Encyclopedia of Hinduism

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Release of International Edition of Encyclopedia of Hinduism

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Click here to read the University of South Carolina, Columbia's press release on this event.

Sunday evening the 25th August and Monday morning the 26th August marked a historic moment in the spiritual and cultural history of India: the official launch of the international edition of the Encyclopedia of Hinduism. The launch ceremony was organized and hosted by the University of South Carolina, Columbia, USA. A project of India Heritage Research Foundation, founded, guided, inspired and led by one of India’s most revered spiritual leaders, Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji,  the Encyclopedia of Hinduism is a colossal product of more than 1000 esteemed scholars from around the world, totaling 11-volumes and approximately 7000 entries.

The Encyclopedia has been nearly twenty-five years in the making and it is the first time in history that the depth and breadth of India's great spiritual culture is made available in authentic, academic and scholastic form.   It is truly a compendium of thousands of  years of history, science, art, architecture, polity, religion, philosophy and culture. Further, the Encyclopedia is not limited to Hinduism as a religion,but rather provides all inclusive treatment of India’s spiritualculture (including coverage of Sikhism, Jainism and Buddhism traditions in India).

The official launch of the international edition, published by Mandala Earth Publications of California, USA, was held on the 25th/26th August at the University of South Carolina, Columbia. It was organized, hosted and sponsored by the University and presided over by Dr. Harris Pastides, the President of the University.  The Encyclopedia project was headquartered at the University of South Carolina for many years during its compilation and editorial stages, and it is a beautiful and fitting full-circle for the University to be the ones to host the official launch. 

The launch was graced by the presence of:

  • H.H. Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswati, Founder/Chairman of India Heritage Research Foundation
  • Hon. Nikki Haley, Governor of South Carolina
  • Dr. Harris Pastides, President of the University of South Carolina
  • Shri Anna Hazare, renowned social leader from India
  • Hon. Nirupama Rao, Indian Ambassador to USA
  • Dr. K.L. SeshagiriRao, Chief Editor of the Encyclopedia
  • Dr. Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati, Managing Editor of the Encyclopedia
  • Many other esteemed scholars and dignitaries

Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji said about the Encyclopedia of Hinduism:  “The wisdom, truths, teachings and insights of Indian and Hindu culture are not limited to or applicable to only Hindus or Indians. Rather they belong to the world and can deeply benefit the world. It is, therefore, our aim that the richness of this ancient yet timeless culture and heritage should be made available to the entire world, in a way that is authentic, academic, comprehensive and illuminating.”

International News Coverage


National News Coverage

"Soft" Launch in Chicago, 27th July 2013 at Manav Seva Mandir

A “soft-launch” of the Encyclopedia was performed in Chicago, IL on the 27th July at the Manav Seva Mandir.  A special event was held on the theme of: "Spirituality in Daily Life: The Eternal Message of Sanatan Dharma.”  Spiritual discourses were given by Pujya Swamiji and Sadhvi Bhagawatiji, PhD, the managing editor of the Encyclopedia, prior to the unveiling of the Encyclopedia.

News Coverage

"Soft" Launch in Louisville, KY, 21st July, 2013

A “soft-launch” was also performed in Louisville, Kentucky where the volumes were unveiled by Mr. Greg Fischer, the Mayor of Louisville. Mayor Fischer officially declared the 21st July as the “Day of the Encyclopedia of Hinduism” and issued an official Proclamation which proclaims that July 21st will always be celebrated as the “Day of the Encyclopedia of Hinduism.”

