Hyderabad, Jan 14 (UNI) Renowned Vedic scholar and television personality Malladi Chandrasekhara Sastry, who was specialised in Vedas and puranas texts in Telugu and Sanskrit languages, passed away at his residence in the city here on Friday evening due to age-related illness.
He was 96. Born at Hassanabada village in Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh, Sastry started delivering lectures about Ramayana at the age of 19.
Sastry studied in the fields of Vedas, Vyakaranam(grammar),Tarkam (logic), Poorva Meemamsa (extension of the Vedas), and Vedanta Sastram (Indian spiritualism).
He also studied the Puranas in Hinduism.
His speaking ability allowed him to give a discourse at an event presided by scholar Viswanatha Satyanarayana at Vijayawada. Sastry cited the Ramayana, the Mahabharata, the Bhagavata Purana, and the oratorios of Dattatreya among his favorite works for discourses.
His works have included commentaries on All India Radio during Bhadrachalam’s Sitarama Kalyanam and Brahmotsavam festivals. For Ugadi day, he used to recite the Panchanga Sravanam (almanac reading).
On television he hosted a show Dharma Sandehalu and Dharma Sukshmalu where he would answer questions regarding the Purana and various aspects of Hinduism. The show is telecast on the Sri Venkateswara Bhakti Channel and formerly on the Doordarshan Saptagiri Channel.
He was the principal of a college run by the trust named Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams where they do pravachan (lectures) on the Puranas.
He received the Raja-Lakshmi Award in 2005, and had also been conferred the title of Purana Vachaspati.
His grandfather, Sriman Malladi Ramakrishna Chainulu, was not only an authority in Vedic and Sanskrit literature, but also a propagator of the Advaita Vedanta Siddhanta (doctrine) over Andhra Pradesh.
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