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Contours of Kashmir Shaivism highlighted in one day seminar

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Jan 22: One day seminar on Kashmir Shaivism was organised today at Sharda Peeth Bantalab. In the first session three papers were presented.
In his lecture noted Shaivite scholar, Prof Makhan Lal Kukiloo described at length various contours of Kashmir Shaivism. He said that it was imperative for the younger generation to know about the finest philosophy that has originated in Kashmir.
Prof T N Zadu in his paper delineated upon the evolution of 36 Tatvas in relation to Parapraveshika the primary treatise on Kashmir Shavism written by Kshemraja the illustrious disciple of Acharya Abhinavgupta.
Dr. R L Bhat in his presentation laid emphasis upon the ascent and descent of Shiva in various forms. He cautioned about the sinister attempt being undertaken to denigrate the lofty idea of monism in Kashmir Shaiv Darshana in context to Monotheism of semitic religions.
Earlier Acharya Shiv Prasad Raina chairperson Abhinavgupt Millennium Celebrations Jammu and Kashmir welcomed the guests. Prof P N Trisal and Prof T N Shalla who were in the presidium also spoke on the occasion.
The second session was presided by S N Sapru. Noted Shaiva traditional devotees Chuni Dhar, Dulari Bangroo, Soom Nath Pandita and Nancy Khar were in the presidium. The second session was dedicated to legendry Acharya of Swami Ram Ji. Prof M L Kukiloo in detail explained the achievements of Swami Ram Ji Maharaj.
Earlier the programme started with the lighting of the lamp and floral puja to the Shaivite saints followed by recitation of Bhairav stuti and Bhajan by noted singer Naina Sapru.
First session was compered by Pradeep Kaul and second session was compered by Upinder Ambardar. Noted persons associated with Ashram Parampara of Kashmir Shaivism along with scholars attended the seminar.

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