Jalandhar November 27 (Jaswinder Singh Azad)- 50 students from various departments of Apeejay College of Fine Arts, Jalandhar went on a historical trip to Vishveshvaranand Vishwa Bandhu Institute of Sanskrit and Vedic Ideological Studies, Hoshiarpur. This one day trip was organized in collaboration with INTACH. The main purpose of this trip was to acquaint the students about Indian art, culture, philosophy and to give them a tour of the Research center.
Visveswarananda Vishwa bandu Institute of Sanskrit and Vedic Research Center was chosen for this historic journey located on the Hoshiarpur to Una Road in District Hoshiarpur as this institute is popularly known as Sadhu Ashram and is also a Research Center. Moreover it is recognized as a Regional center under Panjab University, Chandigarh and is India’s second largest museum Research centre, Vedic institute and library.
Ancient scriptures, manuscripts, coins, seals and statues are kept here
Ancient scriptures, manuscripts, coins, seals and statues are kept here and almost one to one and half lakh handwritten Pandu scripts are also here. The four Veds which are highly respected in Hinduism are also here written in English and French. Translations, Dictionaries, Autobiographies of Famous Scholars, Theology, Charak Samhita, Bhrigu Samhita, Sri Ram Charit Manas written in Gurmukhi script and Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji written in Sanskrit language are also present in this collection.
In 1903 AD, two ascetics named Sri Visveswarananda and his disciple Sri Nityananda chose the Vedas to spread of Indian Sanskrit philosophy, art and religion. With their great efforts and financial and social support, this collection and research center has today become a living example of faith and belief among the people as well as Research on Indian culture, art, philosophy, astrology, Ayurveda, sculpture and Vedic literature.
The excitement of the students was worth seeing
The excitement of the students was worth seeing as they got a chance to see the handwritten manuscripts written on the Bhoj Patras and Tamar Patras for the first time in their lives. Ancient coins and idols were the center of special attraction. After this, the students also visited Thana Dam and learnt muktiple things about it.
Principal Dr. Neerja Dhingra appreciated Ms Rajni Kumar (Department of Design), Mr. Vishwa bandhu Verma (Department of Punjab History and Culture), Ms. Monika Anand (Home Science), Ms. Komal (Department of Political Science) for successfully organizing the excursion. She added even in today’s age of technology, it is essential for students to stay rooted with their traditions, ancient history and culture.