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IIT-K starts text, audio service related to Hindu scriptures

Press Trust of India  |  Kanpur (UP) 

Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, credited with developing many technological wonders including the world's smallest satellite, has now started a text and audio service related to Hindu scriptures, an said.

The move, which could prove to be controversial, is the first by an and has led to a sudden spurt in the online readership of its decade-old dormant website.

Director Aggarwal rejected criticism that the step was an attempt to promote Hindu religion.

Srimad Bhagwad Gita, Ramcharitmanas, Brahma Sutra, Yoga Sutra, Shri and Narada Bhakti are among the nine sacred texts uploaded on the portal -

The IIT's portal is also offering Sanskrit renditions of the Sundarkand and Balakkand of the 'Valmiki Ramayan'.

Vedas, Puranas, Upanishads, Srimad Bhagwad Gita, Ram Charit Manas, Valmiki Ramayan, Brahma Sutra, Yog Sutra, Vedanta concept map, Narada Bhakti Sutra concept map

anything and everything spiritual - is available on this repository of Indian philosophical texts, according to officials.

Though the original texts are in Sankrit, these can be viewed in Assamese, Bengali, Devnagari, Gujarati, Kannada, Malayalam, Oriya, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu and Roman scripts. Audio clips of various shlokas have also been made available.

Earlier, the website was registering the visits of just few hundred users which has now been crossed a record of 25,000 hits a day, Professor, Computer Science and Engineering, IIT-K, T V told

"This project was aimed at converting ancient Indian knowledge into a contemporary format accessible on the internet. Earlier the website used to register only 500 hits a day on an average," he said.

Previously the site was popular only among serious students of Gita and other philosophical texts but now the common man can also access it, he said.

Aggarwal rejected criticism in certain quarters that the website was an attempt to promote Hindu religion through these services.

With the new services on Hindu sacred texts, people have come to know that the premier institute has also been working for the advancement of traditional Indian wisdom stored in scriptures like the Vedas, Puranas, Upanishads, Ramayana and the Gita, he said.

The institute has been decoding a number of such scriptures for the common man in different languages, he said. The website offers the facility of instant transliteration in a preferred language along with Sri Sankara's commentary.

"We hope to put up English translations of Sutras as well as Sankara's commentary very soon," said. IIT-K is already credited with developing innumerable technological wonders, including the world's smallest satellite, he said.

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First Published: Thu, January 11 2018. 20:30 IST