New Delhi: Former president APJ Abdul Kalam on Saturday welcomed efforts by scientists and scholars to verify the facts of ancient India, saying it would be a
learning experience if studies scientifically establish events of the Ramayana period and places associated with Lord Ram.
Speaking at a national seminar on `Scientific Dating of Ancient Events before 2000 BC`, he said efforts to prove the indigenous nature of Indian civilisation could provide a boost to the confidence of the nation.
At the seminar where scientists, historians and Vedic scholars converged together to discuss their findings about ancient India, the former scientist-president said for a person like him was born in Rameswaram, a place closely associated with the Ramayana epic, such efforts were all the more pleasing.
"Rameswaram is known in intricate details to me as I travelled across the town delivering newspapers. In my eyes Gandhamanaparvatham appears from where Rama is supposed to have seen Sri Lanka. In front of me appears the famous
Kothanda Ramar Temple of Rameshwaram.
"The central point is Ramanathaswamy Temple where we find the Siva linga which Lord Rama had worshipped," he said.
Contending that he had a profound interest in the scientific dating of Ramayana, Kalam said he would be the happiest person, if scientific dimensions establish places from where Ram, Lashmana, Hanuman, Sugreeva and the Vanara sena created a base before launching the war on Sri Lanka.
He also pointed out that the eco-friendly agricultural practices used by farmers in the Vedica period could also provide a lot of lessons for the present day.
Former President APJ Abdul Kalam on Saturday welcomed efforts by scientists and scholars to verify the facts of ancient India