Gaurang Damani – cultural work

Essence of the Fifth Veda

I feel truly blessed by Paramatma as I have been able to read several Vedic scriptures. I feel it is my Dharma (my reason to be, or my righteous duty) to make this immense Vedic knowledge of India’s ancient history and Sanatana Dharma available to as many people as possible using simple language.

My first book ‘Essence of the Fifth Veda’ adds relevant Puranic stories to the basic narration of Ramayana and Mahabharata. This fast-paced book traces over 265 epic-related geographical locations that are identifiable even today. The lesser-known facts given in this book will lead the reader to realize that our epics are NOT mythology, but HISTORY as it actually happened. The book also summarizes in simple language, the way to blissful living as recited in Yoga Vasishtha and Bhagavad Geeta.

HH Govind Dev Giri ji Maharaja, trustee of Shree Rama Janmabhoomi Temple and Gita Parivar; Shree Bimal Kedia ji of Keshav Srushti and Shree Ashok Goel ji of Sewa International inaugurated the book ‘Essence of the Fifth Veda’ by Gaurang Damani.

This delightful book is published by Motilal Banarsidass Publishing House, one of the oldest publishers of Indology books. This book is now also available online on:

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A few pages of ‘Essence of the Fifth Veda’ can be viewed here.

Book 2 will be a summary of 121 Vedic scriptures including:

  • Rig Veda, Krishna and Shukla Yajur Veda, Sama Veda and Atharva Veda (including many Samhita, Brahmana, Aranyaka and Upanishad);
  • several Purana and Upa-Purana;
  • Itihasa (Ramayana and Mahabharata);
  • Tantra, Shaiva Siddhanta, Kashmir Shaivism, Vishnu agama;
  • many Dharma Shastra;
  • Yoga Yaagnyavalkya, Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra;
  • Sushruta Samhita, Natya Shastra, Narada Bhakti Sutra, Shandilya Bhakti Sutra and many others.

Books 3 and 4 will cover the ancient history of India and the world as described in the Purana

Personal details of Gaurang Dinesh Damani:

  • BE (Electronics), 1993. Merit ranked 7th in Mumbai University.
  • Diploma (Electronics), 1990. Merit ranked 13th in Maharashtra’s Board of Technical Education.
  • Work history: Tata Unisys, UBICS Inc, and since 1998 self-employed.
  • Listed in ‘International Who is Who of Information Technology’ in USA, 1999.
  • Socio-civic worker since the year 2002.