Online Diploma in Śrīmad Bhagavad Gītā and its Sanskrit Commentaries and Sanskrit Teaching Student Seminar

Since 2013 the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanskrit Mahavidyalay has been in affiliation with Shree Somnath Sanskrit University. Over the last year, it has been conducting online courses in Diploma Shrimad Bhagavat Gītā and its Sanskrit Commentaries and Sanskrit Teaching.

As the first iteration of the course concluded, a student seminar was organized at the BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir, Sarangpur. Held from 26th to 28th November 2021, over 250 students and their family members from various countries attended.

The inaugural session commenced with a traditional maṅgalācaraṇa and recitation of verses from the Gītā. Atmatruptdas Swami opened the session by discussing the “Propagation of Akṣara-Puruṣottama Darśana by Bhagavān Svāminārāyaṇa and the Guṇātīta Guru Paramaparā.” Mahāmahopādhyāya Bhadreshdas Swami then spoke on the “Path of Worship through the Study of Scriptures.” Senior Sadhu Ishwarcharandas Swami then addressed the assembly through a video call. In the evening session, students shared experiences they had in taking the course.

The second day started with students participating in a Guru Pujan ritual at the Guruhari Pujan Mandapam. The morning session consisted of a discussion between students and Atmatruptdas Swami. This session provided students the unique opportunity to discuss pressing questions with a learned and experienced scholar.

Anchored by Harikrishna Pedhadia, the second session titled, “What Next?” gave students insight into how completing the course provided them with new opportunities. Students were informed about potential job prospects and further study options. This was followed by an appreciation ceremony in which senior sadhus honored students who excelled in the course.

After the second session, students visited the newly built BAPS Swaminarayan Sanskrit Mahavidyalay. Before taking leave, students were asked to write about their experience of not only the seminar but also the online course. Engaging sessions and the opportunity to participate in reflective dialogue ensured all attendees left inspired.

Diploma in the Śrīmad Bhagavad Gītā and its Sanskrit Commentaries

The Bhagavad Gītā inspired me with new ideas.

I found this course to be very useful. It helped me through tough times during the pandemic.

This course showed me how to imbibe the teachings of the Gītā within my own life.

Diploma in Sanskrit Teaching

I initially thought that learning Sanskrit would be difficult. However, this class made learning Sanskrit easy.

This course has helped me become more punctual.

This course made me appreciate the significance of the Sanskrit language.


Students register for the conference

Day 1 of the Suhrud Milan commences with kīrtana bhakti

Mahāmahopādhyāya Bhadreshdas Swami addresses the assembly

Students participate in the afternoon session

Atmatruptdas Swami addresses the assembly

Students participate in the evening ārti ritual

Tapan Bhavsar addresses the assembly

Students share their experiences of taking the course

Harikrishna Pedhadia addresses the assembly

Gnannayandas Swami is honored for his contributions

Volunteers honor students for their contributions

Students engage in group discussions

Students engage in group discussions

Students participate in a Mahāpūjā Vidhi at the Guru Hari Maṇḍapam

Volunteers honor competition winners