Posted by Vishva News Reporter on August 13, 2006





New Kerala.com: & Hindu Andhra Pradesh &: Hinduism Today & PVAF: Tirupati (AP), July 22:


  • Andhra Pradesh Governor Rameswar Thakur today inaugurated the newly set up Sri Venkateswara Vedic University, under the management of Tirumala Tirupati  Devasthanam (TTD), in the premises of TTD-run Vedic School at Dharmagiri in Tirumala. Later, he also declared open a temporary administration wing of the varsity at the TTD complex here.
  • Mr. Thakur also said that it is for the first time that a university has come into existence with an ordinance. He also advised the TTD management to change the name of the Dharmagiri, where the Vedic university has been established, into `Vedagiri'.
  • Governor Rameshwar Thakur, who was instrumental in the formation of the first-ever Vedic university in the country - Sri Venkateswara Vedic University at Tirumala, presided over the high power committee meeting organised at Annamyya Bhavan with the following resolutions:
    • The basic formalities to be worked out like obtaining recognition of the University Grants Commission (UGC), courses to be offered and other related works;
    • directed the members of the committee to prepare a vision document enlisting objectives of the university and also prepare a road map for the future development of the institution.
    • the committee members to exercise concrete efforts in formulating the degree and post-graduate equivalent courses to be offered by the university and instructed them to complete the works within two months.
  • The TTD is to fund both the establishment and the running of the university, the idea for which was first mooted by the then Vice-President Shankar Dayal Sharma in 1992.
  • Significantly, TTD funds and runs many colleges affiliated to the Sri Padmavathi Mahila Vishwavidyalayam, and Sri Venkateswara University in Tirupati.
  • This new university project is in line with what the TTD is already doing to promote Vedic learning, including running two schools exclusively for this purpose at Tirumala and Keesaragutta in Ranga Reddy district and funding several other such schools in the state.
  • TTD has taken many social service initiatives in areas like education, medical treatment, and rehabilitation of the physically challenged and economically backward. It also provides aid to authors and subsidised equipment to other temples.
    • Social Activities
    • Educational Activities
    • Religious Activities
    • Publications
    • Literary Research

ABOUT Venkateshawar: 

  • Venkateshawar: is one of the many names of SHRii Raam, who is the 7th avtaar (incarnation) of viSH`ANu-DEv.
  • viSH`ANu-DEv is the sustainer of this universe in the vEDik trinity of bRH`maa-viSHANu-shiv who are the first manifestation of creation in the creation cylce of a bRH`maa-day lasting 4.32 billion years.
  • viSH`ANu-DEv  takes  10 avtaar in this chtuAR-yug which is a time era of 4.32 million years.
  • As per vEDik time frame of creation cycle, the current humanity lives in the 5108th year of 28 kli-yug (of total of 71 chtuAR-yug) in the 7th mNvNTR (of total of 14 in bRH`maa-day) of the svEt-vrh klp of bRH`maa-day which has a day time duration of 4.32 billion years. Please click here to learn about vEDik time concept on this PVAF web site....

(knowledge ABOUT Venkateshawar shared by SHRii Champaklal Dajibhai Mistry of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada from his vED library...please visit the NEWS ARCHIVE and other pages on this PVAF web site to learn more about the above.)

  • The Vedic University would take up the task of preserving and fostering the ancient system of Vedic recitations and propagation of the knowledge system contained in Vedic literature.
  • The intrinsic values, knowledge and wisdom enshrined in the Vedas have to be harnessed for humankind.
  • This university shall be comparable to the historic Nalanda University and Takshashila (Taxila) University during times when vEDik lifestyle was flourishing in the region where current India-Pakistan-Afghanistan is.  Both these universities  do not exist today....
    • Nalanda University located in Bihar Kashmir area of India was established around 5th century BC. Nalanda was the very first and the largest campus and dormitories of learning that the world had ever known. During its days it was a flourishing residential university with over 10,000 students and 1500 teachers. Click here for a backgrounder on Nalanda Vedic University.
    • Takshashila Vedic University was established around 6th  Century BC in the area of Indus Valley in the Punjab region of Pakistan. Generally, a student entered Takshashila at the age of sixteen. The four Vedas (Rig-Ved, Sama-Ved, Yajur-Ved, Atharva-Ved) and the Eighteen Arts were taught, in addition to law, medicine and warfare. Skills such as dhanushvidya (Sanskrit for archery), hunting and elephant-lore were also taught. Please click here for a backgrounder on Taxilaa. Also click here to have a backgrounder on the city of Taxila where the university was located.
  • the university is to preserve, foster and promote oral traditions of Vedic and related literature, with focus on the right intonations, to bring out the depth of rational approach and the scientific temper present in the Vedas.
  • The University was set up after an ordinance in this regard was promulgated by the Andhra Pradesh State administration. It is for the first time that a university has come into existence with an ordinance .
  • The new university's ambitious plans include translation and publishing of the Vedas in all modern Indian languages, preparing digital editions after developing required software and networking with institutes that promote the learning of the Vedas and Sanskrit.
  • The objectives of the university are to preserve, foster and promote oral traditions of Vedic, agamic and cognate literature with focus on right intonations, to bring out the depth of the rational approach and the scientific temper present in the Vedas in the context of pursuit of knowledge and realization of higher levels of consciousness.
  • Six faculties
    • The university also shall have six faculties, including Vedadhyana, Agama, Sroutha and Smartha, Vedabhyasa, Vedic studies, Vedanga and related sastras.
    • As a preliminary move, courses in Rig Veda, Krishna Yajur Veda, Sukla YajurVeda, Vaikhanasagama, Apasthamba Proyoga shall be offered.

