Ivy League Cornell University in Ithaca (New York) is showcasing various Hindu gods and goddesses in it “Gods and Scholars” exhibition, on view till March 7 at its Hirshland Gallery.
Various Hindu deities shown in its exhibit “Book of Hindu Deities” (1860-1900) displays images of Vishnu and its avatars, Shiva-Parvati, Brahma, Ganesha, Durga, Rama, Krishna, Radha, Saraswati, Hanuman, Kali, Kartikkeya, Shreenath, Bhairava, Sitla, Garur, Ganga, Jamuna, etc.
Another exhibit shows “Devi Mahatmyam” (The Glorification of the Goddess) (a Hindu text in Sanskrit glorifying Devi). Fredrika Loew is the Curator of this exhibition, which includes materials from the Rare and Manuscript Collections.
Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada today, commended Cornell University for showcasing Hindu gods and goddesses.
Rajan Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, urged major universities of the world; including Harvard, Oxford, Stanford, Cambridge, Princeton, UC Berkeley, Yale, Columbia, Toronto, Tokyo, Melbourne, etc.; to frequently organize Hinduism focused exhibitions, thus sharing rich philosophy-concepts-symbols-traditions of this oldest religion with the rest of the world. If they needed any assistance, he or other Hindu scholars would gladly help, Zed added.
Founded 1865, research university Cornell, one of whose “core values” include “Thinking otherwise”, has been named “11th best university in world” and “sixth in academic reputation”. It has about 21, 600 students and boasts of 45 Nobel laureates. Robert S. Harrison is Trustees Chairman while Elizabeth Garrett is President.