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Pancha-mahabhuta Suktas Webinar

Chinmaya International Foundation (CIF) invites you for a webinar on ‘Suktas on the Five Mahabhutas’ – Five Elements: Space, Air, Fire, Water and Earth. This webinar will be facilitated by Prof. Gauri Mahulikar, the Academic Director of CIF.

Beginner Course Medium: English

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Chinmaya International Foundation (CIF) invites you for a webinar on ‘Suktas on the Five Mahabhutas’ – Five Elements: Space, Air, Fire, Water and Earth. This webinar will be facilitated by Prof. Gauri Mahulikar, the Academic Director of CIF.


Rigveda, the most ancient text of the world, has 1054 hymns or suktas. Most of the suktas are descriptions of the natural phenomena exemplified as deities. The five elements – earth, water, fire, air and space – that constitute the world are personified and then deified by the Vedic seers.

The five elements, having some special characteristics, are the building blocks of every creation – living as well as non-living. The grossest of the elements is earth and the subtlest is space. The Ṛgveda eulogises Aditi as the mother of all gods and is equated with the vast earth. Water is the most valuable element and gets praised as a simple water element, rain waters, and rivers. Fire or Agni is worshipped as the loving member of the family, and sacrificial fire. Air has unhindered movement and is known as Sarvagati. The Sky God could be the Dyas, father of all when paired with Prthivi or Varuna, one who covers or envelopes, as if holding a protective umbrella above in the form of the canopy. 

Webinar Highlights

  • Introduction to the Vedic suktas dealing with the five natural elements 

    • Bhumisukta (12.1) from the Atharvaveda, Āpsukta (7.49)

    • Agnisukta (5.11), Vatasukta (10.168), Varunasukta (7.88) from Rigveda 

    • Other six references to Dyavaprthivi as eternal parents

  • Etymology, word for word meaning and translations of the aforementioned Vedic suktas with various interpretations

  • A comparative study with other suktas of the same element


Facilitator: Prof. Gauri Mahulikar

Suggested Webinar Fees: ₹ 2000, US$ 60  


Time and Schedule

Dates: 7 to 13 January 2024

Seven sessions and One Q&A Session with Prof. Gauri Mahulikar

7 PM to 8 PM IST 

Webinar Eligibility

Any individual, of any age, desirous to learn the ancient-most literature in the world, the Rigveda and learn more about the Vedic deities can join this camp. Though the Suktas are in Sanskrit, lectures will be in English, therefore basic knowledge of English is necessary.

Reference Text

PDF of the Suktas will be made available to the registered participants.

About the Facilitator

Prof. Gauri Mahulikar is the Academic Director at CIF. Dr. Mahulikar was the Gurudev Tagore Chair of Comparative Literature Professor, former Head of Department of Sanskrit at the Mumbai University and the former Dean of Faculty at Chinmaya Vishwa Vidyapeeth. She holds a Doctorate in Sanskrit on ‘Vedic Elements in Puranic Mantras and Rituals’. An author, who has published 8 books and over 100 research articles in English, Marathi, Hindi and Sanskrit, Dr. Mahulikar has mentored several doctoral students; eighteen of whom have successfully earned their doctorates. She was instrumental in launching courses in Manuscriptology, Bhakti Literature and Mysticism in the Sanskrit Department and has coordinated a UGC funded project on 'Digital Preservation of Palm Leaf Manuscripts' (2010-2015).

Dr. Mahulikar was awarded the Maneckji Limji Gold Medal for her dissertation on ‘Ancient Greek Dramas and Bharata’s Natyasastra’ from Mumbai University. Some of the many awards that Dr. Mahulikar has been awarded are the ‘Ramakrishna Award’ by the Canadian Education Foundation, Ontario, for the propagation of Sanskrit (2003); Guru Gaurav Puraskar by Kalasadan, Mumbai (2011); Kavikulaguru Kalidas Sanskrit Sadhana Puraskar by Maharashtra State Government (2013); Adi Sankaracarya Puraskar awarded by H.H. Sri Jayendra Saraswati Mahaswamigal, the Shankaracharya of Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham (2014); Savitribal Phule Puraskar by Mumbai University (2015); and the Indira Behere Puraskar by Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth, Pune (2015). Dr. Mahulikar was recently awarded the Adi Shankara Fellowship by the Government of Madhya Pradesh to work on the biography and mathamnaya tradition of Adi Shankaracharya.

Contact Details

For further information or clarification:

Contact: +91 92077 11511
Email: onlinewebinars@chinfo.org


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