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His Holiness' visit to Jammu - A report - Part 3

His Holiness Jagadguru Sri Jayendra Saraswati Shankaracharya Swamiji visited Jammu from 28 Oct. 2010 to 2 November 2010. This is the third and final part of the report on the visit.

VISIT TO RAGHUNATH MANDIR

The first phase of the Viswa Shanti Mahayagna organized at Jammu by Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam with the support of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams was held at Sri Vaishno Devi Mandir from 29 to 31st October 2010. The second phase of the Yagna commenced on the 1st November 2010 at Sri Raghunath Mandir, Jammu in the benign presence of His Holiness Pujyasri Jayendra Saraswathi Shankaracharya Swamiji. His Holiness was given ceremonial welcome at the Raghunath Mandir on arrival.

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His Holiness entering the Yagna Mandap
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Yagna Kalash
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Yagna commences
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Veda Pandits commencing the Yagna
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His Holiness blessing the Pandits taking part in the Havan
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His Holiness performing Harati to the Presiding Deity of the Mandir
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Raghunath mandir in the backdrop
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On the way to Sanskrit Research Centre

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VISIT TO SRI RANBIR SANSKRIT RESEARCH INSTITUTE

Inside the Raghunath Mandir campus is a centre which represents an important aspect of the rich cultural heritage of India- Sri Ranbir Sanskrit Anusandhan Sansthan (Sri Ranbir Sanskrit Research Institute). His Holiness spent time at the Institute and went through several manuscripts preserved there. He interacted with the scholars and other members of the institute and blessed them for their efforts in maintaining our rich cultural legacy. Following is a brief description of this historic institute:

Manuscripts preserve knowledge and make it available for succeeding generations. The manuscripts preserved at the Sri Ranbir Sanskrit Research Institute constitute an important aspect of our national heritage. The story begins with Maharaja Ranbir Singhji (1830-85) of Jammu and Kashmir. He was not only a great temple builder and administrator, but also a notable patron of scholarship. 

The wisdom and foresight of Maharaja Ranbir Singhji, whose father Maharaja Gulab Singhji founded the DharmarthTrust, led him to set up the Sanskrit Mahavidyalaya and Library of Manuscripts. Soon after his accession to the throne in the year 1857, the Maharaja consecrated a shrine to the worship of Sri Raghunathji.

The Maharaja provided rich endowment for the funding and maintenance of the holy centre which included the formation of a library under the Temple Foundation. Under his guidance, special efforts were made to collect valuable manuscripts from within the state and other parts of the country, and as a result, the library steadily enlarged during his reign. Consequently, a large collection of manuscripts was built up at the Sri Raghunathji Temple Library. By the time of his demise in 1885, the collection comprised more than 6,000 manuscripts. Since then, the temple library has stood as a monument to his remarkable character as well as his regard for the Indian scholarship.

Descriptive catalogue of Sanskrit manuscripts listing the collection maintained in this library is available now for interested scholars.

His Holiness' visit to Jammu

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His Holiness' visit to Jammu

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His Holiness emerging out of the Sri Ranbir Sanskrit Research Institute

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VISIT TO RASHTRIYA SANSKRIT SANSTHAN

His Holiness' visit to Jammu

His Holiness visited Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan, Sri Ranbir Campus, Kot-Bhalwal, Jammu. The erstwhile Shri Raghunath Sanskrit Mahavidyalaya established by the former Ruler of the Jammu & Kashmir was taken over as one of the constituent Vidyapeetha by the Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan on 1st April, 1971 and was named as Shri  Ranbir  Campus.

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His Holiness arriving at the Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan

Traditional welcome with Poornakumbh was given to His Holiness on arrival at the Sansthan. His Holiness visited the various departments and the manuscript preservation centre. The programme commenced with prayer to Devi Saraswathi. Devotees offered their prayers to His Holiness. The Principal Prof. V.M. Shastri read the welcome address. His Holiness gave Anugraha Bhashan and Blessings to the staff and other members of the Sansthan.

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Visiting the various departments and the manuscript preservation centre
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Prayer to Devi Saraswathi
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Devotees offering their prayers to His Holiness
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A view of the gathering
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Principal Sri Sastri being honoured

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