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World’s First Yoga University outside India, Vivekananda Yoga University launched in Los Angeles

The world’s first Yoga University outside India was launched on 23rd June 2020 at United State’s Los Angeles city. The Yoga University has been named after Swami Vivekananda. The university will be known by the name- Vivekananda Yoga University.  The University was launched as a part of the commemorations for the 6th International Yoga Day.

The virtual launch event was organized at New York City’s Consulate General of India. V. Muraleedharan (Union Minister of State for External Affairs) and PP Chaudhary (Chairperson of the Standing Committee on External Affairs) jointly launched the Vivekananda Yoga University during the virtual event.

Programs based on the ancient traditional Indian practice of yoga will be offered at the university with a combination of scientific principles and modern research approaches. For offering yoga-based higher education programs, the approval and official recognition for the launch of the university was received in November 2019 from California’s Bureau of Private Post-secondary Education.

Chancellor of SVYASA- Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana (Deemed University at Bengaluru for the study of yoga), Dr. H R Nagendra will be the first Chairman of the Vivekananda Yoga University. SVYASA was founded in the year 2002, it is the first Yoga University of India and also of the World.

Faculties for the Vivekananda Yoga University have been recruited from SVYASA. The first day of classes for the fall 2020 semester of the University will commence on 24th August 2020. Online Master’s Program in Yoga (M.S Yoga) will also be offered by the University.

500-year old Temple submerged in Mahanadi found

The Archaeological Survey team has recently claimed that a 500 year old temple that submerged in the waters of Mahanadi resurfaced.

Highlights

The Mahanadi river that changed its course 150 years due to flooding had submerged the Padmabati village where the temple is located.

There are more than 22 villages in the region that are submerged in the waters of Mahanadi. However, Gopinath Deba Temple was visible as it is the tallest of all.

The temple is called “Mastaka”.

Mastaka

The Mastaka was visible 11 years back when the water levels were very low. The Mastaka was found while the Archaeological team of Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) was documenting the monuments along the course of river Mahanadi.

The Mastaka is the upper part of the temple. Only the Mastaka of the temple was visible.

Mahanadi river

The river flows through the states of Odisha and Chhattisgarh. The famous Hirakud dam is located across the river. The Hirakud dam is the largest earthen dam in the world.