Governor Rameshwar Thakur and his wife Narmada Thakur participating in a `Homam' at Tirumala on July 22, 2006 as part of the establishment of Sri Venkateswara Vedic University.



YOU can click here to visit the TTD web site which has information on TTD and its activities about its temples......

Sri Venkateswara Swamy against the backdrop of the Golden Vimanam

Sri Venkateshwara Temple at Tirumala
As more than fifty thousand pilgrims visit the Sri Venkateswara Temple every day, TTD has organised efficient systems to ensure the smooth movement of pilgrims.

The temple of Sri Venkateswara has acquired unique sanctity in Indian religious lore. The Sastras, Puranas, Sthala Mahatyams and Alwar hymns unequivocally declare that, in the Kali Yuga, one can attain mukti, only by worshipping Venkata Nayaka or Sri Venkateswara. Sri Venkatachala Mahatmya is referred to in several Puranas, of which the most important are the Varaha Purana and the Bhavishyottara Purana.

The benefits acquired by a piligrimage to Venkatachala are mentioned in the Rig Veda and Asthadasa Puranas. In these epics, Sri Venkateswara is described as the great bestower of boons. There are several legends associated with the manifestation of the Lord at Tirumala.

The temple has its origins in Vaishnavism, an ancient sect which advocates the principles of equality and love, and prohibits animal sacrifice.

Please click on the line at the end of this write-up to continue reading more about

  • the beautiful holiness and unique one of the only 3 natural rock formation several million years old of Tirumala-Tirupati Region where the SRI VENKATESHWARA VEDIC UNIVERSITY is  located. It is believed that Lord Sri Venkateswara enjoys festivals (utsavams), and therefore, every moment in Tirumala is considered a festive occasion.....The most important festival is the Brahmotsavam.
  • addtional news on this historic news of vEDik milestone in the vEDik time era we currently live in called kli-yug... this milestone proves all that has been published continually on this knowledge-sharing PVAF web site.... that vED (veda) are eternal..... and is the complete science knowledge with which creator bRH`m manifests all the creations, sustains all creations and cyclically re-creates all creations....


Temples in Tirumala -Tirupati Region


Several Millions Year Old Rock Arch Silathoranam:

Silathoranam is a natural rock formation in the form of an arch, near the Chakra Tirtham. Geologists have identified the rocks on the hill as pre-Cambrian, and this arch formation suggests an antiquity of several million years to the Tirumala hill.It is said that there are only two other natural rock arches of such great antiquity in the world.

Tirumala-Tirupati region

Swami Pushkarini

Swami Pushkarini Teertham

Swami Pushkarini was originally in Vaikuntam and belonged to Sri Maha Vishnu. It was set on Earth by Garuda, for the sport of Sri Venkateswara. It is adjacent to the Sri Venkateswara temple. Pilgrims bathe here before entering the main temple. The mukkoti of Swami Pushkarini (the merging of over three crore teerthams in Swami Pushkarini) occurs on Mukkoti Dwadasi (the twelfth day of the fortnight of Dhanur Masa). Therefore, it is believed that bathing in the Swami Pushkarini on this day, is equivalent to bathing in the holy river, Ganges.

On the western bank of the Swami Pushkarini is the Sri Varahaswami temple, while on its southern bank is the Sri Venkateswara temple.

The wooden-float festival of Lord Sri Venkateswara in the month of February/March and Avabhrudhasnanam or Chakrasnanam during Brahmotsavam takes place in the Swami Pushkarini.


A visit to the Tirumala-Tirupati region is an enchanting experience. Nestled in the verdant Eastern Ghats - a mountain range that runs along south-eastern India - the region is a treasure-house of ancient temples, waterfalls and other places of interest.
TTD manages temples in the Tirumala-Tirupati region and some temples in the Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh. For pilgrims, there is a wide choice of places to visit.

India's first Vedic University:
Sri Venkateswara Vedic University
At Tirumala, Andhra Pradesh

The Hindu: TIRUMALA: July 23, 2006: Staff Reporter

Governor Rameshwar Thakur formally inaugurated the prestigious Sri Venkateswara Vedic University -- the first of its kind in the country -- here at Tirumala on Saturday.

The inauguration of the long-cherished university was celebrated with the performance of `yagna' on the premises of S.V. Vedapatasala at Dharmagiri, about two kms from here.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Thakur said that even though the idea of setting up a Vedic university at Tirumala was conceived during a national conference organised by the TTD on Vedas and shastras way back in 1992, the project did not take off.

Mr. Thakur and the then Vice-President late Shankar Dayal Sharma had taken part in that conference.

The Governor said that it gave him immense pleasure of being the first Vice-Chancellor of a Vedic university.

In his presidential address, TTD Executive Officer A.P.V. Narayana Sarma said the university, to be run absolutely with TTD funds, would be developed into a model university.


Chancellor of R.S. Vidyapeetha, Tirupati, V.R. Panchamukhi, Vice-Chancellor of SLBSKS Vidyapeetha, New Delhi, Vachaspathi Upadhyaya, Vice-Chancellor of Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan, New Delhi, V. Kutumba Sastry and others spoke.

Governor Rameshwar Thakur formally declared open the administrative block of the proposed Sri Venkateswara Vedic University at the Purandaradasa complex on Prakasam Road here on Saturday.

Earlier, he laid the stone for the varsity at Dharmagiri on Tirumala Hills.

The Governor, accompanied by his wife Narmada Thakur, lit a lamp and inaugurated the administrative office of the varsity amid chanting of hymns from Vedas and traditional beating of drums.

TTD Executive Officer A.P.V.N. Sarma and his deputy G. Balaramaiah explained to the Governor the proposals being prepared to establish the unique centre of higher Vedic learning and the way the various Sanskrit and Veda-related activities would be brought under a single roof to ensure proper coordination.


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