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Purna Vidya

One’s wisdom and appreciation of beauty manifests through various forms of one’s culture.
And the study of one’s cultural heritage leads one to the appreciation of beauty and wisdom in life – Swami Dayananda

Purna Vidya, the Vedic Heritage Teaching Program, offers an insight into the vision of the Vedas and the vast literature and religious culture of India. This curriculum aims at instilling awareness about the spiritual wisdom and cultural excellence of India. It is committed to bringing a spiritual awakening of oneness in the consciousness of the world community, through the teachings of the Upanishads and the Bhagavad Gita and by understanding of the spiritual cultural heritage of India.

Purna Vidya classes, Bhagavad Gita chanting and Sloka recitation form an integral part of the curriculum.

Mass Chanting for PEACE on 07-08-13

Purna Vidya Class Project – October 2013

Students of Class VI explored the role of Mahajanapadas in Indian History. Through this project, Vasanti Vittal acharya hoped to create awareness on the rich cultural and historical background behind the growth of the present day India.

Children were asked to research and gather specific information on the rise and fall of the different kingdoms. They were asked to explore the descriptions of the locations in that era to the present day locations in and around India, the role played by the mahajanapadas in ancient Indian history and how it is relevant in the other yugas.

It was interesting to note the interest and eagerness with which the children sought to prepare their reports by including the data analyses, their observations, the probabilities and a choice of interesting images.

In ancient India, a number of kingdoms emerged during the Vedic Age that spread across the Indo-Gangetic plain. These kingdoms were also called as republics and 16 of them were regarded the greatest of all. These 16 kingdoms were known as the Mahajanapadas. There are many evidences of their mention in ancient literatures and scriptures. The 16 mahajanapadas rose before the start of Buddhism in India. Though these places were tribal settlements initially, roughly by 600 B.C. they grew into bigger political entities by grabbing land.

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