Shobha Yatra taken out to promote Sanskrit language

CEO of SMVD Shrine Board flagging off Shobha Yatra at Katra on Wednesday.
CEO of SMVD Shrine Board flagging off Shobha Yatra at Katra on Wednesday.

Excelsior Correspondent

KATRA, Aug 10: To recognize, commemorate and revive the ancient Indian language Sanskrit in JK-UT, a ‘Shobha Yatra’ was taken out under the joint auspices of Central Sanskrit University, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Gurukul Katra, here today as part of Sanskrit Week celebrations.
The ‘Shobha Yatra’ was taken out from Spiritual Growth Centre and concluded at Banganga, Katra. It was flagged off by Anshul Garg, Chief Executive Officer, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board.
World Sanskrit Day, also known as Vishva-Sanskrita-Dinam, is an annual event focused around the ancient Indian language of Sanskrit that aims to promote its revival and maintenance. Every year on Sawan Poornima in the Hindu calendar, World Sanskrit Day (also known as Sanskrit Diwas) is observed.
While speaking on the occasion, Anshul Garg said that purpose of the Shobha Yatra is to restore the Sanskrit language in the UT of Jammu and Kashmir and to reach the people. He appreciated this innovation of Central Sanskrit University. Besides, he added that the Shrine Board under the chairmanship of Lt Governor is committed to conserving the language by promoting institutes like SMVD Gurukul. Noteworthy, SMVD Gurukul has been providing quality modern education free of cost alongwith Vedic and Sanskrit education since 2010.
Dr J C Mehra, Joint CEO, SMVDSB (Administrator, SMVD Gurukul) said that Sanskrit has its foundation rooted back in the Vedas and the community should make all out efforts to promote Sanskrit language, which is a basic of all the languages. He regretted that Sanskrit language was getting least priority in our day today life.
On this occasion Prof Madan Mohan Jha, Director, Central Sanskrit University said that the spirit of world peace, harmony, Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam lies in Sanskrit.
Dr Dhananjay Mishra, Principal of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Gurukul said that there is equality of culture in Sanskrit. Sanskrit language is the heritage of the nation and it is the language of pride for the people of India, he added.
The Shobha Yatra was welcomed by the businessmen and locals of Katra. Also present on the occasion were Dr Devendra Rijal, Vice-Principal Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Gurukul, faculty members of SMVD Gurukul and teachers from the Central Sanskrit University.