Udaipur. In the fond memory of Ashokji Singhal, former International President of Vishwa Hindu Parishad ( VHP ) and a flag bearer of Hindutva, the third edition of 'Bharatatma Ashok Singhal Vedic Award' was held at the Chinmaya Mission Auditorium on Teachers' Day on Thursday, 5 September by Singhal Foundation.
On the birth anniversary of former President, eminent educationist and great philosopher Dr Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan, the students, teachers and the Vedic School, who performed brilliantly in the field of Vedic education were awarded and prizes worth lakhs were conferred to them. While there are many awards that are instituted at the regional level to promote Vedic education, but 'Bharatatma Ashok Singhal Vedic Award' is the only one that has a pan India outreach. This year around 1000 Vedic schools participated in the selection process and the panellists went through a rigorous process of shortlisting to choose the winners. On the behalf of Munikul Brahmacharya Ved Sansthan, Shri Harishankar Singh Sharma Ji received the award for the best Vedic school. Harishankar Singh Sharma said, “A Vedic school doesn't just help one study the Vedas, it also leads to the study of Brahmagyan, self-knowledge, all the sciences. The Veda should not be viewed from the eyes of religion. It is beyond religion. Veda based education system should be implemented in the country and Vedic schools should also be opened throughout the country. The Singhal Foundation has done a commendable job by introducing such awards. This work should not stop. Munikul Brahmacharya Ved Sansthan is proud to have received this honour. I am always ready working with full devotion in taking the Vedas forward. It's an honour to have received this award by Param Pujya Swami Tejomayanand Ji. This ceremony also allowed me to get the Swami Ji's blessings. .I am very thankful to Param Pujya Swami Tejomayanand Ji and Singhal Foundation for felicitating me with this honour. I will continue spreading the knowledge and wisdom of Vedas in the entire country until my last breath."" Padma Bhushan Awardee Swami Tejomayanand Ji, the chief guest of the ceremony, said, "Lakshman Ji obediently followed his elder brother Lord Rama all over his life. Similarly, late Ashokji Singhal followed the cause of Ram Janma Bhoomi like Lakshman. These awards in his name are completely justified. Vedas guide us at every single stage of our life and enlighten us. Hence, it is important for one to seek the wisdom and knowledge imparted by the Vedas.” Singhal Foundation's trustee Salil Singhal said, "Late Ashokji Singhal was a flag bearer of Hindutva. He had a keen interest in the reading of the Vedas. He had complete knowledge of the Vedas. With his effort, many Vedic schools were established in the country. Watching his fondness for the Vedas, the Foundation decided to institute Vedic Awards in his memory."