Glimpses of Vedic Education (Keraliya Anyonyam) — A Talk By Dr. C M Neelakandhan

This talk is jointly organized by IHAR and IGNCA

Vedic education in Kerala goes back centuries. The tradition has been kept alive by the Namboodiris of Kerala, particularly in the Thrissur district. In the past few decades, the practice of Vedic chanting, ‘kadavallur anyonyam’ has been revived. The talk focuses on the oral and ritual techniques that have been used to preserve the Vedic tradition in Kerala Kadavallur Anyonyam is a historic event where two groups of Rgveda Naboothiris belonging to Thrissur and Tirunavaya Brahmaswam Mathas of Kerala meet at the Sree Ramaswamy Temple, Kadavallur, Trissur District, Kerala and conduct various examinations in the chanting of Rigveda.

Usually Anyonyam is conducted for ten days, out of which eight days devoted for examining the proficiency in chanting the portions from each Astaka of Rgveda (Total eight Astakas and thus eight days). The remaining two days are devoted for the ceremonial chanting of Yajurveda and Samaveda of Kerala Tradition. The ritual ceremony is conducted in two phases on each day.

About the Speaker: –

Former Academic Director, Kerala Kalamandalam Deemed University for Art and Culture. Former Professor, Sahitya & i/c of Vedic Studies, Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit

Leave a Reply