Unique and first of its kind website on Indian Scriptures got launched in Nairobi
Ancient age culture meets new age technology to present priceless Indian treasures
January 28, 2013, Nairobi, Kenya: Today India, in addition to being the largest democracy in the world, is a country of diverse languages, regional dance forms, dialects, food habits, political parties, and musical gharanas. Since past thousands of years, it has been the land of rituals, traditions, scriptures, practices, manuscripts, shlokas, mantras, and more. Indian contributions to various fields such as mathematics, medicine, yoga, science, life science, relationships, music, dance forms, and so on, are a result of study, research and experimentation. This wealth of information needs to be passed on to the next generations.
This priceless collection is not easily accessible to everyone and hence, very few of us are aware of its existence and practical importance. This motivated Vaishali Shah, born, brought up and educated in Mumbai- India, to bring old Indian times and new age technology together, in a fascinating manner, on the internet. She holds a post graduate degree in International Business from a reputed business school of India, in addition to possessing degrees such as Master of Commerce from Mumbai University, Diploma in Business Management and Diploma in Web Technologies, all studied in Mumbai and Pune, India. She was running an Internet company successfully in Mumbai before moving to Kenya after marriage. In addition, she has been studying various scriptures on Vedic culture, Itihaas such as Mahabharat, Bhagwad Geeta in various institutes like Chinmaya Mission, Iskon and Oxford University.
www.indianscriptures.com is conceived and created by Vaishali Shah. It is a result of countless hours of research and study, done by Vaishali and her team, to collect genuine and authenticated content for the users. Technological advancements have been put into best use in presenting the content, and the features, in a manner most practical for everyday use. Core content is contributed by authorities in the field and hence authentic and complete. The institutes like Chinmaya Mission, Iskon, Vaidik Sanshodhan Mandal, Sharda Pith and many more in India have contributed the content to the site. USPs of the website are its completeness, authenticity, features, ease of practical use, elegant presentation, opportunity to participate in discussion forums, free registration, various courses available to choose from.
Goal is to create one stop portal for Indian scriptures belonging to various religions such as Hinduism, Sikhism, Jainism, Buddhism and so on, epics and books contributed by renowned gurus, scholars and institutions, compiled and presented in logical, scientific and rational manner. The website is an online platform for people across the globe to connect to scholars and Vedic scientists. They can interact with them and exchange their views and ideas. It is created keeping in view everyone’s needs and hence surfers from all age groups will benefit from it. The site will effectively support who want to save and promote libraries, manuscripts and rare books on Vedic culture. Online live support extended to all users will help clarify their doubts and queries. The website will be the cultural hub on internet with dedicated kids’ zone.
The mega launch event happened on January 28th at Oshwal centre auditorium, Nairobi, Kenya. The event was inaugurated under the auspices of chief guest Goswami Vaishnavacharya 108 Shree Dwarkeshlalji Mahodayashree from Ahmadabad, India, other honourable dignitaries like Umapatidas – chairman of Nairobi, Buddhist monk Wimala Bhanteji in Nairobi, Motivational speaker – Latesh Shah were present. Few political leaders like Hon. Chief whip Jakoyo Midiwo and Hon. Lands Minister James Orengo shared their views and best wishes.
Kamini Thakkar, the owner of a dance school in Nairobi presented the dances along with young girls of Swaminarayan temple and Iskcon temple. The event was attended by many dignitaries of the country.
The event was covered by major news channels of Kenya like KTN and NTV. The event was also got published in Business Daily, Asian Weekly and other prominent newspapers of Kenya. There was an interesting Radio interview of Vaishali Shah on EastFm Radio channel with Parveen Adam at 11 am on 28th January. It got a tremendous response from the Indian listeners not only in Kenya but also from viewers of other countries.
DATE: 12th JULY- 15th JULY 2013
DONE BY VAISHALI AND KAMAL SHAH AND SHRIVEDANT FOUNDATION
A grand temple for lord Shiva was inaugurated in the town of Kibigori near Kenya last week. The temple project initiated and carried out by Sri Kamal Shah and Vaishali Shah of Shrivedant Foundation stands as a shining jewel beckoning devotees from far and wide. The deities specially sculpted for the temple were crafted by master artisans from Jaipur in India and brought to Kenya. Overseeing all the arrangements, Vaishali Shah ensured that every aspect of the four day function went off smoothly with clock wise precision and all the requirements for the installation were thoroughly fulfilled. All the devotees from Kenya participated wholeheartedly as there was an open invitation for them to take part in the auspicious function and be blessed by lord Shiva.
