His Holiness Pujyasri Jayendra Saraswathi Shankaracharya Swamiji of Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam, Kanchipuram released a book titled ‘Cambodia – The Land of Hindu Temples’.

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The book is authored by Sri. N.P. Venkateswara Choudary. In a programme held in the Mahati Auditorium in the holy town of Tirupati on 6 November 2009, His Holiness released the book and gave anugraha Bhashanam.

In his Bhashanam, His Holiness described India as the ‘mother’ of all lands (nations) and most ancient country in the world. His Holiness mentioned that the greatness of Hinduism and the Indian ethos respected world over was rather ironically waning fast in its own land — India due to a variety of social aberrations.He said only Hindus are embracing other religions while those belonging to other faiths were remaining strongly rooted to their religion and steadfast in their love towards the tenets of their religious orders.

Speeches were given by Sri. V. Rama Rao, Former Governor of Sikkim, Sri. D.K. Adikesavulu Naidu garu, Chariman, Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams, Sri. I.Y.R. Krishna Rao Garu, Executive Officer, Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam. Prof Dr Harekrishna Satpathy, Vice Chancellor, SV University spoke on Sanskrit Sahitya in Cambodian Inscriptions. Prof. Dr R Nagaswamy, Former Director, Dept. of Archaeology, Government of Tamilnadu, spoke on Cambodian Temple Architecture. Prof. Dr Sudarshan Sharma, Vice Chancellor, Sri Venkateswara Vedic University, Tirupati spoke on Vedic Culture in Ancient Cambodia.

Sri. V. Rama Rao, former Governor, Sikkim, also expressed similar views and said that rather strangely when those in the Western and the European countries were looking towards India in their quest for ancient knowledge and mental peace, Indians were aping western culture and lifestyle. Mr. Rao cited United States President Barrack Obama himself reportedly saying recently that the contemporary Americans have a lot to learn from India, especially Bangalore, which of late, was emerging as a great science and information technology hub.

The programme was conducted under the auspices of Madhubhashi Ananthasayanam Institute of Public Affairs.