Shri Bannanje Govindacharya has many contributions to Vedic scholarship to his name. He has authored numerous commentaries, translations and original works on the subject. He has also contributed hundreds of articles in magazines and journals.
Here are few major Sanskrit works
Chronologically Geetha-Bhashya is the first work of Madhvacharya. He is said to have written it before he went to Badari for the first time. In spite of its small size is of Colossus importance in that the essence of Geetha has been presented in an unprecedented manner. The interpretations presented is based entirely on evidences from ancient works. Not being satisfied with one commentary Sri Madhvacharya wrote a second commentary known as Geetha-Tatparya-Nirnaya. The sum total of the message of Geetha has been captured in a few words. In this commentary Madhvacharya has given many new insighths which was not mentioned in his earlier commentary namely Geetha-Bhashya. This is rather a marshalling of various evidences for the correct interpretation of the Geetha rather than a presentation of one’s own elucidation. This work plays a unique role in supporting the message of the Geetha on the basis of hundreds of ancient works.
Includes four commentaries on the Brahma Sutras/Vedanta Sutras. They include the 1. Brahhma Sutra Bhashya: Which is the explaination of the Sutras in brief giving the supporting evidences from various shrutis.
2. Anubhashya: A small work giving the gist of Brahma sutras in few words
3. Anuvyakhyaana: A work which logically defends the principles of Brahma Sutras
4. Nyaya Vivarna: An appendix to Anuvyakhyana which gives additional explainations including the statements of the theme
Commentary to the 10 principal Upanishads by Shri Madhvacharya. With the versions of the oldest manuscript of Hrishikesha Thirtha one of the oldest disciples of Ananda Tirtha (Madhvacharya). edited by Bannanje Govindacharya. It contains extensive commentary on the 10 principal Upansihads of the 4 Vedas. 1. Aitereya 2.Bruhadaaranyaka 3.Chaandogya 4.Talavakaara(Kena) 5.Katha 6. Atharvana (Mundaka) 7.ShatPrashna (Prashna) 8.Maanduka 9. Yagneeya (Isha) 10. Taittareeya.
In this work Shri Madhvacharya has interpreted the first forty Sukthas of the Rig-Veda. He has shown , quite elaborately, elucidating the whole Vedic Sukthas from a spiritual perspective. This is in the manner a sailor’s compass to help interpret the rest of the Vedas. Written in a poetic form in consonance with the Vedic Metrical form it abounds in phraseology and idioms of ancient Sanskrit. It opens up a entire new world for the students of Vedas. The second part of the work known as Khandartha-Nirnaya demonstrates a way of synthesis between the Jnaana-kaanda and Karma-kaanda portions of the Vedas by taking an example of the Mahaa-namni mantra from the Aitereya-Brahmana. In both the works the way of etymologically arriving at the meaning of the Vedas is amply demonstrated. This is the unique contribution of Shri Madhvacharya in building a framework for the study of the entire vedic litreature. The editor Shri Bannanje Govindacharya has provided valuable foot notes especially for the second part which helps understand the intentions and depth Shri Madhvacharya.
A unique work which follows the ancient technique of interpretting all Puranas in the context of interpretting one Purana namely Bhagavatam. Being one of the oldest commentary, this work is based on a very ancient version of the text which at places differ greatly from version generally in vogue. The epistemological and philosophical aspects elucidated do not occur anywhere in Sanskrit litreature. Many ancient usage which have been forgotten in due course of time have been reminded with the help of ancient dictonaries. Although breif Shri Madhvacharya’s commentary on Bhagavatam occupies a place of immesurable importance.
This is divided into three parts
part1: 1. Vishnutatva Nirnaya 2. Vaada 3. Mayavaada-dhushanam 4. Upadhi-dhushanam 5. Mithyatvaanumana-dhushanam 6. tatva-sankhyana 7. Tatva-viveka 8. Pramaana-lakshanam 9. Vaada
part2: 10. Krishnaamrtha-mahaarnava 11. Tantrasaara-sangraha 12. Sadaachara-smrthi 13. Jayanthi-kalpa 14. Om-tat-sat-pranava-kalpa 15. Nyasapadhathi 16. Thithi-nirnayah
part3. 17. Dvadhasha-stotrani (along with Nakha-Stuti) 18. Kandhukastutu (also known as Krishnapadyam) Also contains the index to the half-verses of Krishnaamrtha-mahaarnava and Tantrasaara-sangraha.