An overwhelming three thousand people attended the festivities spread over four days. The installation ceremony and all the rituals were presided over by Acharya Yashwant Maharaj from Nairobi. He was ably assisted by a team of eleven purohits.
Earlier the inauguration of the Shiv temple at Kibigori got off to a colourful start with the Varghodo procession of all gods on the evening of 12th July. The festivities started at the Sanatan Temple with more than 700 people participating in the event. The well decorated deities were all brought with reverence and piety to the chanting of appropriate hymns from the showroom and this signalled the beginning of the Karma Kutir Puja. This Puja is performed to atone for any lapses that could have occurred while the idols were being sculpted and during the entire process of their creation. As the sculptors breathed life into the statues they could have given a degree of pain to the deities. The Puja is performed in this bhava seeking forgiveness of the all merciful gods. Statues of Ganapati, Parvati, Dattatrey, Ganga Ma, Shivalinga and Lord Hanuman were placed in their appropriate places and puja offered to them by going through the various rituals mentioned in our scriptures in a spirit of devotion and humility. The gods were then taken in a procession which passed many temples in Kisumu enroute like the Jalaram Temple and Brahma Samaj. It was a wonderful sight to see the idols wending their way till they reached the main venue to the accompaniment of bhajans which were rendered by enthusiastic performers from ISCKON and Sanatan Hindu Union Temple. After this Prasad was distributed to all the participants and it was indeed a lively start to the grand proceedings slated for the next three days.
The formal installation function began on the morning of 13th July with a grand puja to lord Ganesha, remover of obstacles . This was followed by puja to all other deities. These rituals were spread over the whole day. The sacrificial fire, a very important component in the Vedic rituals is accorded a prime position in all yagnas. Agni Sthapan, a special ritual invoking the fire god to ignite the sacrificial fire for various other rituals was the highlight of the day. This yagna ended with the traditional arati or waving of lights to all deities.
The next day the 14th of July began with a puja offered to lord Ganesh and other deities. The day began with the Sthapan vidhi where the gods were bathed by the assembled purohits or Vedic priests with waters of all the sacred rivers of India, flown specially for the occasion. Along with the waters, the deities were also bathed with other natural resources like grains, flowers, milk, honey etc. It was certainly a heavenly sight to see the deities dressed in finery with new clothes. They were then offered a special bed to repose which was decorated and filled with sweet scented flowers of every hue, grains, fruits along with soft pillows and silken drapes . This ritual known as Shayavidhi was observed with tenderness and love by the performer in a spirit of devotion. It being a Sunday, the event was well attended with all the dignitaries of the town present at the venue. Committee members of the Hindu Council of Kenya graced the occasion. Nitin Malde, the national secretary, Kamal Pattni, the national treasurer and committee members, Sathwinder Sian and Jayendra Malde were some of the prominent personalities from HCK to attend the event. Sri Bharat Bhai Thacker, Secretary of Shrivedant Foundation attended the function on two days along with his wife. Others who were present were Ramji Pandey of WHO, who is the pracharak of a Shaka in Nairobi, Radhupati Shetty, chairman of Swami Vivekananda 150th birth centenary committee in Nairobi, committee members of HCK, Kisumu branch, trustees of Hindu Sanatan Union, chairman of Visha Oshwal, ISKCON, Patel Samaj and many other office bearers of various communities. Sri Kamal Shah invited all the dignitaries to perform the yagna rituals themselves so that they could partake of the blessings directly.
The installation of the deities was held on the fourth day. Sri Kamal Shah and Vaishali Shah offered a seat of gold and placed all the deities there and performed the main puja to lord Shiva after formal installation. All the assembled devotees chanted the lord’s name continuously and offered prayers throughout the function thus conferring blessings on the family of Kamal Shah. Prasad was served from noon to evening on all the three days of the event. The temple, christened with a new name Kamleshwar Mahadev Shiv temple, adds another glorious chapter in the spiritual calendar of Kenya.