Indian American Sisters Chant 700 Shlokas from Memory
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Sindhu Vagdevi Vipparthy and Shruti Vagdevi Vipparthy, two sisters who were born and brought up in the United States, have been hailed for reciting 700 shlokas from the Bhagavad Gita from memory. The sisters performed the feat on August 5 at Datta Mukthi Kshetram, on the banks of the Godavari river in Andhra Pradesh.
The duo won many hearts and were appreciated by a number of people, including Naresh Kumar Bhavaraju, the manager of Datta Mukthi Kshetram, who praised them for learning the Bhagavad Gita shlokas even though they were born and brought up in the US, reported The Hindu.
Guinness World Record
Sindhu and Shruti live in California and have completed Grade 7 and 3, respectively. Their father, Anand Murthy, is originally from Rajamahendravaram while their mother, Vijayalakshmi, belongs to Secunderabad. The talented sisters also hold a Guinness World Record for chanting Hanuman Chalisa for 24 hours in an event conducted in Texas.
On July 16 this year, they chanted Sampoorna Gita Parayana, Gita Mahatyam, Gita Dhyanam, Gita Sara and Gita Aarti for four hours from memory in the presence of Sri Ganapathi Sachchidananda Swamiji in Mysuru, who had blessed the two whey they were born.
In December 2016, another group of NRI children travelled from the US to India to recite shlokas for three hours at Ganapathy Sachchidananda Ashram in Mysuru.
“We never thought we would learn Sanskrit and chant shlokas so gracefully. This is the first time I am coming to Karnataka,” Praputha, a native of Kerala, told the New Indian Express. “When I was 5, we settled in abroad. I am very happy coming to India to chant shlokas.”