President visits Veda pathashala at Dharmagiri
Tirumala | Sunday, Sep 9 2012 IST
President Pranab Mukherjee today visited Dharmagiri Veda pathashala which is located in the interior forest belt of Seshachalam ranges here. The Vedic students belonging to various Shastras presented their expertise before the country's first citizen by rending the 'slokas' from Vedas and Srinivasa Gadyam with reverence and rhythm and mused the President and his entourage. Later in his welcome speech TTD Executive Officer L V Subramanyam said the Veda pathashala which was nearly 130-years -old was started with a mission to serve for the cause of protecting age old Hindu tradition, culture through Sanskrit Learning and began in 1884.
He said "so far over 5,000 students have passed out of this 'Gurukul Ashram' learning and settled in top positions across various institutions in the country in their respective shastras." "The students of this Pathashala are blessed to have the presence of the First Citizen of India," he said, adding, "The TTD is providing a stipend of Rs three lakh to each student after the completion of their 12-year education in Veda Pathashala." Later, Andhra Pradesh Governor E S L Narasimhan released Venakteswara Satanama Stotram book in Bengali while Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy released a special book - 'Tirumala Brahmotsava Vaibhavam' and presented the first copy to the President. Later, the Executive Officer felicitated six students who excelled in various 'shastras' during their academic with gold medals and merit certificates. TTD Board Chief K Bapiraju, trust board members and others were also present on the occasion. UNI CS AKM ADB1656 NNNN
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