A STUDY MISSION OF VEDIC - AGE ARYA SANSKRITI
By Shadani Darbar Group
A Group of indian tourists led by Sant Gobindram sahib, head of Shadani Darbar(A Hindu Religious Center based at Raipur M.P) alongwith Dr. Laxmi Narayan Piparsania, a reputed scholar and writer and a former Consul Genernal of India in Ukraine, and eleven others, left Delhi on 8th June 1996 for Uzbekistan, Azarbaizan, Russia and other countries on a study mission of Vedic Age Arya Sanskriti.
This tour was the first leg of the 30-nation visit as organised by the Darbar, for the purpose to search for Shiva Temples which were established by Bhagwan Parshuram in Vaidik Kal.
The objective of the Darbar in undertaking the visit, first of its kind, was to promote india's cultural bonda with all countries of the world on the basis of Vedic Age Arya Sanskriti contained in the Vedas. The Darbar believes that this effort shall strengthen cultural bonds, spread the message of peace and deflate the armament race in the world. The Darbar also believes that it is only through the propagation of Vedantic Sanskriti and Cultrual that mutual love, brotherhood and goodwill amongst the peoples of the world can be fostered.
Visit to Tashkant, Samarkand (Uzbekistan)
According to the Vedic Age writings, the present day Tashkant was named as Yashupati Nagar and was the birth place of Sati Savitri. Samarkand was the place of Maharishi Jamdagni and his brave son, Parshuram.
The group stayed in Uzbekistan from 9to 12 June.
In Tashkant, the Group was unable to reach the place to find any clue to know Savitri's name and her origin. A large part of Tashkant was destroyed during the 1996 earthquake. This factor also made it difficult to obtain relevant information.
On 11th June, the Group visited the ancient city of Samarkand. It was learnt that old name of Samarkand was Markanda. Markanda was a great Muni of Treta Yug. On its way Samarkand by road, the Group crossed over the famous river, Sir Dariya and the high mountains ranges. The old name of this mountain was Mahindra Mountain, where on Lord Parshuram medicated and worshipped Lord Shiva.
According to some historians the events of the Mahabharat Age had covered Central Asian regions, such as Uzbekistan, Tazikistan, Iran Afghanistan, as also the present day kirghistan adjoining Hindukush and Karakorum mountains of the Himalayas. According to a source, Princess Jambuwanti, one of the eight wives of Lord Krishna, belonged to Kirgjistan. So it is no surprise that there are still some historical signs to indicate that with these areas, some of our Vedic Age Rishis and great men like Parshuram and his father, Jamdagni were connected.
In Mascow, the Group visited the Jawaharlal Nehru Cultural Center of Govt. of India, where nearly 100 Russian student learn Yoga, 40 students Kathak dance and 50 students learn Hindi Language regularly. The entire organisations of the Center appeared to us as most organisation of the Center appeared to us as the most organised and impressive. We also met Centre's Director, Mr. P.k Verma.
A Significant Finding of the Group
Uzbekistan and areas near the northen Himalayas were culturally close to Buddhism and prior to the ancient Aryan civilisation. Later by the advent of Islam in the present day Uzbekistan and other adjoining states contacts between these areas and India increased. They are many similarities in the attitudes and the way of life of the two countries. For instance, in music, the family, films, entertainment etc. At Tashkant international Airport, the Group saw an Ibadat Khano(Prayer Room) which had a name plate at the door with the words: Prayer Room, written in 3 Language (Russian, Arabic and English) along with a prominent sign of OM. On our inquiry, one lady worker told us that such a name plate can be seen at all Ibadat Khanas in Uzbekistan, However, she did'nt know the significance of the sign OM and said that perhaps it was Kukaldas Madarsa (High School). The name seems to be after a Hindu figure.
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