Conference on 'Vedas' at Padmanabhaswamy temple

The Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple is set to host a national 'vedic' conference as part of the ongoing ritual 'Murajapam', a ritual of chanting of 'mantras', conducted once in six years.

Temple executive officer V. Ratheesan said the conference would take place from January 2-5.

"Vedic experts from the state and outside will present seminars, and discussions will be held on the four vedas," he said.

The conference would also see participation of students and teachers from various vedic schools, Sanskrit and Veda Universities, Ratheesan told.

The temple authority has requested Kerala Governor Arif Mohammed Khan to inaugurate the conference. The temple has been witnessing the centuries-old ritual 'Murajapam', chanting of 'mantras', conducted once in every six years.

The 56-day-long ritual, which began on November 21, involves the ceremonial chanting of Rigveda, Yajurveda and Samaveda by around 200 scholars from Kanchipuram, Pejawar, Sringeri, besides representatives of the Yogakshema and Brahmana Sabhas.

The ritual would conclude on January 15 ('Makar Sankranti') when one lakh oil lamps would be lit at the temple precincts.