News Coverage

Presenting the Encyclopedia of Hinduism to President of India, Smt. Pratibha Patel

Special Preview & Blessings Ceremony, 3rd-4th April 2010

By the grace of God, under the guidance and inspiration of Pujya Swami Chidanandji, we held a special Preview and Blessings Ceremony for the Encyclopedia of Hinduism on the 3rd and 4th April, 2010 by the hands of H.H. the Dalai Lama with Pujya Swami Chidanandji and many other revered saints and dignitaries including:

Revered Saints (in alphabetical order)
Pujya Swami Agniveshji • Pujya Muni Amrendra Muniji • Pujya M.M. Swami Asanganand Saraswatiji Pujya Swami Avdheshanand Giriji • Pujya Acharya Balkrishanji • Pujya Sant Shri Morari Bapuji Pujya Brahmaswarup Brahmachariji Pujya Brahmavihari Swamiji • Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji Pujya Swami Chinmayanand Saraswatiji • Pujya Swami Dayanandji • Pujya Swami Divyanand Teerthji Pujya Swami Govind Giriji • Pujya M.M. Swami Gurusharananandji • Pujya Mahant Gyandasji Pujya M.M. Mahant Gyandevji • Pujya M.M. Swami Hansdasji • Pujya M.M. Swami Harichetananandji Pujya Mahant Swami Harinarayananandji • Pujya Goswami Indira Betiji • Pujya M.M. Kailashanand Brahmachariji Pujya Sant Shri Rameshbhai Ozaji (Bhaishri) • Pujya Swami Parmatmanandji • Pujya Dr. Pranav Pandyaji Pujya Mahant Rajendradasji • Pujya Swami Ramdevji • Pujya Mahant Ravindra Puriji • Pujya Sadhvi Ritambharaji Pujya Roopchandra Muniji • Pujya Satpal Brahmachariji • Pujya Swami Satyamitranandji • Pujya Dr. Manjit Singhji Pujya Goswami Sushilji • Pujya Mahant Tryambakbharatiji • Pujya Vivek Muniji

Distinguished Dignitaries:
Honorable Respected Shri L.K. Advaniji • Respected Shri Mohan Bhagavatji • Respected Smt. Nejma Heptullahji Respected Shri Shivraj Singh Chauhan • Respected Shri Madan Kaushikji • Respected Shri Indresh Kumarji Respected Smt. Hema Maliniji • Respected Dr. B.K. Modiji • Respected Shri Prakash Pantji Respected Shri Dr. Ramesh Pokharialji (Nishankji) Respected Shri Ramlalji Respected Shri Trivendra Singh Ravatji Respected Shri Ashok Singhalji • Respected Smt. Sushma Swarajji • Respected Shri Tarun Vijayji

Renowned Spiritual Institutions and Organizations which will be represented by their head or a senior member: All Akhara Parishad • Acharya Sabha • Akhil Bharatiya Sant Samiti • Art of Living Bharat Sadhu Samaj • Chinmaya Mission • Sannyasi Parishad • Sarva Dharma Sansad

There were also revered Shankaracharayajis and many revered Mahamandaleshwars.

The event included divine music by world famous singer Bhajan Samrat Anup Jalota.

At the holy and auspicious time of the Maha Kumbha Mela, on the banks of Gangaji in Haridwar and Rishikesh, India, this historic, landmark publication -- more than 15 years in the making -- was finally previewed for the world and blessed by all the divine saints.

Special Newsletter on Event

Encyclopedia of Hinduism Blessing with H.H. the Dalai Lama - Video

First Volume of Encyclopedia Presented

Prior to going for print, the first volume of the Encyclopedia was presented by the Encyclopedia team to Pujya Swamiji and Pujya Sant Shri Rameshbhai Oza (Bhaishri) during Pujya Bhaishri's katha at Parmarth Niketan Ashram in Rishikesh. Pujya Acharya Balkrishnaji, Pujya Swami Asanganandji and other revered saints were also present.

First Three Volumes Preview and Blessed

Serendipitously, the first USA preview took place in the same hall of the same ceter where a special yagna for the Encyclopedia had been performed at the very beginning of the project in 1993. The first three volumes of the Encyclopedia were previewed and blessed in New Jersey, USA during a sacred and auspicious Rama Katha by Pujya Sant Shri Morari Bapu. Pujya Swamiji, Pujya Bapuji and Pujya Goswami Indira Betiji blessed and preview the volumes.

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