temple of learning (Jaigopal Garodia Vivekananda Vidyalaya) has commenced ‘Vaikhanasa Veda Patasala’ with an objective of protecting and nurturing the ‘Pooja’ rituals followed in a majority of Vaishnavite Temples.
Later, he honoured the Vaikhanasa Scholars, and distributed free dresses to Vaikahanasa students. A dance programme on ‘Ramayanam’ was performed by the students of the school on the occasion.
Earlier, Dr. Illangovan Vedagiri, Honorary Assistant Correspondent, delivered the welcome address. T. M. J. Padmanabhan delivered the vote of thanks.