Shri Bannanje Govindacharya.

PadmaShri Shri Bannanje Govindacharya, is a great and rare Sanskrit scholar, well-versed in Veda Bhashya, Upanishad Bhashya, Mahabharata, Puranas and Ramayana. He has written Bhashyas on Veda Suktas, Upanishats, ShataRudriya, BrahmaSutra Bhashya, Gita Bhashya and a great orator. He has written new Vyakarana Sutras where Panini has left and also done vyakhyana for the words written before Panini. He is the one who has synchronized all the philosophical texts to understand as all the texts are composed by Vedavyasa. He is one of the greatest exponents of Bhaagavata chintana and extracted Philosophical meanings of Bhagavata and other Puranas. Even though by birth he is the follower of Madhwacharya, he had studied Mayavada and other philosophies and then read Madhwacharyas Tattvavaada. He is a well known philosopher, Speaker in Sanskrit and Kannada. He has around 4000 pages of Sanskrit Vyakhyana to his name with 50 odd books and around 150 books including in other languages. he has written screen play for the Sanskrit film “Bhagavadgita” and Shankaracharya. He hails from Bannanje locality of Udupi in Karnataka, India. He was born in 1936. He is in particular one of the greatest experts on the Madhvas Tattvavada or Madhva philosophy. He is best known for his pravachanas or discourses which are very popular among Tuluvas and Kannadigas all over the world. His Speaches have covered almost all the philosophical texts amounts more than 10000 hours. Though his pravachanas (discourses) have made him a household name among Tuluvas and Kannadigas. He is very popular in kannanda literary world and hailed by Jnaanapeetha awardee Da.Ra.Bendre. He has also written on this Naaku-Tanti. His literary achievements also include his translation and commentaries of the complete texts of Shri Madhwacharya. He was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India in 2009.

Early life

He started his study of the Vedic texts and scriptures under his father Tarkakesari S. Narayanacharya Padamannuru, His Holiness Sri Vidyamanyatirtha Svamiji of Palimaru Matha . But His Holiness Sri Vidyasamudratirtha Svamiji of Kaniyuru Matha shaped the personality of Acharya.

His works

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. He also travels all over India and around the world giving discourses in Indian philosophy and Hindu scriptures.

Publications edited

Works of Madhwa : This monumental work is a painstakingly crafted reconstruction of the complete commentary on Madhwa’s works by Shri Hrishikesha Tirtha, a direct disciple of Shri Madhwacharya of the 13th CE. It comprises 2000 pages in five volumes complete with footnotes and colophons. Two other works of Shri Madhwacharya, Tithinirnaya and Nyasa Paddhathi which were unknown were discovered and included in this great work.