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The Arya Samaj S.A. proudly announces that one of its senior priests, Pta Thara Devi Sirkisson, returned from Mauritius after successful completion of a six month course of intense study in the theory and philosophy of our scriptures.
Panditaji had previously passed Hindi III and Sanskrit II at the University of Durban-Westville prior to closure of the Indian Languages department. Thereafter she continued to study at the Vedic Purohit Mandal of the Arya Samaj where she successfully qualified as a Vedic priest in 2000.
She received a scholarship from the Educational Institute of New Delhi India, to study in Mauritius, where she obtained the degree of “Dharma Bhoosnan” from the Shrimad Dayanand Vedarsh Mahavidyalaya University with distinction. She received credits for her five subjects received from UDW South Africa.
Panditaji received ‘five star treatment’ from her host, the Arya Sabha Mauritius. She says, “It was very warm and comfortable and like a second home. The officials of the Arya Sabha and the ashram were very accommodating and allowed me the use all facilities. Transport was also provided to and from the university.”
Pandita also interacted with VIP’s from India and Mauritius, notably Dr O.N. Gangoo and Dr Usha Sharma. “My stay with Dr Sharma from India at the Lavinier Ashram was very fruitful,” says Pandita. She also contributed an article which was published in the Arodhaye magazine. Each time an affiliate of the Sabha held a function, especially Shravani Upakarma, Pandita was invited to deliver a talk.
Arya Samaj SA is extremely proud of Panditaji , whose tenacity to deepen her knowledge has been crowned with success. Having served as an energetic PRO in the past and as a practising Vedic priest, she will continue her duties after completion of all her studies.
Posted by on Thursday, September 18th, 2014 @ 6:28AM