Vrindavan, 2017.06.24 (VT): This week the All-India Kashiraj Trust organized a grand ceremony at the President’s house in Delhi. The trust is dedicated to publishing the ancient scriptures of India. It is a matter of great pride for Braj that Acharya Shrivatsa Goswami Maharaj, Acharya of the Shri Radharaman Temple and a trustee of AIKT, played a vital role in the event.
The ceremony marked the release of a new annotated edition of the Garud Puran, created through the efforts of the king of Kashi, Shri Anant Narayan Singh, who is the chief editor and chairman of the trust. The book’s release was formally inaugurated by the President of India, the honorable Shri Pranab Mukherjee himself.
Dr. Anant Narayan Singh spoke about the trust’s various educational and cultural activities, highlighting the trust’s mission to publish new, high-quality editions of the Purans. These new editions will include English and Hindi translations with commentary by various prominent scholars.
Addressing the gathering, His Excellency the President emphasized the dire need for the publication, teaching and study of sacred scriptures like the Purans, and the positive impact such noble efforts can make on Indian culture as a whole. Acharya Shrivats Goswami Maharaj spoke in detail about the Garud Puran’s significance as an encyclopedia of Bharatiya culture.
Dr. Karn Singh, Dr. Kapila Vatsyayan, Dr. Ramkaran Sharma, Dr. Valmiki Singh, Dr. Janardan, Padmashri Dr. Gita Chandran and other scholars spoke about the cultural and intellectual influence of the Purans from the modern perspective.
Acharya Shrivatsa Goswami Maharaj presented His Excellency the President with a portrait of Shri Radharaman Lal and a package of His prasad. He invited the President to come to Vrindavan and attend the temple’s ongoing summer Nikunj Mahotsav.