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Befitting tribute to Vedic scholar



Sri Jnananda Saraswathi Swami

Last Monday, the Sankara Matham witnessed a serene celebration commemorating the 96th jayanthi of Sri Jnanananda Saraswathi Swami.

Born in Machilipatnam in October 1907 in the Kuppa family of Vedic pundits and christened as Lakshmanavadhanulu, he was initiated into training in Vedapathanam even as a kid. He mastered almost all the 1,180 branches of the four Vedas (1,000 of Sama, 21 of Rig, 15 of Sukla Yajur and 94 of Krishna Yajur and the 50 of Atharva) at a very young age. He was very fortunate to be drawn into a close association with the Paramacharya of Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham. With the blessings of the Paramacharya, Lakshmanavadhanulu established the Guntur and the Krishna Veda Sabhas and was esteemed as Jnanananda Saraswathi Swami by men of letters, the scholars in Sanskrit in particular and the reputed Veda Ghanaapaatis all over.

He used to frequent the Sankara Matham in Visakhapatnam stay in it for long spells. Establishing the Uttarandhra Veda Sabha, he installed Sadguru K. Sivananda Murthy of Anandavanam (Bhimili) as its chairman.

As per the wishes of the Paramacharya, he made Srisailam his abode and attained liberation on May 14 last on the sacred hill.

The highlights of the jayanti celebration were Yathi-Puja, Mahanyasapoorvaka Rudrabhishekam and Samaaradhana in the morning.

The evening started with a Veda Sabha in which Sripada Krishnamurthy Sastry, Mushti Venkateswara Sastry and Raani Dakshinamurthy Sastry, all noted Ghanaapaatis of Krishna Yajur Veda, and reputed Sama Veda Ghanaapati, Mangipudi Nageswara Prasada Sarma, participated.

Then followed a Mahajana Sabha presided over by the Sadanandasrama Peethadhipati and founder of Chandrasekharendra Veda Sabha, Sri Satchidananda Saraswathi Swami, himself a Krishna Yajur Veda Salakshana Ghanaapaati and Vedantha Sastra Vidwan of high repute. Reputed litterateurs, Viswanadha Gopalakrishna Sastry of Rajahmundry, Maddulapalli Dattatreya Sastry and Acharya Diwakarla Ramamurthy delivered pravachanams.

The architect of the entire programme, Durvasula Bhaskara Murthy,welcomed the gathering. The matham vice-president, P.V. Narasimha Murthy, proposed a vote of thanks.

A. RAMALINGA SASTRY

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