Camp at Bangalore – 10 May 2014
With the benign Blessings of His Holiness Pujyashri Jayendra Saraswathi Shankaracharya Swamiji, a meet on ancient India’s Cultural Relations with Vietnam and Cambodia, then known as “Vijaya- Champa” was held at Camp Bangalore on 10 May 2014 in the presence of His Holiness Pujyashri Shankara Vijayendra Saraswathi Shankaracharya Swamiji. Shri Ravi Neelakantan, IFS, made a presentation on the temples in Vietnam, including the famous Angkor Vat Temple. Ms. Charulata, Research Scholar, gave a glimpse into the past to find out how ancient India spread its wings and left its footprints on the Champa Kingdom. Through the photographs, she presented details of the remnants of the Indian cultural aura in the present South and Central Vietnam. His Holiness gave Anugraha Bhashanam in which he mentioned about inscriptions that highlight the importance of the Ahswata Tree(called Arasa Maram in Tamil). Photos and other details were exhibited in the Puja Hall(venue of the meet) for the visiting devotees to see and read about the richness of our culture that had extended and thrived beyond our borders. As directed by His Holiness, the speech of HH Pujyashri Chandrasekharendra Saraswathi Mahaswamiji – the 68th Acharya of Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam was read out for the benefit of the devotees:
Pujyasri Acharya Swamiji delivered a rare speech in January 1947 in Sri Matham during the Annual celebrations of Ayyuvayyar Vedanta Pathasala on the subject of ‘Resurrection of our ancient culture and ways of solving present day problems’.