National Webinar on Kenopanishad

Shri Shankar Shikshayatan organised a National Webinar on Kenopanishad on June 30-July 1, 2020. 

The meeting was attended by over 200 participants from different universities and institutions. 


The discussion was based on  Pandit Motilal Shastri’s commentary on Kenopanishad--Kenopanishadvijnana-bhashya. Introducing the subject, Prof. Santosh Kumar Shukla, convener, Shri Shankar Shikshaytan, said Kenopanishad was related to one of the brahmana granthas (Talavakara) of Samaveda. It is also known as Jaiminiya Upanishad, Talaukara Upanishad or Brahmanopanishad. It is called Kenopanishad because of the appearance of the term `kena`* in its first mantra. `Kena` in Sanskrit implies a question-- ‘by whom?’ 

There are nine chapters in the said brahamana grantha and eight of them describe the methods and rituals necessary for cleansing of self. In the ninth chapter, which is known as the Kenopanishad, there is a deeper examination of para-brahma tatva. The Kenopanishad examines the nature of ultimate reality in depth. The subject-object relationship is explained in the concluding part of the text. To make the discussions easier to understand, these have been given in the form of a dialogue between a teacher and student. 


हिंदी में संक्षिप्त विवरण यहाँ पढ़ें।  


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Programme schedule
June 30- 2020 @ 4.30 pm

Chief Guest: Prof. Satchidananda Mishra, Acharya, Department of Philosophy, Benaras Hindu University, Varanasi.

Special Guest: Prof. Saroj Kaushal, Head of the Department, Jainarayan Vyas University, Jodhpur.

Saraswat Guest: Prof. Meera Dviwedi, Associate Professor, Sanskrit Department, Delhi University.

In Chair: Prof. Santosh Kumar Shukla, Convener, Shri Shankar Shikshayatan and Dean, Sanskrit and Ancient Studies Department, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi.


First Session

In Chair:  Prof. Ramraj Upadhyaya, Head of Department, Paurohitya vibhag, Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri Rashtriya Sanskrit University, Delhi.

Saraswat guest: Prof. Lalit Kumar Gaur, Acharya, Department of Sanskrit, Kurukshetra University, Haryana.

Special Speaker: Prof. Gopal Prasad Sharma, Head of Department, Department of Veda, Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri Rashtriya Sanskrit University, Delhi.

Speakers: Prof. Sundar Narain Jha, Acharya, Department of Veda, Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri Rashtriya Sanskrit University, Delhi.


                 Dr Ranjit Behera, Associate Professor, Sanskrit Department, Delhi University.


                 Dr Pankaj Ghai, Assistant Professor, Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi University.


Second Session


In Chair: Prof. Vishnupad Mahapatra, Head of Department, Department of Nyaya, Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri Rashtriya Sanskrit University, Delhi.


Saraswat speaker: Dr Lala Shankar Gayawal, Associate Professor, R. D. Rajkiya Kanya Mahavidyalaya, Bharatpur, Rajasthan.


Special speaker:  Dr Dhananjaya Mani Tripathi, Assistant Professor, Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi.


Speakers:  Dr Mamata Tripathi, Assistant Professor, Gargi College, Delhi University.


                  Dr Ramakeshwar Tiwari, Assistant Professor, Vyakaran, Brij Bhushan Sanskrit Mahavidyalaya, Gaya, Bihar.


                  Dr Prachetas, Assistant Professor, Ewing Christian College, Allahabad University, Allahabad, UP. 



Welcome address: Dr Lakshmi Kant Vimal, Senior Research Fellow, Shri Shankar Shikshayatan, Delhi.


Vote of thanks: Dr Mani Shankar Dviwedi, Research Fellow, Shri Shankar Shikshayatan, Delhi.