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Introduction to Vedas: Rigveda

Introduction to Vedas: Ṛgveda


The Vedas or the Vedic literature as a whole can be appropriately considered, due to its religious and philosophical importance, as one of the pillars, on which the Indian civilization rests upon. Ṛgveda, being the most ancient available piece of excellent literature of historical significance, has always been a worthy subject of research for the scholars worldwide. It fascinates its readers by its various interesting aspects which will be dealt with in the course. The course aims at providing a detailed introduction to Ṛgveda. Though designed for a general audience interested in literature or in Sanskrit literature, to be precise, students following academic courses of Sanskrit could also get benefited from it.

with Dr. Tanuja Ajotikar

Tanuja has done Ph.D. in Sanskrit Grammar from Dept. of Humanities and Social Sciences at IIT, Bombay. She was also a visiting scholar at the Harvard University. She is a trained traditional grammar scholar and also teaches Paninian grammar to Doctoral students. With more than 20 research publications to her credit, Tanuja is also well-versed in reading ancient scripts. Her main interests are computational linguistics and Sanskrit, Paninian grammar and manuscriptology. She has been a post-doctoral research associate in the Sanskrit Library and IIT Bombay. Currently, she teaches Sanskrit at Shri B. M. Kankanwadi Ayurveda Mahavidyalaya, Karnataka

Starting in: September 2018

SEP

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  • 10-Hour Course

  • A Series of 10 Classes

  • Sunday, 8:30 am IST

Registration Cost: USD $99

Students Get a Certificate of Participation on Successfully Completing the Course!

Recorded lectures available for the duration of 6 months.

Get 10% off if you complete the payment before 20th August

Curriculum

  • Lecture 1: Introduction to VedasWhat is Veda? Various meanings of the word Veda. The extent of the Vedic literature. 4 Veda Saṃhitās, Brāhmaṇas, Āraṇyakas, Upaniṣads, Sūtra literature etc

  • Lecture 2: Rigveda OverviewWhat is Ṛgveda (Rigveda)? One of the oldest available literature on human civilization. Twofold arrangement aṣṭaka and maṇḍala

  • Lecture 3: The Hymns of the RigvedaWhat is a hymn? Types of the hymns, topics covered in hymns. A sample, beginning of the Ṛgveda and the end

  • Lecture 4: Types of recitation of RigvedaThe oral tradition of Vedic chanting, an extraordinary effort of memorization by elaborately worked out mnemonic methods

  • Lecture 5: Deities in the ṚgvedaStudy of important Deities in Rigveda

  • Lecture 6: Importance of Agni and IndraStudy of suktas and stories related to Agni and Indra

  • Lecture 7: Importance of VarunaStudy of suktas and stories related to Varuna

  • Lecture 8: Hiraṇyagarbha SuktaThe source of the creation of the universe or the manifested cosmos in Vedic philosophy

  • Lecture 9: Purusha SuktaA sukta dedicated to the Purusha, the "Cosmic Being". It gives a description of the spiritual unity of the universe

  • Lecture 10: Nasadiya SuktaSukta that is concerned with cosmology and the origin of the universe

FAQs

Is there any prerequisite to attend this course?

There are no prerequisites - The course will be delivered in the English language. Anyone who has a zeal to understand the Vedas and particularly Rigveda can join this course!


Is knowledge of Sanskrit language necessary for this course?

No.


When will the classes happen?

The classes will happen on Sunday at 8:30 am IST. The first session will be on Sunday, 2nd September. If you stay in a different time zone, you can check your local time here - Sunday, 8:30 am IST to my local time.


Where are these classes conducted?

These classes will be conducted on Zoom video conferencing tool. Download it here Zoom on PC/Mac, Android and iPhone/iPad


What is the procedure for joining these classes?

Once you enroll in the classes by filling up the form below, we will reach out to you for further details on how to join the class and the online payment.


What happens if I miss a class?

The classes will be recorded and made available for a duration of 6 months until June 2019.


Can I get a refund?

The course is non-refundable.


Does everyone get a Certificate of Participation?

Attending 70% of the classes is necessary to get a certificate.


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