A commentary on the Mahabharatha by Shri Ananda-Teertha-Bhagavat-Pada (Madhvachaya) with Tatparya-Deepika of Shri Vedanga-thirtha-bhattaraka and Nirnaya-Bhava-Chandrika of Bannanje Govindacharya.
This is a extensive research work on the Mahabharata and all Puranas. The work presents a consistent philosophical interpretation. Even though there appears to be several contradicting views in the shruti’s and smriti’s, this work of Madhvacharya brings about a very clear single line of thought present in all the scriptures.
First part – chapter 1-18 & Second part chapter 19-32
A short epic consisting of eighty stanzas with double rhymes in each couplet and tells the story of Shri Krishna in brief. The essence of the poem is the life of the Pandavas as shaped under the leadership of Lord Shri Krishna. It is therefore called as Mahabharatha-Tatparya although it is the story of Krishna. It is called Yamakabharatha for having double rhyme in each poem. This work will be useful to students of poetry as well as philosophy.
A commentary on the Sri Sangraha Bhashya of Sri Madhvacharya by Traivikramaryadaasa. Edited with glossary and footnotes by Shri Bannanje Govindacharya. This is also known by other names like Sangraha Anubhasya, Anu Vedanta. This is small work by Madhvacharya giving a gist of the Brahmasutras. In a few words or utterences the substance of the whole chapter is summarised. Sometimes a single word is capable of condensing the sense of several sections of the original work. This is a valuable guide for understanding the Brahmasutras.
Sangraha Rāmayana a work of thirteenth century was written by Shri Narayana pandithacharya. He was the son of Shri Trivikrama pandithacharya who in turn was the disciple of Shri Madhvacharya. There are no recognizable differences between the story told in Valmika Ramayana and here. The only difference is in the portrayal. The story of Ramayana is concisely presented with vivid characterization with commentaries: Bhavartha Deepika of Vishvapathi Thirthaand Sangraha chandrike of Dr. Bannanje Govindacharya. First part, Chapter 1-4 Second part, Chapter 4-7.
Six different readings of Shata-Rudriyam with the Bhashya of Dr. Bannanje Govindacharya.
Has four vedic hymns, (Ambhrini suktha, Two manyu sukthas, and sapatnaghna suktha) with Bhashya and sangraha Bhashya by Dr. Bannanje Govindacarya.
PRANAGNI-SUKTHA and PRANA-SUKTHA of ATHARVA-VEDA: with the commentaries of Dr. Bannanje Govindacarya.
Asyavameeya Suktha appears in the Rgveda (1.22.164) as well as the Atharva Veda (9.9.10). This suktha is extremly mystical and esoteric in its meaning. Some of the popular mantras like “DwaSuparna Sayuja Sakhaya” are from this hymn. The interpretation is inspired from Madhvacharya’s interpretation of the Rig Veda.
Fourteen vedic hymns, with Bhashya by Dr Bannanje Govindacharya. This includes
1. Grutha Suktham 2. Bhagya Suktham 3. Kuvidanga Suktham 4. Nasathya Suktham 5. Apaala Suktham 6. Upantyapavamaana Suktham 7. Oshadhi Suktham 8. Gharma Suktham 9. Daana Suktham 10. Pakshi Suktham 11. Garbha Suktham 12. Samvanana Suktham 13. Kuntapa Suktham 14. Ashleelabhashana Suktham
Commentary to the six principle upanishads, Yagneeya(Isha), Kata, Kena, Aatharvana, Prashna, And Maandukopanishat with the bhashya of Sri Anandathirtha Bhagavat-paada (Madhvacharya) and commentaries by Sri Vamana Panditacharya and Acharya Govinda ( Shri Bannanje Govindacharya).
VAYU-STUTI of Trivikrama-panditacarya [with the commentaries: Kavikarnamruta of Shri Vedatma-Tirtha and stuti-Candrika of Bannanje Govindacarya]
Naama Chandrika A commentary in Sanskrit by Bannanje Govindacharya
A special feature of this work is the 120 explainations to the first name of the Vishnu Sahasra Naama. All the other names have multiple explanations based on the etymology of the word. This work will be very useful to students of Sanskrit who would like to have an introduction to Niruktha(etymology). The knowledge gained will eventually be helpful when applied to interpret the Vedic literature.
A work of Śrī-Ānandatīrtha-Bhagavatpāda (Ācārya Madhva) with the Sanskrit commentary, Jayantī-Kalpa-Candrikā, by Dr. Bannañje Govindācārya.