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Saṁvāda Sūktas

Chinmaya International Foundation (CIF) invites you to a 7-day residential camp on ‘Samvada Suktas of Rigveda’ with Prof. Gauri Mahulikar, Academic Director, CIF.

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About the Camp:

Saṁvāda Sūktas is a special feature and genre of the Vedic hymns. This camp will discuss five unique hymns in a dialogue style, where the dialogue is between the seer and the deity of the hymn.

1st hymn: Seer Viśvāmitra has a lively conversation with two flooding rivers and requests them to be fordable, so that he can cross to the other end safely. This hymn is very poetic in nature.

2nd hymn: A dialogue between seer Vāmadeva, Indra and Aditi, speaks about the unusual birth of the mighty Indra. This is the first ever reference to a cesarean delivery in the history of mankind.

3rd hymn: An interesting dialogue between the mortal man – Purūravas, and the divine Urvaśī has been told and retold as a story in the Śatapatha Brāhmana, Purāṇas and later by Kālidāsa in his famous drama Vikramorvaśīyam.

4th hymn: A dialogue between Indra and his devotee and a female seer Apālā gives a different perspective to feminine issues and

5th hymn: A dialogue between Saramā and Paṇis that throws light on trading and bartering.


Prof. Gauri Mahulikar is the Academic Director at CIF. Dr. Mahulikar was the Gurudev Tagore Chair of Comparative Literature Professor and former head of department of Sanskrit at the Mumbai University. She holds a Doctorate in Sanskrit on ‘Vedic Elements in Puranic Mantras and Rituals’. An author, who has published 8 books and over 90 research articles in English, Marathi, Hindi and Sanskrit, Dr. Mahulikar has mentored several doctoral students; eighteen of who have successfully earned their doctorates.

She was instrumental in launching courses in Manuscriptology, Bhakti Literature and Mysticism in the Sanskrit Department and has coordinated a UGC funded project on 'Digital Preservation of Palm Leaf Manuscripts' (2010-2015).

Dr. Mahulikar was awarded the Maneckji Limji Gold Medal for her dissertation on ‘Ancient Greek Dramas and Bharata’s Natyasastra’ from Mumbai University. Some of the many awards that Dr. Mahulikar has been awarded are the ‘Ramakrishna Award’ by the Canadian Education Foundation, Ontario for the propagation of Sanskrit (2003); Guru Gaurav Puraskar by Kalasadan, Mumbai (2011); Kavikulaguru Kalidas Sanskrit Sadhana Puraskar by Maharashtra State Government (2013); Adi Sankaracarya Puraskar awarded by H.H. Sri Jayendra Saraswati Mahaswamigal, the Shankaracharya of Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham (2014); Savitribal Phule Puraskar by Mumbai University (2015); and the Indira Behere Puraskar by Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth, Pune (2015). Recently she is awarded the prestigious Adi Shankara Fellowship (2021-2023) by the Madhya Pradesh Government for her project, “Adi Shankara: Life, Wisdom and Vision.”

Camp Details:

Dates: 16 to 21 January 2023

Camp Donation:

Non-AC Accommodation: ₹ 5,000 / US$ 150

AC Accommodation: ₹ 7,500 / US$ 200


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