Conferring “Vishwa Hindu” title on Dr. V. V. Prakasa Rao, President of Global Hindu Heritage Foundation (GHHF), Dallas, TX, USA
GHHF is pleased to announce that Dr. V. V. Prakasa Rao, President of Global Hindu Heritage Foundation (GHHF), Dallas, TX, USA, will be conferred the “Vishwa Hindu” title by His Holiness Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji, of AvadhootaDattaPeetham, Mysore, India on 16 December 2013, during the Dattatreya Jayanthi celebrations.
Dr. Prakasa Rao has been the key personality behind GHHF. He has a great understanding of Hindu Religion, Hindu Dharma and has studied numerous religious texts at length. He has authored over 350 articles published on www.savetemples.org and has refuted and debated controversial topics on Hindus and Hinduism in the media in order to preserve and protect our Hindu heritage.
Details of the program:
Dr. V. V. Prakasa Rao speeches and videos on Youtube:
USA - Varadhi - Global Hindu Heritage Foundation President Prakash Rao Velagapudi with NRIs - Part 1
USA - Varadhi - Global Hindu Heritage Foundation President Prakash Rao Velagapudi with NRIs - Part 2
Dr. V V Prakasa Rao Gemini TV Interview
Dr. Prakasa Rao, Global Hindu Heritage Foundation Speech
Dr. V.V. Prakasa Rao speaking at "Adopt a Temple" program at NATS
Interested readers may find the biography of Dr. V. V. Prakasa Rao below:
Dr. Prakasa Rao attended Hindu College and National College in Machilipatnam, and received his MA degree in Rural Development and Economics at Andhra University in 1963. Then he worked at Center for the Study of Developing Societies in New Delhi 1964-65.
He came to USA in 1965 and received his MA in Sociology from Michigan State University and Ph. D in Sociology from Mississippi State University in 1971. He taught for 36 years at US educational institutions. He joined Jackson State University in Jackson, Mississippi as Associate Professor 1974 and became a Professor in 1979. In 1986, he was appointed as a Chairman of the Department of Sociology. He also served as Chairman of the combined Department of Sociology and Criminology. He retired in 2006.
He authored and /or coauthored about 70 articles in the areas of marriage and family, aging, Hinduism, criminology, sociology of sports and other areas in professional journals. He organized numerous sessions on Reincarnation, Karma, South Asian Studies, Comparative religions, Spirituality and religion at professional meetings. He coauthored books with his wife Nandini Rao, “Marriage, Family and Women in India”, “Wonders of a Holy Master I”, “Wonders of a Holy Master Volume II”, “Wonders of a Holy Master Volume III”, “God Word Volume II”, and “God Word Volume III”. He has also presented numerous papers at various organizations: Hindu Mandir Executive Conference, WAVES, Hindu Empowerment Conference, World Religious Conference, and many professional organizations.
TANA: He actively participated in TANA from 1979-1995; served in a number of committees, helped conduct Youth Camp in St. Louis, and conducted survey on identity of youth. He brought Dr. Medasani Mohan for the first time in 1989, and then in 1991 to TANA; and arranged his tour in different cities in USA. He also invited and arranged Sri Veturi’s program in Houston and other cities in 2000. He also served as the co-chair of Spiritual Committee of TANA from 2009 to 2011.
HTSM: He was one of the Founding members of Hindu Temple Society of Mississippi and served as its President from 1986 to 1991. During this period, 7000 square feet Hindu Temple was built and consecrated in 1990 with Lord Venkateswara as the Moolamurthi along with 16 other deities. In 2005, a New Hindu Temple was started. Construction was completed with the performance of Pranaprathishta and Kumbabhishekam ceremonies in May 2010.
DYC: In 1990, he had the honor of meeting Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji of Avadhoota Datta Peetham which lead to the beginning of his spiritual journey. In 1993, he was appointed as Chairman of Datta Yoga Center, USA, responsible for coordinating all the activities of Datta Temple and Hall of Trinity, Baton Rouge, LA; Datta Retreat Center in Pennsylvania, and 24 Satsang groups in USA. He also serves as Advisor to Datta Yoga Centre in Toronto, Canada. He continues to serve in this role today.
With Sri Swamiji’s blessings, he moved to Frisco, TX in May 2009 to help coordinate the planning and Construction of KaryaSidhi Hanuman Temple on a ten acre lot with a budget of 5-6 million dollars. Four feet Marakata (Emerald) Hanuman is being carved to be installed in the Temple.
GHHF: Global Hindu Heritage Foundation was started in 2006 by a group of highly professional people in USA with the sole objective of freeing the Hindu Temples from the government control by challenging the Endowment Act in the court of law. Serving as President of GHHF since its inception, he is also involved in Hindu Devalaya Parirakshana Samiti which was established in December 2006 by GHHF to help protect the Temple lands and revenues across Andhra Pradesh by taking necessary peaceful methods. He has been instrumental in MahaPadaYatra to raise the awareness of people, help coordinate Pubic Forums in Tirupathi in 2008 and 2009.
He presented papers and presentations about the plight of Hindu Temples in India in several cities in India and USA. He presented the information at Hindu Mandir Executive Conferences in Dallas, Atlanta, Washington DC, and Chicago; Hindu Empowerment Conference in Dallas, 25th International Ramayana Conference in India; Worlds Religions Conference; Sanatana Dharma Foundation meeting; and other meetings. In addition, he has presented papers at Sai Baba Temple in Florida, Hindu Cultural Center and Temple, Memphis TN, Durga Temple in Virginia; Hindu Temple Society in Tampa FL, Hanuman Temple in Frisco TX; Hindu Temple Society of MS; Devi Temple in Fort Lauderdale FL, etc..
In this GHHF effort, he has met with many political leaders such as Dr. Subramanian Swamy, L K Advani, Venkaiah Naidu, Bandaru Dattatreya, V. Ramarao, Rama Jois, Kishan Reddy, Praveen Tagodia, Ashok Shingal, Y S Rajasekhara Reddy, Juvvada Ratnakar, Aruna Kumari Galla, Chandrababu Naidu, Jayaprakash Narayan, S. Vedantam, and others to request their help to repeal the Endowment Act. He has also met with spiritual leaders such as Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji, Swami Baba Ramdev, Swami Dayananda Saraswati, Swami Jayendra Saraswati, Sri Vijayendra Saraswathi, Swami Sukhabodananda, Sri Vishwamji, Sadhvi Ritimbaradevi, Swami Chidatmananda, Swami Datta VijayananadaTeertha, Karuamayi Amma, and other spiritual leaders seeking their blessings in our efforts to preserve the integrity and protection of Hindu Temples.
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