Deligates of International Vedic Workshop 2014 Visited Vedic Villages of Kerala

Jan 01, 2014 | Vol 6, Issue 1
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Delegates of International Vedic Workshop 2014 visited Vedic villages of Kerala. The International Vedic Workshop is the most prominent get-together of Indologists involved in the study of the Vedas the world over. The focus of the 6th International Vedic Workshop was on Vedic texts and rituals, their scholarly interpretation, and their traditional performance with special emphasis on Vedic traditions of Kerala - recitation, texts, commentaries, and rituals, and their applications in Srauta, Grhya, Tantra etc.

As part of the 6th International Vedic workshop, which was held from 7th to 10th January 2014 in Kozhikode (Calicut), delegates and Vedic scholars from different parts of the world visited the Vedic heart lands of Kerala.

The post workshop tour arranged by the organizers from 11th to 14th January, 2014, visited and experienced the real life of Veda practitioners in Kerala. Vedic scholars from different countries like US, France, Italy, Belgium, Japan etc, headed by Prof Michael Witzel, Head of the department of Vedic studies in Harvard University USA, the team visited many persons and places who are involved in Vedic rituals and Yagnas. Prof Witsel is the disciple of Dr. Frits Staal (1930-2012) who was instrumental in conducting Athiraathram (the vedic yagna) in 1975 at Paanjhaal which gave an international acknowledgement to the Vedic tradition of Kerala.

The team visited Kodunthirappilly, an ancient Tamil Brahmin settlement in Kerala with Tamil Saamaveda culture, Panjaal village to visit some ancient Kerala Samavedic households and the venue of 1975 Athiraathram,  Thrissur Brahmaswam Madhom (one of the two traditional Rigveda schools in Kerala) and some of the households - Kaimukku Mana,  Naaraas Mana and Kaavapra Mana who are the traditional practitioners of Vedic rituals. They also visited Olappamanna Mana, a traditional Namboothiri household to see Thaayambaka, the world famous percussion ensemble of Kerala and Kalam Ezhuthi Paattu, a ritualistic offer to Goddess Kaali. 

The International Vedic Workshop is the most prominent get-together of Indologists involved in the study of the Vedas the world over. The focus of the 6th International Vedic Workshop was on Vedic texts and rituals, their scholarly interpretation, and their traditional performance with special emphasis  on Vedic traditions of Kerala - recitation, texts, commentaries, and rituals, and their applications in Srauta, Grhya, Tantra etc. (Also visit : www.ivw2014.org )

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