Make Sanskrit mandatory for students from class 1st onwards: Sham Sharma

Guests lighting ceremonial lamp during inaugural of Sanskrit Day function at Jammu on Friday.
Guests lighting ceremonial lamp during inaugural of Sanskrit Day function at Jammu on Friday.

Sanskrit Day celebrated

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Aug 9: In connection with International Sanskrit Diwas, a grand function was organized, here today for highlighting the importance of Sanskrit language.
The function, which commenced with the chanting of Vedic Mantra, was presided over Shri Shri 1008 Mahamandleshwar Swami Vishwatamanand Saraswati ji Maharaj while former Minister and senior BJP leader Sham Lal Sharma was chief guest on the occasion. Prof Vishwamurti, President Awardee, was guest of honour while Mahant Rameshwar and SSP Shakti Pathak were special guest on the occasion.
While speaking on the occasion, Swami Vishwatamanand Saraswati appealed people to make maximum use of Sanskrit language both at home and outside. He regretted that Sanskrit language was getting least priority in our day today life. “Even though Sanskrit is known as the first Indian language, which developed several other branches like Tamil, Hindi, etc, unfortunately the use of Sanskrit in our day to day life has become extremely limited,” he said.
Sham Lal Sharma said that the the community should make all out efforts to promote Sanskrit language, which is basics of all the languages. He said that in order to promote Sanskrit language it should be made mandatory for the students from class 1st onwards so that they remain attached with this language. He further said that the efforts should be made to start educating Sanskrit language to our children at home and only then we can advise others to use this language.
SSP Shakti Pathak said that learning Sanskrit language helps in sharpening the brain and know about our ancient books and scriptures which are primarily written in this language. He said that Sanskrit Diwas was first celebrated on the Shrawan Purnima Tithi in the year 1969 with the aim of increasing Sanskrit’s popularity.
Prof Vishwamurti and President of Kailakh Jyotish and Vedic Sansthan Trust, Mahant Rohit Shastri, also spoke on the occasion.
On the occasion, Dr Dhananjay Mishr, Principal Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Gurukul Katra; Dr Nandan Jha, Principal Guru Gangdev Sanskrit Maha Vishwavidayala Sunderbani; Dr D Dayanath, Vice Principal Ved Vibhag, Ranbir Parisar; Dr Vicky Sharma, Pt Tilak Raj Shastri, Pt Suman Lal Shastri and Ranbir Parisar were honoured for their contribution in promoting Sanskrit language.
Advocate Abhinav Sharma, President Bar Association Jammu; Mahant Hardutt Sharma, Surinder Singh Gilly ( President Yuva Rajput Sabha), Omi Khajuria and others were also present on the occasion.