Bharatavarsha – The India Narrative is the English translation of an extraordinary work of scholarship in Sanskrit, Indravijayah or `Indra’s Victory`, authored by an equally remarkable Vedic scholar and orator, Pandit Madhusudan Ojha.
Pandit Madhusudan Ojha (1866-1939) was in many senses a pioneering man of words and wisdom, reigniting an interest in study of the Vedas and other pauranic texts at a time when western mode of education had swept aside traditional learning and teaching in India.
Blessed with worthy teachers in Pandit Rajiv Lochan Ojha, his uncle, and Pandit Shiv Kumar Shastri, a renowned Vedic scholar of Kashi, Pandit Ojha recognised that reading and understanding of the Vedas would require re-discovering the meaning and context of the Vedic language, lost due to neglect and disaffection over the centuries. Distortions and misinterpretations had besmirched the true meaning of the Vedic terminologies. These had to be corrected, he realised, to revive a deeper study of the Vedas in India. This became his life’s mission.
A life-long study of the Vedas along with other pauranic texts made Pandit Ojha aware of an exceptional blend of reasoning based on natural principles and introspective insight in these texts. He discovered in the Vedas a living science, Vedic Vijnana, the key to unlock the profound mysteries of Creation and life.
Indravijayah is one of his over 228 volumes written on various aspects of Vedic Vijnana which evidently has survived decades of neglect. The present volume, translated into English by noted Sanskrit scholar, Prof. Kapil Kapoor, is an endeavour by Shri Shankar Shikshayatan to foreground not only the extraordinary interpretive talent and scholarship of Pandit Madhusudan Ojha but also his remarkable contribution towards reviving interest in the study of the Vedas.
Bharatavarsha – The India Narrative may not capture in entirety the magnificence and depth of knowledge contained in the original work of Pandit Madhusudan Ojha, but it certainly does open a beguiling window to the mysteries of life and creation through the absorbing tale of Indra, a divine personification of a supraphysical energy, and his exploits of courage and dominance.
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