Sitting under the shade of trees, with a gentle breeze blowing across, young boys and girls chant ‘slokas', ‘stotrams', and recite the Bhagavad Gita with ease.
The serene environs evoke images of a ‘Vedic Patashala' of yore. However, such an environment, which echoes with the chants of Vedas by children, is prevalent at G. Venkata Narsimha Manga Chary Veda Vidyalayam Trust, Adikmet.
At a time, when most children prefer to attend different summer camps in art, science, etc. there are a few who are attending free training programme at the trust.
Its not just recitation of ‘slokas', children here are taught about moral science and above all, the Vedas.
All this is free of cost and the man behind this effort is G. Srinivasa Charyulu, a priest at Sri Mahakali Sri Ram mandir in Habsiguda.
He is conducting free summer classes for children since last year and even distributes books to the children for free.
“The objective is to create awareness among parents and children about our culture and traditions. Forget about culture, most children these days cannot read and write in Telugu, their mother tongue,” says Mr. Charyulu.
Everyday after finishing his work at the temple, he arrives at the trust to take classes from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. About five batches are conducted everyday and each batch has nearly 15 children.
They attend these classes travelling all the way from Dilsukhnagar, Warasiguda, Habsiguda, and Chikkadpally areas.
Apart from promoting Telugu, these classes help children in their academics. Recitation of ‘Ganapati slokas', ‘Saraswati slokas' helps in better pronunciation and improves concentration levels among children, he informs.
Every aspect, including personality development, character building, service to society etc. is taught in the Vedas and the Bhagavad Gita. Studying these books definitely helps children in their future.
There is no bar and children from all communities and castes can attend these classes, Mr. Charyulu informsThe Hindu.
Not confining to conducting free classes for children, Mr. Charyulu is also planning to establish a Veda ‘patashala' at Bibinagar on the city fringes. He can be contacted on: 90300-44809.
Children recite Bhagavad Gita and study the Vedas at
G. Srinivasa Charyulu's summer camp