Malladi Chandrasekhara Sastry

Malladi Chandrasekhara Sastry
Full name Malladi Chandrasekhara Sastry
Born 28 August 1925 (1925-08-28) (age 86)
Hassanabada, Krosuru Mandal, Sattenapalli Taluk, Andhra Pradesh

Malladi Chandrasekhara Sastry (Telugu: మల్లాది చంద్ర శేఖర శాస్త్రి; Sanskrit: मल्लादी चंद्रशेकारा शास्त्री Mallādi candraśēkhara śāstri), native of Amaravathi, Andhra Pradesh, was born to Sriman Dakshinamurthy couple at Hassanabada village, Krosur Mandal, Sattenapalli Taluk in Guntur district on August 28, 1925. He is scion of Malladi family known for its philomathy in the Vedas. His grandfather, Sriman Malladi Ramakrishna Chainulu, was not only an authority in all aspects of Vedic and Sanskrit literature but also a renowned propogator of the Advaita Vedanta Siddhanta scientifically all over Andhra Pradesh. Sastry not only learnt and mastered the Vedas, Śrauta, Smartha, Vyākaraṇa and Tarka shastras but also delved deep into the intricate ramifications of Hinduism ordained in the Puranas under the expert tutelage of his grandfather at a young age.

He delivered pravachan on the Ramayana at his native place in the august presence of reputed pundits when he was hardly 19, Sastry established himself as an invincible pravachaka with a niche of his own with a discourse almost immediately at a event presided over by Viswanatha Satyanarayana at Vijayawada. The Ramayana, the Mahabharata and the Bhagavata Purana besides the oratorios of Dattatreya were his favorites.


Early life

He pursued his education in rare fields of Sanskrit and Telugu and Sastra Prakarana. He inherited this Vedic knowledge from his grandfather, Pandita Pravara Malladi Ramakrishna Vidwat Chayanulu.

At a young age Chandrasekhara Sastry learned Vedas, Vyākaraṇa (grammar), Tarka (logic), Pūrva Mīmāṃsā (literally 'investigation'. a part of Hindu philosophy) and vedanta sastram (Indian spiritualism) from eminent scholars. His discourses on these subjects and on epics, the Ramayana and the Mahabharatha are listened to with rapt attention.


Malladi Chandrasekhara Sastry is a vedic scholar, an authority in Astadasha Puranas and a very famous personality in Telugu and Sanskrit languages. He was conferred the title of Purana Vachaspati. His commentaries on All India Radio during the Bhadrachalam Sitarama Kalyanam and Tirumala Brahmotsavam are very famous. His Panchangasharvanam on Ugadi is also very famous. His answers to queries with regards to purana and various aspects of Hinduism from television audience, are very popular. His programme based on this theme was previously telecast on Doordarshan Saptagiri Channel and now is being aired on Sri Venkateswara Bhakti Channel with names as Dharma Sandehalu and Dharma Sukshmalu. He was also the principal of a college run by Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams to propagate the art of Purana Pravachan. He was the recipient of Raja-Lakshmi Award in 2005.

Titles and Awards

Sri Chandrasekhara Sastry, called as Abhinava Vyasa, for his meritorious output through his writings and discourses and for compiling and codifying the Vedas and Puranas, continues to be an excellent orator on these topics and is known for his Panchanga Sravanam(reading the almanac in the presence of God/King) on Ugadi day. He always combines it with a pinch of humour.

Brahmasri Malladi Chandrasekhara Sastry was presented with the prestigious Sri Raja-Lakshmi Foundation Award[1] for 2005. The award consisted of Rs. 1 lakh, a citation and a memento. The awardee also would receive US $ 2000 instituted by Dr. K.V. Rao and Dr. Jyoti Rao, in association with the Telugu Fine Arts Society (TFAS) of New Jersey, the U.S.A. Chandrasekhara Sastry, in turn, donated the cash prize to Sanatana Dharma Charitable Trust established by Sadguru Sivananda Murty of Bheemunipatnam, Visakhapatnam, to help pursue the Trust's main objectives.

Sri Sringeri Sankara Mutt[2] presented him with the title of Savyasachi and Sanathana Dharma Trust[3] presented him with Eminent Citizens Award.


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