BENGALURU July 6, 2018: “The epic Ramayana gives the message of the victory of Raja dharma. Bharata refused to ascend the throne when Lord Rama left for the forest, because according to Raja dharma, Lord Rama being elder to Bharata, had the right to be corronated,” said Justice Dr. M. Rama Jois, Former Governor of Bihar & Jharkhand, who was the Guest of Honour at the inaugural ceremony of the National Conference on Ramayana which began today at ISKCON Bangalore.
A three-day conference titled ‘Message of Ramayana’ is being conducted by Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Bengaluru. ISKCON Bangalore has been hosting similar conferences every year in association with Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan and this is the sixth such event being organized.
Dr. Rama Jois quoted a few verses from the Ramayana and explained that Lord Rama kept His promise to His father and did not ascend the throne.
The inaugural ceremony began with an invocation by 108 students of Sandipani Gurukula who chanted the verses of Adityahrudayam from Ramayana, who then inaugurated the event by lighting a lamp.
Mahamahopadhyaya Prof. Rajendra Mishra, Ex Vice Chancellor, Sanskrit University, Varanasi; Prof. Mallepuram G. Venkatesh, Former Vice Chancellor, Karnataka Sanskrit University; His Grace Madhu Pandit Dasa, President, ISKCON Bangalore and Sri N. Ramanuja, Chairman, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Bengaluru were among the dignitaries who graced the ceremony.
Prof. Rajendra Mishra said, “The world may consider Lord Rama to be an imaginary character but He is a historical person from the viewpoint of India. Valmiki, the author of Ramayana, himself was a contemporary at the time of Ramayana. This fact is sufficient to prove that Ramayana is not a story.” He went on to say that, “Whatever Rama did by mind, words or activities became ideal for all.”
Prof. Mallepuram G. Venkatesh launched the book and CDs on “Message of Bhagavata”, the national conference which was held last year at ISKCON Bangalore. Addressing the audience he said, “Rama represents Kutumba dharma and Krishna represents Loka dharma. Bhagavata contains both these principles of Indian culture.”
Among the eminent scholars present at the ceremony were Dr. Kameshwar Upadyaya, Varanasi; Prof. Shashiprabha Kumar, New Delhi and Dr. S. Nagaraju, Bengaluru. They were felicitated for their literary accomplishments and contributions to the society.
The conference which will go on till July 8 will witness enlightening talks on diverse topics about the epic Ramayana, by renowned scholars from across the country.
Exhibition and sale of DVDs and books of the earlier national conferences as well as exhibition of postal stamps on the Ramayana are among other attractions of the event.