Parama Karuna Devi- Foreigners who love India and Hinduism
Mataji Param Karna Devi is a Sanyasini and the founder of Jagannatha Vallabha Research Center.
Mata is a Sanyasini, a writer, a teacher and a social worker. Her interest grew in Vedic philosophy from an early age. She studied and practiced Vedic philosophy from since 1970.
Born on 14 February 1957, in an European family of Catholic Christians, she converted to Hinduism in 1978.
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She moved to an ashram in India to engage completely in the study and practice of Sanatan Dharam spirituality. She has actively worked for the translation and publication of the Hindu spiritual literature. She engaged personal service of the Deities of the temple and in teaching.
As a part of a Sanyasi tradtion, subsequently she traveled throughout the India, from the Himalaya to the south, She visited holy places in Vrindavana, Mathura, Dwaraka, Gujarat and Rajasthan, Herakhan, Ayodhya, Varanasi, Prayaga, Kolkata, West Bengal, Tripura, Manipur, Orissa ,Jagannatha Puri, Tirupati, Kanchipuram and Tamil Nadu, Madras, Madurai, Kanyakumari, Trishur, Udupi, Guruvayur, Mangalore, Bangalore and Bombay.
This extensive journey allowed her to completely immerse with the culture and spirituality of India. During her journey she lived as a local among the native people of India. She visited holy temples and met many high level Sages and Yogis in her journey.
During her visit she was specially attracted to Lord Jagannath in Puri. Finally she returned to Jagannatha Puri in Orissa, where she established the Jagannatha Vallabha Vedic Research Center in 1995.
In 1996 she is appointed as member of the Organizing Committee for the Gopala Utsava at the historic temple of Sakshi Gopala in Puri.
She has been invited to many conferences, seminars and other cultural and academic events, by Bharatiya Itihasa Sankalana Samiti, Academy of Yoga and Oriental Studies, Utkala University, Jagannatha Sanskrit Vidyalaya and Karma Kanda Vedic Gurukula etc.
Under the tutelage of Bhagavan Mishra (Deula purohita of Sri Jagannatha Puri Mandir), Jagannatha Mahapatra (Mukti mandapa brahmana of Sri Jagannatha Puri Mandir) and other prominent personalities of the orthodox Hindu community in Puri, she enters the traditional purification ceremonies called Shuddhi, Prayaschita, Vratyastoma and Deeksha, which officialize her affiliation to orthodox Vedic Hinduism.
She has translated and compiled many Hindu spiritual texts, regularly publishes articles and discussions on Internet and corresponds with her students from various nationalities.
Her books are following:
- Introduction to Vedic Knowledge
- Introduction to Vedic Knowledge: The study of Vedic scriptures along history (Volume 1)
- Introduction to Vedic knowledge: volume 2: The four original Vedas
- Introduction to Vedic knowledge: volume 3: The fifth Veda
- Introduction to Vedic knowledge: volume 4: The secondary Vedas
- Introduzione alla conoscenza vedica, primo volume (Italian Edition)
- Prasnottara ratna malika: The precious necklace of questions and answers
Her website is : jagannathavallabha.com
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