Samskara Project

(Documenting Indian Cultural Practices)

Samskaras are purifying ceremonies and techniques prescribed by Maharshis to be performed at various stages of one’s life. There are sixteen Vedic practicals (Vaidika prayogās) considered extremely important (Ṣoḍaśasaṁskārā), and numerous other non-Vedic practicals (Avaidika prayogās) to eliminate mental and physical health disturbances. These, along with many cultural festivals – such as the Chariot Festival (Rathotsava) – are at risk of losing their purpose and significance. To date, Bharati Yogadhama researchers have documented hundreds of hours of rare traditional ceremonies, rituals and festivals throughout India. The intention is to both evaluate their benefits, as well as preserve India’s rich cultural heritage for future generations.

  • Collecting audio and video documentation, as well as publication of research and facts pertaining to both Vedic and non-vedic practices, tracking their relevance and illuminating their true benefit to our bodies and minds.
  • Engagement with elders and scholars, preserving their oral histories and revealing the unique continuity Indian culture has maintained through the ages.
  • Index findings and research in order to make it more accessible, relevant and meaningful.

Sanatana Bharata Vishwakosha

(Database of Ancient Indian Literature & Sanskrit Texts)

Indian culture was once based on Maharṣi Vijñāna (ancient wisdom and scientific understanding). Sanatana Bharata Samskruti Vishwakosha will create a digital encyclopedic database offering a compendium analysis and understanding of cultural traditions based on original Indian literature and Sanskrit texts. Its aim is to understand the true meaning and significance of these ancient texts through an exploration of their original Sanskrit meanings.

  • This project aims to eliminate modern misconceptions, blind practices and beliefs that undermine authentic Indian culture.
  • Highlight how these ancient literary sources can validate what is authentic Indian culture and civilization.
  • Support and show how the continuity of Indian culture may thrive amidst today’s vast cultural diversity.

Arsha Katha Kosha

(Indexing Moral Stories Found in Indian Literature)

This project is dedicated to create a comprehensive index of ancient stories and narratives to provide teachers and students better access to, and understanding of Indian culture and its foundational philosophy. A central focus will be to categorize the essence of Vedic knowledge found enshrined in the 18 Purāṇas and 18 Upa-Purāṇas under headings such as Ahiṁsā (Non-violence), Dayā (Mercy), Asteya (Non-stealing) and so on.

  • A simple and effective teaching tool for both teachers and students to make Vedic knowledge more accessible and meaningful.
  • Identify stories that will develop constructive and positive qualities in children, inspiring them to embrace moral actions and values.
  • Faced with the negative impact of today’s T.V. Serials and films, this index will function as a handbook for teachers to help shape noble personalities and steer Indian culture in a virtuous direction.