[Advaita-l] Fwd: {भारतीयविद्वत्परिषत्} Launch of the Center for Shaiva Studies

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Wed May 4 01:46:37 EDT 2022

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Subject: {भारतीयविद्वत्परिषत्} Launch of the Center for Shaiva Studies
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INDICA is pleased to announce the launch of the *Center for Shaiva Studies*
in collaboration with Manish Maheshwari, founder, Tattva Heritage
Foundation and a scholar-in-residence at INDICA.

The Center will be based in Pondicherry and will be led by Dr. T. Ganesan,
Former Director of Research at the French Institute, Pondicherry and a
foremost scholar of Śaivism.

The Center for Shaiva Studies in Pondicherry will be inaugurated on 6th May

*Vision and Scope of the Center*

Our vision is to be a premier place of research on Śaivism and its
ancillary traditions. The Center will be a hub for scholars-practitioners
to study and conduct research on all aspects of the Śaiva tradition be it
Śaiva philosophy, rituals, literature and arts. We plan to train and
develop select scholars to undertake philologically rigorous textual,
manuscript, and epigraphic studies on the vast Śaiva corpus available in
Sanskrit, Tamil, Telugu and Kannada languages. We also plan to undertake
detailed study on some of the ancient and important Śiva temples with a
special focus on the architectural, ritual and holy legend (sthalapurāṇa).
There are also allied fields associated with Śaivism such as haṭha yoga,
martial arts, siddha tradition, ritual studies, and aesthetics. In the long
run, we plan to develop expertise and scholarship in the above-mentioned

Textual studies will also be complemented by our endeavour to chronicle and
document contemporary forms of Śaivism be it the thriving temple
traditions, Śaiva institutions, siddha traditions, and various forms of
Śaiva devotional practices.  As an output of the academic study, the Center
will publish critical editions, monographs and books containing original
research undertaken at the Center. The academic department will also
organise conferences, talks and seminars on the topics related to Śaivism.
Eventually, the Center will also bring out a rolling journal containing the
latest research on Śaivism and its allied tradition. The Center will become
a hub of grant-giving activities for Indian scholars who are interested in
undertaking research on Śaivism under the supervision of scholars at the

Apart from the academic activity, the Center will coordinate with the Śaiva
community to organize training sessions for Śaiva purohits and temple
administrators, publish introductory materials both textually and
audio-visually on various traditions and concepts of Śaivism for the
general public, hold open-house for an interested lay audience who wants to
be introduced to the Śaiva tradition, and last but not the least, maintain
an informative and updated website on Śaivism. We believe that the wider
Śaiva community would benefit from such endeavours.

In the upcoming days, we plan to onboard multiple senior scholars and
junior researchers at the Center.

*Structure and Funding*

A Section 8 Company has been incorporated with INDICA and Manish Maheshwari
as co-founders. INDICA has committed to contribute a sum of Rs One Crore
over the period of the next four years towards the activities of the
Center. Manish Maheshwari’s Tattva Heritage Foundation will also be
contributing financially to the Center. We are in talks with multiple
potential sponsors and donors for their participation.

*Hari Kiran Vadlamani              Manish Maheshwari*
Founder, INDICA                       Founder, Tattva Heritage Foundation
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*Our mailing address is:*
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