Sanskrit through Gita and Gita through Sanskrit – A New Venture from Samskrita Bharati

published on October 13, 2008

Samskrita Bharati to launch Gita Shikshana Kendrams

THRISSUR: In a major move to popularise Sanskrit in the country, Samskrita Bharati will launch 1,000 Bhagvad Gita Shikshana Kendras throughout the country in December. Talking to reporters here on Saturday, Samskrita Bharati all-India general secretary Chamu Krishna Shastri said that the uniqueness of these kendras is that it would teach Sanskrit through Gita and Gita through Sanskrit.

He said that under the programme, all the participants would be able to read and understand Gita written in Sanskrit as against the present practice of reading the translation of this epic. He said that these centres would cater to all, irrespective of their caste, creed and gender, so that they can access directly not only Gita but also all the secular and non-secular literature in Sanskrit.

Shastri said that ‘Speak Samskrit’ programme initiated by the organisation in 1981 had succeeded in making over 80 lakh people in the country speak Sanskrit. He said that over 70,000 Sanskrit teachers are engaged in promoting the study of this ancient language in the country at present. The SB general secretary said that through the efforts of the organisation four Sanskrit villages with a total population of about 5,000 people had been established. In these four villages – Mathur and Hosahalli in Karnataka and Mohad and Jhiari in Madhya Pradesh – all the people could read, talk and understand Sanskrit.

SB media consultant Sushil Pandit, who was also present at the Press meet, said that Sanskrit literature is a great repository of knowledge encompassing every walk of life. Earlier, inaugurating the delegate session of the All-India Sanskrit Conference, SB all-India president Surya Narayana Rao stressed the need for popularising Sanskrit. Over 300 delegates are attending the conference which will conclude with the Sanskrit Maha Sammelanam on Sunday.

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