That Sanatana Dharma was spread throughout the world in ancient times.
This can be known if one understands ancient geography,when the landmass was different from what we see today,the excavations of Hindi Deities, Symbols from around the world.
From the descriptions of different parts world,geographical in nature,by Valmiki in Ramayana in detail in the Sundarakanda, Description of lands during Rama’s Aswamedha Yaaga in Yuddha Kanda; similar descriptions in eighteen Puranas.
Evidence of Rama in the middle East,
Rama, Dasaratha and Bharatha’s name in the Kings’List of Sumria,
Shiva Lingam in Mecca,
Hanuman, Makaratdwaja in Central America,
Vatican design as Shiva lingam with Avudayaar.
Trinetra Dance of Shiva in Australia,
Pharoahs with Thiruman,Vishnu Marks,
Rama Sita Festival is conducted. In Mexico.
I have detailed articles on these and more.
The spread of Sanatana Dharma towards middle East was more ancient and widespread.
Korean queen was from Ayodhya,India
The four Vedas are called Chatur Vedas there.
The customs of Hinduism are present in the Far East even today.
Teachers’ Day is conducted every year in Thailand as Guru Vandana Day.
It is called ‘Wai Khru’ .
Student representatives present their teachers with offerings during the wai khru ceremony at Wachirawit School, Chiang Mai.
Despite Buddhism shadowing over Hinduism there,the Wai Khru Festival refers to Shiva, Narayana and uses Akshatha,puffed rice on the occasion.
And this festival is celebrated on Thursday, Guru Vaara, which is the day of Guru,Brihaspathi.
‘TThe wai khru ceremony (Thai: พิธีไหว้ครู, pronounced [wâːj kʰrūː]) is a Thai ritual in which students pay respects to their teachers in order to express their gratitude and formalize the student–teacher relationship. It is regularly held near the beginning of the school year in most schools in Thailand. Wai khru has long been an important rite in the traditional martial and performing arts, as well as in astrology , Thai Massage and other traditional arts; students and performers of Muay Thai and Krabi Krabong, as well as Thai dance and classical music, will usually perform a wai khru ritual at their initiation as well as before performances to pay respect and homage to both their teachers and the deities who patronize their Arts.
The rituals of wai khru are believed to have derived from ancient animistic beliefs, influenced by the spread of Brahmanism from India. This is evident in the wai khruceremonies of traditional dance and music, where specific mention is made to Ishvara in Thai Massage, where specific mention is made to Shivaga Komarpaj and Narayana, along with other Vedic deities. Wai khru has for most of history existed as a folk tradition, passed on from generation to generation throughout the years.
The wai khru ceremony in its modern form, which is held in most schools today, originated at Triam Udom Suksa School in 1941. The sarabhañña chant was written by Thanpuying Dussadee Malakul Na Ayutthaya (the wife of ML Pin Malakul, director of the school at the time)…
The wai khru ceremonies which take place in most educational institutions in Thailand today generally follow the same form. The ceremony usually begins with a Buddhist prayer ritual in institutions where Buddhism is observed as the official religion, followed by the students’ recitation of the wai khru chant, which expresses respect for and gratitude to the teachers, and asks for the teachers’ blessing of their studies. Following this, a select number of students, usually the representatives of each class, will present the teachers with offerings of flowers, candles and joss sticks arranged on phan (traditional Thai pedestalled trays). This is usually followed by a speech by the headteacher offering the students guidance in their academic career. Many institutions also present student awards and honours during the ceremony.
The traditional offerings for wai khru represent a symbolism of student qualities, namely:
- Ixora (khem, เข็ม) flowers, which while closed form pointed buds, symbolizing sharp wit,
- Cynodon dactylon (ya phraek, หญ้าแพรก or Bermuda grass), the rapid growth and resilience of which symbolize perseverance and the ability to learn,
- Popped rice (khao tok, ข้าวตอก), which symbolizes discipline, and
- Eggplant flowers, which bow low when nearing fruiting, symbolizing respect and humility.
The ceremony is usually held shortly after the beginning of the first term, on a Thursday, as Thursday is traditionally the day of Brihaspati, Vedic god of wisdom and teachers.
Reference and citation, including Image of Students.
Rama Kings of Thailand
Brahma Vishnu Ayodhya Brahmin Priests of Thailand
Kaundinya Kanchipuram founder Thailand Cambodia Vietnam
Andal Thiruppavai Shiva Thiruvembavai in Thailand