TIRUCHI: Two Sanskrit scholars were honoured at a function organised under the auspices of Srimad Andavan Poundarikapuram Swami Ashramam at Srirangam on Sunday.
The scholars, the Head of Department of Sanskrit of the Madras University, S. Padmanabhacharyar Swami, and V. Vasudevacharyar Swami of Navalpakkam in Tiruvannathapuram, were each honoured with the title “Vedanta Vidhya Vaaridhi,” a citation and purse on the occasion.
The citation presented to Sri Padmanabhacharyar Swami said he had obtained doctorate degree for his research thesis on ‘Sri Parasara Bhattar Srisukthi.’ He had evolved a perfect style in the art of rendering discourses and authored five books, four textbooks and about 25 ‘Vyasangal.’
He had presented research papers in about 40 seminars. He was proficient in teaching Vedantam, Sankyam, Meemamsai, Pracheena Kavyanaadagaathigal. He had guided 17 Ph.D. students in Vishitadhvaitham and 25 others in M.Phil. on Sri Vaishnavism and Visishtadhvaitham.
The citation on Sri Vasudevachayrar Swami specifically referred to his services for releasing about 20 compact discs interpreting ‘Nyaya Siththanjanam,’ ‘Satha dhooshani’ and ‘Raksha granthangal’ which was a source of inspiration for scholars and devotees. He served as ‘Nyaya Sastra Adhyapak’ for 11 years and ‘Sanskrit Adhyapak’ for nine years, mainly in Kerala. He was popular both as a writer and an orator.
Sri Vasudevacharyar Swami had authored the interpretation for the ‘Sri Desika Divya Sahasra Naama Sthothram,’ besides the first half of the “Thatva muktha kalaabam.” He possessed a sound knowledge of Yajur Veda. The titles to his credit included ‘Desika Bhaktaratnam,’ ‘Nyayaratnam’ and ‘Sastra Ratnagar,’ the citation said. He had published 13 research papers and presented research papers at 20 conferences. He had guided two students for the Ph. D. course.
His Holiness Srimad Paravakkottai Andavan, the pontiff of the Ashram, conferred the title and presented the purse to the scholars.
The function marked part of the birth centenary of an eminent Sanskrit scholar V.N. Seshadriacharya Swamy. A note issued in his homage released on the occasion traced his strenuous efforts for a study on Swami Desikan’s Shastra Granta, ‘Tattvamuktha Kalapam’ along with its commentary by Swami Desika ‘Sarvartha Siddhi.’ “The thesis was lauded as a great achievement in the field of Desika Sampradaya,” the note added.