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Seminar explores Kanchi-Sanskrit link

A seminar on Kancheepuram and Sanskrit was organised by the Research Centre for Asiatic Culture, Kancheepuram, recently.

Renowned Sanskrit savant Neelakal C N Ramachandra Sastrigal (chief priest, Kamakshi Ambal Devasthanam, Kancheepuram) spoke eloquently about the richness of Sanskrit and how it encompasses a rich tradition of poetry and drama, and scientific, technical, philosophical and dharma texts.

Sanskrit continues to be widely used as a ceremonial language in Hindu religious rituals and as mantras, he said. The temple town of Kancheepuram, one of the most sacred cities in India, is a famous centre for learning Vedas, Sastras, philosophy and all branches of knowledge from the very beginning, stated Ramachandra Sastrigal. He declared that Kanchi was the seat of Sanskrit culture and tradition where many Vedic schools nurture Sanskrit.

R Thiagarajan, former head, PG and Research Department of Sanskrit, Presidency College, Chennai, spoke about the greatness of Kancheepuram and how it attracted scholars from north India like Kalidas who were enamoured of its cultural heritage and Sanskrit connect.

He said Kancheepuram has spawned many Sanskrit scholars who have contributed a great extent to create awareness on the subject. Sanskrit and temples are a seamless blend of spirituality and cultural ethos of Kancheepuram, said Thiagarajan.

Usha Raja

With valuable inputs from: Neelakal Syama Sastri (Kancheepuram)

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