Presents

Kshetrayanam - 2020


PROTECTING OUR SACRED SPACES

  JANUARY 19, 2020 – SUNDAY

  RASIKA RANJANI SABHA, MYLAPORE, CHENNAI

 

Kshetrayanam is an annual 1-day conclave that discusses the challenges facing Hindu temples and their sacred practices. It seeks to ensure that Indic institutions can once again function autonomously and be the lifeline of our civilization.

Speakers

TR Ramesh

Anil Dhir

Ravilochanan Iyengar

J. Sai Deepak

Anjali George

Probal Roy Chowdhury

Hariprasad Nelliteertha

Aravind Subramanyam

MD Srinivas

JK Bajaj

Ashish Dhar

Madhusudhan Srinivasan

Schedule

We present “Kshetrayanam-II”, a one-day conclave to take stock of the major threats to our sacred spaces and to work out a pragmatic strategy to protect them from hostile forces and societal apathy.

Timing

Session

Speaker

9: 15 – 9: 30

Inauguration

NA

9: 30 – 10:00

How Governments and Courts alienated Temples from Hindus

TR Ramesh

10:00 – 10:30

Demolition of Puri Mathas – Loss of centuries old cultural heritage

Anil Dhir

10:30 – 11:00

Hindu Temples and Charitable Endowments

Ravilochanan Iyengar

11:00 – 11:30

Hindu Character of Princely States

J Sai Deepak

11:30 – 12:00

Temple Reclamation Movement in Kerala

Anjali George

12:00 – 1:00

Lunch

NA

1:00 – 1:30

Kalau Asvamedha: The Annual Autumnal Homecoming of the Great Goddess in Bengal

Probal Roy Chowdhury

1:30 – 2:00

Tulunadu: Devagruha of Bharatabhumi

Hariprasad Nellitheertha

2:00 – 2:30

Sabarimala Temple and its traditions

Aravind Sastha

2:30 – 3:00

Kerala School of Mathematics and Astronomy : Temples as knowledge centres

MD Srinivas

3:00 – 3:30

Temples, Economy and Environment: A Case Study of Tamil Nadu

JK Bajaj

3:30 – 3:45

Tea Break

NA

3:45 – 4:15

Dharma, Ecology and the future of Pilgrimage

Ashish Dhar

4:15 – 4:45

Deepavali Cracker Ban: Are Hindus victims of misplaced Environmental vigilantism?

Madhusudhan Srinivasan

4:45 – 5:15

Setting the motion

NA

5:15 – 5:30

Vote of thanks

NA

Schedule

We present “Kshetrayanam-II”, a one-day conclave to take stock of the major threats to our sacred spaces and to work out a pragmatic strategy to protect them from hostile forces and societal apathy.

Session 1

9: 15 – 9: 30

Inauguration

Session 2

9: 30 – 10:00

Topic: How Governments and Courts alienated Temples from Hindus

Speaker: TR Ramesh

Session 3

10:00 – 10:30

Topic: Demolition of Puri Mathas – Loss of centuries old cultural heritage

Speaker: Anil Dhir

Session 4

10:30 – 11:00

Topic: Hindu Temples and Charitable Endowments

Speaker: Ravilochanan Iyengar

Session 5

11:00 – 11:30

Topic: Hindu Character of Princely States

Speaker: J Sai Deepak

Session 6

11:30 – 12:00

Topic: Temple Reclamation Movement in Kerala

Speaker: Anjali George

Session 7

12:00 – 1:00

Lunch

Session 8

1:00 – 1:30

Topic: Kalau Asvamedha: The Annual Autumnal Homecoming of the Great Goddess in Bengal

Speaker: Probal Roy Chowdhury

Session 9

1:30 – 2:00

Topic: Tulunadu: Devagruha of Bharatabhumi

Speaker: Hariprasad Nellitheertha

Session 10

2:00 – 2:30

Topic: Sabarimala Temple and its traditions

Speaker: Aravind Sastha

Session 11

2:30 – 3:00

Topic: Kerala School of Mathematics and Astronomy : Temples as knowledge centres

Speaker: MD Srinivas

Session 12

3:00 – 3:30

Topic: Temples, Economy and Environment: A Case Study of Tamil Nadu

Speaker: JK Bajaj

Session 13

3:30 – 3:45

Tea Break

Session 14

3:45 – 4:15

Topic: Dharma, Ecology and the future of Pilgrimage

Speaker: Ashish Dhar

Session 15

4:15 – 4:45

Topic: Deepavali Cracker Ban: Are Hindus victims of misplaced Environmental vigilantism?

Speaker: Madhusudhan Srinivasan

Session 16

4:45 – 5:15

Setting the motion

Session 17

5:15 – 5:30

Vote of thanks

 

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FAQ's

1. How do I register for the event?

Please follow the registration link and provide the details requested there in. The cost of registration is Rs. 500 and covers lunch (vegetarian only) for 1 person and accessory kit – which contains stationery and other essentials for the event.

2. How to get there?

Uber, Ola and other cab services are available from the Airport (~ 17 km) and Chennai Central (~ 10 km). The venue is reachable via Chennai Metro (Teynampet station) and via MRTS (From Velachery: Thirumayilai station)

3. What are the places to visit while attending Kshetrayanam 2020?

The following temples are within a mile radius from the venue
a. Kapaleeshwara Temple: Said to be at least 1000 years old (current one is 300 years old, rebuilt after Portuguese demolished the older temple and erected the now-famous St. Thomas cathedral over it
b. Sri Adi Keshava Perumal Temple & Sri Madhava Perumal Temple Both > 1000-year-old temples to Vishnu
c. Several Vaishnava and Shaiva shrines are within a 2 hour travel time from the city, including Mahabalipuram, Kanchipuram, etc.

4. Where can I stay during the event?

Several places offer accommodation at various price levels. Closest to the venue are Karpagam International, Krishna Residency, Savera Hotel – to list a few