The Bhaktivedanta Club is the most active spiritual group in the campus. They conduct regular programs throughout the year to discuss various aspects of spirituality.
It is named after the eminent Vedic authority A.C.Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. It was started in the 1980's by a group of M.tech students. It was then rejuvenated in 2002 by Prof. Laxmidhar Behera of Electrical Engineering department. He started to conduct regular classes on Bhagavad Gita (BG) at his residence, at the hostel level as well as on the Institute level. The strength of the club saw a sharp growth after this.
The main objectives of this club, as reported by a senior member of the club, are:
- To make people understand the actual philosophy of Bhagavad Gita and the Sanatana (eternal) Dharma (religion).
- To understand spirituality in a scientific way and to understand its connection with modern science.
- To teach and practice the method of Japa meditation for mental peace and spiritual growth.
The club conducts various activities throughout the year.
- Saturday Program
There is a regular gathering of the club on every Saturday evening for discussion on Bhagavad Gita. Program starts by Gaura Arti followed by Sankirtan of the Holy names. This is followed by a discussion on Bhagavad Gita moderated by a senior member of the club. Program is concluded with honouring prasadam(food sanctified by offering to the Lord)
- Daily Programs
- Morning Program
- Every day, in the morning, the members of the club gather at the residence of Prof.Behera at 5:00 am to commence their spiritual practice. This consists of Mangala Arati followed by Japa meditation for one hour. This is followed by a lecture on Srimad Bhagavata Purana by Prof.Behera and the session is concluded by honoring prasadam for breakfast.