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A day exploring India’s incredible art and culture

Students of Apeejay College of Fine Arts went on a historical trip, learned about ancient scriptures, manuscripts, coins, seals, statues and more



Apeejay is committed to quality education of global dimensions leading to man-making and nation-building.It aims at holistic development of an individual by imbuing the right qualities of head and heart. The idea is to inculcate human values, scientific temper, music, dance, debate and all kinds of skills in students. 

With this perspective, Apeejay College of Fine Arts (ACFA), Jalandhar, organised a historical trip to Vishveshvaranand Vishwa Bandhu Institute of Sanskrit and Indological Studies, Hoshiarpur for its students. This one day trip was organised in collaboration with The Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH). 

Around 50 students from various departments of ACFA went for this trip. The main purpose of this trip was to acquaint the students with Indian art, culture, philosophy as well as to give them a tour of the Research Center. Vishveshvaranand Vishwa Bandhu Institute of Sanskrit and Vedic Research Center was chosen for this historic journey located on the Hoshiarpur to Una Road in District Hoshiarpur as this institute is popularly known as Sadhu Ashram and is also a Research Center. 

Moreover, it is recognised as a regional center under Panjab University, Chandigarh and is India’s second largest museum research centre, Vedic institute and library. Ancient scriptures, manuscripts, coins, seals and statues are kept here along with almost more than a lakh handwritten Pandu scripts. The four Vedas which are highly respected in Hinduism are also here written in English and French. Students also saw a collection of translations, dictionaries, autobiographies of famous scholars, theology, charak samhita, bhrigu samhita, sri Ram Charit Manas written in Gurmukhi script and Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji written in Sanskrit language. 

In 1903 AD, In 1903 AD, two ascetics named Sri Visveswarananda and his disciple Sri Nityananda chose the Vedas to spread Indian Sanskrit philosophy, art and religion. With their great efforts and financial and social support, this collection and research center has today become a living example of faith and belief among the people. It also houses research on Indian culture, art, philosophy, astrology, Ayurveda, sculpture and Vedic literature. The excitement of the students was worth seeing as they got a chance to see the handwritten manuscripts written on the Bhoj Patras and Tamar Patras for the first time in their lives. Ancient coins and idols were the center of special attraction. 

Sharing her experience, a design student Manraj Kaur said, “We went on excursion to  Hoshiarpur Archaeological Museum that’s placed inside the premises of the Vishveshvaranand Vishwa Bandhu Institute of Sanskrit and Indological Studies, on the occasion of International Heritage week. It was an amazing opportunity to witness the diverse historic sculptures, coins, seals, ink, historic quill pen and manuscripts on bark of tree and banana leaf. It was exciting to see Thana Dam  and its stunning surroundings. Overall it was a rich experience to study, learn and know about our rich heritage.”

“It is a privilege to be a part of the heritage club which gave us a tremendous opportunity to visit this place. It is known for the ancient scriptures and city of saints. It was a great experience learning about our culture which provided us a platform to communicate their valuable findings of critical editions of small Sanskrit text , manuscripts and sculptures, etc. We also visited the beautiful Thana dam, which was super fun and exciting. It was a day full of knowledge and excitement,” explained another design student Anshika Puri.

Harshita is Assistant Editor at Apeejay newsroom. With experience in both the Media and Public Relations (PR) world, she has worked with Careers360, India Today and Value360 Communications. A learner by nature, she is a foodie, traveller and believes in having a healthy work-life balance.