November 19, 2011

Call to spread Vedic knowledge

http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2011-11-17/kochi/30410688_1_vedas-vedic-contest

TNN Nov 17, 2011


THRISSUR: Kadavallur Anyonyam, an annual Rig Veda contest involving scholars from two vedic schools, Thirunavaya Brahmaswam Math and Thrissur Brahmaswam Math, began on Wednesday at Kadavallur Sree Ramaswamy Temple, situated near the border of Thrissur and Malappuram districts.

K C Venugopal, union minister of state for power inaugurated the Anyonyam. He said, "Concepts of Vedas should reach the public. Conducting Anyonyam of this kind will help us understand the relevance of Vedas in Indian culture". He also said discrimination in learning the Vedas should be eliminated.Presiding over the function, Mahakavi Akkitham Achuthan Namboothiri said, "More opportunities should be created to help people from all religions and communities learn Vedas and this will ensure the survival of Vedas. People should come forward to study it."Akkitham is the president of Kadavallur Anyonya Parishad, which is organizing the annual contest with the financial aid from Kochin Devaswom and Guruvayur Devaswom Boards. Anyonym is the final examination of vedic scholars in these institutions.

They will exhibit their proficiency in Rig Veda in the contest.Around 50 practitioners from both the schools will take part in the contest, which will be held for ten days. The contest is held in two sessions -- 'Varamirikkal and Jata or Rata'. Slokas from Rig Veda will be chanted for eight days and slokas from Sama Veda and Yajurveda will be chanted on last two days. Anyonyam used to be held in Kerala till the temple Entry Proclamation in 1936 . It was revived in 1989. 'Kadannirikkal' and 'Valia Kadannirikkal' titles will be conferred on the winners. But, only one practitioner was conferred with 'Kadannirikkal' after Anyonyam was revived .

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