Annual Number 2002
Vitasta Annual NumberVitasta Annual Number
A Publication of
Kashmiri Pandit Sabha,
Editor-in-Chief: Dr. B.K.Moza
Editor (English Section): Dr. B.K.Moza
Editor (Hindi-Kashmiri Section): Smt.
Vitasta Annual Number has over the years
become synonymous with the ancient glory and past heritage of our motherland
- Mäj Kåshìr. The 35th Annual Number (2001-2002) of the
Vitasta, blessed by Sharika Bhagwati (an artistic vision) in Kashmiri Panditani
attire, unfolds a Kaleidoscope of the 'Asthapanas' of Kashmiri Pandits
in the Valley, which instil reverential devotion into the minds of Pandit
The 'Adi-Sthapanas', the 'Consecration'
and the 'Sanctification' of our ancient temples and shrines have their
own legends and history, which has been encompassed within the covers of
the Annual Vitasta Number by eminent writers and scholars.
The agenda/theme of the Annual Numbers
of Vitasta set by its Editorial Committee, since years now, depicts the
zeal and the concern of the Committee to cover such subjects which in the
present-day diaspora of the community needs prioritization for preservation,
before the dust of the times obliterates our rich religious and cultural
The theme of the 35th Annual Number presents
a panaroma of Homeland Pilgrimage Centres of Kasmiri Pandits - a timely
and pressing need for our youngsters to know about their proud legacy.
While the Annual Number speaks about the
various better known Asthapanas like Ksheer Bhawani, Hari Parbat or Amarnath,
at the same time, indepth information into some important but 'little known'
Asthapanas, has been provided by eminent writers, which perhaps, hardly
a few of us know.
The 'tsuk' - P+kqd
I can not find the exact English word which can give the intensity of Kashmiri
which Moza Sahib along with his team worked assiduously throughout the
year in finalization of the theme, selecting the writers and approaching
them to contribute (which by itself is a big task), and then sit through
months in editing and compiling the data, is discernably evident from the
compendium which is before you as the 35th Vitasta Annual Number.
In the post-exodus era, when Kashmiri Pandits
have been, apart from living in ghettos in Jammu & Udhampur camps,
scattered in the country, either struggling to make their two ends meet,
or when the younger generation is pursuing their studies (courtesy- Maharashtra
state and now more states which have come to the rescue of what otherwise
would have been a generation wasted), the regular publication of Vitasta
Annual Number seems the only periodical which sincerely endeavours to keep
the ethos of Pandit legacy alive even in odd and hostile atmosphere.