'Dharmo Vishwasya Jagatah Pratishtha.…’ and many more lines from Shastras in synchronised and tender voices echo as we pass by the treacherous and rutted roads of Safilguda, Hyderabad. The positive vibes intuitively make you manoeuvre your vehicle into those cluttered alleys.
Then you automatically spot a house that has lads of different age groups, wearing the time-honoured dhotis, sporting the scared vibuthi and marginally shaved head with a tied bun, intoning vedas in chorus. This out-of-the-box Gurukul is a marked departure from the techno schools, digi schools and international schools that have mushroomed in the city.
As you enter the premises, the chants and hymns from the Vedas rent the air. There is more than what meets the eye at the Veda patashala here. Perhaps the reason why R Venkatrama Ghanapadigal, the founder will receive the Certificate of Honour from none other than President Pranab Mukherjee himself in March 2017
As the kids dispersed for their Gayatri Japam, Venkatrama Ghanapadigal briefs more about the Gurukul that is one of its kind.
“One Veda pundit or a member from a Veda Bhavan or one who has studied or mastered the vedas or shastras or one who has taught or advocated or supported or promoted Vedas is selected for this certificate of honour.” he informs in the most composed way, for his vision is to keep the legacy going than awards.
He first started this Gurukul in 1984 at his residence with just three students, today he has more than 125 students and many passed out of the Veda school over the years.
“When the number of students increased, my house was not sufficient and I purchased a land and then constructed a building for housing more students. I named the building Veda Bhavan. More than 200 students have learnt Vedas and Shastras here and are employed at various places in Telangana, Rajmundry, Vijayawada, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. All this happened due to the blessings of Paramacharya of Kanchi", he says humbly.
“There are many young students waiting to come to this place to learn and study Vedas,” he shares raising our hopes to see more scope in the field of our age old Vedas. He adds, "In addition to Vedas, English, Math and computer skills are also taught for students to be on par with the other regular schools".
The address of Veda Bhavan is:
58-59, Road No.1, Chandragiri Colony, Neredmet, Secunderabad, Telangana 500056.
+91 40 2722 7669
Smt Maruthavani Prabakaran esctatically points out that the kid seen left most in the middle of the first picture is her son Yogamoorthy called as Sriram!
Shri Gurumoorthy P Iyer is so happy to let us know that Vignesh and Kirtivasan are in the pictures. Vignesh is his elder brother's son.