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Vaidika Vignyanam includes not just vedas, but everything that is derived from Vedas as well. If Vedas are like trees, then scriptures like Ramayanam, Bhagawad Gita, Slokas, Stotrams, Mantras, and Devotional Keertanas are like fruits and flowers from these trees. They are as as important and respectable as Vedas themselves. The goal of this Web site is to capture all of that information in a single place.

In this site, you will find the spiritual and devotional literature in various Indian languages. The purpose of this site is to serve everyone with the vast amount of Indian literature that is available, which is sometimes hard to find, especially on the Internet.

Please comment if there any typos in any of the stotrams. Although utmost care has been taken care to avoid typos and any mistakes, if you notice any errors, please point that out in the comments section for each stotram. Finally, you are most welcome to contribute to the site. Your name will be recognized as the contributor of the content and if you are interested in adding content to the site, please visit http://www.vignanam.org/contribute.htm or email to vignanam.org@gmail.com or sri@vignanam.org.

Most of the content in this site is based on Sanskrit (Samskritam). You can read translations to understand their content, but the best way would to be learn the language so that you can derive your own meaning. Samskrita Bharati (India and USA) is an excellent resource for learning the Sanskrit language. The Sanskrit Dictionary is also a valuable resource to find meaning of specific words. Recently I found that the Web site http://www.learnsanskrit.org provides a very useful and simple guide to learn sanskrit even if one does not have any prior experience in the language.

The beauty of the literature is realized if you can understand the individual words directly without the usage of any translation. Most of the translations miss the beauty of the literature, which is the poetry and the experiments with the words the author often performs. Most of the popular Sanskrit literature is in the form of poetry in the form of Slokas, Stotrams or Vedic Scriptures which adhere to a specific meter in chanting them, rather than prose which is a mere text explaining thoughts. The same meaning can often be expressed in a hundred different ways if written in prose, but when using poetry according to a Chandas (meter), one needs to be careful about the selection of the words. In ancient Indian literature written by enlightned Rishis, these Slokas or Stotrams often come naturally and the beauty of the Scripture is fully understood only when one goes back to the source by reading the Sanskrit Slokas and Stotrams and understanding them. There is so much power in these words that one is believed to attain Punyam (vitue) just by chanting these Slokas or Stotrams without understanding the meaning, but the benefit of chanting them by understanding every word of it is immensely powerful.

Sincerely,
Srinivas Vadrevu


 
Srinivas Vadrevu