National Seminar on Pandit Madhusudan Ojha

Pandit Madhusudan Ojha was an extraordinary scholar of the Vedas and other pauranic

This was how Dr Santosh Shukla, an Associate Professor of Sanskrit at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, and Convener, Shri Shankar Shikshayatan, introduced the subject at the inaugural session of the two-day National Seminar on Pandit Madhusudan Ojha, organised jointly by Shri Shankar Shikshayatan and the Department of Grammar, Kameshwar Singh Darbhanga Sanskrit Vishvavidyalaya, Darbhanga on November 4-5, 2017 at the Kameshwar Singh Darbhanga Sanskrit Vishvavidyalaya, Darbhanga. Bihar.

The principle focus of the seminar was to bring together scholars from Darbhanga to discuss Pandit OjhaÔÇÖs  prolific exposition of Veda Vijnana through his writings and oration. Pandit OjhaÔÇÖs known works number over 280 of which only 60 have so far been published in various languages. Shri Shankar Shikshayatan has recently published an English translation of Pandit OjhaÔÇÖs Indravijayah. The English version is titled Bharatavarsha: The India Narrative and has been translated by well-known scholar and linguist, Prof. Kapil Kapoor.

Dr Shukla, introducing the renowned Vedic scholar and his works, pointed out that Pandit Ojha had evolved a revolutionary way of examining, and understanding, the Vedic texts and then presenting it to the world the knowledge contained in the Vedas in clear and concise terms. His remarkable scientific study of the Vedas made him.

In his address, chief guest, Dr Vidyadhar Mishra, former Vice Chancellor of the Kameshwar Singh Darbhanga Sanskrit Vishvavidyalaya, said Pandit Ojha represented IndiaÔÇÖs sacred legacy. His scientific approach to the Vedas was more advanced than present times. He termed Ojha ji as a great tapasvi or great ascetic.

Chairing the session, Dr Upendra Jha, Vice Chancellor, Kameshwar Singh Darbhanga Sanskrit Vishvavidyalaya, referring to the works of Pandit Ojha, said they contained an ocean of knowledge within them. His grasp over the Vedic texts and knowledge was unique. We must benefit from his works.

Dr Sureshwar Jha, the main speaker on the first day of the seminar, said the source of learning and wisdom has always been the Mithila region. He urged setting up of a chair in honour of Pandit Ojha at the Sanskrit university. He said Ojha ji should be celebrated in Mithila. He then went on to give a lucid summary of the works of Pandit Ojha.

The first session was chaired by former Vice Chancellor, Dr Ramachandra Jha. The speakers included Dr Kalikadutt Jha, Dr Umakant Chaturvedi, Dr Dayanand Jha and Dr Vinay Kumar Mishra.

Prof. Shashinath Jha of Kameshwar Singh Darbhanga Sanskrit Vishvavidyalaya  coordinated the proceedings.

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