The Rigveda has many suktas praising the eternal parents, the Heaven and the Earth, but the Bhumi Suktam mostly studied is from the Atharva Veda. It is a hymn comprising of 63 mantras to Mother Earth. Unity in Diversity is the principal intention and the overarching feeling is to pay the highest tribute to Earth, which is likened to a milch cow and our mother. It is an amazing illustration of seeking harmony and concord in the diversity of people.
About Speaker: –
Dr. Gauri Mahulikar is Dean and Professor at Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth, deemed-to-be-university, Ernakulam. She was the Gurudev Tagore Chair of Comparative Literature Professor and former HOD of Sanskrit at Mumbai University where she was instrumental in launching courses in Manuscriptology, Bhakti Literature and Mysticism. She holds a Doctorate in Sanskrit on ‘Vedic Elements in Puranic Mantras and Rituals’. She has published eight books and over 90 research articles. A passionate teacher, Dr. Mahulikar has mentored several doctoral students, 17 being awarded Ph.D degree and is often invited as a speaker by universities and other organisations. She is a member of the Board of Advisors at Indic Today and of the Academic Advisory Board as Eminent Expert of K J Somaiya Institute of Dharma Studies. She is an eminent expert on the board of CIIL, Mysuru. She is Kulapati of Sanskrit Samvardhan Pratishthan, an NGO working on value education in school children and Vice President of Itihas Sankalan Samiti, Konkan region.