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Malladi Chandrasekhara Sastry (మల్లాది చంద్ర శేఖర శాస్త్రి)

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Brahmasri Malladi Chandrasekhara Sastry (Telugu:మల్లాది చంద్ర శేఖర శాస్త్రి | Sanskrit: मल्लादी चंद्रशेकारा शास्त्री) (born: 22nd August 1925 (క్రోధన భాద్రపద శు. తదియ) is a prominent hindu spiritual scholar, speaker and writer predominantly in Telugu and Sanskrit languages.

Mallādi candraśēkhara śāstri (మల్లాది చంద్ర శేఖర శాస్త్రి)
Grand FatherMalladi Ramakrishna Vidwat Chayanulu.
Parents (తల్లి ,తండ్రి)Sriman Dakshinamurthy couple (శ్రీమాన్ దక్షిణామూర్తి దంపతులు)
Date of Birth (జననము)22nd August 1925 (క్రోధన భాద్రపద శు. తదియ)
Place of Birth (జన్మస్థలం)Hassanabada village, Krosur Mandal, Sattenapalli Taluk in Guntur district. (హస్సనాబాద్, క్రోసుర్ మండలం, సత్తెనపల్లి తాళూక, గుంటూరు జిల్లా)
Nativity (స్వస్థలం) Amaravathi (అమరావతి)
Occupation (వృత్తి)Purana Pravachan (పురాణ ప్రవచన ప్రభోధా ధ్యాపనములు)
Education (అధ్యయనము)Vedas, Sruthasmaartha, Vyakaranna Tharka Vedastha Saahithyamulu. (వేదము, శ్రౌతస్మార్త, వ్యాకరణతర్క వేదస్త సాహిత్యములు)
Published Works (ముద్రిత రచనలు)Bharatamu Dharmasukshma Darshanamu, Krushnalahari (Swecchandhraanuvadamu), Ramayana Rahsya Darshini. (భారతము ధర్మసుక్ష్మ దర్శనము, క్రుష్ణలహరి (సేచ్చాంధ్రానువాదము), రామాయణ రహస్య దర్శిని. )
Writings in progress (రచించుచున్న గ్రంథములు)Ramayana Rahasyamulu, Bhagavatha Tathvamu. (రామాయణ రహస్యములు, భాగవత తత్వము.)

Brahmasri Malladi Chandrasekhar Sastry was born to Sriman Dakshinamurthy couple at Hassanabada village, Krosur Mandal, Sattenapalli Taluk in Guntur district. Then a native of Amaravathi (Guntur) Andhra Pradesh,  he later migrated to Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh.

A descendant of notable Malladi family, known for their wisdom and knowledge in Vedas, Puranas and several Hindu sacraments. Chandra Sekhar Sastry inherited Vedic knowledge from his grandfather, Pandita Pravara Malladi Ramakrishna Vidwat Chayanulu at a very young age. His grandfather, Sriman Malladi Ramakrishna Chainulu, was also an authoritative pundit in Vedic and Sanskrit literature as well as a renowned propagator of the Advaita Vedanta Siddhantha , is equally prominent across Andhra Pradesh.

Sri Malladi Chandrasekhara Sastry pursued his education in rare fields of Sanskrit and Telugu and Sastra Prakarana.  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 several eminent scholars. Srimad Bhagavatha, Mahabaratha and Ramayana are few of his many popular discourses.

Besides mastering Vedas, Śrauta, Smartha, Vyākaraṇa and Tarka shastras, Sri Chandrasekhara Sastry reached deep into the intricate ramifications of Hinduism ordained in the Puranas under the expert tutelage of his grandfather at a young age.

At the age of 19, Chandrasekhar Sastry first delivered pravachan on Srimad Ramayana at his native among reputed pundits and made his mark. 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.

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.

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 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 presented him with the title of Savyasachi and Sanathana Dharma Trust presented him with Eminent Citizens Award.

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References :

  1. The Hindu May 11,2012
  2. Vidwat Sadassu – The Hindu, July 25, 2011

  3. Nalanda Talent School – March 23, 2007

  4. Religious discourses – November 28, 2012

  5. TTD to construct two more Kalyana mandapams – November 6, 2011
  6. TTD appoints ‘Asthana Pandit’ – November 6, 2011

 

 

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